The New York Knicks have been one of the hottest teams in the league since acquiring OG Anunoby in December. They slowly but surely climbed up the Eastern Conference standings since then and are a good bet to secure a top-4 seed. They feel like they have as good of a shot as anybody in the East to make the conference finals.
They are reportedly active in the trade market to achieve this goal. They can acquire another rotation piece like Bruce Brown and Malcolm Brogdon, or they can go all-in for another high-level starter. These are the Knicks' dream targets ahead of the February 8 trade deadline.
The Brooklyn Nets forward is reportedly not available in trades, but the New York Knicks have the capacity to make the Nets an offer they can't refuse. They are already rumored to be interested in Mikal Bridges, who would be an excellent fit on this Knicks team.
His three-and-D skill set is exactly what New York needs. His role as the primary shot creator in Brooklyn is too large for Bridges, but going back to being more of a role player like when he thrived in Phoenix would suit him. He would also make the Knicks' defense impossible to score on.
Not only does Bridges fit like a glove next to Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle, and OG Anunoby, but he would also complete the Villanova quartet in New York. The Wildcat contingent in New York comprising Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo would get even stronger with the addition of Bridges.
Plus, Bridges is on an extremely team-friendly contract, making less than $25 million per year for the next 2.5 seasons. He is underpaid and underrated, making him the perfect trade target to acquire in exchange for multiple assets including draft capital and young players.