4 Trades That Could Take New York Knicks to the Next Level

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4 Trades That Could Take New York Knicks to the Next Level
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With no trade assets, how can the New York Knicks make the deal that will lift them into the playoffs?

If the New York Knicks want to pull off any trades before the Feb. 18 deadline, they'll need to be mighty sneaky. After a long history of trading away draft picks, there aren't many assets to spare.

The Knicks are essentially heading to the swap meet with Kyle O'Quinn, Kevin Seraphin and Sasha Vujacic to barter. Per ESPN's Ian Begley, the team isn't interested in any big deals that would have an impact on its future cap flexibility, so New York's most valuable players probably won't be on the market either.

So to obtain new players, the team may have to insinuate itself into a multi-team trade. Management will need to grease the gears for a more exciting swap of higher-value players between two other teams, and sneak out with a small-contract player who has to be jettisoned as the cost of doing business.  

New York could have one of two goals heading into the deadline, depending upon how good their playoff hopes are. (Their first-round pick this year will belong to either the Denver Nuggets or the Toronto Raptors, so there's no benefit to losing out.)

A legitimate chance at the playoffs? That will favor small tweaks that maintain the core lineup and add some pieces to push them into that 8 seed or better. Admitting defeat? That may cause them to start making moves that could sacrifice wins this season for cap space or a brighter future.

Here are a couple sneaky deals that could give the team a boost in the second half of the season, and one to consider if the 11 games between now and the trade deadline go poorly.

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