It’s been over three weeks since the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Donovan Mitchell. Although Mitchell didn’t land with the New York Knicks, there was a new player that emerged as a potential target for the Knicks. With the Oklahoma City Thunder continuing their rebuilding phase, Sam Presti might be willing to shop 24-year-old Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, although he’s claimed that SGA is only being brought up in rumors because the “aggregation machine” needs content.
The Thunder have already suffered a major blow before the start of the season with rookie Chet Holmgren undergoing season-ending surgery on his right foot. With Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson projected to be the first two players off the board in the 2023 NBA Draft, Presti could already have his sights set on June.
If that’s the case, Gilgeous-Alexander, who’s emerged as the face of Oklahoma City, could find himself on a new team in 2022-23. Given New York’s assets, Leon Rose and the front office could decide to give Presti a call. After dealing with Danny Ainge, Presti is the last person that the Knicks should want to deal with, but SGA should be available at a lower price than Mitchell, but that doesn’t mean that New York won’t have to part ways with a couple of first-round picks.
If New York is interested in adding a fringe All-Star to its roster, here are two different trades that could be made with Oklahoma City.