NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks Might Sacrifice Promising Young Star to Secure Damian Lillard

Published 07/10/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks certainly shocked majority of NBA fans with their run in the regular season. While they did not have major changes in the side, the Knicks finished all the way up in the fourth seed in a stacked Eastern Conference.

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While injuries to sides like the Miami heat and the Boston Celtics might have played a huge part in the same, it was the progression of existing players that resulted in such a massive turnaround for the franchise.

May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and Julius Randle (30) react after Randle fouled out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Former Lakers’ forward Julius Randle showed his playmaking and defense. Sophomore RJ Barrett on the other hand had an improved jumper and showed offensive versatility. Given their recent resurgence to dominance, the Knicks’ stock is in an all-time high in a very long time.

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Knicks willing to sacrifice RJ Barrett in order to bring in Damian Lillard

While the Knicks had a great season, they are by no means a championship contender. They might have had a decent run with a bunch of young players, but they will need a superstar if they want to compete against the likes of 76ers, Bucks and the Nets.

The Knicks might have lucked out though. With Blazers’ superstar Damian Lillard seemingly frustrated with his team, the Knicks might want to swoop in and pull off a massive trade for the 30-year-old.

Given how big of a superstar Lillard is, the Knicks might have to give up some key players to bring in the Blazers’ talisman. According to New York Post, the Knicks might be willing to part ways with their young star RJ Barrett.

Barrett who had a disappointing rookie season saw a massive jump in his output as he averaged 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, shooting 40.1% from the three point line.

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But only Barrett won’t suffice. The Knicks might have to give multiple picks and young players like Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin if they want the Blazers to accept their trade package.

The Knickerbockers might be entering a clear win-now period now and bringing in a superstar in Lillard might be the best option they might have. Will the Knicks take the risk to bring in Lillard and will it be enough to win a championship? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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