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Rumor suggests New York Knicks already have a 3-time All-Star on trade radar

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The New York Knicks are reportedly keeping an eye on a star big man from the Western Conference who could be available before the NBA trade deadline early next year.

The start of the 2023-2024 NBA season is just a little over a week away for the New York Knicks and there is a great deal of hope about the team’s potential. They reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade and star Jalen Brunson seems primed to take another step forward toward superstar status.

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While the Knicks didn’t make any major additions in the offseason, they made sure to retain the key pieces from a winning group last season and added sharpshooting reserve Donte DiVincenzo. While New York has a playoff-caliber team this season they are not yet seen as a serious NBA Finals contender.

The basketball world knows the Knicks are one more star away from being serious players and the organization has been working toward that goal over the last few years. One player that has consistently been a name thrown into trade speculation is Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns. And it seems the power forward/center is on their radar.

New York Knicks ‘monitoring’ Karl-Anthony Towns situation

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Before their preseason loss to the Timberwolves last week, Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau spoke highly of his time working with Towns, despite rumors of a divide between them being the cause for his firing by Minnesota several years ago.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns stats (Career): 23.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 40% 3PT

Well, it seems that high opinion is held by others in the organization. On Friday, New York Post NBA reporter Stefan Bondy claimed that the New York Knicks “are monitoring” the situation with Karl-Anthony Towns and the T-Wolves.

The New Jersey native is in the final year of his contract and is seen as a player with a strong chance of being traded if Minnesota has another disappointing season with the star trio of Towns, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Edwards.

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