With it being unknown how well the New York Knicks will perform in 2022-23, there is a very good chance that we will see New York make a trade or two. This could go both ways, if the Knicks are playing well, we could see them move young players for “win-now” veterans, or if the Knicks are playing poorly, they could trade away veterans for future assets.
Last season, we saw New York be hesitant to make trades at the deadline, causing many fans of the team to become angry with the front office. Fans believed that the team should’ve moved on from some of the veterans to free up space for the younger players.
While the front office fixed these issues this offseason with the trades of Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel, and Kemba Walker, this is something that should have happened last season. These players not only likely had more value, but the minutes that could’ve gone to the young stars could’ve proven to be more useful.
Regardless, with the Knicks front office seeming more trade-friendly, there are a couple of players on the team who could potentially be traded no matter how good or bad the team plays.
Here are 3 Knicks players that could be traded in the upcoming season
3: Evan Fournier
Despite several rumors stating that the Knicks were looking to move on from the 29-year-old sharpshooter, it looks like Evan Fournier could be here to stay for the foreseeable future. That is, at least, if New York performs well this season, as his elite shooting ability could provide a ton of value to a contending team.
However, if the Knicks disappoint this season, it would make sense to move on from Fournier to not only clear up cap space but to free up minutes for some of the more unproven young players on the roster.
While the likelihood of the Knicks performing poorly this season is small after the offseason moves they made, it is still possible. That means that they must consider trading veterans like Fournier if the season goes downhill.
The price for Fournier may not be high for an opposing team because while he is an elite shooter, he does not excel at anything else. So, if New York can either get a protected future first or an unproven young player from a contending team, it could work out.
Trading a player like Fournier would clear up room for players like Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish, and even Miles McBride. All three players have the potential to bring value to a good team, which is what the Knicks will be in the future.