2020 Official NBA Mock Draft Featuring Coach Trager and LordTreeSap

The Lakers hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy less than six weeks ago, the NBA Draft is less than 48 hours away and its November, the season is getting ready to tip off in just over a month, but at this point it is par for the course when it comes to 2020.

The 2020 draft class has garnered a middling reputation, but will be stronger as the round goes on with solid depth. With a ton of unpredictability at the top, there’s still no consensus No. 1 overall pick as the time continues to tick on Minnesota. We’ve already seen a ton of wheeling and dealing in the league, which doubles as an Academy Award-winning drama when the off-season rolls around.

Luckily for you, Brandon “Coach T” Trager and LordTreeSap are here to walk you through the entire lottery for Wednesday’s NBA Draft. Take a look at our predictions and keep it locked on the Daily Mix Report for draft coverage from LTS, while Trager lives the life of luxury in the green room with Obi Toppin.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Coach T: LaMelo Ball, Australia

The most mysterious, yes unmysterious, tantalizing prospect of the draft. If you’re a hoops fan, we all remember what seems like yesterday a young freshman LaMelo pullin’ up from half court in video clips gone viral. Fast forward a few years, LaMelo is a 6’7″ do-it-all PG. I am beyond happy LaVar has shut his mouth and just let his boys have a normal professional career. It was funny at first, but it got old pretty quick.

However, I will give him credit, he said LaMelo would go No. 1, and be the best of the three Ball brothers. He’s made a lot of promises that have yet to come true, but it’s amazing that some of them have. In a draft with no certain No. 1 pick, LaMelo may have the best upside with his size and playmaking ability. Just like big bro Lonzo, he looks to make everyone around him better. I’m not sure how the Ball – Russell Dynamic will look, but if he pans out, a two-guard backcourt alongside KAT doesn’t sound too shabby. I see the Wolves going Ball here.

LordTreeSap: Anthony Edwards, Georgia

Anthony Edwards has been billed as the top prospect for months now, so I don’t think the Wolves will ultimately pass up on the opportunity to pair him with D’Angelo Russell for an explosive back court and potential big three forming with Karl-Anthony Towns. During his best moments, AE looks like a young James Harden without the elite court vision, but a bulldog going to the rim just like the school he reps.

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2. Golden State Warriors

Coach T: James Wiseman, Memphis

Let me rant quick then I’ll stop, WHY DO THE WARRIORS NEED TO GET REWARDED AT 2!? Yeah, it stinks their two studs were essentially out for the season, but the NBA Gods hand them the No. 2 pick, when the Knicks can’t catch a break. Ok I’m done. The Warriors need a big, and Wiseman offers the best upside. 7+ footer, incredibly athletic, and will eventually step out and shoot, he may be the gem of this draft. Steph, Klay, Wiggins, Green, Wiseman, yeah, the Western Conference forgot about the Warriors. Here we go…

LordTreeSap: James Wiseman, Memphis

This is the layup of the draft. GSW has played it coy as a contender picking at the top of the draft who would probably prefer to flip the pick and assets for a third star alongside the Splash Brothers. If that doesn’t come to fruition, the athletic rim-running Wiseman gives the Dubs another weapon at their disposal and an inside presence they’ve lacked.

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3. Charlotte Hornets

Coach T: Anthony Edwards, Georgia

If Edwards slips to three, there’s no way the Hornets can pass up on him. If you look at this dude in a uniform, you may think he’s been in the NBA for 3-4 years. Explosive wing who can get to the rim and shoot the ball. He has that slasher wing in him looking like a young D-Wade at times. MJ may make up for all of his failed drafts with this pick here. Look for the Hornets to go with my favorite player in this year’s draft, Anthony Edwards.

LordTreeSap: Onyeka Okongwu, USC

We never know what Michael Jordan and the Hornets are going to pull when it comes to drafting, we just usually know it’s going to be the wrong decision. Onyeka has soared up draft boards as a versatile big in the mold of Bam Adebayo and everyone saw how valuable he was inside the bubble on Miami’s Finals run.

