The New York Knicks are reported to have made contact with an Eastern Conference rival with a trade inquiry this season.
According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the team looked into potentially trading for two-time All-Star Zach LaVine, though they never got close to a deal.
Aside from trading Obi Toppin, the Knicks haven’t really done much offseason work. But if they want to get past the second round in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls guard could be the player to add.
The Knicks need another scorer; that became clear during the Eastern Conference semi-final series against the Miami Heat.
“New York made contact with the Chicago Bulls about their shooting guard, Zach LaVine, but the asking price for the two-time All-Star was “giant,” as one league source told The Athletic, which is exactly why LaVine remains in Chicago,” Katz wrote. “The Knicks and Bulls, according to league sources, never got close.”
LaVine, a 20.5 points-a-game career scorer, has averaged at least 24.0 points a night these last four seasons and would be a great addition to a team like the Knicks.
NY, though, might be priced out as the Bulls want a whole lot in exchange for the guard.
The Bulls don’t have a great roster heading into next season and would not be keen on trading their second-best player without getting premium value in exchange. They could shift their stance closer to the beginning of the 2023/24 campaign, however.
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