4. Knicks part with reserve big man at a hefty price
The Knicks are positioned to make a massive move and are waiting for the right superstar to hit the trade block. Joel Embiid is their ideal target, but acquiring any big man would give New York a bit of a logjam.
Hartenstein is a quality backup with a versatile skill set. He can protect the rim, rebound, make plays, and shoot threes. The seven-footer played a career-high 19.8 minutes per game last season, but the Dubs would certainly have interest. Here is a deal that could convince the Knicks to part with the big man if they have already upgraded at the five.
New York added Donte DiVincenzo this summer, but it is impossible to know who the Knicks would have to give up in a blockbuster deal. Assuming they kept Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, having a defensive stopper in the backcourt would be welcomed by head Tom Thibodeau. The Knicks also get Jackson-Davis, who was selected in the second round in 2023, with two second-rounders.
This is a hefty price for the Golden State Warriors to pay for a big man, but the Knicks are not accepting any other way. This deal centers on New York making a blockbuster move for a big man before the deadline and not sending out Isaiah Hartenstein in that package, which is a lot of ifs.