3 Dream Knicks Trade Targets at the Deadline

The New York Knicks are active in trade talks ahead of the February 8 deadline. Here are their dream trade targets.

Feb 3, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) in a game
Feb 3, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) in a game / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Trey Murphy

If Bridges isn't available regardless of the price, Trey Murphy of the New Orleans Pelicans is the next best thing for the New York Knicks. The 23-year-old small forward is the same prototype as Mikal Bridges: long arms, good size, ability to defend multiple positions, and a knock-down shooter.

Murphy is a career 39.1% three-point shooter. He has the range, versatility, and accuracy to his jump shot as he is one of the league's highest-volume three-point bombers, averaging seven attempts in only 26 minutes per game.

This type of 3-and-D wing is exactly what the Knicks need long-term. He provides spacing for Brunson and Randle, while being another capable defender on the perimeter next to OG Anunoby.

The best part of trading for Murphy is the fact that he is still on his rookie contract. He has a team option for $5.1 million for next season, making him one of the best bargains in the league. The Knicks would have a chance to extend him once they acquire him. The Pelicans, who have a slew of wings and young talent, might choose to move on from Murphy in exchange for multiple first-round picks. The Knicks can do much worse than Murphy for their draft capital.