This is not Isiah Thomas's Knicks, Leon Rose and William Wesley will not mortgage the Future in trading RJ for a 31 year old non defensive selfish point guard who's got maybe a maximum 3 or 4 years of high level play.
Don't believe Me? Leon could have easily matched what the Charlotte Hornets were offering Gordon Hayward but refused to budge on more than like 25 Million a Year
Same goes for Fred Van Felton, there were reports that we wouldn't spend more than 20 Million a year for a point guard that can't finish at the Rim, boy did we dodge a bullet there too!
Sometimes the Best Moves to make are the ones you don't make!
So we can forget about overpaying for Lonzo Ball, think about it, He is not a Tom Thibodeau Point Guard!
He is not an attacking, finishing at the Rim Point Guard, he is just a sooped up version of Frank
What I think Leon will do is only sign and eventually trade guys that fit Thibs's system to a tee
There is reason why we looked into Terry Rozier at the trade deadline,
He's a perfect point guard for Thibs's system and his defense has improved
Defensively, there were the usual question marks. Rozier is an aggressive on-ball defender with a lot of length despite standing at 6’ 1”, which allowed him to more-smoothly transition to defending opposing two-guards. The Hornets are generally not great at defense, but Rozier stood out as one of, if not the best guard defender on the team. His pick-and-roll navigation and off-ball helping/rotation can be a killer at times, but he does play hard and does a solid job of staying in front of his man when they have the ball.
With the Emergence of LaMelo Ball and having to pay Devonte' Graham, Scary Terry is the odd man out, so a trade with Charlotte could allow them to open up cap space to sign a player of a more pressing need, a big man/center like Richaun Holmes
Based on the past off season, Leon will not make big splashy moves just for the sake of it like Lillard or CP3 but instead more along signing and eventually trading for players that have that "Dog in them"
Being from Toronto, I have watched a ton a Craptors games and Norman Powell would be a really good Knick
He's an excellent 3 point shooter, great at attacking the rim and trys on Defense. He has been camping out along the 3 point line more since arriving in Portland but I think that's what Terry Stotts asked him to do because after watching a ton of Blazers games I saw how selfish Lillard and CJ McCollum are where they just hijack the offense to "get theirs"
What I hope we do is trade for Terry Rozier and Sign Norman Powell
Randle / Toppin
RJ / 2021 Draft Pick
Powell / Quickley
Rozier / Rose / Vildoza
Maybe not the big splash we are all hoping for but a real Tom Thibodeau Team filled with Defenders, 3 Point Specialists and Slashers who have that Dog them
PS: Maybe trading for Collin Sexton would be great but he will cost alot of draft equity plus he's looking for a plus 100 million dollar extension and his defense is sub par (he does try though)