Terrence Ross, Jared Sullinger, Lucas Noguiera for Noah and Kuz works.
It's too early to talk about trading Noah- I know, we have to wait until Dec 15 to trade players we signed this summer anyways. Obviously some things would have to happen for the Knicks to consider trading him: namely O'Quinn/Hernamongez would have to look good and the team would have to look really good with Porzingis at the 5. I'm hoping for the best, just saying...
The Raptors had some of their best stretches last season with Biyombo on the floor, they're going to miss having a real defensive stopper in the middle. They're a perimeter-oriented team and they may feel like they need the personnel to win grind-it-out games and make a deal like this if Boston is ahead of them in the standings. This would be the best way for them to get a vet that replaces (upgrades) Biyombo, so they would be committing to winning now and not being cheap, not matching a guy like Biyombo's contract can send the wrong signs to star players. Toronto's the one team in the east that didn't get better on paper this year and everyone's predicting them to slide, they might have to make a move to get back to the conference finals.
The Knicks get the three youngest players in the trade, get deeper, and don't get a player back with as many years remaining as Noah. The team gets the option to run more lineups with Melo at 4 and Porzingis at 5 (could very well be the best look) and get more going in transition. I think there's a good chance we'll see Porzingis struggle more against stretch 4s than legit 5s and we'll realize that having him guard 4s on the perimeter isn't the best way to use his athleticism; keeping him near the rim as a shotblocker is.
KnicksFanInSouthFL wrote:So stop lookin' at the guy through Rose colored glasses because this current version of Putback-P could just as well likely be his final form.