3. New York Knicks
Windhorst explained that the New York Knicks could also be a team that makes a run at Oladipo.
“Another team is the Knicks. They have all of that open cap space. It’s an easy trade for them to make. They have extra picks. The Knicks have two first-round picks, theirs and Dallas’.
And they have I think Detroit’s second-round pick, which right now would be in the low ‘30s. So they have some attractive pieces and some cap space to go hunting if they want.”
The Knicks have gotten off to their best start in recent years, as they hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference in Tom Thibodeau’s first season in the Big Apple. Part of the reason for New York’s success has been the play of Julius Randle, who has averaged 23.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, which led to his first All-Star selection of his highly productive career.
The Knicks have long been rumored to have been interested in Oladipo, and they have several assets that could intrigue the Houston Rockets’ front office, although it’s been reported that the Rockets aren’t interested in acquiring draft capital.
The Knicks would have to know Oladipo would be interested in singing a long-term extension to part with any of their young players, but such a move would be beneficial for both parties, as Oladipo is a proven performer and would certainly love the opportunity to play in the league’s largest media market.
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