The Knicks are willing to include shooting guard R.J. Barrett in a trade package for a star guard, such as the Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard or Wizards’ Bradley Beal, according to Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.
If the Blazers or Knicks aren’t interested in trading their leading scorers, then the Knicks could set their sights on other guards, such as the the Cavs’ Collin Sexton, Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Hornets’ Terry Rozier, Winfield added.
The Knicks are particularly “monitoring” the situation involving Sexton, who is eligible for a rookie-scale extension and already has been at the center of some trade rumors.
“While the Knicks have been tied to Lillard’s situation in Portland and are monitoring Beal’s status on the Wizards, it is unclear whether their best offer will compel those teams to part ways with their franchise players,” Winfield wrote. “The Knicks could make an offer similar to the Nets’ package for James Harden and trade any mix of Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley along with their draft picks and pick swaps.”
The Knicks are coming off a 41-31 season in which they finished with the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference in coach Tom Thibodeau‘s first year with the club. They made their first playoff appearance since 2013, losing in the first round to the Hawks in five games.
Barrett, 21, is 6-foot-6 and just completed his NBA season with averages of 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists, appearing in all 72 regular-season games and all five playoff games.