Having acquired Donte DiVincenzo in free agency and trading Obi Toppin, the Knicks are likely to start the 2023-24 season with an unchanged lineup. The Knicks may consider boosting their championship prospects by acquiring a new player at the deadline.
Currently, several star players are looking to make a move. However, buying one would require the Knicks to part ways with one of their up-and-coming talents, like RJ Barrett, to clear up enough salary space for a potential deal. Names like Paul George and Joel Embiid have been linked to the Knicks, with Embiid as a potential target should he force his exit from the 76ers.
“James Harden and Damian Lillard are both available via trade”, Begley wrote. “But as of late Saturday night, I don’t think New York aggressively went after either player”.
It appears that Lillard is focusing on the Miami Heat, while Harden could try to force a move to a team of his choosing. Knicks president Leon Rose is reportedly looking for a specific fit rather than casually adding another star.