There have been trade rumors that the Knicks want to acquire Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Metta World Peace and Raymond Felton in addition to a first round draft pick. I’ve read that the Raptors want Shumpert and Hardaway Jr., but owner James Dolan rather not part with these players. Last year, the Knicks were able to get Andrea Bargnani from the Raptors. There is no way that Lowry is worth all that is on the table right now. Lowry as a point-guard is an upgrade from Felton, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury for 2-3 weeks. Lowry can shoot, rebound and defend very well. If this trade goes through he is a nice addition, but he will not be a huge game changer.
The 7-16 Knicks are in dire need of something. I’m not sure if giving up a draft pick (they technically don’t have a first-round pick until 2018) is a smart idea. What next after this trade? The best case scenario would be the Knicks make the playoffs, but they are nowhere close to the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers for an Eastern Conference Title. With Carmelo Anthony becoming a free agent at the end of this year, the Knicks really need to be competitive. Every week that passes by seems like there’s less of a reason for Anthony to stay if he wants to win a Championship.
Even though Lowry would help, the Knicks aren’t in need of good players. They need great players that can become superstars. If the Knicks keep trading with other teams instead of investing in young talent, this could be trouble. It is understandable that the Knicks want to make things happen soon because they have had a pretty awful start to the season. There has also been talk that the Nets are also looking at acquiring Lowry, so they might face some competition in that aspect. Is getting Lowry and exiting in the first or second round of playoffs worth risking future moves the Knicks can make? If not, I say pass.