5 Trades Knicks should make to land a superstar in the Big Apple

New York Knicks, Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
New York Knicks, Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Knicks, Joel Embiid
New York Knicks, Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Knicks land reigning MVP

Joel Embiid has not asked out, and the reigning MVP has no reason to rush out the door, but he could be without a choice soon. The 76ers have not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since Embiid arrived in 2014, and now James Harden wants out. Philadelphia is holding out for a greater return, but it may never come. If he refuses to play for the Sixers, things could turn ugly in the City of Brotherly Love.

If Philly slips out of contention, Embiid could lodge the next trade request. The 29-year-old is in the middle of his prime and wants a ring. His recent comments on winning sparked trade rumors, and the Knicks will be eagerly awaiting if Embiid asks to leave.

Daryl Morey is one of the league’s most experienced traders, and he is not letting Joel Embiid walk out the door without getting a massive return. The 76ers’ president of basketball operations will ask for everything and will only settle for the biggest haul he can wrestle from another organization.

The Knicks give up four rotation-ready players with varying degrees of upside and four first-round draft picks to get Joel Embiid. If it is a monster haul, but it instantly makes New York a title contender with Embiid, Jalen Brunson, and Julius Randle leading their charge.

Will the New York Knicks make a blockbuster move before February’s trade deadline? Expect the front office to keep exploring the market for the perfect deal. Does it happen? Stay tuned to find out.