The New York Knicks are among the most intriguing teams to watch ahead of the trade deadline. New York has a lot of capital and big salaries, which puts them in play to land a star. New York has plenty of assets to land a third star and should get one at the deadline.
One of the possible names is that of Dejounte Murray.
Murray is considered New York’s “ideal trade target” as his style of play would mesh well with Jalen Brunson in the backcourt. Murray is a 6-foot-5 two-way guard who has a significant impact on the game. The 27-year-old guard is averaging 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game this 2023-24 season. He shoots 46% from the field and 38.2% from three.
Murray’s elite defense would fit well next to Brunson, who is an elite offensive player but struggles defensively. Murray would take on the responsibility of guarding the opponent’s best guard while being a reliable offensive player. A backcourt of Brunson and Murray would be a great pairing with Randle at power forward. Murray’s availability will depend on the direction of the Atlanta Hawks at the deadline. Atlanta is currently 11th in the Eastern Conference at 12-17. If Murray becomes available, New York should pursue him.