NBA All-Star Reportedly Shoots Down Idea Of Joining New York Knicks Via Trade

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The 2022-23 NBA season was a highly productive one for the New York Knicks.

Coach Tom Thibodeau led the Knicks to a 47-35 record, their best in the last decade. They then knocked off the fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers to pick up their first playoff series win in a decade.

New York capped its impressive season by pushing the Miami Heat to six games in the conference semifinals.

Jalen Brunson established himself as one of the NBA’s best point guards. Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes proved to be valuable young pieces, and for the first time in a long time, Knicks fans had reason for optimism.

But the job is far from done. New York’s lack of a second established star alongside Brunson limits its upside. And the best way for the Knicks to acquire such a player is via a trade.

NBA All-Star Zach LaVine Reportedly Rules Out Move To Knicks

One name that continually popped up in that discussion is Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine.

LaVine has made the NBA All-Star Game in each of the past two seasons and has staked his claim as one of the league’s top scorers. But Chicago seems to be stuck and no-man’s land the LaVine reportedly wants to find a new home in 2023.

New York seems to make a lot of sense as potential destination. But Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports that LaVine isn’t interested in taking his talented to Madison Square Garden.

“Zach LaVine’s representatives would be against a deal to the Knicks,” Bondy states. “…The Bulls are reportedly gauging interest in the All-Star guard, which prompted speculation that the Knicks — who are strapped with future draft assets — would get involved. But a source said the LaVine camp isn’t interested in dealing with the Knicks, who have a reputation around the league of favoring clients of CAA, the agency that employed Leon Rose before his move to the Knicks front office.”

And so here we are. The Knicks are still still looking for a second star, and LaVine is still looking for a new home.