The New York Knicks have been looking for a superstar player type for years. They have tried to get this player in trade talks during the off-season and they have also tried to sign big names in free hands.
All of the Knicks’ attempts to do so have failed, however, and while their acquisitions of Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein have paid off so far this past offseason, neither Brunson nor Hartenstein truly possess the superstar-like quality the Knicks want and need .
As a result, New York’s search for top talent in this league will continue, potentially costing them future assets and young talent such as Immanuel Quickley, who was recently selected in the first round.
Quickley, now in his third NBA season with the Knicks, has proven to be a key offensive weapon for New York. He’s absolutely a player they could use long-term, but Quickley’s value is currently at an all-time high and the Knicks may not want to renew his contract, especially with RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson earning nine-figure deals this offseason and Julius Randle’s current contract, the runs until the 2025/26 season, provided he exercises this player option for the final year.
Immanuel Quickley is currently a member of a crowded Knicks backcourt and will no doubt cause a stir in trade talks heading towards the close, which is why New York is open to the possibility of moving him, The Athletic’s Shams Charania recently quoted as saying that the Knicks Quickley in trade talks “Have shown willingness to discuss”.
What does all this mean for the Knicks and the future of their recent first-round pick, as this is an organization that believes they have what it takes to make it back to the playoffs and keep growing forward?
Because he didn’t trade for Donovan Mitchell last offseason, a player who would have stood out at Madison Square Garden for his New York City-area upbringing and the fact that he’s loved by fans, the Knicks have the ways in which a star can come into play are limited.
It might be a little overzealous to think that New York can move Quickley and some draft assets for that star-like player they need, but the young guard could bring a wealth of other assets to the Knicks, especially more in the first Round draft picks that could be used for a massive roster upgrade either before the trade closes or during the off-season.
According to The Athletic’s Fred Katz, the Knicks’ willingness to move Quickley is directly linked to their long-term goal of trading for a superstar talent in this league and that the New York front office believes a first-round pick from another team there is more value in said deal than Immanuel Quickley himself.
With just one season left on his rookie deal, Quickley will be in the market for a rookie extension that could net him between $10 million and $15 million a year should he continue to show signs of improvement into the 2022 season -23.
Committing to that sort of deal could see the Knicks sidelined for a star-like player they had their eye on, which is why there’s this “willingness” to discuss Immanuel Quickley in trade talks now .
What New York decides to do over the next few months will be very revealing about where this franchise is headed.
They certainly have the talent they need to be competitive in the Eastern Conference, but being competitive and winning games is no longer the same, especially since there are at least ten other organizations in the East who believe they really have one Have playoff-caliber rosters.
The Knicks have a very low margin of error right now, and if they want to improve and get back to the playoffs, they’ll have to be very careful with their moves. Trading in Immanuel Quickley would be a huge risk for this franchise, especially if they don’t have a full plan to pursue a big name, either before the trade deadline or headed into next summer.
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