The Knicks, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, are looking to trade away some of their veteran pieces to make room for Cam Reddish and their younger contributors to see more playing time within Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
But according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, New York is receiving some interest regarding its youth.
On his latest episode of “The Lowe Post” podcast, Lowe mentioned that the Knicks have received calls regarding sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley, and while New York has dismissed those calls, there is clear interest in the former first-round pick.
“I know the vultures are circling and they’re getting a lot of calls about Quickley,” Lowe said. “And I think they’re batting those calls away as they should. But the vultures are circling and trying to poach somebody from the Knicks.”
The Knicks traded to acquire Quickley at 25th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, a move that was slammed by many draft analysts, who then watched Quickley turn in a productive rookie campaign. But Quickley has struggled of late, shooting 36 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from downtown over his last 15 games. In a loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night, Quickley shot just 1-for-10 from the floor, while missing five of his six 3-point attempts.
Regardless of Quickley’s struggles, it seems highly unlikely that New York would agree to trade away the 22-year-old.
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