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Is Malcolm Brogdon the third ball handler the Knicks desperately need?

You can never have enough veterans.

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It’s no secret that the Knicks are in dire need of a third playmaker and ballhandler after the trade that saw RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley depart New York. While names like Donovan Mitchell, Dejounte Murray, and to a lesser degree, Jordan Clarkson, have been floated around as potential solutions to the Knicks’ newest roster problem, there may be another solution, which goes by the name of Malcolm Brogdon.

Brogdon, like Clarkson, isn’t on the level that Mitchell or even Murray are on, but they are both very solid players that would solve the Knicks’ second unit playmaking abilities overnight. And unlike Mitchell and Murray, trading for Brogdon shouldn’t cost too much. Now, there’s always a chance that Portland asks for multiple first-round picks or the addition of Quentin Grimes in a trade, and if that happens the Knicks should proceed to hang up immediately. Assuming that the rebuilding Trail Blazers are reasonable, Brogdon makes a lot of sense.

The 31 year-old veteran point guard is currently averaging 16.2 PPG and 5.7 APG on 44% shooting from the field, and 42.3% from three. His shooting and distributing would shoot some much needed life into a bench unit that currently lacks any real playmakers and explosive scoring. And while Brogdon isn’t the defender that DiVicenzo is, he could still fill in and finish games if Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks are in dire need of more shooting and spacing.

Additionally, and maybe most importantly, Brogdon has a lot of playoff experience. In his eight-year career, Brogdon has played in 43 playoff games and is averaging 12 PPG and 3.7 APG on 42.1% shooting from the field and 37.8% shooting from three in 27.9 MPG. While those numbers may not jump off the page, we saw just how much the Knicks struggled offensively during the postseason. Bringing in a veteran guard like Brogdon who, despite not winning it all, has seen plenty of playoff action, could prove to be incredibly valuable for a young Knicks team looking to take the next step.

Then you also have to consider the contract situation. While a guy like the aforementioned Clarkson offers a lot of the same things--scoring, playmaking, and playoff experience--he has a multi-year contract compared to Bronson, who is only on the hook for one more season after the current one. If the Knicks do end up trading for Clarkson, they'd be on the hook through 2026, meaning they’ll have to commit to him for longer unless they reroute him, tho that could be difficult. Brogdon, on the other hand, becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025 so even if the Knicks want to part ways with him after this season, it’ll likely be easier to ship him out in a trade because he’ll be an expiring contract.

It goes without saying that Brogdon wouldn't make the Knicks contenders and that they’d still be at least one major move away from becoming one, but Brogdon could be acquired for relatively cheap and would instantly fill the big playmaking hole left by the departure of Barrett and Quickley.