The New York Knicks have the assets and desire to trade for a star, but they have been patiently waiting for the right player. New York has four additional first-round picks plus all of their selections and young talent to entice any team. They could trade for a star, but who?
Damian Lillard is the best player on the market, but fans should not expect to see him in the Big Apple. The seven-time All-Star wants to play for the Heat, and the Knicks are not eager to put an undersized guard next to Jalen Brunson in their backcourt. James Harden wants out of Philadelphia, but New York is not pursuing the ten-time All-Star.
The only star currently available that the New York Knicks might target is Pascal Siakam. The 6’9 forward is entering the final year of his contract, and the Raptors should look to trade him if the two sides cannot agree on an extension. Siakam is an impactful player on both ends of the floor with versatility, but what could the Knicks offer?
5 Pascal Siakam trades that make sense for New York Knicks
5. Knicks’ dream scenario
Siakam wants to sign an extension with the Raptors, and rumors suggest he is unwilling to agree to a new contract with any team that trades for him. The Knicks would acquire him believing they could convince him to stay long-term, but no extension likely keeps the price down.
New York cannot go all-in on one season of Siakam, so expect the offer to start low. The Mavericks traded two role players, one first-round pick, and two seconds to acquire Kyrie Irving, who was on an expiring contract, at February’s deadline. The Knicks get a full season of Siakam, which necessitates at least two first-rounders.
The Raptors have little use for Mitchell Robinson after re-signing Jakob Poeltl, but Immanuel Quickley gives them a young talented guard that could take a step forward on a retooling roster. The Knicks want to dump Fournier, but they do give up two first-rounders and some pieces for Siakam.
The Toronto Raptors are not making this deal, but they would have a counteroffer if the franchise decides to move on from the two-time All-Star.