We take a look at how the New York Knicks did during the 2020 NBA trade deadline and hand out some grades.
There were a lot of talks involving the New York Knicks entering the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline. Given their performance up to that point, as the team was 15-36 heading into the deadline, many people thought they would certainly be sellers. That was partly true, but the team didn’t go all the way as sellers.
With the president of basketball operations, Steve Mills fired days before the trade deadline, the Knicks were in a tough predicament. Scott Perry was leading the way solo, but not knowing who would be in the front office long-term (or what their plan would be) made things difficult.
New York shipped out their best player this season, Marcus Morris, to the Clippers. In exchange, they received Maurice Harkless, a 2020 first-round pick, the right to swap picks in 2021 and a 2021 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons. Jerome Robinson was sent from the Clippers to the Wizards, with Isaiah Thomas going to the Clippers, but he has already been released.
Reactions were mixed on the trade of Morris, As the team’s best player and steady influence in the locker room, some people hoped he would be retained long-term this offseason when he became an unrestricted free agent. Some people thought the Knicks should have fully embraced the rebuild, trying more veterans.
We take a look at that move and moves the team did not make and hand out some grades going over the Knicks’ 2020 NBA Trade Deadline.