Knicks Rumors: 4 Trades That Would Fix New York
The New York Knicks are in the midst of a letdown of epic proportions. Fans are calling for the head of Mike D'Antoni and want him run out of town. Some course of action needs to be taken in order to return the Knicks to prominence. Here are four trade rumors that would fix (or at least help) the Knicks.
Amar'e Stoudemire to the Sixers
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It truly would be painful for New York Knicks fans to watch Amar'e Stoudemire leave Madison Square Garden for the division rival Philadelphia 76ers but it might not turn out so bad.
The 76ers have reportedly shown interest in obtaining Stoudemire from the Knicks. The one problem is that Philadelphia doesn't have the reciprocating pieces to send to New York. However, if this deal were to be made, Andre Iguodala would be sent to Broadway accompanied by either Jrue Holiday or Lou Williams.
The 21-year-old Holiday would be a better fit for the Knicks. He stands at 6'4" but has a wingspan three inches larger than that. He's not the ball mover that the team so desperately needs, averaging only five assists per contest, but he plays significantly better defense than Toney Douglas.
Iguodala is a 6'6" forward-guard with well-known defensive prowess. He also would cost $5 million less per year than Stoudemire does. Not to mention the guy can score some points.
Stoudemire to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard
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While there's no question that this rumor is very speculative, it would absolutely turn the New York Knicks season around.
Dwight Howard is a defensive force to be reckoned with and if you stick him in the paint with Tyson Chandler, the Knicks won't have to worry about opposing big men ever.
The Knicks don't have a point guard to generate space and run the pick-and-roll with Stoudemire so obtaining D12 is a no-brainer. He has much success creating for himself as the Orlando center relies on his freakishly large frame to make his own opportunities.
Howard is the three-time defending NBA Defensive Player of the Year and also shows great offensive prowess, if the Knicks can acquire a superior two-way player such as Howard, they'll be able to right the ship in no time.
Signing Kenyon Martin
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This next potential acquisition isn't a trade but rather a signing. The New York Knicks, among other teams, have expressed interest in signing 34-year-old Kenyon Martin. Martin is nearing the end of his contract with Xinjiang Gyang Hui of the Chinese Basketball Association and may be able to sign with an NBA team as soon as February 16.
Martin, who has averaged just about 14 points and seven rebounds a game in his career, is a defensive stalwart. He also played with Carmelo Anthony back with the Denver Nuggets so if he were to sign with the Knicks, he'd become acclimated quickly.
The Howard-Amar'e deal seems as though it may fade into obscurity in the recent future, but signing Marting at a discounted rate would be helpful for the team.
Acquiring Steve Nash
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This rumor has had much more to do with the New York Knicks signing Steve Nash in the offseason than trading for him this season. If the Knicks are able to get Steve Nash on their team next to STAT, Melo and Tyson Chandler, they could be a real problem for teams down the road.
While Nash is getting up there in age, the guy can still play ball. What Nash has going for him is that you don't lose court vision with age, you gain it.
Nash lives in New York in the summer and surely would love to team with Stoudemire one more time in the quest for a championship. The only thing standing in the way of Nash to New York is that Phoenix can offer him more money along with the fact that he's raising a family there.
At 38, the Canadian point guard still has plenty of gas left in the tank to turn a contending team into a powerhouse.