The upcoming Free Agency is very crucial for teams like the New York Knicks. They have been struggling to find a new star to lead the team forward. Now, Yahoo Sports’ Ian Begley has revealed in a report that the Knicks are targeting Pistons forward Christian Wood.
Wood was having a breakout season before the season was interrupted with the COVID-19 pandemic. After Andre Drummond was traded to the Cavs, the Pistons found a new talent in Wood.
Due to Drummond’s departure, Wood was awarded a starting role, and he didn’t disappoint. He even registered a career-high 32 points in his last game for Detroit before the season was suspended.
Considering that phenomenal stretch, the Knicks showed interest in the 25-year-old back in March. But they were unable to complete the move. Now, heading towards the 2020 Free Agency, the Knicks are in dire need of a good free agent.
Considering Wood’s last stretch, he is expected to be a highly rated piece in the free agency. However, for the Knicks, there is one hurdle to cross. The Detroit Pistons have the bird rights for Wood. If they want, they can go over the salary cap to sign Wood and keep him at bay.
When the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks, he left a big hole. New York tried to fill that void with Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, but it didn’t pan out the way they were expecting it to.
With that experiment down the drain, the Knicks need some new players to take charge. With no big names shifting focus towards New York, this would be a perfect opportunity for them to develop younger talent.
The Knicks also have an exciting young player in RJ Barrett who might develop into a reliable star one day. All things considered, signing Christian Wood could turn out to be an excellent move for the New York Knicks.
What are your thoughts about this possible transaction? Will it benefit New York?
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