With just over two weeks remaining until the Feb. 20 deadline, the options are seemingly endless for Steve Mills and Co.
The Knicks, sitting at 19-29 but just 1.5 games behind the eighth-place Charlotte Bobcats as of Feb. 4, could be buyers. They aren't exactly overflowing with trade assets, but in a weak Eastern Conference, it wouldn't take much of an upgrade to propel them into a playoff spot.
Or, they could be sellers. Even if they do crack the playoffs, upending the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat is a daunting proposition. Instead of trading away assets for a likely first- or second-round exit, they could attempt to stockpile cap space in order to bring in friends for Carmelo Anthony, who has to option to enter free agency this summer.
They could also stay put at the deadline, but with all the gossip surrounding the Knickerbockers recently, that seems like the long shot option at this point.
Let's take a peek at the most recent trade buzz as it becomes available.
Chris Broussard of ESPN has the latest on the market for Iman Shumpert after sustaining a knee injury:
Lots riding on Shumpert MRI: in addition to possibly going to LAC, source says possible he goes to OKC for 1st round pick. If mcl not torn!— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 20, 2014
Shumpert's injury only expected to sideline him roughly seven to 10 days, so Clips taking renewed look at whether to go ahead with deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
Knicks & Clippers, I'm told, have re-ignited serious discussions late this afternoon on deal headlined Shumpert/Collison. Talks as we speak— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
But as the clock struck 3 PM ET, no deal had been made according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
No deal for the Clippers and Knicks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Thunder were also interested in Shumpert, but New York rejected their offer:
Knicks, having turned down OKC offer for Iman Shumpert, looking at last-minute scenarios w/Clips after Shump MRI came back relatively clean.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 20, 2014
Marc Stein and Ian Begley of ESPN.com report the Knicks are interested in acquiring Darren Collison's services:
But sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that the talks had been tabled until Thursday, which is deadline day in the NBA. The league's annual trade buzzer sounds at 3 p.m.
Yet sources close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard late Wednesday that the Knicks were still hopeful of re-engaging with the Clippers before the deadline to try to push the trade through.
While Kenneth Faried has long been rumored to be the Denver Nugget the Knicks have been interested in, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that they may be focusing on a different player in the Mile High City:
Latest Knicks buzz: Hearing Knicks' long-running chase of Kenneth Faried now trending toward simpler swap of Beno Udrih for Jordan Hamilton— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Knicks have focused in on a point guard as we approach the trade deadline, with Jeff Teague's name coming up:
Knicks' focus leading into Thursday trade deadline is upgrading at point guard. And word is a new name intrigues them: Atlanta's Jeff Teague— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2014
There are issues if Knicks make full-on play for Teague, who has right of first refusal on any trade after Hawks matched offer sheet in July— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2014
Also: Teague not only must approve any trade but also owns long-term deal that slices into Knicks' projected flexibility for summer of 2015— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2014
But Knicks said to be investigating all PG options since they're convinced top target Kyle Lowry is NOT available between now and Thursday— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2014
Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports whether or not there is a possibility the Knicks will trade Carmelo Anthony:
There is "no chance" the Knicks will deal Carmelo Anthony, who owns a contract opt-out this summer, before the trade deadline, a source said.
But New York may not want to wait that long to acquire the playmaking point guard, per Basketball Insiders' Lang Greene:
According to the source, the New York Knicks have been the team with the strongest interest in potentially acquiring Rondo from the Celtics as the deadline nears. The Knicks’ interest should come as no surprise as the team has endured their own struggles at point guard with the trio of Raymond Felton, Beno Udrih and Pablo Prigioni underachieving.
Pairing a penetrating, pass-first point guard with guys like Anthony, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani (when healthy), who all rank in the top 25 in the NBA in catch-and-shoot points (per NBA.com), is an intriguing proposal, but as Greene states, the C's "have no interest" in the Knicks' trade assets.
Still, while this one seems quite unlikely at the moment, finding a way to acquire Rondo would not only give the Knicks a major boost on the court, it would serve as the perfect sales pitch to Anthony.
Even if the Celtics aren't really listening, expect the Knicks to keep trying—especially with Boston's extension talks with Rondo recently falling apart.
The Knicks are finally starting to get healthy in the frontcourt.
Tyson Chandler has played in 11 straight games, and Kenyon Martin, Amar'e Stoudemire and Metta World Peace have all returned from absences, albeit in limited roles for now.
Nevertheless, New York is still without Andrea Bargnani and looking for a legitimate big man to back up Chandler down low. According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, the Knicks were in on Andrew Bynum before he signed with the Indiana Pacers and are still searching as the deadline approaches:
That the Knicks made a late attempt to sign free agent center Andrew Bynum before he joined the Pacers Saturday indicates president Steve Mills still would like to land a legit backup center for Tyson Chandler by the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline.
Although New York finally has some healthy bodies and some depth in the frontcourt again, it's hard to feel safe about that unit making it through the entire season. Everyone has suffered an injury at some point this year, and Bargnani is the only one who is under 30 years old.
Statistically, the Knicks haven't really seen a considerable drop when Chandler leaves the court.
Per NBA.com, the team is outscored by 1.8 points per 100 possessions and pulls down 49.5 percent of available rebounds when Chandler is on the court.
When he is on the bench, those numbers only drop to 2.3 and 48.8, respectively. There's a slight dip in production, but they aren't exactly falling apart when he comes out of the game.
Still, with a unit that has injury concerns, there is certainly safety in numbers. Adding some depth behind Chandler wouldn't be a terrible move, as long as it doesn't force the Knicks to break the bank.