2 different Knicks trade options for Donovan Mitchell

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The good trade

This is the trade that New York should do. I know a lot of fans would much rather the Knicks find a way to get Julius Randle out the door instead of some of their draft picks but just think about that proposition for a second.

Would you, as a fan, trade even one first-round draft pick to get Randle? Probably not. That may have more to do with how hurt the fanbase has been by this guy, between him giving us the thumbs down or just his constant piss-poor performances this season when we’ve needed him the most.

I’m not saying that Randle doesn’t have any trade value or that he’d be a negative asset. I’m just saying that I don’t think he’ll get traded any time soon because the Knicks would be receiving back far less than what he’s worth when he’s playing at his best.

To all of you New York purists who are gonna say, “You’re an idiot, why are you giving away so many draft picks?”, I don’t get which NBA you’ve been watching for all of these years because this is what trades look like for players that are of Mitchell’s caliber.

And yeah, the Knicks are gonna have to part ways with the picks and a couple of young guys in the deal, too. Like I mentioned previously, Mitchell has a bunch of years left on his contract so any team looking to acquire him is going to have the make the deal too sweet to turn down.

New York’s also likely going to be competing with the Heat for the trade, who could be offering up Tyler Herro. For all of you who are gung-ho on not trading Barrett in this deal…this is what you’ll have to be willing to part ways with.

Have the Knicks done a great job for the past two drafts? Yes. Is the NBA draft nothing but a crapshoot anyway? Also yes. Even though losing a bunch of first-rounders hurts, at the end of the day, there was no guarantee that they’d be any good anyway.

Keep in mind, the picks in 2023 and 2025 would be swaps and New York would likely keep those. Even if this trade required another guaranteed first in 2026, I’m doing this 10 times out of 10.