As the NBA trade deadline came and went by 3PM EST on Thursday, the New York Knicks ultimately decided not to pull the trigger on any deals.
Everyone who began the day donning orange and blue -- including the likes of Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, Beno Udrih, and Metta World Peace -- ended their day the same exact way.
That said, it certainly due to lack of trying. New York reportedly spent the entire day (and then some, perhaps) exploring, or at the very least, considering, an array of different trades.
Among those speculated deals included a smaller move for Beno Udrih to be shipped out to Denver for Nuggets' swingman Jordan Hamilton. Another suggested that Shumpert could be headed to Oklahoma City to join the Thunder in a deal centered around a first round draft choice going the Knicks' way.
Even so, the trade New York was reportedly pushing the most was a deal with the Clippers. Such a swap would have sent Felton and Shumpert to Los Angeles in return for Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, and Willie Green.
Frankly, none of those deals would have been so bad. Shipping Udrih out of town to give a player like Hamilton (who was later traded to the Rockets) a fresh start in the Big Apple wouldn't have been the worst thing in the world. Given Shumpert's continued inconsistencies and inability to stay healthy, a swap for a future pick would have at least given all involved a clean slate. The same could be said about the prospective deal with the Clips (re: players like Shumpert and Collison). It would have, of course, also allowed the Knicks to rid themselves of Felton's contract (and the point guard himself).
None of the aforementioned deals were especially bad. Still, none of them would prove to be spectacular game-changers for New York, either. The team is more or less stuck in an interesting, but unfortunate, roster limbo for the time being. The Knicks aren't that great, but there isn't much room to improve, either.
As mentioned, the Knicks appeared to have a few options as the last trade day of the season progressed and concluded. Why wasn't any deal made at all? The team is floundering, and such demonstrated inconsistencies have suggested there's no firm end to the ongoing suffering in sight.
With that in mind, wasn't the team in need of some sort of boost? There were options out there, but instead, the front office decided to stay pat. This could arguably be a little discouraging.
Clearly, whatever Carmelo Anthony, Mike Woodson, and company have been doing this season hasn't worked enough to keep the team afloat and competitive. Still, when watching the team play, it's relatively easy to pinpoint where some of New York's various problems likely stem from. Nevertheless, the front office has neglected to make any changes, be it on the coaching and/or personnel front.
A small change or two could have gone on to pay major dividends for the Knicks. Sometimes minor tweaks are the best ones. With that in mind, was New York right not to pull the trigger on any deals?
Perhaps Knicks' officials were proving to be negligent by not recognizing the necessary change(s) that need to be made. If you're not part of the solution, you're often, nevertheless, part of the problem as well.
With the Knicks maintaining the same losing roster intact the rest of the way, one has to wonder if they'll eventually find a way to stop the bleeding, or if they'll continue to sink instead.no comments