New York needs a star. That’s a fact anybody in the city will tell you.
Kristaps Porzingis is good, but how much does he really have left after tearing his ACL last winter? Kevin Knox, for as great as he looked in the summer league, hasn’t really lived up to the hype just yet.
The desperation for relevance is strong for the Knicks, and they might be ready to make a major play as a result.
“Some in the league believe the Knicks are stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available,” writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. The Wizards (9-14) were said to be ready to break it up after their disastrous start. It would have to be a three-team deal with the Knicks throwing in Ntilikina, Dotson, Courtney Lee (for cap purposes), a 2020 first-round and second-round pick.”
With another season of mediocrity for both teams underway, it’s no surprise they’re seeking to mix things up. It almost makes too much sense.
For Washington, their only risk would be Ntilikina. If they pull the trigger on the trade, then it’d mean they have some faith in Frank’s ability to develop as a player. Of course, the package of picks definitely helps.
Obviously, the Knicks would be somewhat important again. With John Wall in the Orange and Blue, it’d help in attracting free-agents and creating a winning atmosphere for the team that they haven’t had in years.
There are clear advantages, but no guarantees. Where he ends up (if he ends up anywhere at all) will determine what other packages might be out there. Because for the Wizards, they’ve got to be careful in trading their franchise superstar.