City Sports Report

Knicks new ‘Big 3’ combines for 6.8 points


The New York Knicks were involved in a blockbuster trade on Monday night that sent one of their more popular players and a controversial one to play with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but what did the team receive?

The Knicks acquired forward Lou Amundson, center Alex Kirk and a 2019 second-round draft choice from Cleveland, and forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City as part of this early-year swap. Who? Don’t worry, these three players average a combined 6.8 points on the season, with two averaging below 1.0 point per game.

Yes Knicks fans, the team has waved the white flag on the season, and while I understand it is hard to come to the realization that the season is essentially over during the first week of the new year, the Knicks own their draft pick this season, and are hoping to land the top pick in the draft.

The Knicks traded 2011 NBA Draft pick Iman Shumpert and 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith to Cleveland, while guard Dion Waiters was traded from Cleveland to Oklahoma City. The Thunder sent Cleveland a future first-round draft choice. Talent-wise, this is clearly a mismatched trade, but if the Knicks land the #1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, I suspect that Phil Jackson and the organization will be thrilled and wouldn’t regret a thing.

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