The Knicks could find in Yuta Watanabe an affordable but solid option to both satisfy their need for three-point shooting and the vacancy that would leave a potential trade for Obi Toppin.
Watanabe is a versatile defender, which could give the Knicks more options and defensive length/size. And over the course of his five-season career, he’s shown a willingness to put his body on the line and be a defensive disruptor.
If Watanabe can be a three-point takedown threat from the corner, run hard in transition, and play tough defense, he could be a great option for a Knicks team that needs front-field shots and bigger defenders in the worst way. possible.