It's no secret that the New York Knicks have gotten poor play out of their point guard position this season. However, now that Raymond Felton has again been sidelined with an injury the team has gone into panic mode over finding a replacement. Unfortunately, the Knicks front office is full of terrible ideas for the roster so they've now focused on Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.
Kyle Lowry is an okay basketball player. He'll never be a superstar and really isn't even considered a star level point guard. He's a solid player who is nothing more than a skilled backup on the NBA level. However, that won't stop the New York Knicks from trying to make him their next starting point guard at the expense of their future.
Toronto Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri must salivate when he hears the Knicks are interested in one of his players. During the off-season the Knicks acquired Andrea Bargnani from Toronto for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson, a first-round pick in 2016 and second-round selections in 2014 and 2017.
Now, if the Raptors were interested in a Felton-Lowry swap no Knicks fan would object. Felton has played poorly, can't stay healthy and has a few more years on his deal after this season. Lowry's deal is an expiring one and he's healthy. It would basically be a backup level point guard being traded for a backup level point guard.
However, because the salaries don't match the Knicks would have to add around $1.5 million more to make the deal happen. To do so they could add one of Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace or Pablo Prigioni to their package. They could also add Tim Hardaway Jr. to Felton and include one of Beno Udrih, Kenyon Martin, Cole Aldrich, Chris Smith or Toure Murry to seal the deal.
However, the Raptors are also asking for a draft pick. As if they didn't get enough of those from New York in the Bargnani trade. The real question is why?
Why should the Knicks give up so much for Lowry who isn't a star? Why should they potentially lose Shumpert and/or Hardaway Jr. and/or another first-round draft pick? This isn't Rajon Rondo, this is Kyle Lowry.
Now, if Lowry could continue his play this season after joining the Knicks he'd definitely be an upgrade over Felton. However, that isn't saying much. That being said, Lowry's put up some nice numbers this season. On the season, Lowry is averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals for the Raptors, He's shooting 36.1 percent from behind the arc and is a solid perimeter defender which the Knicks lack from the point guard position.
That being said, this isn't a trade worthy of losing another young player or more draft picks over. Why do the Knicks seem to continually think short-term instead of investing in their future?
Chris Broussard of ESPN reports the Knicks are currently refusing to include a first-round pick in the trade.
Knicks' pursuit of Kyle Lowry being held up by Knicks' refusal to give up 1st round pick, sources say— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) December 12, 2013
However, Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Raptors are demanding a first-round pick to complete the deal.
Toronto insisting on a first since proposed trade not only sends Lowry to NYK but sticks Raps w/Felton's longer-term $. Let's see who bends— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 12, 2013
It's totally understandable that the Raptors would ask a lot of the Knicks. First of all, they know the Knicks are suckers and tend to overpay in trades. Second, the Raptors are in a position of power and can afford to ask for a lot. Third, they would be strapping themselves with Felton for a few more years. It's understandable.
What isn't understandable is why the Knicks are engaging in this nonsense. If the Raptors want Felton, World Peace and Aldrich for Lowry, New York should do it. However, trading either of Shumpert or Hardaway Jr. for Lowry is foolish. On top of that, the Knicks don't need to trade any more first-round picks away. Not for anything less than a superstar. Enough is enough already.
This is one of those trades that either they except what you're willing to give up or you move on. If the Knicks don't acquire Lowry they could always start Prigioni. They play better with him as the starter anyway. Then they could bring Udrih off the bench as the primary backup and add Murry to the rotation. There's no need to throw away the future over trading for Lowry.
Marc Stein of ESPN is now reporting that the Raptors want two of the Knicks three biggest trade assets.
And at last report, Toronto was said to be seeking TWO of the following three: Shumpert, Hardaway Jr., Future First. A bit pricey, I'd say
That's a price the Knicks simply can not meet. They shouldn't give up Shumpert or Hardaway Jr. let alone both or one and a pick. The Raptors have every right to ask for a lot but the Knicks need to be smart for once and say no.
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