The trade deadline is slowly creeping up on the New York Knicks and if they don’t make something happen fast, their season is as good as finished. New York’s point guard play has been atrocious in every way and it doesn’t look like any guard on the current roster is capable of stepping up for the rest of the season. Raymond Felton needs a map because he looks completely lost and Pablo Prigioni just isn’t good enough to cut it.
There have been reports of New York’s interest in Jeff Teague, as the Atlanta Hawks are shopping him aggressively. However, Teague misses a lot of shots and can be reckless with the ball at times. A much better fit for the Knicks would be Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. New York has been actively pursuing Lowry since December and if there was ever a good time to land him, it’s now. Lowry distributes the ball well, he can score, he plays defense, and he can even shoot a three.
There’s no question that New York would like to cut ties with Felton as quickly as possible, so you can put him in the deal. Iman Shumpert is also on the trading block along with Beno Udrih. There has to be a way Steve Mills can entice the Raptors to hand over Lowry for any combination of those three players, but by no means should New York let the name Tim Hardaway Jr. anywhere near a trade talk. Hardaway has so much upside and will be a future star on this team.
The Raptors will have to pay Lowry at the end of this season, as he’s an unrestricted free agent so they will want to get something for him now. With this trade, the Knicks will be allowed to exceed the salary cap in order to sign Lowry during the offseason, but the Raptors obviously wouldn’t have that perk.
If Lowry is not a New York Knick by 3 p.m. EST this Thursday, there is no way they will win in the playoffs if they do find a way to sneak in. It wouldn’t even be terrible if they can acquire Teague while keeping Hardaway Jr., but if New York does nothing before the deadline, they better have a brilliant plan in free agency this summer.