Knicks News: Rival inquired about Quentin Grimes trade, Quickley extension hold-up

New York Knicks, Quentin Grimes
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The New York Knicks have a few young players on their team that opposing teams wouldn't hesitate to jump at if they were made available.

During the 2022 offseason, it was reported that Quentin Grimes was "untouchable" amid the Donovan Mitchell trade talks. While it's since been reported that may not have been entirely true, the 23-year-old is still far from reaching his ceiling as a 3-and-D wing.

HoopsHype's Michael Scotto reported that along with the trade talks with Utah, New York wasn't willing to include Grimes in talks with Los Angeles about Paul George and Chicago about Zach LaVine. Scotto added that the Hawks reached out about a Grimes trade. It'd be interesting to know what Atlanta was willing to give up, and how New York reacted.

Grimes will be eligible to sign an extension next summer. While that's a move the Knicks should make, there's no way of knowing how talks will play out after the Immanuel Quickley situation. Quickley had the best season of his young NBA career in 2022-23, but New York didn't commit to him long-term over the offseason.

Scotto reported that not only are rival teams monitoring IQ's situation with the Knicks, but that the guard was hoping to sign a deal worth $25 million annually. New York offered $18 million annually.

Quickley betting on himself has worked out well. He's averaging a career-high 16.3 points on 44.6% shooting from the field. IQ will be a restricted free agent next summer, so the Knicks will have the chance to match offers he gets from other teams. The question is, can New York afford to keep Quickley?

More Knicks news

- HoopsHype's Michael Scotto reported that NBA executives are monitoring Donovan Mitchell's "happiness." Scotto added that if Mitchell hits the trade market, the Knicks would be "heavily interested."

- If the Knicks lose to the Bucks in the In-Season Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, they'll have to travel back to New York to host the Pacers the following day.

NBA news

- Trey Murphy III is planning to make his Pelicans season debut on Friday against the Spurs. He underwent surgery on a torn meniscus in September.

- Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Kelly Oubre Jr. is targeting next week as a return date. He suffered a fractured rib on Nov. 11 after being struck by a car in Philadelphia.

- The Washington Post reported that Maverick Carter, LeBron James' business partner and manager, admitted to betting on NBA games (subscription required) with an illegal bookie. The admission came in 2021 when he was interviewed by federal law enforcement during the investigation into Wayne Nix.