3 Potential trade deadline outcomes for the New York Knicks

Julius Randle, New York Knicks (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Knicks Trade Outcome #2: Make A Small Upgrade

While the Knicks currently find themselves within the play-in picture, it might take an upgrade to stay there. New York has the league’s third toughest schedule the rest of the way and is only three games ahead of the 11th-seeded Chicago Bulls.

The Knicks’ main weakness lies in their lack of wing depth. While Cam Reddish fits the mold, he’s too inconsistent to rely on as a key rotation member of a playoff team. New York needs a reliable veteran who they can count on in big moments and who fits the team’s culture. So why not bring back a former Knick in Reggie Bullock? Here’s a deal that could

Knicks Trade: Cam Reddish

Mavericks Trade: Reggie Bullock

While Bullock is having a down year, averaging only 6 points per game on 39% shooting, he remains an active defender and brings toughness to the court. In last year’s playoffs, he was a key component of the Mavericks’ Conference Finals run, playing elite defense and shooting 39% from three. If he could simply replicate that defense for New York, he’d improve the team. If he could perform at that level on both ends of the court, he would change the Knicks’ season. Either way, he’d provide much more than Reddish does on the bench.

From Dallas’s perspective, desperate times call for desperate measures. While that philosophy has led to some ill-advised trades in recent years, the Mavs don’t have much to give up here in Bullock, whose scoring has been very inconsistent on a team that needs shot-making to win. Reddish might not provide that, but he at least can create his own shot, which, outside of Luka Doncic, is an area of weakness for the Mavs.