4. Chicago Bulls

Coach T: Deni Avdija, Israel

These European dudes are so hit and miss, but I feel like these have been more hits than misses of late. Basketball has really stepped up its game overseas, and you’re seeing the product translate to the NBA. Avdija is a strong 2-way player who is very experienced and has played against supreme talent.

The Bulls have a young roster, and he should fit in nicely next to Lavine, Markkanen, Carter, and some of the other Bulls young talent. I think anyone who passed up on (or traded) some guy named Luka would tell you they regret not honoring his dominance overseas. Look for the Bulls to continue to grow their young roster under new coach Billy Donovan with Deni Avdija.

LordTreeSap: LaMelo Ball, Australia

LaMelo Ball, the most polarizing prospect in this draft. You ask five different “experts” about his career trajectory and you’ll probably get five different answers. The final Ball brother has a good chance to be the best of the bunch with the way Lonzo has stumbled out of the gate. Chicago didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Kris Dunn, so a ball handler spot opens up alongside sniper Coby White to form the backcourt of the future. I’m still trying to figure out why Billy Donovan took this job though.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach T: Obi Toppin, Dayton

This next player is special because I had the opportunity to be a part of his path to the NBA coaching both him and his younger brother Jacob (University of Kentucky). Obi has grown from a 6’1″ high school senior, to a 6’9″ rim-running monster. The reigning National Player of the Year may be the most “NBA ready” prospect. He is incredibly athletic, savvy in the post, and can step out and shoot the 3. He is a prototypical NBA Big.

He needs to improve his perimeter defense/lateral quickness and continue to get stronger. However, he is going to be a consistent NBA player with a long career. From knowing Obi personally, he’s one of the most likable, humble people you’ll ever meet, and everyone who comes across him loves him. Being he played for Dayton in Ohio, I don’t see him slipping past six. I don’t love this spot for him, because this is probably my least favorite team picking in the top 10. However, look for Obi to make an immediate impact wherever he goes.

LordTreeSap: Deni Avdija, Israel

I’m not going to act like I’ve watched Deni Avdija play a full game of basketball, but he’s been on the NBA’s radar for some time. Checking out his skillset, I could easily see a Danilo Gallinari type of career coming his way, which would be a win for Cleveland.

6. Atlanta Hawks

Coach T: Isaac Okoro, Auburn

Full disclosure, I hope Okoro doesn’t get picked here, because I want the Knicks to draft him. Anyway, let’s pair up the talented young hawks with an athletic versatile 2-way wing. Okoro plays hard and will be an elite NBA defender. If he can develop a jump shot, he’ll end up being the highly coveted “3 and D” stud that every NBA team is looking for. Young, Okoro, Collins and co. sounds like a nice young core to me.

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LordTreeSap: Obi Toppin, Dayton

Coach T put Obi on my radar a couple years ago and he’s played his way into a bona fide top 10 pick in that time. Although he’s already 22-years-old, Toppin is a sure-fire fit at the four in the NBA with great athleticism and a capable jumper.

I still feel bad for his Dayton Flyers season being cut short; who knows when they’ll be a potential one-seed again? Atlanta could use Toppin if rumors flying are true that they plan to test the market on John Collins if the two sides can’t agree on a fair extension.

7. Detroit Pistons

Coach T: Patrick Williams, Florida State

Williams seems to be fling up draft boards as a modern NBA big. 6’8″, versatile defender who can shoot the three. The Pistons are in the midst of a rebuild and Williams may be able to learn a thing or two from Blake Griffin, who has had trouble staying on the court.

LordTreeSap: Isaac Okoro, Auburn

Okoro will be a great fit and culture changer for Detroit on the wing for a barren roster that needs a lot of help. A tenacious defender, and if his jumper comes along, he’ll be the type of versatile defense-first wing that just about every team is starving for. We just saw the Trail Blazers pay two firsts for Robert Covington this week. This pick might finally right the wrong of selecting Stanley Johnson in 2015, who I really liked coming out of Arizona.

