3 players the NY Knicks should entertain trades for post-Cam Reddish deal

NY Knicks, Kemba Walker, Cam Reddish (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, Kemba Walker, Cam Reddish (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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NY Knicks, Nerlens Noel, Mitchell Robinson, Cam Reddish
NY Knicks, Nerlens Noel, Mitchell Robinson, Cam Reddish (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Should the NY Knicks trade Mitchell Robinson or Nerlens Noel?

Obviously, the Cam Reddish trade doesn’t directly impact the Knicks’ Center rotation.

But because it’s one of the deeper units in the league, the Knicks can pair one of Mitch or Nerlens in a package alongside one of the expendable wing players and get an upgrade at the position…like Myles Turner *wink wink*.

We all know Thibs loves his rim-protectors and he may have the best 1-2 combo in that category in the league.

But it’s 2022…the stretch-5 is so much more necessary for winning basketball games than it ever has been before.

There are only a few premier Centers in the league that can do it all with the basketball in their hands.

While Mitch isn’t too far from the likes of Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, or Karl-Anthony Towns, he is about 2 or even 3 tiers removed from those names.

A marginal upgrade in several categories matched with the ability to shoot the ball and stretch the floor could open up lanes for Julius Randle and RJ Barrett.

Even some sort of deal for a Mike Muscala as a backup would throw a little bit different of a look at defenses instead of Mith and Nerlens who are in a lot of ways the same player.

I like the depth the Knicks have at the Center position but they’re missing that gemstone atop of their crown.

If the Knicks went into the second half of the season with a rotation that looked like Turner, Nerlens, Taj, and Sims…it would instantly improve their chances of what they’re capable of come playoff time.

Also, an important factor to take into account is Mitchell Robinson’s pending contract extension and whether or not the Knicks want to commit to him long-term.

I have a feeling one of these two guys will be traded at some point over the next calendar year, but perhaps they’ll be on a new team in a matter of weeks instead.