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Four Knicks that could be dealt as the NBA trade deadline looms

The Feb. 9 trade deadline is approaching, and the skidding Knicks, who have lost four straight entering Tuesday’s contest against the Cavaliers, are obviously in need of reinforcements. They also have a number of players outside the rotation who could be moved.

The Post takes a look at these players and their current situation:

Cam Reddish

He was a surprise contributor on opening night and actually received eight starts, but he has been benched for six weeks ever since coach Tom Thibodeau went to a nine-man rotation on Dec. 4. An unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the 6-foot-8 Reddish is a long shot to be a Knick after the trade deadline.

The Lakers were rumored to be a possible destination for the former Duke one-and-done star before they landed Washington’s Rui Hachimura. The latest talk includes a possible deal to the Bucks for Grayson Allen, according to HoopsHype. But it’s clear the Knicks aren’t going to receive a first-round pick in exchange for Reddish, which is what they gave the Hawks last January in exchange for the talented — but so far disappointing — wing in one of the worst moves of Leon. Rose era.


Cam Reddish is likely to be traded before the NBA trade deadline.
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Obi Toppin

Will his role ever expand? Will he ever perform up to the level of the eighth overall pick? Odds are, it won’t happen here, not as long as Julius Randle plays this well.

This has been a lost season so far for Toppin, who recently missed 13 games with a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula. On Sunday against Toronto, he scored 12 points in the first half — his first time in double figures since Nov. 13 — and then was buried for much of the rest of the game.

His defensive issues and inability to create his own shot don’t help his trade value. He’s still an asset on his rookie deal, and his 3-point shooting has improved — Toppin is shooting a career-best 36.2 percent from distance — though his overall numbers have regressed. He could be part of a deal to land an established veteran. According to NBA reporter Sean Deveney, the Knicks and Pacers have talked about a deal involving Toppin.

Evan Fournier

The sharpshooting guard from France says he wants to be a Knick, but he also wants to play. He lost his starting job, first to Reddish and then Quentin Grimes, and has been out of the rotation since Nov. 13, playing only meaningful minutes due to injury.

Moving Fournier will be difficult since he is owed $18 million this season, $18.9 million next season and has a $19 million club option the following year. It would almost certainly take the Knicks to attach an asset to moving Fournier, which they have so far been reluctant to do, according to multiple reports.


Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
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Derrick Rose

The Thibodeau favorite handled his demotion to the bench with grace, and the Knicks’ young guards have raved about his leadership. But he is only gathering dust at this point.

NBA reporter Marc Stein recently reported that the Knicks want to do right by the 34-year-old Rose and send him to a good situation before the deadline. That situation could be Chicago, his hometown and the place where he won an MVP. Rose was showered with cheers when the Knicks were in the Windy City recently.

It could be the perfect cap to a memorable career, especially since the Bulls have a few impact players, such as DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, who could be made available.

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