New York Knicks: Ranking the last five trades made
How have the New York Knicks fared with their last five trades?
It’s officially trading season in the NBA, with the passing of the Dec. 15 deadline for moving players that signed in the 2018 offseason. The New York Knicks have three players that fit this bill, including Noah Vonleh.
Over the years, the Knicks have stayed active in the trade market, despite their five consecutive losing seasons. Moves for big names occurred, as well as sending away these top players.
Since the 2015 NBA Draft, New York has made five total trades under two different regimes. Some have worked out fine, while others never provided positive results.
Through these past three-plus years, how have these deals worked out? Let’s take a look:
5. Tim Hardaway Jr. traded to Hawks
It started on draft night 2015, when the New York Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr., who played for them the previous two seasons. He joined a three-team deal, moving to the Atlanta Hawks, who sent the draft rights to Kelly Oubre to the Washington Wizards.
As a result, the Phil Jackson-led front office received the draft rights to Jerian Grant, the No. 19 overall pick. This was the same class as Kristaps Porzingis, as the Knicks selected him fifth.
Grant only stayed with the Knicks for one season, providing unspectacular results in 76 games. He shot just 39.4 percent and 22.0 percent from behind the arc for 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, before becoming part of another trade.
Hardaway spent two seasons in Atlanta, accumulating 11.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. He struggled to find on-court time in Year One, before receiving 30 starts in 2016-17.
Just three months after that season, Hardaway rejoined the Knicks on a four-year, $71 million contract, one of the first transactions by general manager Scott Perry.
Even though the organization recouped its old draft pick, Grant did not work out for them. He was used as a trade chip for a short-term deal that did not work out, either, so it’s hardly a memorable transaction in Knicks history.