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

Mikal Bridges (pictured) versus Philadelphia 76ers
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1B) Or Acquire Karl-Anthony Towns

Another high-level offensive big, Karl-Anthony Towns could be an option for the Knicks if he becomes available. Offensively, Towns has become one of the most consistent shooting big men to ever play in the NBA. Towns has versatility as a forward and center and has become a serious threat from three. Towns efficiency trademarked 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game season, shooting 50 percent, 42 percent from three, and 87 percent from the free throw line as an All-Star.

With career shooting splits of 52 percent, 40 percent from three, and 84 from the free throw line, Towns is a proven weapon offensively. Playing his last two seasons as a forward beside Rudy Gobert, Towns has become sometimes reliant on his three-point shot, which has been both advantageous and disadvantageous. Defensively, Towns showed a lot of improvements in the last few seasons, becoming a more mobile and effective perimeter defender, in addition to improving his rim presence.

While trading Randle for Towns may seem like a lateral move, one that won't move the needle for the Knicks, there is a few key differences between the two players. While Randle offers more energy, better defense, more consistent rebounding, and even more playmaking, there's a significant difference between each player's level of efficiency. While Randle may be the better athlete for a faster-paced offense, Towns is truly the better fit based off the similar offensive play styles they have.

Ultimately, the Knicks could easily regroup with the same team they had to end this season, with a healthy Julius Randle, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Mitchell Robinson in the fold. But, if they fail to resign OG Anunoby and Isaiah Hartenstein, New York may be in deep trouble if they don't prepare for the possibilities of life without Anunoby, Hartenstein, or possibly Julius Randle. The ultimate goal is a NBA championship, which the Knicks have been seeking since 1973, and they have the roster to contend.