Would OG Anunoby turn down the Knicks for the Sixers?

While it was another titleless season for the New York Knicks, it was also their most successful in 25 years. Ultimately the team was destroyed by injuries, but with everyone back healthy, there are high hopes that next season can be different. A big question, however, is whether these “everyones” will include impending free agent OG Anunoby.

There was a lot of fanfare surrounding Anunoby’s acquisition from the Toronto Raptors in January, but no one knew how much of an impact this “3-and-D” guy would have. When he played swingman, the Knicks went a stunning 26-6 combined in the regular season and postseason. While he didn’t always fill out a stat sheet, his hustle and intangibles often made a huge difference.

There is speculation that Anunoby could be looking for a new contract worth around $150 for four years. But this could just be the initial move, as he could be looking for something much more lucrative, perhaps up to $245 million over five years.

Signing a player who has helped the team win over 80% of their games when he plays is a no-brainer. The problem for the Knicks, however, is that they may not be entirely sure they can count on Anunoby. He missed a significant amount of time during the regular season with an elbow injury and it was a hamstring issue that ultimately knocked him out of the second-round series with the Pacers.

If the Knicks balk at Anunoby’s asking price or fail to offer him what he wants, they will have no shortage of suitors. Perhaps the leader in the clubhouse right now is the Philadelphia 76ers , who have seen up close exactly what Anunoby can do in the postseason.

During their matchup in the first round of the playoffs, Anunoby proved to be quite problematic for the Sixers. His 7-foot-2 wingspan wreaked havoc and when the Knicks stopped, he always seemed to be in the action. If Philadelphia offers him a significant deal, the catalyst could be New York’s closeout game.

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