3 sign-and-trade deals for Knicks center Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson
Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks. (Photo by Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports) /

There are a few reasons why this trade was included last on the list. It’s because I can’t see New York trading Robinson to an Eastern Conference rival that’s on a similar timeline.

Additionally, the Hornets would have to make trades to clear up some cap space so that they could come close to facilitating a trade like this.

For now, let’s just pretend that all of those things don’t matter. The trade itself makes a lot of sense for both sides.

Again, Robinson has more value than the first-round pick Charlotte can send to the Knicks in sentimental value alone because we fans love him.

But if New York had a chance to grab a late lottery pick in exchange for a player who could walk for nothing, you take that ten times out of ten.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Hornets and Knicks made a draft-night trade. As we know, New York traded the 19th pick from last year’s draft in exchange for a heavily protected first-round pick that was eventually used in the Cam Reddish deal. The protection this season would be top 18, so Charlotte would keep the selection.

Even if the pick ended up at 17 or 18, it’d still be a worthwhile grab for the Knicks. Maybe they package the two picks to move up in the draft or maybe they package them with their sights set on reeling in a big fish superstar (cough Donovan Mitchell cough).