The New York Knicks have been scouring the trade market in recent weeks trying to find potential upgrades to their roster. After nailing the OG Anunoby trade that helped them go on a run, the Knicks are reportedly not done.
However, it's looking increasingly unlikely that the next acquisition will be Malcolm Brogdon.
Knicks Rumors: Malcolm Brogdon Trade Seems Less Likely
According to NBA insider Ian Begley, there hasn't been any significant discussion between the Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers regarding a Brogdon trade recently. This likely means that New York has shifted their focus to other guards like Bruce Brown, Dejounte Murray, or Tom Thibodeau favorite Alec Burks, or to frontcourt targets.
This makes sense. Brogdon is a valuable player who won the 6th Man of the Year award last season with the Boston Celtics, but he is not the best fit in New York. He is 31 years old, injury-prone, and is on a deal paying him $22.5 annually for this season and next. Considering the fact that he will likely not start for the Knicks, that is a steep price to pay for a sixth man.
The Knicks are already loaded in the backcourt. This could change if Quentin Grimes is indeed traded ahead of the deadline. But even then, New York's priority should be bolstering the frontcourt rotation behind Julius Randle and Isaiah Hartenstein.
If no trade materializes until the February 7 deadline, the Knicks should still be content to have their current roster for the playoffs. They have the fifth-best odds in the Eastern Conference to make the NBA Finals with +2200 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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