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Sizing up Some Potential Deals the New York Knicks Might Make Prior to Thursdays Trade Deadline

February 20th, 2014 at 5:32 AM
By Daniel Stack

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Seeing as though the NBA trade deadline is today, the trade winds leading up to it are running rampant as we approach the 11th hour. Of course, the New York Knicks have been involved in many trade rumors and they range from the mundane to the ridiculous.

So, what will the Knicks do leading up the deadline? Will they be buyers or sellers? Do they drastically shake things up or just make a complimentary trade? Or do they do nothing all?

From the grapevine, it is readily apparent that the Knicks want to upgrade at point guard.

Seriously, what point guard hasn’t been linked to the Knicks in the last few weeks?

Let’s see, we got Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague, Andre Miller, Darren Collison and even Jeremy Lin—if you can believe that—being the names that been linked with the Knicks.

The Knicks have made it abundantly clear—with all the leaked-out names—that they are not satisfied with Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih at point guard. They are aggressively shopping them along with other pieces for an upgrade at the position. Clearly, getting a better point guard is crucial, as Felton has regressed this season.

Rondo and Lowry are pie-in-the-sky ideas with almost zero shot of happening. Teague is also long shot based on his contract. And that Lin rumor, well that’s downright laughable.

That leaves Miller and Collison as the only logical possibilities.

Maybe the Knicks can move Udrih to the Nuggets for Miller. After all, Miller has burned his bridges in Denver with head coach Brian Shaw and he wants out in the worst way. It’s not likely the Nuggets will budge in trading Kenneth Faried for Iman Shumpert but maybe the Nuggets will relent and ship off the disgruntled Miller to the Knicks.

The Knicks have also discussed a swap involving Udrih to the nuggets for forward Jordan Hamilton. Udrih's name has also come up in talks with the Wizards,

For a veteran team in need of a playmaker, Miller would be an ideal fit in New York. Granted he is not the Miller of the early 2000’s, but he is always one to make wise decisions with the ball. He certainly would be an upgrade over Udrih.

As for Collison, well talks have intensified.  

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (h/t NBA.SI.Com)

• Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports: The Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are discussing a deal centered around guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo Sports. In proposed deals, the Clippers would send the Knicks a package that includes point guard Darren Collison for Shumpert and point guard Raymond Felton, sources told Yahoo Sports.

However, a potential wrench has been thrown into the mix, as Shumpert had to leave Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans with a sprain of his surgically repaired left knee.

It should be an interesting couple of hours leading up to the deadline. With the Knicks still within contention of reaching the playoffs they would only add only marginal pieces to the roster if they make a trade at all. Also, the idea of trading Carmelo Anthony is ludicrous. So, let's put that to bed.

When you consider the Knicks don’t have any movable first-round draft picks until 2018, deals for any player of real value become limited. Sure, they can package young players like Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. and get some decent players back, but at this point they are better off just standing pat and riding it out.

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Tags: Andre Miller, Basketball, Beno Udrih, Carmelo Anthony, Darren Collison, Iman Shumpert, Jeff Teague, Jeremy Lin, Kyle Lowry, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo, Raymond Felton, Trade Deadline

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