• Randle and Smith could be on the move soon
  • Knicks looking for quality guards to boost rotation
  • Knicks rebuild expected to extend until the summer

The New York Knicks have hardly made any movement with potential personnel changes coming from the trade rumor mill. But it appears things are about to change soon. The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 6 and it appears the Gotham-based squad is planning to move some players.

With another forgettable season, the Knicks are in for another long rebuilding ahead. Among the names that could be on the move are Julius Randle and Dennis Smith Jr. Marcus Morris, someone who New York reportedly plans to keep, could be dealt as well, depending on the assets on the table, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.

The Knicks are reportedly discussing potential trades with several teams. On one end, there is the Charlotte Hornets. According to Ian Begley of SNY, the deal involves Randle, Smith, Malik Monk and Terry Rozier. This should be a multiplayer deal to watch.

Also, the Knicks are in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding John Henson. According to Chris Haynes of The Athletic, it is part of an undisclosed deal that has since gone cold.

Another team the Knicks are allegedly talking to are the Minnesota Timberwolves. Without question, Smith Jr. would be a logical fit to the T-Wolves. They are looking for guards to shore up their backcourt with Shabazz Napier the only legitimate point guard. The shortage of playmakers cropped up after Minnesota sent Jeff Teague back to the Atlanta Hawks.

It appears the Knicks are trying to make sure they have quality guards moving forward. They are reportedly inquiring about D'Angelo Russell of the Golden State Warriors and Dennis Schroeder of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In all, the Knicks look like they will be busy the next couple of days. New York will miss the NBA postseason wars for the seventh straight season despite high expectations earlier this year. However, in-season changes that saw the Knicks fire David Fizdale altered the course anew. Mike Miller is the current interim head coach and the change hardly returned significant changes.

It should be noted that if the Knicks fail to close deals by Thursday, changes could resume by the summer. The Knicks do have a promising core but need young veterans to compliment them.

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Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle is one of the several players to watch during Elite Eight weekend. Reuters