After Cleveland’s fire sale this morning, the Knicks flashed their usual flair for the dramatic by making their move a bit closer to this afternoon’s 3PM trade deadline.
In a three-way deal, the Knicks will send Doug McDermott to Dallas, swap 2018 second round picks with Denver and receive 2015 lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Denver, New York and Dallas agreed on a three-way deal, league sources tell ESPN. Mudiay to Knicks; Devin Harris to Denver and Doug McDermott to Dallas.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Denver and New York was swapping second-round picks in the three-way trade, league sources tell ESPN. Denver gets New York's 2018 second-round pick via Clippers, and Knicks get Denver's second-round pick via Portland.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Mudiay has been a disappointment since entering the league as the 7th overall pick in 2015. The 6’5”, 21-year old point guard has been averaging 8.5 points and 2.9 assists per game this season and hasn’t started a game since starting 107 of them in his first two campaigns in Denver.
He’ll now enter a crowded point guard room and will look to steal minutes from Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina.
McDermott, on the other hand, has been a productive sharp shooter in his bench role for the Knicks. His loss, however, won’t necessarily make or break the Knicks’ long-term rebuild.
As of right now, there isn’t much difference between where the Clippers and Blazers will pick in 2018. LA’s pick is higher, but that could easily change before the end of the season.
According to Frank Isola, the Knicks could have acquired Elfrid Payton from Orlando, but decided not to because it would have meant giving up Ntilikina in the process.
The Knicks could have acquired Elfrid Payton, a Scott Perry favorite, but they would not include Frank Ntilikina in the deal with Orlando. Instead, they went after Mudiay. https://t.co/Uvqil974Wq— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 8, 2018
The Knicks will be north of the border tonight to face the second-place Toronto Raptors.