Knicks Rumors: Trade Buzz Surrounding Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and More

John HealyContributor IFebruary 6, 2019

New York Knicks guard Wesley Matthews (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pistons won 105-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

The New York Knicks shook the NBA last week with a blockbuster trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith, Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round picks. 

Before the Mavericks, though, the Knicks shopped Porzingis to the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, per Marc Stein of the New York Times

The Knicks had asked for Donovan Mitchell from the Jazz and De'Aaron Fox from the Kings, but neither were available. Porzingis had also listed the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers among four teams as preferred trade destinations, but not the Mavericks. 

The trade, Stein added, has left the Warriors with the belief that Kevin Durant leaving their team for New York as "never felt more real."

Not everyone the Knicks received in return from the Mavericks may stick around in New York, either. 

With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching at 3 p.m. on Thursday, the Knicks are looking to move Matthews in a deal before then, according to Stein

There are several interested suitors in Matthews, but many teams are hoping that the Knicks instead buyout his contract and acquire him without having to give up anything. 

Among the suitors for Matthews are the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors

Stein reported that Matthews, as well as Jordan, may request buyouts from the Knicks if they are not traded by the deadline. 

The Knicks, however, may only want to part ways with Matthews. 

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Knicks are "making it look like they intend to keep" Jordan because he has a relationship with Durant. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the New York Knicks reacts after he fouls out of the game during the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on February 05, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER
Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Jordan, 30, played in the Knicks' game against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. He is on an expiring contract, but the Knicks could bring him back on a $24.24 million deal next season, according to HoopsHype's Bryan Kalbrosky, but that would only allow them to sign one max contract in free agency. 

The Knicks may prefer to trade Enes Kanter, who has been vocal in his displeasure with his diminished role on the team. 

Kanter did not play on Tuesday night — the Knicks' final game before the trade deadline — but moving his contract may be difficult because he is on a one-year, $18.6 million deal. 

Chris Iseman of The Record speculated Kanter could be bought out if no deal is reached by 3 p.m. Thursday. 

Related

    Report: NBPA Postpones Call with Agents About Contract Payments

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Report: NBPA Postpones Call with Agents About Contract Payments

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    What to Watch in Sports This Week...When There Are No Sports

    NBA logo
    NBA

    What to Watch in Sports This Week...When There Are No Sports

    Corey Knapp
    via Bleacher Report

    Tatum, Beal to Provide Food 🙏

    Tatum will work with organizations to provide meals in Boston and with Beal in their hometown of St. Louis

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Tatum, Beal to Provide Food 🙏

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    Where Does 2020 HOF Class Rank All-Time?

    @AndrewDBailey compares this year's group to past classes

    New York Knicks logo
    New York Knicks

    Where Does 2020 HOF Class Rank All-Time?

    Andy Bailey
    via Bleacher Report