Knicks, a new star won’t be arriving anytime soon

The Knicks have already made a trade and it may not get done before the Feb. 8 deadline.

New York’s long-term plan remains to acquire a marquee player, adding him to the core the front office has already built. According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the Knicks don’t expect that to happen until the summer at the earliest.

The long-term plan remains to add a star to the core already in place, but the organization still doesn’t expect that star, whoever it may be, to become available before this summer at the earliest, league sources tell The Athletic.

In the meantime, the team is looking for additional help, particularly ball carriers with specific types of contracts, according to Katz. Whatever the move, it appears the Knicks are positioning themselves for a bigger trade this summer.

…They would like someone with a contract they consider tradeable in return, a player with a salary preferably in the low teens or low $20 million range who would be attractive to a franchise trading away a star in June or July, according to league sources