The New York Knicks set parameters for trading Immanuel Quickley

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After years of searching for a capable starting point guard, the New York Knicks have finally found one in Jalen Brunson. Prior to this season, the Knicks had a lack of depth when it came to leading ball handlers, but suddenly they’ve realized that’s an area of ​​strength, which could lead to Immanuel Quickley potentially being available via trade.

As of now, the Knicks are just under .500 by Tom Thibodeau, in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Decent, but still not among the elite teams that seem poised to compete in the playoffs.

Sure, the NBA’s play-in tournament gives the Knicks a chance to be there, but even then, later matchups against powerhouses like Milwaukee, Boston and Cleveland leave little hope of progression.

Basically, if the Knicks want to secure a trip back to the postseason, more roster changes could be on the way. If that’s the case, a player like Quickley could be the first to go.

It’s not because he’s a “problem” or anything like that. Instead, it’s because the 2020 first-round pick is one of New York’s most coveted assets. It also doesn’t hurt that he might be more expendable thanks to Brunson’s presence.

While Quickley, 23, is far from peaking, that will be much more difficult as Brunson seizes a stronghold of leadership. Trading with Quickley, in turn, can make the most sense, not only for the player but also for the Knicks organization.

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New York Knicks seek first-round pick for Immanuel Quickley

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If teams are interested in capturing the third-year pro from Kentucky, the Knicks are said to be asking for a first-round pick in return. Some may ask what the heck? The Knicks already have a boatload of future picks. How about a player to help us win now?

Well, the Knicks still seem to have dreams of landing a star or superstar in the near future. Perhaps they feel that using a collection of future drafts is the best way to achieve their goal. There’s always an opportunity to attach a big contract like Julius Randle’s $23.7 million salary to have the money work under NBA trade rules.

Quickley can help the Knicks, but he can also help plenty of other teams that might be willing to give the former 25th overall pick a bigger role. While Quickley’s shot splits have dipped somewhat this season, he’s more involved on defense, where he’s averaging 1.3 steals per game.

  • Immanuel Quickley Statistics in 2022: 9.5 PPG, 3.3 APG, 4.5 RPG, 37.6 FG%, 32.1 3PT%

If Quickley were swapped out, either for another play that could help the Knicks now, it would likely open up more playing time for their 2021 first-round pick Quentin Grimes, who has played just nine of the team’s 19 games this season.

With Quickley eligible for an extension for the first time this summer, it’s possible the Knicks will realize they won’t be paying the young guard a big deal, knowing he’ll never be more than a sixth man with, at best will be curtseys. In turn, it might be best to trade Quickley now or in the off-season.

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