Apparently, the New York Knicks are willing to trade anyone on their roster not named Carmelo Anthony in order to make a late-season run at the postseason.
The team hasn’t been able to turn the season around even though they’re in a very weak Eastern Conference, and they are slowly seeing how their playoff chances decrease every minute. However, that doesn’t mean that a major trade is the solution to the team’s problems.
The Knicks are looking to offload Iman Shumpert according to reports, and while the guard has been linked with a number of teams, the latest to inquire about him was no other than the Los Angeles Lakers, who also asked for center Tyson Chandler. The Lakers are in desperate need of some defense near the rim, and rumors are suggesting a trade that would see Pau Gasol move to the Big Apple.
There’s no secret that the Lakers would benefit greatly from this deal. Chandler’s ability to defend near the rim would give L.A. a constant inside presence. Considering that New York would need to include Shumpert and possibly J.R. Smith in any package, Los Angeles would be wise to pursue this kind of deal.
However, things aren’t that sweet for the Knicks on the other side of the coin. If this proposed move is finalized, the Knicks would only receive an aging power forward that seems to be past his prime, while also cutting ties with two of their best defenders. Gasol would undoubtedly give Mike Woodson a great scoring option near the rim, but he’s nowhere near the defender Chandler is, depleting a defense that’s already one of the worst in the NBA.
There’s no harm in shopping players to see what they can get return, but the Knicks have a small margin of error to work with if they want to make a deal. The 2013-14 season already looks lost and the management needs to start thinking what’s best for the long-term future of the franchise.