New York Knicks Could Trade Rose and Quickley

In a bid to unclog their depth at the backcourt, the New York Knicks might trade away two guards soon.

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New York Knicks On the Verge of Shipping Guards

The New York Knicks may try something out on the trade market in a bid to free up space in their backcourt depth. According to a column recently written by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Knicks are willing to ship guards Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley to unclog some of the logjams in their backcourt depth. This will be a particularly difficult decision to make for the Knicks front office, considering that both Rose and Quickley are fixtures in head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.

Rose and Quickley have appeared in all 16 games that the New York Knicks have played so far. Quickley has been the more important rotational piece for the Knicks this season, logging 22.4 minutes per game while putting up 8.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.4 steals. The 6-foot-3 Quickley has been struggling with his three-point shooting (only 27.9%) this season, but he has been a steady playmaker in the second unit.

Rose, for his part, hasn’t been as impactful on the box score. The 34-year-old former MVP is only logging 13.6 minutes this season, which is his lowest playing time average throughout his career. Through 16 games, Rose is tallying 6.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. This is the least productive season for Rose, but the great thing is that he has remained mostly healthy at this stage of his career.

Along with Rose and Quickley, the Knicks have a bevy of backcourt players to work with. Their backcourt depth also includes newly-acquired star Jalen Brunson, rising shooting guard RJ Barrett, veteran shooter Evan Fournier, and other role players like Quentin Grimes, Ryan Arcidiacono, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Miles McBride.

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