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6 Potential Trades the NY Knicks Would Be Forced to Think About

Ciaran GowanContributor IIIOctober 12, 2016

6 Potential Trades the NY Knicks Would Be Forced to Think About

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    So far in the 2012-13 season, the New York Knicks have been rolling, posting one of the best records in the league to this point.

    With Carmelo Anthony leading the way, they've been tough to handle, as their chemistry has been through the roof in these early games.

    The ball is moving well and for the most part, everyone is playing solid team defense.

    After two seasons of roster turnover, the Knicks' early success may just prove that the roster they've been building for so long is finally complete.

    That said, every NBA front office needs to be open to exploring opportunities to improve the team, so a trade this season may still be a possibility.

    Though the Knicks may not be greatly active on the trade market, here are some potential trades that would at least deserve some consideration from the New York brass.

Amar'e Stoudemire for Pau Gasol

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    Knicks Receive:

    • Pau Gasol - PF ($19.0 million)

    Lakers Receive:

    • Amar'e Stoudemire - PF ($19.9 million)

     

    Since former Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni took over in Los Angeles, questions have been raised about whether or not Pau Gasol can fit into his system.

    Though we've yet to see him play alongside Steve Nash under D'Antoni, things have not gone well so far for Gasol, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be leaving the Lakers this season.

    One player who we all know can work well with D'Antoni is Amar'e Stoudemire, and the Knicks may just consider offering him in return for Gasol's services.

    Of course, with Dwight Howard also in place in L.A., Stoudemire won't fit in quite as seamlessly as he did in Phoenix, so it won't necessarily be the ideal situation for the Lakers.

    Conversely, Gasol doesn't provide too much more for the Knicks than Stoudemire does, so it may not be worth moving such a big part of the team for a relatively small gain.

    Ultimately, for a player like Gasol, the Lakers can probably find a better package elsewhere in the NBA, but it's certainly an interesting idea to consider.

Steve Novak for Mike Dunleavy

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    Knicks Receive:

    • Mike Dunleavy - SF ($3.75 million)
    • 2013 Second-Round Pick

    Bucks Receive:

    • Steve Novak - SF ($4.0 million)
    • Ronnie Brewer - SG ($0.85 million)

     

    A lot of the Knicks' success early this season has come from their outside shooting, but surprisingly, sharpshooter Steve Novak hasn't contributed as greatly in that regard as you'd expect.

    Whilst Novak is clearly one of the league's best pure shooters, it's been glaringly obvious that he really doesn't provide much to the team when his shot isn't falling.

    Making a move for Mike Dunleavy—a slightly worse shooter, but a better all-around player—could add an extra dimension to the Knicks' backup small forward spot.

    With Dunleavy being the more well-rounded player, the Bucks would need additional pieces to sweeten the deal, and adding Ronnie Brewer to the mix could do the trick.

    New York would rightly be reluctant to give up a player as valuable on Brewer on such a good contract, but the addition of Dunleavy and the return of Iman Shumpert from injury could make him expendable.

Amar'e Stoudemire for Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington

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    Knicks Receive:

    • Hedo Turkoglu - SF ($11.8 million)
    • Al Harrington - PF ($6.7 million)
    • 2013 Second-Round Pick

    Magic Receive:

    • Amar'e Stoudemire - PF ($19.9 million)
    • James White - SF ($0.85 million)

     

    If things don't work out chemistry-wise with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire—and at this point, it would certainly be rash to say they won't—things could be solved by trading away the latter.

    Whilst Stoudemire's contract makes him an unattractive option for other teams, trading him may be possible if the Knicks are willing to take back more bad contracts themselves.

    Trading Stoudemire to Orlando could give the Magic a short-term franchise player in the absence of Dwight Howard, and at the very least it could give fans a reason to show up.

    On the other side, the Knicks would be receiving Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu. Whilst both are overpaid, their ability to shoot from outside and rebound means they could still fit in well in New York.

    With the Knicks having success going small so far this season, having Turkoglu and Harrington gives them flexibility with who they can put out there at the forward spots on any given night.

    On top of that, both Harrington's and Turkoglu's contracts will run out before 2015—the year that almost everyone on the Knicks' roster comes off the books.

Marcus Camby for Al-Farouq Aminu

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    Knicks Receive:

    • Al-Farouq Aminu - SF ($2.9 million)
    • Xavier Henry - SG ($2.3 million)

    Hornets Receive:

    • Marcus Camby - C ($4.6 million)
    • James White - SF ($0.85 million)

     

    Despite the fact that they did so much to acquire him in the offseason, Marcus Camby has not played a big role for the Knicks so far.

    Though he can provide some much-needed rebounding, Camby's injury struggles and the reemergence of Rasheed Wallace (who notably came out of retirement after Camby was signed) have kept him off the floor.

    Camby can still be a very useful player in the NBA, and as a former Defensive Player of the Year, he could have a lot to teach Anthony Davis in New Orleans.

    In Al-Farouq Aminu, the Knicks would receive a promising young combo forward that can provide energy off the bench and grab some rebounds.

    As an athletic and long player, Aminu could have success under Mike Woodson, who could turn him into a fantastic defensive player and a key part of the Knicks' bench.

Steve Novak for Al Harrington

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    Knicks Receive:

    • Al Harrington - PF ($6.7 million)

    Magic Receive:

    • Steve Novak - SF ($4.0 million)
    • Kurt Thomas - PF ($1.3 million)
    • Future Second-Round Pick

     

    Much like the potential trade for Mike Dunleavy, swapping Steve Novak for Al Harrington would be a way of keeping a three-point threat but also getting more of a well-rounded player.

    Again, Novak is clearly the better shooter, but if the Knicks decide they need some more off the bench, this could be a realistic option.

    Even at this point in his career, Harrington would be the best player in the deal, and as a result, the Magic would probably want at least one future draft pick in return, as well as Kurt Thomas to help cover for the loss of size.

    As a former Knick who played to the crowd during his time in New York, a return to MSG for a title run could reinvigorate Harrington's career.

    Having Harrington also stops the Knicks from running the risk of overusing Rasheed Wallace, who only just returned to basketball after a few years out.

Amar'e Stoudemire for David West

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    Knicks Receive:

    • David West - PF ($10.0 million)
    • Gerald Green - SF ($3.5 million)
    • D.J. Augustin - PG ($3.5 million)

    Pacers Receive:

    • Amar'e Stoudemire - PF ($19.9 million)
    • Pablo Prigioni - PG ($0.47 million)
    • Chris Copeland - SF ($0.47 million)

     

    Of all the potential Amar'e Stoudemire trades, a move to the Indiana Pacers could be the most beneficial to both sides.

    With Danny Granger injured in Indiana, the Pacers' offense has been terrible, and they could definitely use a player like Stoudemire if he's healthy.

    Meanwhile, if things don't work out with Stoudemire, David West may just be a better fit alongside Carnelo Anthony in New York.

    The key, though, is that if things don't work out with West, his $10 million contract would come off the books in the summer, giving the Knicks a little bit more financial flexibility, if nothing else.

    Despite his struggles last season, Stoudemire would be the best player in the trade, and as such, the Knicks could take the opportunity to add some quality peripheral pieces in the process.

    Adding Gerald Green and D.J. Augustin in place of Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni would not only make the salaries match, but the additions would also act as upgrades to further improve the Knicks' depth.

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