The Knicks are targeting a first-round pick to trade Immanuel Quickley

The Knicks are targeting a first-round pick to trade Immanuel Quickley

It feels like the New York Knicks Reception has reached a point of no return. Or, perhaps more accurately, a fixed return point of a first-round-pick or nothing.

Just a few days later Those of Athletic Reported from Shams Charania ($). a “willingness to discuss” Immanuel Quickley in trade talks from the Knicks’ front office, along with an interest in moving on from Derrick Rose.Fred Katz now reports the return that New York is chasing in exchange for the third-year guard.

“According to league sources, the Knicks have targeted a future first-round pick in a return for Quickley,” Katz wrote, before noting that IQ is close to being eligible for a contract extension this summer coming.

In the opening line of his piece, Katz reminds readers to “never forget the mission.” Point, guys.

Our own Kento Kato wrote on Charania’s report a few days ago and already highlighted the appeal Quickley could have to Association suitors, saying that while IQ “has been struggling in attack” he has nonetheless “become into a very good perimeter defender.” And Kato is absolutely right.

Quickley is also 23 years old and one of the main building blocks of the young New York Knicks. Yes, there is Jalen Brunson. Yes, there is RJ Barrett. Heck, there’s also Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson if you want.

Judging by what the front office did last summer when deciding which direction to go in terms of building the roster, it makes sense for the front office to pursue this type of trade.

Whether or not this is the right decision is up for debate. There is no limit to how many draft picks a franchise can acquire. There is, however, a limit to the number of players that can be signed at any one time, and there is also this little thing called competing.

The latter, if anything, can only be achieved by virtue of having real, flesh-and-blood human beings playing basketball on hardwood floors across the country, rather than future, intangible assets in the air in groups. .

Not to mention building a war chest of draft picks it might not be that attractive to the rest of the league, as the club that has it may appear.

Katz summed up the Knicks’ current state of affairs well by writing that “New York wants to trade for a star. Not signing one. Not increasing their chances of drafting one.”

Of course, there’s always the chance that another franchise could offer something other than a first-round pick that would draw attention and lead to a bigger deal. A multi-player pack, both outgoing and incoming, could do the trick. Would this solve this main problem of the franchise, though?

It appears the Knicks front office, at this point, is keeping an eye on the contract of the young players on the roster and the implications of their upcoming extensions if they end up inking them. As Katz writes, “Quickley is cheap this season and next, but once he hits his market value [other franchises] will think of him differently.”

Reminds everyone of what happened with Utah not being entirely convinced to trade for a now very rich RJ Barrett.

There’s nothing really new in New York, shop Quickley. He was part of trade talks last summer when the Knicks and Jazz discussed Donovan Mitchell. The only player who broke the deal was reportedly Quentin Grimes.

The Knicks now have Brunson starting at the point, Cam Reddish and Grimes battling to start at the two-guard spot, Derrick Rose and IQ waiting for their moments, Deuce McBride on the perimeter and Evan Fournier still there with money while racking up DNP. – CDs. Something has to give. Just like at the top of the rotation with a clogged Rob/Hartenstein/Sims/Randle/Toppin big man group with only two positions available to them.

Considering how the front office has performed lately, basically making moves that have encouraged Coach Thibodeau to go with options over IQ and Toppin in favor of other more experienced players handed to him by the FO (even after drafting the two young with first round elections). …) the writing is on the wall for one or both of them to turn around for anything Leon Rose & Co. thought it would bring them closer to the eventual landing of their “mega star.”

Now tell me what that kind of top player would do on a team that should reasonably and realistically empty the draft coffers (which aren’t as big or flashy as some have made them out to be) i sending good players backwards (leaving a Brunson/RJ/Randle or two on the roster, but not much more proven talent to play in NY).

Cam Reddish took New York to buy a protected first-round pick, so do the math. In other words: Brooklyn isn’t trading Kevin Durant for a top three guard, nor is Los Angeles trading Anthony Davis for IQ plus a couple of mid-round picks, let alone Oklahoma City trading next big Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for IQ. /Grimes/Toppin/McBride alongside Chet.

There shouldn’t be any untouchable players on this team, but there should definitely be some plan that doesn’t point all 20 fingers of Leon Rose — and the Knicks, by extension — in the direction of purgatory.

The endless loop of mediocrity, however, seems to be alive, well, and going strong around these places. Bring in a megastar by depleting the team, or pile them into draft picks and keep dreaming of something big.

Either way, the best we can do is check back on the franchise in eight or ten years. Maybe things have changed by then. Or maybe the front office is still throwing cans down their wonderfully manufactured highway.

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