Knicks, could Mitchell Robinson be a great trade bait?

In an era where successful deals are the talk of the town, the New York Knicks stand out for their measured approach. The front office is steadfast in not pushing for rushed deals, making sure to avoid deals that could backfire.

Their faith is in Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle as their cornerstone duo, but they have high hopes for RJ Barrett to have a better season. The value from the recent acquisitions of Donte DiVincenzo and Josh Hart is also eagerly awaited.

Amid all the trade talk, Mitchell Robinson could emerge as an attractive asset for the Knicks. Even as he clamors for more offensive roles, Robinson is an undeniable centerpiece of the Knicks’ defensive play. The 25-year-old defenseman recently committed to the Knicks, signing a four-year, $60 million contract set to end after the 2025-26 season.

If the Knicks contemplate a trade for a star player, Robinson could be required by the opposing team. Last season’s stats, including averages of 7.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and a .671 field goal percentage, are a testament to his ability. While his free throw shooting isn’t his strong suit, Robinson excels in the paint and is adept at grabbing rebounds.

According to Vince Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports , getting Robinson would mean parting with “multiple first-round picks.” While the Knicks could use this leverage to lure another superstar, president Leon Rose would think twice before letting go of one of their defensive cornerstones.

Trading Robinson would only make sense if the Knicks secured a superstar like Joel Embiid. Without such a return, losing Robinson would do more harm than good to the team’s aspirations.