Following the Knicks’ playoff loss to the Heat, the team enters an offseason full of possibilities. One of these possibilities is that we could very well see RJ Barrett be traded to improve the Knicks’ chances of contending for a championship.
We’d hate to see Barrett go, especially after the playoff run he just had. However, it may be advantageous for the Knicks to capitalize on his value. It’s hard to judge how much value Barrett has on the trade market considering the difference in his level of play between the regular season and playoffs. Despite this, we’re sure the Knicks and Leon Rose can work to find a deal that would benefit New York.
Trade #3: trading for a ‘Nova legend who already has chemistry with NY
Following a series of tweets from Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Mikal Bridges, it seems as if we could see the former college trio play together once again. Bringing in Bridges wouldn’t be cheap, but we have a few doubts that he would make the Knicks significantly better.
On paper, Knicks fans may not be too happy about giving up this much for one player who has never made an All-Star game. However, the jump Bridges made once joining the Nets last season combined with the tools he showcased before then makes it clear that he is worth this much.
Last season, Bridges averaged 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 46.8% from the field and 38.2% from three on 5.3 attempts. Bridges is one of the best defensive wings in the entire NBA. We love Barrett, but it’s clear who the better player is, especially for the Knicks.
Not only can Bridges work well in the off-ball, something Barrett lacks, but he also showed flashes of being a shot-creator once he joined the Nets. The consistency and two-way play Bridges would bring to New York, combined with the chemistry he, Brunson, and Hart have, would instantly make the Knicks a much better team.