It’s not a secret that the New York Knicks are looking to make a major splash this coming summer. The team has already been linked to pending free agents Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
New York’s path back to relevance starts with Kristaps Porzingis returning fully healthy from the torn ACL he suffered last season. But it’s not limited to that.
The team must add another top-end star or two in order to take advantage of both its heralded history and the United States’ largest media market.
According to this report from Marc Berman of the NY Post, that could potentially include trading for embattled Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall.
“Some in the league believe the Knicks are stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available,” Berman reported.
Berman goes on to speculate that any deal sending Wall to the Big Apple would have to be of the three-team variety. It would also likely include New York dealing youngsters Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson as well as at least a 2020 first-round pick. Other veterans would have to be thrown in to make the salaries work.
After a disastrous start to the season, Washington has made everyone on its roster available in a trade. Set to earn $170 million over the next four seasons, Wall’s contract could act as a hiccup here.
Though, it takes only one desperate team to make a move for him. It’s possible the Knicks could be said team.
Wall, 28, is averaging 21.3 points and 8.4 assists on 44 percent shooting from the field this season.