Knicks News: Bleacher Report trade targets, Mitchell Robinson surge

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson
New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson / Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Before you know it, New York Knicks fans, trade season will be in full swing. Mid-December is when things really start to heat up as players who signed as free agents in the offseason are eligible to be dealt.

Trade rumors are nothing new to Knicks fans. From superstars to All-Stars, New York has been linked to several players over the past couple of years. Until the team makes its move for a star (if that's what they choose to do), the rumors are going to continue.

Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley identified three trade targets for the Knicks. Unsurprisingly, Donovan Mitchell was listed as No. 1, followed by Dorian-Finney Smith and OG Anunoby.

Mitchell and the Cavaliers are in the midst of a critical season. He didn't sign an extension over the offseason, but could sign one next summer. The New York trade rumors didn't stop after he was traded to Cleveland in 2022. Mitchell will be a player to keep a close eye on once the 2023-24 season ends.

Dorian Finney-Smith was teammates with Jalen Brunson in Dallas. The Knicks wouldn't have to dig deep into their wallet to get him if he were made available, but let's not forget what team he plays for. It's hard to envision the Nets doing business with the Knicks.

The same can be said for the Raptors. OG Anunoby would undoubtedly come at a higher cost than Finney-Smith, but New York has a lawsuit against Toronto. There actually might be a better chance of the Nets doing business with the Knicks than the Raptors.

More Knicks news

- Mitchell Robinson has gotten off to a hot start for New York. In 14 games, he's averaging a career-high 11.6 rebounds, 6.1 offensive and 5.5 defensive. He's pulled down the fourth-most rebounds in the league (162) and is a big reason why the Knicks are tied for first in the NBA with 47.4 rebounds per game.

- New York is seeking more than $10 million in damages in its lawsuit against Toronto.

- France national team coach Vincent Collet wants to see Evan Fournier traded from the Knicks.

NBA news

- In the Lakers' 131-99 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to surpass 39,000 career points.

- The Pacers and Lakers are the first two teams to clinch a spot in the knockout round of the In-Season Tournament.

- In the latest Kia Rookie rankings, Chet Holmgren is No. 1 ahead of Victor Wembanyama. Holmgren hit a game-tying three-pointer against Golden State on Saturday to send the game to overtime. The Thunder went on to win, 130-23.