In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, the New York Knicks are in the process of shaking up their roster. With the 2015 NBA trade deadline just six weeks away, the team could be the most active of any in the league.
New York has already dealt two of their best players, sending J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while getting nothing of significance in return. Even after making the trade, it appears that the Knicks are trying to make additional moves.
Jose Calderon could be the next member of the Knicks that gets sent elsewhere. According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, New York might be looking to rid themselves of the point guard. The team acquired Calderon, Shane Larkin and Samuel Dalembert, in an offseason trade that saw Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler go to the Dallas Mavericks.
Calderon has not provided the Knicks with the upgrade at point guard that they had hoped they’d receive. He missed 13 games with injuries, and the team has gone just 2-22 with him in the lineup. His lackluster performance and expensive contract could make him difficult to trade. Calderon will be 34 at the start of next season with two years left on his contract, worth over $15 million.
The Knicks might be targeting the point guard that could replace Calderon. Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports that the team is expected to go after Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson this summer, who will be a restricted free agent. There were rumors that the Knicks acquired Jackson in Monday’s three-team deal with the Cavs and Thunder, but the 24-year-old stayed put. He’s averaging 15.3 points and 5.1 assists per game in the 2014-2015 season.
After acquiring Dion Waiters and keeping Jackson, the Thunder might not be done making trades. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York reports that Oklahoma City and the Brooklyn Nets have been involved in recent discussions surrounding Brook Lopez. The Thunder would trade Kendrick Perkins, Perry Jones and Lance Thomas in the proposed deal, which looks to be off the table for the time being.
Oklahoma City has improved since Kevin Durant’s return, going 9-3 with the MVP in the lineup, but they remain three games out of the playoffs through 35 games. Durant and Russell Westbrook have missed a combined 37 games with injuries.