Knicks Open to Trade Offers for Quentin Grimes

‣ The New York Knicks are reportedly exploring trade packages for third-year guard Quentin Grimes, who has fallen out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau.
‣ Grimes, who has made 18 starts in 37 appearances this season, is averaging 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 19.8 minutes per game.
‣ The Knicks are targeting an affordable star player and could wait until the offseason to trade Grimes when such a player becomes available.

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The New York Knicks are on the hunt. They’re looking at various trade packages for Quentin Grimes, their third-year guard. Rumor has it, Grimes isn’t exactly in coach Tom Thibodeau’s good books anymore.

The Knicks are actively scouting offers for the former first-round pick. That’s according to rival execs who’ve been in touch with the New York front office. It’s a shift from a year or two ago when the Knicks were holding onto Grimes like he was their golden ticket. So says Fred Katz of The Athletic.

Grimes, a 23-year-old, has been on the starting lineup 18 times in 37 games this season. He’s been averaging 6.9 points, a career-low 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 19.8 minutes per game. His shooting stats? 40.5% from the floor, a career-best 39.2% from downtown, and 62.5% at the foul line.

Fred Katz tweets, “The Knicks are actively fielding offers for Quentin Grimes, according to rival executives who’ve been in contact with them, and are hoping to land facilitating help behind Jalen Brunson.”

Last season, Grimes was on the court for an average of 29.9 minutes per game. In his first 11 games of the 2023-24 season, he was playing 24.7 minutes per game. But recently, Thibodeau has been limiting him to 16.5 minutes per game in his last 10 games. He did manage to score a season-high 19 points in wins against the Toronto Raptors (Dec. 11) and Philadelphia 76ers (Jan. 5).

Jalen Brunson, by the way, could use more help in the backcourt.

The Knicks might wait until the offseason to trade Grimes. That’s when a star player might become available. The New York brass seems to be targeting an affordable star player. That means Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine is out of the question. He’s raking in $40.04 million this season and is set to earn $43.03 million in 2024-25. He signed a five-year, $215.16 million deal with Chicago in July 2022.

Fred Katz adds, “With nearly three weeks to go until the NBA trade deadline, the Knicks’ priorities are taking shape. The goal, according to league sources familiar with the organization’s thinking, is to add someone who could help the team today and also has a contract that would be attractive in a hypothetical trade for a star this upcoming summer.”

“But acquiring a talented player takes giving up something good, too. The long-term plan remains to add a star to the core that’s already present, but the organization still does not expect that star, whoever he may be, to become available until this summer at the earliest.”

Waiting until the offseason might be New York’s best option. Arguably the best star-level talent options available include LaVine, Dejounte Murray, and Pascal Siakam. Acquiring reinforcements during the summertime is the more realistic possibility.

The Knicks could be pursuing more players this season. Players on the trade block include Miles Bridges ($7.92 million), Alec Burks ($10.48 million), Kelly Olynyk ($12.19 million), Bojan Bogdanovic ($20 million), Keldon Johnson ($20 million), Malcolm Brogdon ($22.5 million), Terry Rozier ($23.20 million), Gordon Hayward ($31.5 million), and a few others.

James Shotwell
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