It’s no secret that the New York Knicks have struggled to start the season.
The Knicks built a team ready to compete around superstar Carmelo Anthony but the results have been, so far, very disappointing as they sit on the last place of their division with a 3-6 record after nine games.
Things got worse with the injury suffered by Tyson Chandler, the struggles of Amar’e Stoudamire and the lackluster play of the backcourt, but trading all the team apart just to get another star isn’t the way to turn things around.
Per reports, the Knicks offered a trade to the Denver Nuggets that would send guard Iman Shumpert to Denver and New York would receive Kenneth Faried in return. But the fact that the Knicks were reluctant to add a draft pick into the mix cause the trade talks to crash almost instantly.
Things didn’t work better with the Boston Celtics as the Knicks proposed to deal both Shumpert and Stoudamire to acquire point guard Rajon Rondo. Boston isn’t likely to part ways with their only cornerstone of their rebuilding process so while that trade could be considered as a dream scenario for the Knicks, it’s very unlikely to happen.
There are rumors that a three-team blockbuster deal would be made in the coming days with the Sacramento Kings acquiring Iman Shumpert, the Los Angeles Lakers receiving Raymond Felton and Stoudamire and the Knicks having Pau Gasol and Isaiah Thomas in return. Those might be only twitter rumors but I just can’t see a deal like that happening.
What should be a cause for concern is that the three different proposals all have different ideas behind them: One is to add a big man to complement Chandler, another is to find a star point guard to pair up with ‘Melo’ and the last one is to incorporate a veteran big man with an expiring contract and a solid young point guard that’s still maturing.
The Knicks might have problems all over the hardwood, but it’s clear their management is part of the problem to start the year as well. Unsettling almost half of the roster in trade talks in the first month of the regular season can only damage the squad in the long run.