Jun. 21, 2017
D'Angelo Russell to the New York Knicks?
D'Angelo Russell could be a New York Knick this upcoming season. It may sound crazy but it makes a lot of sense for both teams. Yesterday ESPN's Chad Ford reported that the Lakers are shopping Russell in order to get another lottery pick. They are expected to target Luke Kennard or Zach Collins with that pick. This trade is a perfect fit for both teams.
The Knicks at the #8pick will miss out on the top 3 PGs, the difference makers. There is a good chance Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina will both be available when the Knicks draft but by most accounts neither are game-changers. They are not even guaranteed starters as they both have holes in their games. Russell on the other hand has played 2 seasons in the NBA, so he has a track record and has done very well for a young player. Last season, Russell averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from long range. The best part is that he is very comfortable playing both guard positions, giving the Knicks flexibility. That was something the Knick's brass emphasized with this draft and with Russell's shooting he should do fine in the triangle.
It really comes down to this, Do the Knicks believe the player they draft at #8 is better than Russell? I don't believe that and the main reason the Lakers are trading Russell is because they will draft Lonzo Ball, so they would have a log-jam in the back-court. This is a chance for the Knicks to pounce on an elite young talented player that would create a great pairing with Porzingis as the future. Would you rather have Smith or Ntililina or trade for Russell? The answer seems obvious, don't screw this chance up Knicks.