The Knicks interested in the former first pick of the draft

The New York Knicks may not be done trading the market yet.

The Knicks made their first big splash of the offseason last week, when the team acquired Mikal Bridges from the cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks also lost a key piece, center Isaiah Hartenstein, who signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder for a deal close to nine figures.

New York has “made some digs” to land Hartenstein’s potential replacement, according to a report from HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. The Knicks are said to be “showing interest” in Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler.

Kessler had an outstanding rookie campaign with the Jazz two seasons ago. The Auburn alum finished third in 2022-23 Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on a staggering 72.0 shooting percentage %.

But Utah signed John Collins during the 2023 offseason, creating a logjam in the Jazz’s frontcourt. After starting in 40 games as a rookie, Kessler started just 22 games in his second season. Aside from a 0.1 increase in his blocks per game, Kessler’s numbers are down overall.

Kessler is a 7’0″ blocker who could be the ideal defender for the Knicks’ wing lineup. Given the injury history of incumbent Knicks starter Mitchell Robinson, Kessler could have plenty of opportunities to take a big bite out of the “Big Apple.”

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