The New York Knicks are hoping for the best under new president Leon Rose, as they will try to re-build the franchise as fast as they can.
In a recent Bleacher Report article, they claimed that RJ Barrett could be tradeable if the Knicks decided to acquire a veteran star.
According to Bleacher Report (via Fadeway World):
“With new team president Leon Rose taking over the front office, will the Knicks be patient and grow the team around Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and the seven first-round picks they own over the next four drafts? Or will they use those picks and players to go after an established star?
In reference to trading for a star, one Knicks front office member recently told SNY’s Ian Begley, “It’s the best path for us.”
While some Knicks fans may view Barrett as untouchable, the Los Angeles Clippers pulled a similar move last summer when they traded point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal for Paul George.“
They also gave up a potential list of stars that they could be available in the next couple of seasons due to several reasons.
“As an agent, Rose represented Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Joel Embiid, all of whom are currently on losing or underperforming teams. Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, Jrue Holiday and Rudy Gobert could all become available in the coming months or years as well.”
RJ Barrett needs to work his game in order to become a legit superstar and the Knicks’ franchise player. Although he showed several signs of this player in his rookie season, the NY franchise could not potentially have the patience to let him grow, as they did with several prospects in the past.