The New York Knicks, who have been playing exceedingly well ever since trading for OG Anunoby, are not done in the trade market. The Knicks, who are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 23-17 record, are reportedly active in talks ahead of the February 7 trade deadline, with hopes of climbing to top-4 seed and home-court advantage.
The main trade chip for the Knicks ahead of the deadline is going to be Quentin Grimes. According to the latest reporting by Fred Katz of the Athletic, New York is actively listening on offers for the 23-year-old shooting guard.
Knicks Rumors: Quentin Grimes Is The Next Knick To Be Traded
After being one of coach Tom Thibodeau's favorite perimeter players on the roster, Grimes has recently fallen out of favor in New York. Grimes, who averaged 30 minutes per game last season, and 24 minutes in the first two months of the season, has fallen behind in the rotation, playing around 15 minutes a game in recent weeks.
Grimes had previously voiced his frustration with his role on the team, saying that he felt like he would get pulled from the game if he missed a shot, which in turn affected his confidence.
Yet, he continues to be one of the best shooters on the Knicks, hitting 39.2% of his three-pointers. His shooting ability, combined with his hard-nosed, physical defensive style, makes him an intriguing young player that another team would gladly take on and try to develop.
This opens the door for endless possibilities for the Knicks. Instead of having to give a contract extension to Grimes after this season, moving on from him while his trade value is high and his contract is reasonable makes plenty of sense. Combine him with the expiring contract of Evan Fournier and draft picks, and the Knicks can be at the negotiating table for any player on the trading block.
Plus, the Knicks don't really need Grimes. As valuable as he is as a two-way player, Grimes is superfluous on the Knicks' deep backcourt rotation. Balancing out the roster by trading for a big man, especially in the absence of Mitchell Robinson, who is out for the season, would make the Knicks a more dangerous postseason team.
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