Ranking the New York Knicks’ top 11 trade assets

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4. Immanuel Quickley

Immanuel Quickley’s third-year breakout took him from being on the trade block to being untouchable. He became the Knicks’ sixth man as he averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.0 steals in 28.9 minutes per game. The 6’3 guard shot 37.0% from three-point range and his field goal percentage jumped to 44.8%.

How good was Quickley this season? He ranked as the 53rd-best player in the league by value over replacement player (VORP) and 61st in win shares per 48 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference. The 24-year-old was outstanding, and he still has plenty of room to grow.

Quickley is set to make $4.1 million for the 2023-24 season before becoming a restricted free agent next summer. He becomes extension-eligible on July 1, and the Knicks would love to get something done. There is no need to fret because they can match any offer in the summer of 2024, but the Knicks would be wise to get a deal done before Quickley further improves.

Teams would love to get Immanuel Quickley on their roster, and he is likely to be a key piece of the trade if the New York Knicks acquire a star. Coach Thibodeau loves the defense of Quentin Grimes, so Quickley appears the more likely young talent to be moved if a blockbuster emerges.