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

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New York Knicks target #3: Collin Sexton

Well… Why not?

The Knicks were rumored to trade for Collin Sexton last summer, but the team ultimately decided to back off.

Now, we’re once again struggling to find any sort of stability at the point guard position. This, of course, doesn’t include Derrick Rose once he comes back, yet our guard depth with Rose in the lineup is still weak.

Why not take a shot on Sexton?

The way the Knicks are currently playing, we’d be lucky to get into the playoffs, let alone have the chance to win a series against one of the top teams in the east.

Sexton went down with a torn meniscus after appearing in just 11 games this year. However, the athletic guard broke out last year. In just his third season, Sexton averaged 24.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, shooting 37% from three.

Cleveland has less of a need for Sexton, as Darius Garland leads the Cavaliers toward their best season since Lebron left Cleveland for the second time.

If the Knicks were to make a move for Sexton, the Cavs would likely want some veteran players in return to boost their chances of making a run in the playoffs.

I consider this a win-win.

I’m not bullish on the Knicks turning this season around and making a late-season push for the playoffs. Dealing some of our veteran players to snag Sexton frees up some significant playing time for our young guys like Obi, Grimes and the recently acquired Cam Reddish.

This gives the young core some valuable minutes to grow and develop, let the front office see what we’ve got sitting on the bench, and eventually run it back next year with Sexton running the point.

Again, the only way the Knicks will make a move for Sexton is if the front office truly doesn’t believe the roster as currently constructed can make a push for the playoffs.

Trading for Sexton also forces Thibodeau’s hand to play the young guys, which a lot of the Knicks fanbase have been looking for in recent weeks.

I haven’t seen the Knicks, or any team for that matter, make it known they’re interested in trading for Sexton since last summer, yet I think a deal would make a lot of sense for both New York and Cleveland.

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