The New York Knicks look like one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA. After being the laughing stock of the league for the better part of two decades, the team looks to finally be on the path to relevancy.
Tom Thibodeau took over as head coach this season and led the team to a record of 41-31. They finished fourth place in the Eastern Conference, earning home-court advantage. It ended up not helping them, as they lost Game 1 to the Atlanta Hawks and eventually the series in five games.
Despite how disappointing of an outcome that was, what the Knicks accomplished this season was very encouraging. Now, it is time to upgrade the roster so that they stay there.
Point guard remains a need for the Knicks, as it has for basically the entire century. They have been linked to Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard, but there could be a more cost-effective option available on the trade market in Dallas Mavericks point guard, Jalen Brunson.
The Knicks and Mavericks have experience working together, as they completed the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade just two years ago. New York desperately needs an upgrade at the point guard and Brunson would provide that.
Here is an intriguing NBA trade scenario to think about centered around Jalen Brunson involving the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
New York Knicks Receive: G Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks Receive: F Kevin Knox 2021 first-round pick (via NYK) and 2022 second-round pick (via NYK)
The core of this package is the New York Knicks getting the starting point guard they have coveted for years. Some options would need to be settled before any deal is consummated, but this would be the backbone of the deal.