By Ryan Pangemi | December 12, 2018 | 5:16pm ESTThere is no doubt that the New York Knicks have had some interesting trade targets in the last few weeks.
First there was the blockbuster deal to acquire Derrick Rose, who has been a solid role player in the Eastern Conference for the past four seasons.
Then there was that trade to send Kristaps Porzingis and an unprotected first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a move that had the Knicks’ front office in a tizzy.
Now comes a trade that could potentially lead to a player who might not be a fan favorite in the league: Marcus Smart.
The Knicks have been busy over the last two days, acquiring a trio of young players in Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Tristan Thompson and Mike Dunleavy.
The trade that would seem to be the most logical move for the Knicks would be to acquire Smart from the Chicago Bulls, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The move would be the first in a long list of moves the Bulls have made in the wake of the Derrick Rose trade, which sent the All-Star forward to New York in exchange for Derrick Rose.
The Chicago Bulls acquired Derrick Rose from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange to receive Derrick Rose in the Derrick, Rose, Tristan and Mike trade.
The New York Times reported that the Bulls had been interested in trading Rose for a while.
It was speculated at the time that the Knicks might have been willing to move Rose if the Bulls could acquire another center.
Rose’s departure left the Knicks with three players in need of new contracts.
Anthony was coming off his worst season in years and Thompson was an unrestricted free agent.
They were also looking to replace Derrick Rose after signing him to a seven-year, $115 million contract extension last summer.
The Bulls would like to have a center on their roster and they were willing to give up the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft to acquire Anthony.
However, the trade was not made in New York and the Bulls are still in the process of re-signing Derrick Rose and are not looking to move on from him.
The two sides were also talking about potentially moving Dunleavys rights.
The Celtics acquired Derrick Love in the Rose trade in a deal that sent Marcus Smart to the Knicks.
The Celtics could also trade Smart for a player to go along with Derrick Rose on the roster, according the Boston Globe.
However the trade would have to be approved by the Knicks, which is unlikely.