Although it is highly unlikely that the New York Knicks make a big splash prior to the trade deadline, there are a few specific, logical trade targets that New York should have on their radar—deals that could reinforce what they already have.
No, Josh Smith is not a logical target and neither is Pau Gasol.
The New York Knicks are currently an elite team in the Eastern Conference, but like any team, there's room for improvement. The biggest needs would be another big man with a defensive mindset, and maybe even another point guard that has a solid basketball IQ that can man the second unit.
With Iman Shumpert and Amar'e Stoudemire finally back at full strength, New York has some pieces they could move if what they get in return addresses their needs.
Fans shouldn't expect a blockbuster deal like the Carmelo Anthony transaction back in 2011, but here are some logical targets the Knicks should have on their radar.
Lou Amundson, Minnesota Timberwolves
If you've been following my articles dating back to the offseason, you can recall me saying that Lou Amundson is one guy the New York Knicks need to sign.
He's not the most talented athlete on the floor, but he's a power forward that plays with a lot of physicality—a perfect backup to New York's big men.
With Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby sidelined because of injuries, the Knicks only significant big man is Amar'e Stoudemire...no Kurt Thomas does not count!
Admundson has career averages of 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, however, his per-36-minutes average is 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds. While he won't see that kind of time with the Knicks, he could easily see 15 minutes a night the way the injuries have plagued New York thus far.
The forward plays with a lot of heart, and the guys on this Knicks team would respect his intensity. He's a relentless defender and a ferocious rebounder—facets of the game that Coach Woodson preaches to his guys daily.
Admundson is presently the odd man out on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, averaging about eight minutes a night, so the Knicks should be able to grab him at relatively no cost. He might be kicking himself for not signing with New York over the summer. Now, according to 1500ESPN.com, Minnesota and New York have discussed Amundson's availability, and the T'Wolves are willing to let him go for a second-round pick.
Keep an eye out for this one, as it is highly possible this deal comes to fruition.
Lavoy Allen, Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen will be the odd man out upon the impending arrival to the Sixers of Andrew Bynum, which according to Bob Cooney of Philadelphia Daily News should be soon.
Enter the New York Knicks.
The Knicks have a real problem grabbing rebounds—they rank 22nd with about 41 a game.
Allen could come in and help clean the glass. With the Sixers, Allen is currently averaging 5.2 rebounds a night. He's a strong big man that can help out in the post. An extra body who can grab boards when Tyson Chandler needs a breather can only benefit New York. Not to mention he's a great post defender.
The logic behind this trade is that New York will get an athlete who can play quality minutes. The trade off is that New York will likely have to get rid of Ronnie Brewer and a few others to make the salaries match. But it's a price the Knicks can afford if it shapes them into a title contender.
Worst-case scenario, you have a backup in case of injuries.
Fellow Bleacher Report featured columnist John Dorn brought up this trade scenario, and after reading his article, I agree that dealing for the point guard could be a logical and beneficial acquisition.
Sebastian Telfair is a native New Yorker, and if there's one thing the Knicks like doing, it's bringing athletes back home. I know, we're trying to forget Stephon Marbury, but the story was a good one, right?
This year with the Phoenix Suns, Telfair is averaging 6.1 points a game with 2.5 assists in 18 minutes a night, but he brings more to the table than the statistics show.
Telfair is a small, speedy point guard who can easily penetrate defenses. His scoring comes from driving to the basket, but he has improved his shooting over the years. The major upside to Telfair's game is that he can guard fast point guards—and the Eastern Conference has a lot of those!
Sebastian Telfair wouldn't be a bad acquisition for New York.
Raymond Felton is playing with a bruised finger, Jason Kidd's back isn't fairing too well and Pablo Prigioni is a 35-year-old rookie still learning the NBA. Don't get me wrong, this trio has done an incredible job, but a 27-year-old option manning the point for the second unit is something that could be beneficial in the long haul.
If the price is right, Knicks management should take a gamble on this one.
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