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Some of the NBA’s top reporters remind us that the Knicks don’t have many good trade assets

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Tough, but fair.

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I hope that by now most Knicks fans have long since disabused themselves of the notion that this franchise is ONE BIG MOVE away from recapturing the glory days, but in case you haven’t, Adrian Wojnarowski went on Ian Begley’s show to set you straight.

“We’ve seen several years of free agencies where [New York] is not a place where you just want to be a star player and not be winning, It doesn’t make sense. We’ve seen what’s important to players. And even less than where the market is, it’s ‘I want to win’ […] Just saying ‘it’s the Knicks and Madison Square Garden,’ that’s not enough.”

Tha source gawd also doesn’t believe that New York has the assets to acquire a star via trade at the moment. Begley adds insult to injury by insinuating that he knows of at least one impending free agent who wouldn’t want to come to New York as the lone star.

And if you think the Knicks are trading up in this year’s draft to choose a potential star, think again, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Lowe believes that, even by including their two first-rounders from Dallas, they still don’t have the ammo to move up to the No. 2 spot.

I know the Warriors, who own that No. 2 pick, want players who will contribute right away, but that seems like a fair price — a price that I don’t want the Knicks to pay under any circumstances.

Look, this is just the way things are. The Knicks’ first-round picks haven’t really developed, which means they don’t have much to trade for actual stars. Hopefully the front office understands this, and doesn’t make the old mistake of chasing fake stars. They have hired some good development coaches and draft experts, so hopefully things will change quickly. It’s just not going to happen immediately.