The Knicks have a promising rookie in Frank Ntilikina for point-guard, and they just-re-signed Ron Baker. They could use a veteran presence running the show if they have thoughts of fighting for one of the bottom couple of playoff seeds in the East. Although not probable, is not either a wildly unrealistic dream, considering how weak is the bottom half of that conference.
The New Yorkers have considered bringing back Derrick Rose or signing Rajon Rondo, but with the Baker signing they don’t have the money for either of them. Steve Mills, currently in charge, is also looking at a bigger fish – such as trading for the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe, as per recent reports.
A source told The New York Post that the Knicks asked about Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, coached by Jeff Hornacek in Phoenix. The player is 27 with two years and $29 million left on his current contract. The Knicks lack trade chips, except a future first-round pick and starting shooting guard Courtney Lee.
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The Suns are rebuilding and Bledsoe is their best trading asset, so they will want good young players and picks back. The Knicks have them not. There may be other teams who may be willing to deal a point guard for Lee, who could be a “3&D” wing off the bench on a quality team.
The Knicks want to concentrate on developing their young core — Kristaps Porzingis, Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Willy Hernan Gomez — but they could use a veteran to both be a mentor off the court and a guy who organizes the offense on it. They will need to find one via trade, find someone willing to sign for basically the minimum, or start Baker. Trade makes the most sense, if they can find someone willing to bargain.
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