Never forget the mission.
The New York Knicks Want to trade for a star? Don’t sign one. Not increasing their chances of being drafted. They want to trade one and then trade another.
Be sure to rate the front office in this context.
That’s why the Knicks flipped the No. 19 pick for a future first baseman on NBA Draft Night in 2021. And that’s why they traded the No. 11 for a future triple pick the following summer. That’s why they signed the veterans with the hopes of being competitive enough to make it to the headlines.
Driving Nicks is a 90’s teen band. They just want whoever wants them. That’s why they hold on to all their picks and why they hold on to their young players so tight they won’t even spin it. Donovan Mitchell. Losing too many of them as well as too many draft picks could mean that there aren’t enough left to trade a file secondly 1 star – And to paraphrase something the general manager once said to me, the price of getting 1 star is 2 stars.
During his few public appearances with the team’s television network, Knicks president Leon Rose discussed the organization’s long-term resilience while hinting at that plan. The star packs consist of young talent and plenty of selection. The Knicks have both, which means they’re both in good shape.
But what happens when a team has flexibility within Plan A but chooses not to form Plans B and C?
Quickley did not hit well during the Knicks’ first 18 games. His efficiency has declined since his rookie season, but he has greatly improved as a defender. He is one of the team’s best assistants and is useful at guarding the Dodgers. pushes the pace wicked loose ball. Quickley has trended unexpectedly since bursting onto the scene in 2020-21: from a fast-attacking bucket player who wouldn’t give the Knicks much if he wasn’t scoring, to a very inconsistent ‘do the little things’ scourge.
However, the Knicks are steadily improving when they play. However, it anchors cleanly on the commercial block.
After years of working in the front office with his younger self, why is Quickley so consumed all of a sudden? How did this happen?
It’s hard to delve into the Knicks’ philosophies without going back to the grand plan.
The Knicks have waited long enough in their quest for a superstar that the young players they hoped would be the crux of a big deal are about to lose what makes them most attractive: their licenses.
Whatever specific reasons the Knicks have for listening to shows on Quickley, remember how past moves fit into Plan A. And the dreams that draft picks represent will be more attractive in the star trade than the certainty of an actual human, which they would have had if they had been drafted 19th overall. According to sources around the league, the Knicks have targeted a future first-round pick in exchange for Quickley, who is eligible for an extension next summer.
Thus, everything starts to make sense.
It probably wouldn’t be Quickley’s default deal for a draft pick. Maybe Knicks treat him to something that helps them today. Maybe they included it in a larger package. Or they may end up sticking with him for so long that he retires years from now with New York on his chest. Who knows how this ends?
Organizations talk about deals with other teams all the time. It’s not worth evaluating until it’s official. But based on where Quickley is on his contract and based on what the Knicks say to other teams they want to bring him back, this is as good a moment as any to check out that long-term plan and how the 23-year-old guard fits in.
Extension eligibility is a milestone for young players. Quickley is cheap this season and the next, but once he earns his market value (or at least can threaten that the organization should pay him), anyone who thinks of lusting after him in the trade will think of him differently. The same concept also surrounds Obi Tobinwhich is eligible for extension in the summer of 2023.
If the Knicks lock up a star in July or August, whichever team they talk to might prefer an extra pick instead of the player’s turn about to get paid. Similar conversation took place Utah Jazz And the RJ Barrett Last season, though, Utah ended up making a play for Barrett anyway.
The current front office has rated his talent highly in business negotiations in the past, even if he didn’t show faith in clearing the roster so that the younger members could play plenty. The Knicks watched the team move differently around Tobin last season and decided to re-sign Mitchell RobinsonAdd Isaiah Hartensteinre-sign Jericho Sims and stuck Julius Randel, blocking Tobin Road again. Hold on Evan Fournier And the Derek rose They are now overloaded with guards, enough to get injured cam redish over the weekend just to get by Quentin Grimes Back to spin. Trading one rotational player without turning one back (such as turning a guard over for a draft pick) would increase the situation. That’s how Rose ended up on the trading block too, Charania reports.
But it is Quickley’s case, more so than Rose’s, that inspires ruminations about Nicks’ “swing for the fences” ideology.
Rose is 34 years old and plays 13 minutes in the match. His contract expires after this season. In the meantime, Quickley should be part of the future. However, sticking with it may mean entering the middle list.
Nix cover sheet is not very flexible.
In 2024-25, which will be the first season of Quickley or Toppin’ extended payroll, fair Galen BronsonAnd Julius Randel, Robinson, Barrett and Grimes add up to $97 million. Let’s say the Knicks hypothetically re-signed Quickley and Toppin almost to their respective mediocrity exceptions. That would get them into the $120 million ballpark to pay less than half of the list.
The cap is expected to be around $140 million that season, but it’s not like the team is going to have $20 million in the room. He will need to fill another seven to eight places on the list. You’ll need to decide on Reddish (a free agent after this season), Hartenstein (a free agent in 2024) and Sims (who the Knicks will almost certainly bring back in this scenario since they have a cheap guarantee for the 2024-25 season).
All of this would be for a group that, so far, appears to be starring at Play-In. Meanwhile, the five players still under contract make up the current starting line-up, which have been an unnatural fit together. It’s not like the Knicks could easily trade someone out of that quintet instead of Quickly in hopes of wiping long-term money off their books. All of these guys are either too good at losing or too expensive to get as profitable a return as Quickley hypothetically can.
The Knicks saw the modern craze for superstars demanding an exit before they reached free agency and figured the best way to take advantage of the new rule was to prepare themselves for trades. Be competitive enough to boast coveted basketball status in a big market and let the big name pick you up, just like Brooklyn Networks did with Kyrie IrvingAnd the Kevin Durant And the James Harden or the Los Angeles Clippers did with Paul George And the Kawhi Leonard or the Los Angeles Lakers did with Anthony Davisand so on.
But all of these examples came in situations where teams were flexible enough to do more than just trade to someone. The Nets had plenty of room to sign Irving and Durant, then used an abundance of players and picks to deal with Harden. The Clippers traded for George but signed Leonard. The Lakers traded for Davis, but only after signing LeBron James.
The truth is, the supposed flexibility of Nix extends only to the first stellar trade. If the acquisition of Mitchell would leave the treasury too exposed to trade for a second star, the next available star that is as good as or better than Mitchell and therefore cost as much or more than Mitchell would leave the front office occupied with the same. conversation.
How can we trade all of this great stuff for this great player if we have so little left to make him a co-star?
It seems the cycle could go on forever.
The Knicks gave themselves little room to deviate from Plan A. And now they’re talking about Quickly.
They will not be tanked, which will increase their chances of being drafted a star. The organization could be lucky with the 15th pick, but there’s a reason why selections like Leonard W Giannis Antikonmo They are the ones we admire. They are not the norm. Meanwhile, they’ve locked up their roster with enough long-term cash that it takes serious gymnasts (and attached first-round picks to some of the biggest contracts on their books) to sign one.
Gymnastics is not easy when you are not as flexible as you claim to be.
(Quickley top photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)