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NBA Rumors: Knicks trading for Ricky Rubio; Using No. 8 pick to find Melo’s replacement

PHOTOGRAPH: Geoff Livingston/Flickr | Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves

The New York Knicks are expected to use the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft to acquire a point guard who will fit in Phil Jackson’s preferred offensive strategy, the triangle offense. However, the latest report revealed that the Knicks are eyeing to trade for Ricky Rubio and use the No. 8 pick to find Carmelo Anthony’s replacement.

The Knicks will be having a huge change on their roster with the potential departure of Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose this offseason. Some people believe that the Knick will look for their new point guard in the upcoming draft. However, there are speculations that they will explore the trade market for Rose’s replacement.

NBA Rumors: Ricky Rubio to New York Knicks

Before the trade deadline, the Knicks expressed interest in acquiring Ricky Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, no deal has materialized between the two teams. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, some people in the Knicks organization are hoping the team will find a way to acquire Rubio.

“Some in the organization were hopeful after the trade deadline that they could revisit their attempts to acquire Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason, per sources. It’s unclear if that interest remains, but Rubio would fit the mold of a two-way contributor. He is one of the 49 players who had positive real plus-minus ratings on both offense and defense last season,” Begley wrote.

Rubio fits well with the triangle offense. Unlike Derrick Rose, Rubio is a pass-first point guard who’s also a good defender. As of now, the Timberwolves consider him as their temporary starter while waiting for Kris Dunn’s development.

 NBA Rumors: Knicks finding Carmelo Anthony’s replacement

If they manage to acquire Ricky Rubio, the Knicks will use the No. 8 pick to acquire a new wingman who can replace Carmelo Anthony. Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders believes it’s time for the Knicks to find a younger replacement for Anthony who can work alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

“Many around the Knicks organization believe that Carmelo Anthony has played his last game with the franchise, and Jackson has already let it be known that he believes Anthony would be better off elsewhere. With a dearth of small forward talent on the roster and concerns about scoring points without Anthony, it might make sense for the Knicks to look to replace Anthony with a younger wingman who could excel alongside Kristaps Porzingis,” Hamilton wrote.

Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum could be on the Knicks’ radar. However, it remains questionable if both players will still be available at No. 8.

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