8. New York Knicks

Coach T: Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

I can’t invest myself emotionally into the Knicks. It’s a yearly heartbreak that I can’t handle. We kill ourselves, and seemingly find no luck on our side. Mini-rant over. Let’s go with Tyrese Haliburton here, a nice combo guard who is a nice playmaker and can shoot the basketball. He plays hard and I think would be a great fit next to RJ Barrett, and in NY in general.

The Knicks have DESPERATELY needed someone to step in and man the PG position. They have a solid foundational core, and a point guard to help accelerate the rebuild would be huge. Pair Tyrese with RJ Barrett, and Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks two best prospects, and we may be headed in the right direction (at least I have to say that). 

LordTreeSap: Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Coach T and I are on the same page here. The Knicks have been searching for a point guard to power the offense since Stephon Marbury ate Vaseline on a live stream. Haliburton has won me over as a sound decision maker, explosive enough to get to and finish at the rim, and still nail his funky jumper. Sign me up to see if Tyrese can finally fill the lead guard void that has plagued us for eons.

9. Wizards

Coach T: Onyeka Okungwu, USC

Considered by some to be the best true “big man” in this draft, he is already an excellent defender and rim protector. With a healthy John Wall and Bradley Beal this year, the wizards should be an improved team. Look for them to improve their front court with Onyeka.

LordTreeSap: Patrick Williams, Florida State

When early mocks were coming out, I kept seeing Vassell as the top FSU prospect, but P-Will has shot up draft boards in recent months to become the top Seminole available. Williams is oozing with potential as a gritty, do-it-all forward on the floor who makes the right play. Boasting a nearly seven-foot wingspan and still being 18-years-old always helps as well.

10. Phoenix Suns

Coach T: Devin Vassell, Florida State

Okay Suns, no pressure. You have one of the best young talents in the league in Devin Booker who reportedly wants out. Don’t screw this up. Vassell is another one of those potential 3 and D players you can surround Booker with in order to help the Suns be successful. They have some nice young talent with Ayton. Add Vassell to the fold and see what happens.

LordTreeSap: Killian Hayes, France

Another very intriguing prospect who opted for the professional overseas route. My good friend at The Ringer Kevin O’Connor has Hayes as the top player on his big board and he should be in consideration for the Knicks as well. The push in his jump shot does scare me a bit, but he can create and has good size. What a situation this would be to walk into and learn behind Chris Paul as Phoenix makes a push for the post-season.

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11. San Antonio Spurs

Coach T: Saddiq Bey, Villanova

Who knows who the Spurs will pick, but whoever they pick, will make an impact at some point, like they ALWAYS do. Bey comes from a great program in Villanova and is a nice complimentary player. He’s 6’8″ and is highly versatile on the floor. I’m sure Pop will find a creative way to make the most out of him.

LordTreeSap: Devin Vassell, Florida State

I’m always looking for 3-and-D players in the draft. Just inject them into my veins — every good team needs them to surround stars with shot making and doing the dirty work defensively. Vassell fits that mold and should be a nice fit with the Spurs. Two FSU Seminoles in the top 11 gives me a chance to just remind the people coach Lenny Hamilton has never made a Final Four.

12. Sacramento Kings

Coach T: R.J. Hampton, New Zealand

In my opinion, this is one of the most interesting players in the draft. One of the most highly rated prospects coming out of high school, Hampton took the Ball route playing overseas this past year. Hampton didn’t get to showcase much of his talent, but he sure has a lot of it. He’s raw, but if he develops, he won’t have many flaws in his game. He’d be a nice piece next to Fox as a 1-2 punch.

LordTreeSap: Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt

With the Kings moving on from Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield wanting out, Sacramento needs to find another two-guard/wing to supplement their losses and give Fox some help. Enter Vanderbilt’s Nesmith, who is the best shooter in the draft and should be a sniper in the NBA.

