NBA Trades: 3 'X-factor' moves to transform the Knicks

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3) Make re-signing OG Anunoby and Isaiah Hartenstein a priority

Top priorites for the Knicks this offseason are straightforward. Resign OG Anunoby and Isaiah Hartenstein. With the Knicks limited cap flexibility, they may have to make a decision on which player is more important to them.

Considering New York just traded RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley for Anunoby, retaining his services would appear to be more important on the priority list. However, retaining Anunoby, like Hartenstein, won't be easy.

Seen as a premier, high-level two-way player by nearly every team in the league, Anunoby has had high interest for several seasons, but the Toronto Raptors set an extremely high price tag. Eventually, Toronto couldn't afford to lose Anunoby for nothing, and sent him to New York for a package revolving around RJ Barrett, and Immanuel Quickley. The veteran wing has shot between 36 and 39 percent from three each of the last four seasons, averaging 15 to 18 points over those four seasons.

Reports have mentioned that the Knicks have already been in contact with Anunoby, and sent him a possible contract offer. However, the offer(s) haven't been enticing enough for the wing, who will now test the free agent market in hopes of securing the financial stability he's looking for. Even though Anunoby has played 65 or more games in just four of seven career seasons, the importance of Anunoby's role can't be stressed enough, a role similar to Jrue Holiday's in Boston.

While Holiday is a guard that emphasizes playmaking, he has become an elite 3-point shooter in a reduced role, shooting a career-best 43 percent from three in his first season with the Celtics. Like Jrue, Anunoby has improved his shooting nearly every season. Both are also recognized as two of the league's best defensive players. Last offseason, Holiday signed a four-year, $134 million contract with a player option. Anunoby will command similar money, opting out of his $20 million player option.