Knicks need Jalen Brunson and more after Dejounte Murray whiff

Knicks need Jalen Brunson and more after Dejounte Murray whiff

In the end, Leon Rose either lost his nerve or never really wanted to throw his chips into the middle of the table to begin with. Maybe the Knicks president will clarify that the next time he goes on the record, which is believed to be sometime in 2031 or so.

Here is the bottom line:

There’d better be something else.

There’d better be another deal Rose has up his sleeve or in his imagination now that Dejounte Murray will be co-starring with Trae Young in the Hawks’ backcourt, rather than teaming with — presumably — Jalen Brunson at Madison Square Garden.

Because if it turns out that Rose was simply unwilling to match the deal the Hawks made — Danilo Gallinari and three first-rounders, plus a pick swap — to acquire Murray from the Spurs, it had better be because there’s Something Better Out There. It had better be that the deal that’s coming is better than the one that was on the table.

The Knicks could have bettered the Hawks’ final offer. After all, the Knicks have 11 first-round picks scattered across the next seven drafts, and right now every one of them is simply gathering dust. Even if it had taken four of them — along with, say, Evan Fournier and Immanuel Quickley — to bring Murray to New York and set the Knicks up with their most dynamic backcourt since Clyde and Pearl, Rose should have done that.

Unless.

Knicks president Leon Rose (left) lost out to the Hawks on a deal for Dejounte Murray (top right). Rose is still looking to reach a deal with Jalen Brunson (bottom right).
Knicks president Leon Rose (left) lost out to the Hawks on a deal for Dejounte Murray (top right). Rose is still looking to reach a deal with Jalen Brunson (bottom right).
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Unless there’s something else.

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