13. New Orleans Pelicans

Coach T: Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt

SVG! Great young core that should start to make waves soon. Let’s go with Nesmith here, who is one of the best shooters in the draft and would fit nicely next to Ball, Ingram, and Zion. Pelicans like to push the pace (whether SVG will want to or not) and this would be a great spot for him stretching the floor for Ingram and Zion to operate inside.

LordTreeSap: Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama

Goodbye Jrue Holiday, hello Kira Lewis Jr. I debated Kentucky’s Maxey here as well, but the speedster out of ‘Bama heads to the NOP. The Pelicans are in a great spot and add their potential point guard of the future here, who plays with reckless abandon when attacking the cup, if they decide to move on from Lonzo Ball.

14. Boston Celtics

Coach T: Killian Hayes, France

There’s a good chance he won’t be available here, but it’d be a nice pick here for the Celtics. He could play behind the likes of Kemba Walker, develop, and potentially be a long-term replacement down the road for Boston.

LordTreeSap: Jalen Smith, Maryland

Anyone that watched Boston knows they need help down low. Jalen Smith was a beast at Maryland. Anytime I watched him play Michigan he seemed to be a lock for a double-double and addicted to cleaning the glass. He could get away with being a smaller five if he bulks up a bit because he’s already a strong defender with a nonstop motor.

Everything You Need to Know About the New York Knicks’ 2019 Draft Lottery Chances

The day is finally here. For me, I’ve had May 14 circled on my calendar since the start of 2019. Not because that’s when I moved to NYC, but because the 2019 Draft Lottery could be one of the most pivotal moments in this tormented franchise’s history. On one hand, the Knicks could revitalize the Big Apple by landing Zion Williamson at No. 1, but on the other, the cyclic dysfunction is more likely to continue at No. 4 or 5.

NYK missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, finishing the year with a franchise-low 17 wins. I don’t anticipate that streak going on for another season. If you’re like me, you already have Kevin Durant as a member of the Knicks roster come July 4th. With the lottery unfortunately changing its format for the first time, I just want to set the record straight on percentages of where New York could land Tuesday evening.

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Don’t panic. I know, it doesn’t look good when you start breaking down the numbers. There’s a 60% chance we’re staring down a disaster in the making shouting “Same old Knicks” from the top of the Empire State Building, but there’s also an NBA-leading 14% chance the ‘Bockers win probably the most important lottery since 2003 for LeBron James. With Patrick Ewing — our only draft lottery win back in 1985 — representing the Knicks in Chicago on Tuesday, it’s only fitting for him to pass the torch to our next homegrown potential star.

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Overall, I keep the mindset of just landing in the top three (Zion, Morant, Barrett) to keep our roadmap of bringing Kevin Durant and another top free agent to NYC on target this summer. I’m also in the camp that’s more open to dealing the pick in a package (once given a commitment from KD and dependent where we land) to get a player such as Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum or Bradley Beal that might be available.

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Sit down and do your best at trying to relax when everything gets going at the Hilton Chicago around 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN leading into game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

**Whatever you believe will give us luck tomorrow night, make sure you do it before you go to sleep Monday my fellow NYK compatriots** 

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What If: The Knicks Never Traded For Carmelo Anthony?

In February of 2011, the Knicks traded Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash for Carmelo Anthony. The trade was unpopular from the beginning, if only because Carmelo wanted to be a Knick and was due to hit unrestricted free agency after the season. So, let’s go with the theory here that Melo comes to NY on a max contract in free agency and the Knicks still have all of the pieces they traded.

First, let’s focus on the draft picks that they traded. The Knicks 2014 first-rounder was traded by Denver to Philly. The pick? Dario Saric, who was a ROY contender and is a very solid NBA player. If the Knicks wound up with a better record via the Melo signing, and therefore a later pick, players like Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic, Zach LaVine, and Clint Capela were still available after that pick.

