The New York Knicks are going into the new year on a sour note. Having lost nine out of 10 games and falling out of the playoff picture altogether. It may be time for the Knicks to make a trade. As I looked around the league I found one very interesting proposal that might benefit both the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks are in a very similar situation to the Knicks, they may want to take a different turn and trade away players for assets. In this particular deal I want to focus my attention on Harrison Barnes. Harrison Barnes is just the type of player of the Knicks need in order to compete for a playoff seed this year. He competes on both offense and defense of sides of the ball and always adds some championship experience.
Barnes is having a career year putting up 20 PPG 5.4 Rebounds and 1.4 assist per game. If you take a closer look at his numbers you might even be more impressed. Barnes is shooting 47% from the field and 36% from 3.
However it’s the defensive side of the ball as well chemistry where the Knicks struggle. Which is an area where Barnes excels, here’s a quick passage from grantland.com on Barnes and what he meant to GoldenState.
“Barnes gets it, and Golden State’s coaches say he has never complained — not once — about his touches. Barnes was perhaps the most famous high school player in the nation five years ago, the next Kobe, and he’s squeezed himself into a role in which he uses only about 15 percent of Golden State’s possessions — a tiny number we’d normally associate with a limited role player. “It just may not be in the cards for me to create more here,” Barnes says, “but I can do it, and maybe this season there will be more opportunities.”
This is just the type of player the Knicks need a selfless 3-D player who can also drive to the rim. Given the lack of cohesion Barnes will be an excellent fit on the Knicks. What would the Mavericks ask for in return for such an extraordinary player?
With the help of 2K17 I’ll put together a package that the Dallas Mavericks excepted in the simulation.
2022 2nd round pick
2019 first round pick
2020 second round pick
While the Knicks have been burned before when dealing draft picks building around a young and exciting core of Porzingis and Barnes is a very compelling offer. Not to mention the additions of Seth who is shooting 39% from 3. Justin Anderson is an up and coming 3-d player who may develop over time. One can only hope the Knicks can turn it around and make a playoff run while also building towards the future.
The Mavericks, on the other hand get a chance to rebuild for the future. Acquiring young talent like O’Quinn and Lance Thomas help excel their rebuild or give them more assists to be used in another deal. Courtney Lee adds a veteran who is shooting the light out this season. It’s a very good haul for a player in Barnes who has never even been an all-star.
Making moves like this are what the better teams in the league do. Think of the Spurs when they traded George Hill for Leonard. They were able to transition from Duncan to Leonard effortlessly. Which is what the Knicks can only hope to do with the Carmelo/Porzingis transition.