The New York Knicks may still be ‘searching’ for a star-caliber player to become available, according to recent NBA speculations. Sean Deveney of Heavy.com recently spoke with an unknown NBA executive to learn more about the subject.
This season, the New York Knicks had high expectations of becoming a superpower in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks intended to better their status in the offseason after a particularly poor season.
With the free-agent acquisition of Jalen Brunson, they made some progress in this direction. Although New York also did a fantastic job by giving rising player RJ Barrett a maximum agreement, the Knicks blew a significant trade chance by failing to get Donovan Mitchell.
After failing to acquire Mitchell from the Utah Jazz, the Knicks were unable to reach their objectives. The squad still has space to strengthen its roster going forward, though.
Rumors have it that they would be willing to make Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley accessible. In light of this, Sean Deveney was informed by an NBA executive of the Knicks’ future intentions. The manager remarked:
“The Knicks continue to strive to accumulate selections. For them, it is what matters most. They are handling the situation as though they can acquire a star in the near future, such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Anthony Davis, (Kevin) Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, or someone else.”
It appears that Immanuel Quickley will have a significant future market. There is room for the young guard, who averages 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, to help a club.
The New York Knicks need a true superstar
The New York Knicks’ present situation justifies rumours about their intentions to sign a star-caliber player. The Knicks haven’t had a true star since Julius Randle was chosen for the All-Star game in the 2020–21 season, though.
Since his All-Star and MIP season, Randle hasn’t played at the same level for New York. The squad had also anticipated watching RJ Barrett grow into a star, but that hasn’t happened as planned.
This was one area where the Knicks’ summer held a lot of hope. Unfortunately, their attempts to sign Donovan Mitchell were unsuccessful, which significantly dampened their hopes.
Sean Deveney was told by an NBA official that the Knicks had a number of star-caliber forwards to choose from. This is a perfect time given the frontcourt vacancy in New York and trade speculations tying Julius Randle to the Miami Heat.
The New York Knicks may be looking to sign a star, but they also want to position themselves as a desirable destination. New York will need to do better given their 8-8 record in the East.