With the NBA trade deadline just four days away, the New York Knicks could get involved in a last-second deal. The teams have been relatively quiet so far, but the moves have been flurry, especially with the deadline about to expire.
The Knicks have been linked to a number of teams and players, including Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons, De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento and Jalen Brunson of Dallas.
Whether or not the front office decides to make any lucrative acquisitions remains to be seen, but there’s certainly value in offloading big deals and adding a point guard to help soften the loss of Derrick Rose over the next few weeks.
The Knicks have a valuable asset:
One player who has raised his stock hugely is center Mitchell Robinson, who has had a terrific start to 2022.
According to SNY reporter Ian Begleythe Detroit Pistons are intrigued by Robinson’s serves:
The Detroit Pistons are among the teams that have shown some interest in the 23-year-old, SNY sources say. Robinson would fit the team’s desire to find players on the same schedule as rookie Cade Cunningham. It’s unclear if Detroit would pursue Robinson via trade or if the club would only consider him if/when he hits free agency.
In the month of January, Robinson averaged 10.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and connected on 82.6 percent of his shots from the field. In 13 total games, Robinson recorded six with double-digit points, including a game-high 17 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 20.
Tom Thibodeau provided a glowing review of Mitchell Robinson this season, emphasizing his dominance around the rim:
“The rim protection is elite. Offensively putting pressure on the rim was really good. Finishing on contact was really, really good. Overall I’m very happy with his progress and I think ‘there’s a lot of room for growth,” the coach said. “….He has gifts that are special. He can cover a lot of ground, he can be out (on the perimeter) and come back (to the paint), fall with the roller (when defending the pick-and-roll), protect the rim. Changing plans (at the edge); people are always looking for him (at the edge). I think he acquires l experience now where he can see things even earlier, so I think he will continue to grow.
With Robinson finally 100% healthy and enjoying continuity, his game has finally reached a productive level. He’s not at his peak yet, but there’s no doubt he would be a valuable trade item if the Knicks choose to move him at the deadline.
There’s always the other side of the equation where the front office extends Robinson and uses him as a long-term solution in the middle.