NBA Trade Rumors: Steve Nash and Other Guards the New York Knicks Must Target
The New York Knicks have a star-studded lineup. But, they haven't figured out how to turn their talent into wins.
The biggest reason the Knicks have struggled so far is that they don't have a true point guard.
Until they get a guy who can distribute the ball to Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, they are going to continue to struggle.
Fortunately for the Knicks, there are plenty of point guards out there to be had.
Let's take a look at three point guards whom the Knicks need to get in order to take the next step as a team.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
After beating the Knicks earlier this week, Nash gave some not-so-subtle hints to the New York Times that he'd like to play in New York at some point:
It’s no secret. This is the basketball capital of the world. I live here in the summer, I have a lot of friends here, my former coach and teammate play here, so it’s a homecoming in some ways for me and it’s always fun to play here.
Whether it's through a trade this season or during the offseason, when Nash is a free agent, the Knicks need to make a move.
Which point guard should the Knicks target the most?
Getting Nash back together with Mike D'Antoni and Stoudemire would be great for Nash and great for the Knicks.
Add in Tyson Chandler and Anthony, and the Knicks would have enough talent to beat the Miami Heat.
Devin Harris, Utah Jazz
Harris isn't nearly as good as he once was, but he'd still be a major upgrade in New York.
And, the best part for the Knicks is that he'll likely be really cheap. The Knicks don't have a lot of trade chips, but they probably have enough to get Harris.
Brett David Roberts of Yahoo! Sports says the Knicks could get in on the Harris sweepstakes:
The Knicks—realistically—do not actually have any better options as they wait for a gimpy and overweight Baron Davis to make his return to the court. Adding Harris may or may not make them any better, but if they could obtain him for pennies on the dollar, maybe they would.
Getting Harris would definitely be an upgrade for New York, so if the Knicks can do it, they should.
They aren't going to win a playoff series without a serviceable point guard.
Raymond Felton, Portland Trailblazers
In that same article, Roberts mentions that the Knicks might also be interested in bringing back Felton.
Felton was a key part of the Knicks last season before being traded to the Denver Nuggets as a part of the Carmelo Anthony deal.
Now that the Knicks are struggling without a point guard, it would make sense to try to bring Felton back into the mix.
He's familiar with the offensive style of D'Antoni and was successful in his stint with the Knicks.
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