The New York Knicks need all the help they can get to turn their season around after a very slow start to the year.
With the play of Carmelo Anthony as the only bright spot in a very poor campaign, they need several reinforcements if they want to make a postseason run. One of the positions that definitively need an upgrade is the point guard position where neither Raymond Felton nor Pablo Prigioni can be considered as starting caliber in the NBA.
That could change soon though as the Knicks are reportedly – per ESPN’s Marc Stein – looking to set up a package to acquire Toronto Raptors’ PG Kyle Lowry. The Raptors are open to deal mostly everyone on their roster not named Jonas Valanciunas, but it remains to be seen if the Knicks have enough pieces to land Lowry.
The lack of worthy draft picks available – the soonest first rounder the Knicks can include on a deal is one for the 2018 Draft – and the lack of overall talent in the roster certainly dictates that putting a package would be quite hard. The Knicks don’t have many tradable assets and they would need to consider including Felton and possibly Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. to make things happen.
It remains to be seen if the negotiations progress in the future, but it’s going to be hard for them to acquire Lowry. The floor general is on an expiring contract and while the Knicks might not be willing to part ways with a lot of talent for what would essentially be a few months of an – at best – above-average player, it might be the spark they need to turn things around.