New York Knicks: 3 ‘Under the Radar’ point guard trade targets

NY Knicks, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks target #2: Derrick White

As much as Knicks fans would love to see the team make a move for Dejounte Murray, I find it hard to believe that San Antonio would be willing to part ways with their all-star point guard.

Yet, the Knicks could still land a starting-caliber guard out of San Antonio in Derrick White.

Derrick White has quietly put together one of the best seasons of his young career, only to be overshadowed by his teammate Dejounte’s breakout season.

White has racked up 14.4 points per game and 5.6 assists in 30 minutes per game for the Spurs this year. Ironically, those numbers are nearly identical to Schröder’s this season.

However, White isn’t even being fully utilized as the primary guard since he shares the court with Murray much of the time.

White’s 5.6 assists per game, a career-high, would put him at the top of the Knicks leaderboard in assists per game this year, which Julius Randle currently holds at 5.1 APG. Walker, for comparison, has only averaged 3.3 APG this season.

White’s passing is even more impressive when you consider the fact Murray averages 9.2 assists in the starting PG role, meaning if White were to have full control of running the offense, he could easily get up to 7 assists per game, something the Knicks so desperately could use.

The Knicks need a better facilitator, and White could seamlessly fill that role. Only in his fifth season, he fits in well with the younger core of our current rotation.

The Spurs don’t need White as much now that Dejounte Murray has blossomed into an all-star, and a change of scenery for both parties could be what White needs.

I haven’t heard much on the trade market for Derrick White, but he would bring much-needed passing to the Knicks and we should at least take a look at what he might cost.