The Knicks are currently the league’s worst team with a record of 10-43, and after watching Carmelo Anthony leave the game against the Heat on Monday night, Knicks fans everywhere are ready to look to next season.
What better way to do that than to make a trade?
Though it may not seem like the Knicks roster contains many players that other teams in the league would be willing to trade for, every team needs depth, and the Knicks do have some talented players on the roster. Let’s take a look.
Jose Calderon, PG
Possible Trade Partner: Golden State Warriors
Calderon joined the Knicks at the wrong time–the 33-year old spaniard is one of the best pure point guards in the league, and would have been great on this team in 2012.
The past is the past though, and with the way this season is going it would be a smart decision to move Calderon before the Feb. 19 deadline. Despite the fact that he is past his prime, Calderon is still a great passer and can drill three-pointers when called upon.
His ability to create shots for his teammates and manage the floor is something that a playoff contender team such as the Golden State Warriors could really use.
The Warriors invested in Shaun Livingston this past offseason, and he has simply not provided the leadership that they hoped he would for that second group. Steve Kerr probably wants to preserve his MVP candidate point guard for the postseason, so Phil why don’t you give him a call?
Pablo Prigioni, PG
Possible Trade Partner: Miami Heat
Another point guard on the roster who will be in trade talks this week is Pablo Prigioni. Prigioni is 37 years old and the Knicks are in rebuilding mode–it is time for the two to part ways.
He may be old, but Prig’ can most definitely produce in the NBA for a few more years. Prigioni is a lot like Calderon in that he knows how to manage the floor–he can manage the tempo of the game and create shots for his teammates, while providing stellar on-ball defense on the other end.
Though they may not have made it known that they are looking to trade for a point guard, I think that the Miami Heat would be a perfect landing spot for Prigioni.
Anyone who has watched the Heat this year knows that the point guard play is VERY inconsistent. Shabazz Napier is most likely going to be their point guard of the future, but as of now he has not provided the offensive skill that he demonstrated in college and does not possess the defensive capability for this team to make a run in the playoffs.
Prigioni could act as a mentor for the former Husky and could provide the Heat with consistent play at the point guard position.
In light of the news that they are most likely going to buy out power forwards Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, the Knicks are unlikely to make any major trades before the deadline. While it would be nice to make a trade with Oklahoma City for Reggie Jackson, there are many other suitors out there with much more attractive offers.
Nevertheless, the players listed above are unlikely to be a part of the Knicks rebuilding process as they head down the road. That is why Phil Jackson should make a few phone calls and see if he can get something in return for these two point guards–every little bit helps.