The Lakers had the best player attached, Kyle Kuzma, but this Knicks trade had the most assets attached. The Knicks are far from a well-run organization. If the Knicks fall back into the abyss they briefly crawled out of, then that 2022 first-rounder will be a top-10 pick. That’s a great starting point.
More so, if the Knicks want Sexton bad enough, throw in the 19th pick for 2021 and the 21st pick in 2022. We’ll be magnanimous and return the second-rounder. Three first-round picks, two in 2021, are about the starting point of negotiations for Collin Sexton.
Another possibility would be to return one of the previously mentioned three first-round picks and put Isaiah Quickley into the trade. They play the same position and style, so why try to see if they can play together?
As it stands right now, it’s just not enough. The two first-round draft picks are close. Don’t get me wrong. Yet, if you’re going to dangle those two and someone like Knox and not Quickley, I know you don’t value those draft picks as much as you should if you’re offering them up in a trade.
This feels like a hustle trade.
The Knicks don’t exactly make out like bandits in any variation of this trade, either. They would have to move on from Derrick Rose with this deal, as neither Rose nor Sexton can really be that effective with the ball in someone else’s hands. As Rose isn’t a great three-point shooter, there isn’t a lot they can do with one another.
It’d also set them up to be pretty bad defensively.
None of these trades are right for the Cavs. Some are close, but the Cavaliers need to demand the moon for Sexton. Otherwise, just re-sign him.