Jared Weiss, reported Tuesday that the Knicks were among the teams chasing former Celtic Grant Williams, who would make a fine replacement for Toppin off the bench. However, with Williams traded to Dallas on Wednesday, perhaps New York will gravitate towards pursuing another defensive-minded winger in Toronto’s OG Anunoby.
Anunoby has been linked to the Knicks since the regular season and they could still be in the game for the 25-year-old if the Raptors make him available. According to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange, if Toronto continues its roster and personnel turnover by trading two-time All-Star Pascal Siakam, a deal with Anunoby could follow.
“If Siakam goes, the focus will be on OG Anunoby, the all-NBA defenseman who remains on the watchlist for several teams, most notably the New York Knicks,” Grange wrote.
Anunoby would certainly cost more in a trade than Williams, though he could be a worthwhile addition for the Knicks, who have the resources to make a deal work. Considering Toronto lost longtime point guard Fred VanVleet in free agency, a trade involving Anunoby and guard Immanuel Quickley could be beneficial to both sides.