The New York Knicks are making a late push towards acquiring a quality point guard. According to reports, the Knicks have continued their pursuit of Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks and also entered talks with the Houston Rockets for Ty Lawson.
The Knicks are not giving up on their season yet despite falling nine games below .500 (23-32) and are preparing a trade deadline move that would bring stability to their backcourt.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported that the Knicks are still in talks with the Hawks regarding Teague’s availability.
“New York still hopes to pry Teague from Atlanta at some point before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.
The club has made veteran point guard Jose Calderon and young forward Kyle O’Quinn available, according to the report by Stein and Windhorst, who write that the Knicks are talking up Calderon’s leadership qualities to opposing teams and are offering the 25-year-old O’Quinn in some packages to “sweeten proposals.”
The Hawks are trying to get a desirable trade package in exchange for one of its core players (Teague, Al Horford and Kyle Korver), but are scaring away suitors because of their ridiculously high asking price.
Meanwhile, the Knicks are also linked to a possible move for Lawson, whom the Rockets are trying to unload at deadline. Sports Legion reported that the Knicks, other than their on-going discussion with the Hawks for Teague, are also pursuing Lawson.
The Rockets acquired Lawson from the Nuggets in an off-season trade, hoping that the former North Carolina product will give another playmaker alongside James Harden. Unfortunately, Lawson just couldn’t co-exist with Harden in that backcourt as he averages 6.3 points and 3.6 assists.
The Knicks are pinning their hopes that Lawson will be the right fit for the team’s triangle offense.
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