NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Players Who Make New York Knicks Legit Contenders

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NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Players Who Make New York Knicks Legit Contenders
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With the NBA lockout threatening this season's livelihood more than ever, it will become increasingly difficult to focus on potential roster moves. That being said, these are the times we need to power through and keep basketball alive.

The lockout could not have come at a worse time for the New York Knicks, as their return to relevance last season marked what many hoped was the beginning of great things.

For the first time in nearly a decade, players—star players—wanted to play in New York.

Despite the Knicks' optimistic outlook, they are not a lock to contend for a title next season. They have two stars in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but lack the proven depth of a championship team.

While depth is not exactly something that can be achieved overnight, it can be somewhat feigned by acquiring a substantial third piece to their powerhouse puzzle.

There are an array of star-caliber players who could find their way onto the trade block next season, some of whom could push the Knicks to become legitimate contenders sooner than later.

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