The Knicks have made a decision RJ Barrett will be traded

The New York Knicks nearly traded one of their young mainstays, RJ Barrett, as part of Donovan Mitchell’s proposed package last summer. They won’t hesitate to do it again if a star becomes available, according to a rival general manager.

“Barrett will be in a piece if they make a big deal,” an Eastern Conference general manager told Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney. “They won’t just trade RJ as the main component of a trade, but if they want to get Damian Lillard or KAT (Karl-Anthony Town s) or even OG Anunoby or (Pascal) Siakam, that’s probably going to mean including him. But if he’s not a player So, then they’ll keep RJ and maybe look to move him next summer if he doesn’t make that step forward”.

Barrett’s poison pill will be lifted on July 1 when he starts free agency, clearing the salary match complication in a potential trade when using his $23.8 million incoming salary for next season in the first year of the extension four-year, $107 million rookie he signed last summer.