• Booker to Knicks trade ridiculed
  • Suns not interested in Booker trade
  • Knicks need to wait several years more to get hands on Booker

The New York Knicks are in a mess right now with lots of things left unsettled. They have yet to name their next head coach and there is a speculated shakeup in personnel possibly happening this offseason. The Knicks could use some good and proven players and the name of Devin Booker has uncharacteristically emerged. Considering that the 23-year-old guard is under contract for the next four seasons, it would take a lot to convince the Phoenix Suns to agree to a deal.

When the idea of the Knicks trading for Booker was asked to an unnamed executive, it was all summed up as a joke. The executive replied with "LOL" according to, something that hardly comes as a surprise. There are different ways to look at such a crazy scenario from the perspective of Booker and his camp.

Like any NBA player, Booker wants to play for a winning team. The Suns have been struggling although part of that is because they are mostly composed of young players. Booker is seen as the team's new leader, a challenge for him to make the team better. The Knicks are not that well off. They have constantly tried to rebuild the past years but nothing has come close to success. Hence, Booker is better off sticking the Suns, probably a team that has slightly better chances of winning. Their plight alone this 2019-20 season should attest to that.

So why was a Booker trade to the Knicks suggested in the first place? Mark Bergman of the New York Post suggested that the relationship Booker has with Leon Rose could make the young guard a target. Rose was Booker's agent before taking on the role of Knicks president. Aside from that, the 13th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft also holds a good relationship with Rose's right-hand man William Wesley. Wesley has ties with Booker's former Kentucky coach, John Callipari.

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Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns drives to the basket against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter at American Airlines Center on January 28, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The point here is that there are dots that can be connected. But unless the Knicks can come up with something gargantuan that the Suns would find interesting, the best option is to wait a couple of more years. Booker is only 23-years-old and will have a lot of playing years ahead of him once his current deal runs out. For now, New York may have to find other targets, preferably ones who do not hold long-term deals and cost much.