The New York Knicks have been linked to potential blockbuster trades for All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Dejounte Murray over the past year, but FOX Sports NBA insider Ric Bucher believes the team shouldn’t target either players before the NBA trade deadline.
The Knicks are having a great first half of the 2023-24 NBA season and recently caught fire following a big trade for Toronto Raptors 3-and-D stud OG Anunoby. With this roster just two games out of third place in the East, they appear one step away from being a serious title contender this season.
This is why many in the league believe there is a real possibility of making another big trade before the February 8 trade deadline. One superstar who continues to be linked to the organization is All-Star Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, in a new chat with Sportsnaut , FOX Sports NBA insider Ric Bucher explained why the Knicks may have gotten lucky when they failed in their trade pursuit for him two summers ago.
“I’m not really sure what the romance with Donovan Mitchell is, to be honest with you,” he said. “I think he’s a very good player. I think he’s kind of like Bradley Beal. Really good player and scorer – I hear he’s a great guy – but how close is he to playing for a championship? Good players can take teams to the playoffs. Most people look at what happened in Utah and credit Rudy Gobert for being that guy who gets you to the playoffs. Maybe he doesn’t do anything more, but as a regular season player, that’s what makes your team a 50-win team,” he continued, “And the New York Knicks fans are all like, ‘We’ve got to get Donovan.’ . Mitchell.” Where is Cleveland right now, relying on Donovan Mitchell?”