Knicks Trade Rumors: Quickley, Reddish, Fournier and Rose

Published on: December 10, 2022, 01:20 am.

Last update: December 10, 2022, 01:23.

The New York Knicks have yet to find a suitable trade partner for Julius Randle, but the team has been actively shopping guard Immanuel Quickley, guard Evan Fournier, forward Cam Reddish and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

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The Chicago Bulls recently shot down rumors that they wanted to trade Zach LaVine to the Knicks. According to the Bulls, LaVine is restricted, but they are open to trading forward DeMar DeRozan and/or center Nikola Vucevic.

The Knicks have won three straight to improve to 13-13 on the season. They finished eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, but tied for last in the Atlantic Division.

Whenever the Knicks lose a few games in a row, the booing birds at Madison Square Garden have called for the Knicks to fire head coach Tom Thibodeau. Any time the Knicks win a few games in a row, such as their current three-game winning streak, Thibodeau can breathe a sigh of relief knowing his job is safe … this week.

The Knicks are on shaky ground, and the team could let go of a lot of players by the Feb. 9 trade deadline. And, who knows if Thibodeau will be coaching the Knicks in two weeks, let alone Monday.

The Knicks are long shots to win the 2022-23 NBA championship at +30000 odds. The Knicks are +25000 odds to win the toughest Atlantic Division.

The Knicks are looking to trade fan favorite Quickley

Quickley is the Knicks’ fourth-leading scorer, averaging 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game off the bench as their sixth man.

Quickley became one of the surprise picks of the 2020 NBA Draft. The Knicks had multiple first round picks and selected forward Obi Toppin with the #8 pick. They took a flier on Quickley with the no. 25, and he quickly became the sleeper of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Quickley started at Kentucky as one of John Calipari’s five-star recruits. The Knicks snorted another Kentucky player when Kevin Knox never made it when the Knicks failed to develop the forward. However, Quickley made an instant impact and earned a spot in Thibodeau’s tough-to-crack rotation thanks to his defensive tenacity and ability to draw fouls.

Kvetching Knicks fans thought Quickley should have started last season instead of a crumbling Evan Fournier or a battered Kemba Walker. Still, Thibodeau wanted Quickley off the bench as the leader of the second unit. Whenever Quickley stepped on the field, he gave the team an immediate boost of energy and offense. He’s the main reason the second unit outscored the starting five for most of last season.

Quickley’s days with the Knicks were numbered after they signed guard Jalen Brunson to a lucrative contract in the offseason. As much as fans want the Knicks to keep Quickley, he is their most coveted asset on the trade market.

I love being in New York,” Quickley told reporters when asked about the trade rumors.

Quickley has been linked in trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.

Trading Cam Reddish Again, Plus Zion Connection

The Knicks acquired Reddish from the Atlanta Hawks last season at the trade deadline for a first-round pick. The trade confused Thibodeau because he wasn’t consulted about the trade and there wasn’t a rotation spot for Reddish. Reddish didn’t play much last season, averaging just 6.1 points per game in 15 games with the Knicks.

Reddish began this season as one of Thibodeau’s rotation players, averaging 8.4 points per game. Thibodeau benched Reddish this past week, much to his surprise, because his coach never really explained his demotion.

The Hawks selected Reddish with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He started 34 games as a rookie, but came off the bench over the next two injury-riddled seasons. Could be traded in consecutive seasons.

For a hot minute, the addition of Reddish suggested the Knicks were adding another Duke player to the roster to entice Zion Williamson to join the team. Williamson played just one season at Duke, where RJ Barret and Reddish were his teammates and two best friends during college. Both are currently on the Knicks, and Williamson hasn’t been shy about his love for MSG and his desire to one day play for the Knicks.

Williamson signed an incentive-heavy contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t force a trade with the Knicks. On the other hand, the Pelicans are one of the best teams in the Western Conference right now with a healthy Williamson playing the best ball of his young career.

Fred Katz from The Athletic reported that the Knicks want to package Reddish as a sweetener in any trade involving Evan Fournier.

Gunner Evan Fournier gone to Hollywood?

The Knicks signed 3-point specialist Fournier before the start of last season along with Kemba Walker to bolster their backcourt. Both moves ended up being a bust. Furnier had his moments, but he wasn’t usually on the field late in the game even though he was a starter. Thibodeau didn’t trust him during the crunch.

Fournier had a stellar EuroBasket 2022 tournament playing for his native France. He led France to a silver medal and appeared to regain the confidence he lost while playing with the Knicks last season.

Fournier looked good during the preseason, but his season unraveled after seven games. Thibodeau demoted Fournier to the second unit, who lasted just six games before being demoted again. For now, Fournier finds himself in Thibodeau’s dugout and not playing at all while buried at the end of the bench. It’s an expensive move considering Fournier is making $18 million this season and next.

Fournier has been linked in trade rumors to the Los Angeles Lakers, who are desperate for outside shooters. The Knicks don’t want to add a first-round pick to entice teams to take Fournier off their hands.

Fournier has averaged double figures in scoring over the past nine seasons. Just a few seasons ago, he averaged 19.7 points per game with the Orlando Magic. In 13 games this season, Fournier has started seven. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He’s also shooting a career-low 33 percent from 3-point range.

D-Rose: Thibs Whisper and Trade Rumors

Derrick Rose is the one whispering Thibodeau on the Knicks. Rose played with Thibodeau during previous head coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. Old-school Thibodeau has mellowed out in recent years, but his abrasive personality can be a bit harsh on younger, tight-knit Gen Z players. That’s where Rose steps in as a conduit between the young players and the coaching staff.

Rose is a former MVP, but multiple knee injuries have slowed him down in recent years. He has shown flashes of his old self at times, but the Knicks are loaded at point guard with Brunson and Quickley. Rose has shown more value as a veteran voice in the locker room over the past two seasons.

Rose has been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Dallas Mavs, who could use a veteran defenseman like Rose to come off the bench. The Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans were also interested in acquiring Rose in a trade with the Knicks.

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