Could Kevin Knox team up with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo again?
If the New York Knicks pull of a trade for 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul, it’s reportedly likely to happen.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for a first-round pick and a “young prospect still on his rookie contract,” with Knox being the anticipated target to execute a deal.
“If Knicks president Leon Rose takes the leap for 35-year-old Chris Paul, he may have to give up on Kevin Knox,” Berman reported. “The Thunder are motivated to deal Paul and his massive contract after deciding upon a rebuilding campaign following Billy Donovan’s firing. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti likely will want a first-round pick and a young prospect still on his rookie contract, multiple league officials believe.
“According to the source, that young player preferably would be Knox, the ninth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, who is coming off a disappointing sophomore campaign.”
The move would pair Gilgeous-Alexander and Knox together for the first time since they teamed up at Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, with both players being selected in the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft. Diallo was selected in the second round by the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Thunder.
While this is the first news detailing the frameworks of a potential deal – Knox and a first-rounder for Paul – the idea of a loose Knox-for-Paul swap has been loosely discussed several times this offseason.
In fact, one trade rumor actually included former Wildcat forward Julius Randle.
Back in September, Jonathan Marci of Knicks Film School broke the news that the Knicks are preparing a trade offer that would center around Randle and Knox being shipped off to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal that would bring Chris Paul to New York.
“According to multiple sources familiar with the Knicks thinking, New York is readying initial offers to potentially bring the Point God to the Mecca. Julius Randle and Kevin Knox are two names I’m hearing are involved in internal discussions. I’m also told that Paul’s preference will play into his eventual destination, and his connection with Leon Rose is a factor.”
NBA analyst Scoop Robinson also reported in September that the Knicks were expressing interest in adding Paul, while Ian Begley of SNY said back in April that there are members within the organization who think bringing in Paul would “jumpstart” the team to start winning with a young core around him.
When there’s smoke, there’s typically fire, especially when it’s being reported by different outlets on numerous occasions over the course of an entire offseason.
Will that smoke lead to the former Wildcat trio teaming up once again with the Thunder?