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Knicks get a Point Guard to Run the Offense and Defense for Thibodeau, Cavs Swap Spark Plug, Nuggets Reshape, Hawks Add Scoring


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Hawks

Hawks

+1 player ($18.8m),
Cap Impact - $910K
  • Caris LeVert
    Caris LeVert
    SG, 6' 6", -0.34 LEBRON
    Slasher

    $18.7M

    1yr

    6

-5  Wins

+3.10  MPG

+0.71  Off.

-3.94  Def.

Knicks

Knicks

+3 players ($37.0m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $1.5M
  • Monte Morris
    Monte Morris
    PG, 6' 2", 0.44 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $9.1M

    2yrs

    8
  • JaMychal Green

    PO

    JaMychal Green
    PF, 6' 8", -0.69 LEBRON
    Player Option | Stretch Big

    $8.2M

    1yr

    8
  • Clint Capela
    Clint Capela
    C, 6' 10", 2.89 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $19.7M

    3yrs

    1
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 2

    8

+5  Wins

-25.21  MPG

+1.18  Off.

+5.46  Def.

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

+1 player ($18.0m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact - $796K
  • Evan Fournier
    Evan Fournier
    SG, 6' 7", -1.05 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $18.0M

    3yrs

    20
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    Top 3 Protected
    20

+ 0  Wins

-1.21  MPG

-1.51  Off.

+0.80  Def.

Nuggets

Nuggets

+3 players ($17.4m),
Cap Impact + $111K
  • Cam Reddish

    TO

    Cam Reddish
    SF, 6' 8", -3.83 LEBRON
    Team Option | Movement Shooter

    $5.9M

    1yr

    20
  • Immanuel Quickley

    TO

    Immanuel Quickley
    PG, 6' 3", 1.68 LEBRON
    Team Option | Primary Ball Handler

    $2.3M

    2yrs

    20
  • Kemba Walker
    Kemba Walker
    PG, -0.81 LEBRON
    Secondary Ball Handler

    $9.1M

    1yr

    20

+ 0  Wins

+23.33  MPG

-0.38  Off.

-2.32  Def.

If anyone is opposed to this, it may be the Cavaliers.

After all, they’re flipping LeVert’s expiring contract for Fournier’s three-year deal. At this stage in his career, the $18.5 million price tag attached to that contract is a net negative. Still, the Cavs can justify the expenditure

Meanwhile, Atlanta may be a nice landing spot for LeVert. In all likelihood, he’d operate as a sixth man there. As a ball-dominant scorer, he’s not an optimal fit with Trae Young. He is, on the other hand, a great option to spell the superstar point guard when he sits.

If the New York Knicks do only one thing this offseason, let it be filling the starting point guard spot. A point guard has been a need in New York seemingly forever. Last season, they thought they had it worked out with Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose, but things didn’t pan out as they had hoped.

They cannot go into this season without a bonafide starting option. Immanuel Quickley is certainly an option, but he looks best as a combo guard off the bench that can fluctuate between lead facilitator and scoring guard.

That leaves the trade market. The Denver Nuggets are where the Knicks should place their first call, as Monte Morris would be an excellent target for them. Morris showed that he is more than capable of handling a starting point guard spot, taking over for the injured Jamal Murray this season.


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