NY Knicks: 3 Kevin Knox trades to consider before the season starts

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Would you consider this Kevin Knox to Orlando Magic trade?

So this one’s obviously not a ‘sexy’ or ‘flashy’ trade by any means, but it’s a realistic trade for both teams.

Last season, a straight Mo Bamba for Kevin Knox swap could have made sense but ever since the Magic had their little fire sale at the trade deadline, it seems Bamba should get a little more burn on a rebuilding team.

They no longer have Nikola Vucevic, so that idea is dead in the water.

This trade concept is basically a game of cat and mouse between the two organizations.

The Magic do this trade because they think Kevin Knox is a better player than whomever they can grab in the 2nd round of the 2022 NBA Draft.

After all, Knox will only be turning 22 years old this month, so there’s still plenty of time to see if there’s any worthwhile upside to coax out of him.

The Knicks believe they can grab someone worth more to them in the 2nd round than Kevin Knox would be worth if he were re-signed next offseason.

Seeing how Knox is from Tampa Bay, only but a stone’s throw away from Orlando, maybe some home cooking would do him some good.

The Magic are likely to move on from a lot of the guys they currently have playing either wing position.

Terrence Ross’s name actually came up in some trade rumors with the Knicks before the draft, and he’s making a nice chunk of money that Orlando has no business continuing to pay him, so Ross will likely be going to the highest bidder either this offseason or at the deadline.

Gary Harris who was acquired in the Aaron Gordon trade last season is on an expiring deal and probably wants no part of being in Orlando, so he’ll likely either be bought out or traded as soon as possible.

Kevin Knox could come in and back up both forward positions pretty much as soon as his plane lands in Florida.

This trade would net the Knicks yet another draft pick in the 2022 draft, and similarly to this most recent one, they’ll have 4 picks yet again.

Two in the first round and two in the second.

This class isn’t anywhere near the same caliber as the 2021 class, but Orlando’s pick should still be in the 30’s somewhere.

So yet again, Leon Rose and Brock Aller get the Knicks another early 2nd rounder where they can perhaps grab a 1st round talent that slips.