Next up are the Warriors 2012 and 2013 second round picks. The Warriors second rounder was used on Draymond Green (though Khris Middleton was also still on the board). Imagine that. The 2015 Knicks would have had a roster of Melo, Green/Middleton, and Saric/Harris/Capela (Jokic was taken too late for the first round pick to be used on realistically, as he was still available in the next round. Assuming Amare Stoudemire’s knees still buckled, there’s a situation in which the success of this rebuilt roster would convince a top-tier power forward to commit via free agency to fill out this starting roster. That team has very serious Finals potential.

Now, let’s include the players that they traded FOR Carmelo. Wilson Chandler is still an incredibly useful player in today’s NBA, Ray Felton has morphed into a 3 point weapon and top-tier backup point guard, and Danilo Gallinari has been a very solid player (whilst healthy). The Knicks don’t have the cap space to match Mozgov’s contract and let him go. This is an incredibly solid roster top-to-bottom, and could have been a real challenger in the Eastern Conference. Do they ever win a title in the LeBron-run East? Probably not, but I wouldn’t count them out as the number one challengers to the Heat’s greatness. Adding in some players that they already had or added in the between years (Jason Kidd specifically) and they are a very real problem.

The only major loss is that they probably never are in a position to draft Kristaps Porzingis, but that was an incredibly weak draft so that roster spot is virtually void.

Overall, this trade altered NBA history, especially when it comes to the Knicks, and ultimately might have cost them a shot at a real run at the NBA Finals.


If you have any suggestions for “What If?” holler at me on Twitter @oh_my_gos.

My Latest Victim: Chris Lopresti Shows Alarming Lack of Basketball Knowledge on WFAN

Monday morning marked the return of Jerry Recco to WFAN’s Boomer and Gio program. Gregg said it was good to have him back. It certainly was. Chris Lopresti had been filling in for Recco. This included taking his place on the brief show that comes on for about 15 minutes at approximately 5:45 with Al Dukes. I have often felt that there was a certain dislike or even hatred of basketball when Lopresti worked. He seemed to be dialed in when talking about hockey. Sometimes people who like the NHL are not NBA fans.

Last year, when there were two days off after Golden State and Cleveland played their series opener, Lopresti seemed angry or disgusted when talking about the series schedule. It is a television thing. Saturday is an awful night for ratings. I have looked back at NBA Finals dates for the last 30 years. There was not even one game on a Saturday. For years NBC went with a Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday schedule.

ABC then took over. They went Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday for years after that. Both Cleveland and Golden State were coming off quick victories in the previous round. Wondering why two off days were scheduled without travel was not crazy. I guess it was mostly his history of discussing basketball that made me notice and remember this.

Finally, my proof and validation came last week. The game that was taken off for O.J. and the chase came up. Lopresti was not sure if it happened during the NBA Finals. This was June 17, 1994. ESPN aired a special about this day and how various events were taking place. For years people have discussed what happened. Lopresti didn’t know if it took place during the Conference Finals. Why would they only be in round three during the second half of June?

In fact, he mentioned the Western Conference Finals. I’m pretty sure New York is not located in the western part of our country. Yes, it was Rockets-Knicks. New Yorkers who are not even Knicks fans should have some basic knowledge of this. Especially if you are working at WFAN.

This is one of the most shocking and disappointing things I have ever heard on the radio. More importantly, I have been vindicated!

How A Few Knicks Losses Ended Up Saving My Life

Last night I was with my cousins watching Kevin Knox play for the Knicks. Summer basketball at its finest. One thing led to another, and we started talking about their 2011 series against Boston. That year I had a stroke on Easter Sunday (April 24). Later that afternoon, Boston completed a sweep. I left for the hospital shortly after Celtics-Knicks started.

There would have been tremendous anticipation if the Knicks had won even once in the series before this game. Boston pulled out a pair of close victories at home before easily winning at MSG for a 3-0 series advantage. I knew Boston advancing was just a formality.

