Knicks, Anfernee Simons is intriguing for New York

After acquiring players like Robert Covington, Enes Kanter and Derrick Jones Jr. in this offseason, Portland might be ready to run to the Western Conference crown.

But if Anfernee Simons isn’t ready to help, the Blazers might let him go for someone who is. Alec Burks isn’t the most exciting name around, but he’s a plug-and-play source of quick points and capable long-range shots.

The Knicks aren’t competing for anything substantial in the foreseeable future, so they might afford to wait for Simons’ development. In return, they could find the solution to their long search as a point guard. The 21-year-old offers an intriguing blend of shooting and athleticism, both of which could secure him a long-term spot alongside RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and Obi Toppin.