Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve seen the Knicks be relatively tame at the trade deadline. Aside from the Cam Reddish trade two seasons ago and his eventual flip for Josh Hart, Leon Rose has been rather silent. Despite this, we could see Rose ramp up his aggressiveness to capitalize on the Knicks’ potential championship window.
If this becomes the case, we could see some high-profile Knicks players be shipped off. With limited cap space in coming seasons, trades are likely the only way we see New York acquire superstar-level talent. Depending on how things go this upcoming season, there’s a good chance that some star players will become available.
Don’t be surprised if these three Knicks players get traded away in this scenario. Not only do they have a good amount of value, but their contracts make it easy to fit into almost any trade for any player.
3 Knicks players fans could see get traded away in 2023-24
3. Mitchell Robinson
Last season, both in the regular season and playoffs, fans saw the drastic effects of the Knicks’ lack of spacing. Not only did the team shoot at a mediocre rate all season long, but in the playoffs, New York collapsed from the three-point line. Through the team’s 11 postseason games, the Knicks shot a playoff-worst 29.2% from range.
While New York did add Donte DiVincenzo, who shot 39.7% from three last season, this move will only do so much. If the Knicks have another poor shooting season in 2023-24, fans could see Leon Rose decide to shake things up to put out a more modernized rotation. If so, Mitchell Robinson will likely be the first one to go.
As unfortunate as this may sound, moving on from Robinson for a more versatile player on both sides of the ball could have some pretty significant benefits. For example, if the Knicks can acquire a player like Myles Turner, who can both shoot the ball well and defend at a good level, New York could make a stronger playoff push than last season.
Turner may be a bit overrated, but even his abilities to shoot the ball and block shots would help the Knicks. Even if they can’t get Turner, players like PJ Washington (who remains unsigned), Naz Reid, or Nikola Vucevic could all provide great floor spacing while being less impactful defensively.
Robinson is an intriguing player to talk about in trade rumors. He gives the Knicks a higher floor due to his consistent (yet limited) offense and great defensive play. However, he limits the team’s ceiling because he isn’t very versatile on defense and can’t hit a shot outside of the painted area.
If New York has the chance to acquire a better floor spacer at the five in return for Robinson, they may wish to consider it to capitalize on the potential this team could have.