My stroke happened early in the afternoon. Reluctantly, I took my Walkman and somebody drove me to the hospital. Something was clearly wrong. I became very dizzy. It passed, but eventually I discovered that my speech was really messed up. I loved Dick Clark, but was not ready for a life of speaking like him after his stroke. My brains were scrambled. It was tough to think straight.

As I reminisced last night, it suddenly hit me…the Knicks being down 3-0 probably saved my life. If the series was 2-1 either way, I likely would have stayed home until after the Knicks game ended. Even if I went a few hours later and survived, the damage could have been much worse. So, it is also possible that I could still be alive today but with poor speech and perhaps some sort of brain damage.

Therefore, I would like to thank the Knicks for being bad. It saved me. Good thing my stroke was not on the first Thursday afternoon of March Madness. Clearly, I would be a goner.

The New York Knicks Should Consider Hiring Becky Hammon As Head Coach

Last night, I was listening to the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast and when the Knicks’ coaching search became a topic of discussion, Bill brought up an interesting candidate nobody has associated with the Knicks in Spurs assistant Becky Hammon.

NYK has been a revolving door of instability for the past two decades and a move like this could break the cycle. It’s been “lather, rinse, repeat” as Simmons put it. Hammon is clearly qualified for the position after four years under Gregg Popovich’s tutelage (230-98), who has vouched for her ability to lead an NBA franchise.

During her tenure in San Antonio, Becky lead the Spurs summer league team to a championship back in 2015. More recently, she was a final candidate for the men’s Colorado State job, her alma mater, and was even interviewed by the Milwaukee Bucks last summer for their open General Manager position.

For once, the Knicks could employ a futuristic approach to their basketball decision making by keeping an open mind. It would pretty cool to be on the right side of history, breaking down a glass door that’s never been breached in NBA history and may possibly kickstart a trend. I believe that New York is a mature basketball town and in fact would get behind the hire and the rest of the franchises would probably admire our courageousness from afar.

The 41-year-old is already familiar with NYC, blossoming as a superstar and leader of the WNBA’s Liberty from 1999-2006, where the South Dakota native made three all-star appearances representing New York. She was recently inducted into the Liberty’s Ring of Honor in 2016.

James Dolan and MSG are the kings of employing distractions to take fans’ attention away from how disgusting the Knicks team actually plays on the court. Hammon could be their headline grabber and take pressure off of the team, who will most likely be going through another year of tanking and low expectations, as Porzingis heals up from a torn ACL and a summer without sufficient cap space.

Admittedly, I have no idea what kind of system she would be implementing and if it’s a great fit. I know one thing for sure, we should be interviewing creative younger minds in candidates like Hammon and Jerry Stackhouse over coaches such as Mike Woodson. We have nothing to gain with the approach of hiring someone we fired just four years ago.

“It’s going to take somebody who has some guts, some imagination, and is not driven by old standards and old forms,” Gregg Popovich told The New Yorker“It has nothing to do with her being a woman. She happens to be a woman.”

Check out Hammons’ profile in full with The New Yorker.

Three Moves The Knicks Need To Make At The Trade Deadline

When Kristaps Porzingis went down clutching his left knee in gruesome pain, Knicks fans collectively held their breath. Of course, hours later our nightmares became a reality, as an MRI revealed Zinger in fact tore his ACL. The injury destroyed the morale around the team and brought a shocking reality to the doom this franchise has unfortunately become accustomed to recently. That has to be one of the worst nights in Knicks regular season history that we will certainly remember for a long time.

The Knicks fell to 23-32 in blowout fashion Tuesday night, which was amplified by injuries to Tim Hardaway, whose spirit already left the building after Giannis jumped over him for a vociferous dunk, and a bloody Enes Kanter, who needed oral surgery today. The boggling first move immediately following the Porzingis injury by GM Scott Perry was shipping a disgruntled Willy Hernangomez to Charlotte for Johnny O’Bryant, who was waived, and two second round picks in 2020 and 2021.

