Give the kids a chance
The Knicks don’t want to trade Marcus Morris, which is understandable. But is it really worth it when they can get a first-round pick for him (a late first-rounder), and maybe even get Kyle Kuzma from the Lakers? Morris will be 31 by the time next season starts. Trade him and if they really want him back in New York and he wants to come back to New York NYK can sign him in the offseason.
They also need to see what they have in Kevin Knox, He won NBA Rookie of the Month literally a year ago and was actually producing. This year has been an absolute nightmare for the young prospect. Knox can play and everyone knows that. For some reason, he is about the seventh scoring option on this team. Trading Morris, Bobby Portis, or Julius Randle can create more opportunities for him.
Elfrid Payton has had his ups and downs with the Knicks this season. He is yet another point guard who can’t create his own offense or shoot. Having three players on the roster with the same “lack of” skill set is a recipe for disaster.
Payton will likely get moved soon as will Dennis Smith Jr. Coach Mike Miller should give Frank Ntilikina a legitimate shot to run the show. A year ago it would have been unthinkable. This season, however, he has been the Knicks best guard, and his defense is very good. Ntilikina is a pest who stays close to his man and he uses his long arms to alter shots.