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NBA rumors: Gilgeous-Alexander, the next target of the Knicks

After announcing the renewal of RJ Barrett as a "consolation prize" for losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the race for Donovan Mitchell, New Yor


After announcing the renewal of RJ Barrett as a “consolation prize” for losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the race for Donovan Mitchell, New York Knicks has a new target in the market.

According to the New York Post from the NBA Rumors, the franchise from The Big Apple has reactivated an operation that it left on pause to focus on the transfer of Mitchell: the signing of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

The Knicks are aware that, despite having signed Jalen Brunson at the beginning of Free Agency 2022, they still need to climb one more step (the incorporation of an NBA star) to be able to compete in an Eastern Conference stronger than ever. .

The main problem to carry out this alleged operation is that Gilgeous-Alexander renewed last season for five seasons without any team or player option. That is, he is committed to Oklahoma City Thunder until the end of the 2026/27 academic year.

An opportunity to convince Shai

The strongest trump card (and probably the only one) that the New York Knicks have to convince Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to request his transfer is to make him see that in OKC he will spend several years immersed in ‘tanking’ without being able to compete.

This year, with the selection of Chet Holmgren at No. 2 in the Draft, it seemed that the Oklahoma franchise was finally going to be able to at least fight for the ‘play-in’. But his serious injury, which will force him to miss the entire season, has changed the team’s plans completely.