Trae Young welcomes ‘Spida’ Mitchell to the East, continues to troll Knicks in process

'Ice' Trae proves that he lives rent free in the heads of Knicks fans
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The saga of Trae Young vs the New York Knicks continues to unfold thanks to the latest Instagram post courtesy of the Hawks PG. Young continues to prove that he’s the biggest villain to hit ‘Gotham City’ since Bane back in 2012.

The Hawks and Knicks have continued to stoke the rivalry fire since the Hawks ended their season courtesy of a 4-1 series victory in the 1st-round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.  Young dominated the matchup with 29.9 ppg and 9.8 ast over the series.  The Hawks would run out of gas and bow out in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks, the eventual NBA Champions that season.

With the news last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers swung a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz --acquiring Jazz All-Star G Donovan Mitchell in exchange for F Lauri Markkanen, F Ochai Agbaji, G Collin Sexton and three first-round picks – Trae Young took to social media to welcome Mitchell to the Eastern Conference and couldn’t resist dropping the hammer on the Knicks after their failed attempt to acquire Mitchell via trade after all the rumors suggested that the Knicks were willing to do whatever it took to bring the five-year veteran out of Louisville to Madison Square Garden for the 2022-23 season.

The Knicks were willing to give up a handful of promising young players – Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson included – to include Mitchell into the fold but the Jazz balked at the offers and New York stepped away from negotiations just long enough for the Cavs to slide in and complete a deal.

The addition of Mitchell transforms the Cavs into a serious Eastern Conference contender and his pairing with 2022 All-Star PG Darius Garland makes the Cleveland backcourt one of the toughest in the East to defend and appears to make the Hawks road to the 2023 playoffs a little more difficult to travel.

The Hawks (43-39) earned a spot in the 2022 NBA Playoffs with a win in the play-in tournament over the Cavaliers (44-38).  Despite losing Clint Capela to a knee injury late in the first half, Trae Young dropped 32 of his 38 points in the second half as Atlanta erased a 14-point deficit and finished with a 107-101 victory and the No. 8 seed.  The Hawks wouldn’t make it past the first-round after a 4-1 series loss to the No. 1 seed Miami Heat.

Atlanta travels to Cleveland for a preseason matchup on October 12th and then heads to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse again on November 21st for the first regular season contest between the two squads.