Executives Steve Mills and Scott Perry have some major decisions ahead with an injured star, who will be a restricted free agent after next season. Do they still give him the max extension prior to Kristaps proving he can still be the centerpiece of a franchise? Does he retain a coach who is clearly flawed and losing the team? This is one of the worst crunch time execution Knick teams I’ve ever seen.

With not many attractive assets and very little cap room this summer, Perry has his work cut out for him to make this organization a contender once again. The first order of business, setting the franchise in the right direction with the trade deadline Thursday afternoon.

It sounds like the Knicks finally realized they are not heading to the post-season and are going to finally commit to developing their young talent in the final 27 games, as G-Leaguers Luke Kornet and Isaiah Hicks have been called up.

Here are three potential trades the Knicks should make to jumpstart the rebuilding process, while tanking for a better pick, which could be a blessing in disguise (If Zinger 100% recovers).

Trade 1. Joakim Noah, Jarrett Jack and Chicago’s 2018 2nd round pick to Orlando for Bismack Biyombo and Elfrid Payton

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The Knicks need to do whatever they can to get Noah out of NYC. Biyombo’s similarly poorly structured contract makes him a good swap candidate for Joakim. Payton is an interesting prospect who the Magic may not bring back after this season. Current GM Scott Perry was a part of the team that moved up to select Elfrid 10th overall back in 2014. He would bring much needed stability and athleticism to the point guard position.

Trade 2. Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas to Cleveland for Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye

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Cleveland needs to shake things up at the deadline and everyone knows they are dangling the adequate package of Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye’s expiring contract. Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas are both solid two-way players, who fit the mold of unselfish shooters that are versatile enough to play beside LeBron. NYK earns $7 million in relief for this off-season and only has Iman’s $10 mill on the books for flexibility in 2018.

Trade 3. Kyle O’Quinn and Doug McDermott to Golden State for Nick Young, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw

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What better thank you gift for a player than to be shipped to the eventual champs. It’s your lucky day Kyle O’Quinn and Doug McDermott. The move gives the Knicks $4 million in cap relief this summer and we get Swaggy P in the Garden! That will sell some tickets the rest of the season, damn it! The deal also gives the tanking Bockers a look at potential rotation players for the future in Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw, who are still on expiring rookie deals.

FS1 Trolls Knicks Fans With Taunting Subway Advertisements

“Hopeless,” reads one side of the now blue and orange Knicks themed NYC subway shuttle that runs from Grand Central to Times Square. Fox Sports 1 was behind the evil advertising, trolling the hearts of Knicks fans who are more like abused animals at this point. Taunting our fan base after what we’ve been through the last 15 years is just cruel, but I will give it up to the struggling but creative FS1, who needs all the viewers they can get, this is one way to attract the attention of New Yorker’s on their morning or evening commutes.

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The Knicks colored seats and inside of the subway cart featured all too familiar narratives from Knickerbocker fans going into the 2017 campaign. You can’t help but laugh at sayings such as, “There’s overpaid and then there’s Tim Hardaway Jr.” or “Can you fire an owner?” With one playoff series win in the last 15 years, we are in a pathetic state with $163 million still owed to the likes of Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah and Tim Hardaway Jr.

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There were some positive sentiments on the other side of the subway which read “hopeful,” and had complimentary things to say of the Unicorn Kristaps Porzingis, who may have been “designed in a lab.” Let’s give these kids a shot to develop together as a unit and just maybe one day Zinger and Ntilikina can become a premier pick and roll combo, but when was the last time the Knicks coaching staff really developed a young core?

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I’m unsure if taunting advertisements will lead to an uptick in viewership of Fox Sports in the New York City market, but it’s a strategy I think makes some sense with hosts such as Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd leading the network who prey on trolling viewers to tune in and hear their opinion even though consumers may dislike what they have to say. I hope every Knicks player, coach and Jim Dolan gets to sees this just to get a feeling of what fans deal with on a yearly basis with this dysfunctional organization

***Update: FS1 Will Remove Ads According to Daily News***