3 Early predictions for Knicks at the NBA Trade Deadline

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It's never too early to look ahead to the trade deadline, especially since it's already late December. The New York Knicks likely won't be one of the more active teams at the deadline, but there are a couple of moves the front office could make.

New York could have a trick up its sleeve, too. No one saw the Knicks trading for Josh Hart, but it's a move that worked out perfectly. Perhaps something similar will happen in 2024. While it's impossible to know exactly what New York will (or won't) do, these three predictions could end up happening.

3 early predictions for Knicks ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline

3. Evan Fournier trade

Remember Evan Fournier? That guy who plays for the Knicks? Or the guy who used to play for the Knicks but now sits on the bench? Yeah, him.

In an offseason interview, Fournier said he'd like to be traded to go to a team where he could contribute. He believed he wouldn't suit up for the Knicks again, but he was back with the team for training camp in Charleston.

Since the season started, Fournier has played in only one game. If that alone doesn't prove he isn't in New York's future plans, nothing will. He's making a cool $18.9 million in 2023-24 and has a $19 million club option for 2024-25. As the trade deadline draws nearer, there could be a team willing to take a swing on Fournier so they can have more shooting in time for the playoffs.

It's a sure bet that the Knicks will get something in return for Fournier in February rather than wait to decline his team option over the summer.