OG Anunoby’s name has been brought up in Knicks trade rumors over the past couple of months. Should the Knicks make a deal to bring him to New York?
As the trade deadline approaches in February, the Knicks are expected to be involved in the trade market. According to reports, the Knicks are interested in acquiring Raptors forward OG Anunoby. This can potentially be a game changing move for the Knicks depending on how much they give up to get Anunoby.
G Immanuel Quickley, F Obi Toppin, and F Cam Reddish have been brought up as possible assets that can be apart of the deal. Personally, both Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley should not be involved in this trade. Quickley has played well for the Knicks lately and Obi Toppin just returned from his leg injury. It would probably be better for the Knicks to continue to develop Quickley and Toppin due to the potential that they have.
Draft picks or a potential three team deal would probably be the two options the Knicks might have to consider land Anunoby. Especially if the Knicks want to keep Quickley or Toppin. If they can acquire Anunoby at a good price, the Knicks should be aggressive in making a deal for a player of his caliber.
A Perfect Fit
OG Anunoby is an effective 2 way player that can make a difference for this Knicks team. With Anunoby being 6’7 and 231 pounds while having a 7’4 wingspan, his versatility on both ends of the floor would be a true difference maker. He would fit right in with Tom Thibodeau’s system. Since being drafted in 2017, Anunoby has continued to improve on his game. He has increased his PPG average by 11.5 points since his rookie season.
As for this season, he is currently averaging 17.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG while shooting nearly 46% from the field. Pairing him alongside R.J Barrett would give the Knicks two productive wing defenders that can also score. Also, with Anunoby only being 25 years old, he would fit right into this young core of players the Knicks have.
If the Knicks can pull off a deal without giving up too much, this would be a great win for the Knicks front office. We’ll see if they can get it done.