The Feb. 9 trade deadline looms, and the skidding Knicks, who have lost four straight games entering Tuesday’s contest against the Cavaliers, clearly need reinforcements. They also have a number of players out of the rotation that could be moved.
The Post looks at those players and their current situation.
He was a surprise presence on opening night and actually got eight starts, but he’s been tied to the bench for six weeks since coach Tom Thibodeau switched to a nine-man rotation on Dec. 4. Unrestricted free agent at season’s end. , The 6-foot-8 Reddish is a long shot to be a Knick after the trade deadline.
The Lakers were rumored to be a possible destination for the former star out of Duke before they landed Washington’s Rui Hachimura. The latest talk involves a possible deal with the Bucks for Grayson Allen, according to HoopsHype . But it’s clear the Knicks aren’t going to get the first-round pick in exchange for Reddish, which they gave the Hawks last January for a talented but so far disappointing wing in one of Leon’s worst moves. Age of Roses.
Will his role ever expand? Will he ever perform before the level of the eighth overall pick? There’s a chance that won’t happen here as long as Julius Randle is playing this well.
It’s been a lost season so far for Taupin, who recently missed 13 games with a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula. Against Toronto on Sunday, he scored 12 points in the first half, his first double-double since Nov. 13, then was mostly buried the rest of the game.
His defensive issues and inability to create his own shot won’t help his trade value. He’s still active on his rookie deal, and his 3-point shooting has improved; Taupin is shooting a career-best 36.2 percent from long range, even if his overall numbers have regressed. He could be part of a deal to acquire an established veteran. According to NBA reporter Sean Deven, the Knicks and Pacers have talked about a deal for Taupin.
The French sniper says he wants to be a Knick, but he also wants to play. He lost his starting job, first to Reddish and then to Quentin Grimes, and has been out of the rotation since Nov. 13, playing only significant minutes due to injury.
Moving Fournier will be difficult because he is owed $18 million this season, $18.9 million next season and a $19 million club option the following year. The Knicks will almost certainly require securing assets to move Fournier, something they have been reluctant to do thus far, according to multiple reports.
The Thibodeau favorite handled his demotion to the bench gracefully, and the Knicks’ young guards resented his leadership. But he’s just gathering dust at the moment.
NBA reporter Marc Stein recently reported that the Knicks want to do right by the 34-year-old Rose and send him to a good situation before the deadline. That situation could be Chicago, his hometown and the place where he won the MVP. When Nix was in the Windy City recently, Rose was overwhelmed.
It could be the perfect send-off to a memorable career, especially since the Bulls have some impact players like DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine who could be available.