The NBA community was abuzz Wednesday following the Milwaukee Bucks’ surprising acquisition of Damian Lillard from the Portland Trailblazers. One intriguing piece of this trade puzzle is defensive wizard, Jrue Holiday, now aligned with Portland. However, rumors on the wind suggest the Trailblazers could move him in the coming months. The New York Knicks appear to be lurking in the shadows, perhaps interested in securing Holiday, but face a challenging path with salary cap constraints and retaining crucial players to improve their playoff prospects.
Jonathan Macri of the “Knicks Films School” points out that to honor Holiday’s contract, the Knicks would need to free up at least $29.4 million. While this mathematical puzzle has potential solutions, each one comes with its own sacrifices. For example, one proposal calls for trading up-and-comer RJ Barrett along with three minimum salaries. An alternative could see Evan Fournier, Immanuel Quickley, Isaiah Hartenstein and some draft picks change hands.