3. Buddy Hield
The Knicks are by no means the lone team who is having problems with a high-priced sharpshooting wing, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania recently reported that the Indiana Pacers and Buddy Hield are discussing trade options (subscription required) after their latest talks of a contract extension went south.
A player who has been linked as an intriguing target for New York to consider in the past, one solution for both ball clubs could be to simply swap their disgruntled snipers for one another.
Coming off a tremendous 2022-23 campaign, Hield wrapped up his first full season in Indiana boasting impressive averages of 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on 45.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.5 percent shooting from deep whilst predominantly playing small forward.
Adding someone of his abilities could go on to help boost their shooting efficiency and, presumably, improve their bench-scoring woes, as the Knicks ranked 20 and 26, respectively, in both categories last year.
Even if he were to be just a mere one-year rental (his current deal comes to an end at the conclusion of this season), swapping the estranged Fournier for the more offensively gifted and rotationally diverse Hield could be a move worthy of strong consideration.