There are officially 16 days left until the 2023 NBA trade deadline, and for the New York Knicks, there’s a lot that can happen between now and then. With the Cam Reddish rumors flaring up and teams like the Raptors deciding whether or not to sell, it’s a busy time in the NBA.
Tuesday, Mark Stein reported (requires subscription) That “the word” is that the Suns have begun assessing “their post-Paul future, thus identifying Charlotte’s Terry Rozier, New York’s Emmanuel Kwikle, and Toronto’s Fred VanVleet as potential business targets.” Stein went on to assert that the “latest signals” from New York indicated that Quickly will not be available before the deadline, something that was echoed after the Knicks reportedly laid First round pick The price is on guard for the third year.
Quickley was given the opportunity to enter the starting lineup when New York was dealing with an injured RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson. In the eight games IQ has started this season, he averaged 20.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 44.5% from the field. Although earlier in the year it looked as if Quickley could be traded before the deadline, this is no longer the case.
However, Phoenix is interested in the 23-year-old.
The Suns are reportedly eyeing Knicks guard Emmanuel Kwekley as they assess their post-Chris Paul future
Phoenix had a shaky start to the first half of the season, and currently, the Suns are 24-24 and 7th in the Western Conference. If the season ends today, Phoenix will compete in Championship Play. Devin Booker was sidelined last month due to a thigh injury and latest report His injury doesn’t indicate he’ll be back anytime soon.
As Stein pointed out, Chris Paul has picked up two injuries himself this season and played in 27 of his 48 games. The 37-year-old averages 13.4 points for 8.4 assists. Paul makes $28.4 million this season and will make $30.8 million in 2023-24 before earning an unsecured salary of $30 million in 2024-25.
Paul has spent the past three seasons in Phoenix and was part of the playoffs the previous two seasons. The Suns made it to the NBA Finals in 2021 but fell short of the Bucks, so Paul is still chasing his first championship.
Phoenix has suffered a series of issues over the past year, so the Suns are doing the right thing by looking ahead to take stock of their future. Between Quickley, Rozier and VanVleet, IQ is the better option for Phoenix, but the problem for the Suns is that the Knicks have changed their stance on Quickley in the past few weeks. Trading in IQ would be a great move for Phoenix, but New York probably won’t allow this to happen.
The Suns will probably have more luck after Rozier with the Hornets being one of the worst teams in the league. And of course, the Victor Wimpanyama lottery is at stake.
Unless something changes between now and February 9th, it looks as if the Knicks will catch Emmanuel Kwekley.