Milwaukee Bucks news: The New York Knicks are one of the teams that could emerge as buyers ahead of the February trade deadline. They are a pretty good team — they are currently fifth in the East with a 16-11 record — but at the same time, it just feels like the Knicks are at least one piece away from becoming a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.
That piece could come in the form of Toronto Raptors stud OG Anunoby.
Knicks Have OG Anunoby on Their Radar
In a recent report, NBA insider Michael Scotto indicated that the Knicks have “expressed exploratory trade interest” in Atlanta Hawks star Dejounte Murray. Another player that is reportedly on their shortlist is Anunoby:
“The Knicks also remain interested in trading for Raptors forward OG Anunoby, league sources told HoopsHype. Last season, Knicks forward RJ Barrett came up in those brief trade inquiries, but nothing substantive materialized. That’s likely to remain the case again unless New York blows Toronto away with sufficient first-round draft pick compensation and maybe another young asset,” Scotto reported.
Anunoby, who was also linked to the Bucks this summer, would be a significant upgrade for the Knicks, especially on the defensive end. The Raptors, however, will likely ask for a massive haul for their two-way wing should they make him available for trade.
According to Scotto, a player the Knicks could offer is Immanuel Quickley. New York failed to strike an extension deal with the 24-year-old this past summer, which points to the notion that “given the wide gap in extension talks, along with the belief Quickley would eventually like to start, the Knicks would consider moving last year’s Sixth Man of the Year finalist in the right trade.”
Evan Fournier is also another player that the Knicks could include in a potential trade package for Anunoby, along with one or two future draft assets.
Knicks Battle Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday
It doesn’t sound like the Bucks will be battling the Knicks for Anunoby’s services, but these two teams are set to face off on the court on Saturday night. They play again on December 25 at the Madison Square Garden as part of the NBA’s compelling slate of Christmas Day games.
The Knicks will be looking to exact some revenge on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. after the Bucks have already defeated them twice this season.
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