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Berman: Knicks inquired about Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Probably not gonna happen, though.

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The Knicks’ trade deadline buzz has yet to pick up much, with a only few vague stories popping up here and there about their desire to move one of their glut of centers. But Marc Berman did provide fans with an interesting little tidbit Sunday: The front office has inquired about a certain forward from a certain team in Brooklyn.

One NBA source said the Knicks inquired about the Nets’ 23-year-old defensive forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, but Brooklyn asked for a first-rounder. That the Knicks’ pick is looking more like a lottery selection makes it virtually untouchable.

Ah, now this is the stuff. I’d much rather hear about guys Steve Mills and Scott Perry are interested in acquiring than guys they’d like to move (They wanna trade Joakim Noah? FOR REALZ?).

Hollis-Jefferson is more than just a defensive wizard—he’s averaging 14.3 points per game on 47.2% shooting. Unfortunately (or fortunately, since he remains a Net) he has yet to learn to shoot from beyond the arc, posting a 27.9 3P% in Kenny Atkinson’s three-happy offense. The Knicks already have spacing problems as it is.

Obviously any request for a first-round pick is a non-starter, but we’re getting a glimpse of what the Knicks’ front office is prioritizing at the trade deadline: namely, defense and athleticism.