The New York Knicks’ search for a star has been going on for years now, and the Knicks don’t appear any closer to a solution that the day they started.
Besides some solid young players, future draft picks, and veterans, the Knickerbockers don’t have all that much to work with.
Still, it might just be enough to finally end their drought. In a recent article by Jonathan Kiernan of Fansided’s Sir Charles In Charge, he details a scenario that could see the Knicks land one of the NBA’s best big men: Joel Embiid.
“Simmons seems like the better player to build around long term, so showing Embiid the door and picking up a ton of prospects in return could be a solid return for the 76ers. They automatically get a young up and coming star in Mitchell Robinson who has All-Star potential if he is nurtured correctly. You get a top 3 pick last year in RJ Barrett who also has All-Star potential and could be a great building piece moving forward for the 76ers, you get an expiring big man in Taj Gibson who they could potentially buy out upon trade and save millions.”
The deal would see the Knick pay a steep price: Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, and multiple future first-round picks. But with Embiid’s skillset and the possibility that he might help attract other stars to New York, it could prove beneficial.
For Philadelphia, the package would bolster depth and add a young, exciting guard to play alongside Ben Simmons.
In the end, getting a star to the franchise is the only real way to turn things around in New York. And trading Embiid may be the only way for Philly to fix their roster.
You can expect some serious changes for both teams at some point this offseason.