3 Potential trade deadline outcomes for the New York Knicks

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The NBA Trade Deadline is less than a week away, while the New York Knicks rank 7th in the Eastern Conference with a 28-25 record. Players like Derrick Rose and Cam Reddish have been in trade rumors since early in the season, and at least one of them is likely to be moved soon. Here are three potential deadline outcomes for New York.

Knicks Trade Outcome #3: Play It Safe

Despite the season’s ups and downs, the Knicks are above .500 as the trade deadline approaches, which they couldn’t say a decade ago. This is the best roster New York has assembled in a long time, and changing anything about it might be unnecessary. Obviously, the Knicks are far from contention, but to change that, it will need a superstar player, and it doesn’t seem like any will be available at this year’s deadline.

That doesn’t mean it makes sense to keep Cam Reddish, who’s in the final year of his rookie contract and has been out of the Knicks’ rotation for months. Using him to amass more picks, most likely in the form of one or two second-round picks, would be a safe and prudent move for New York. Here’s a trade that could be done.

Knicks Trade – Cam Reddish

Spurs Trade –  2023 Top Ten Protected Second-Round Pick via Indiana, 2024 Top Ten Protected Second-Round Pick via Los Angeles

In this deal, the Knicks would acquire two protected second-round picks for Reddish. This is a calculated move with essentially no risks attached, and it leaves the Knicks with 11 second-round picks to use in a potential trade or to add more young talent.

San Antonio has $17 million in cap space to use, and taking a flier on Reddish wouldn’t be a bad way to clear some of that. Reddish has played on playoff-caliber teams almost his entire career and has struggled to find a role. Maybe playing on a losing team would help him gain some confidence as a primary scorer. And who better to revitalize his career than the Spurs?