Anyway I'm sure this article will send Knicks fans in a frenzy hoping it will happen.
They are likely hoping in the midst of this Kevin Durant "future of this team without Westbrook" craze that the can trick OKC into doing this but read =p
A Realistic Trade for Russell Westbrook That Would Save the New York Knicks
Their struggles are not representative of a systematic breakdown like so many other disappointing teams in the Eastern Conference, such as having a terribly mismatched roster (Detroit Pistons), being a bit too old (Brooklyn Nets) or being a bit too young (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Instead, the Knicks' struggles can be easily fixed by addressing two main issues: an unhealthy frontcourt and inconsistent point-guard play. Both of these issues can be addressed in one fell swoop by acquiring Russell Westbrookfrom the Oklahoma City Thunder. I am not suggesting either a fantasy trade for New York that Oklahoma City would never agree to or something that would not be possible under the NBA's salary-cap rules.
Rather, there is a realistic trade possibility that would both catapult the Thunder into the driver's seat in the Western Conference and position the Knicks to challenge theIndiana Pacers and Miami Heat in the East: Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and a future second-round draft pick for Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and the right to swap future first-round draft picks.
Why the Thunder Would Do It
Beyond any doubt, one of the main drags on the Thunder's starting lineup has been Perkins. His general lack of athleticism is not a fit with the fast-paced Thunder. This would be cured tenfold with the addition of Chandler, an athletic rim protector who will provide the team protection when Serge Ibaka strays out of the paint.
Also, any veteran leadership lost with Perkins would be made up for with former NBA champion Changer. At the same time, Shumpert would fill a need for an athletic two-guard and Felton can slide in and provide depth as the backup point guard.
While Westbrook has been out injured, Reggie Jackson has played at an extremely high level and appears ready to take over as the regular starting point guard. This will more than soften the blow of losing Westbrook. Plus, cutting ties with him now would once and for all quiet the "can Kevin Durant and Westbrook co-exist" talkthat seems to distract the team every postseason.
Why the Knicks would do it
Now....I think that OKC would laugh at that trade unless they really REALLY thought there wasn't a future in a Westbrook/Durant duo.
That or they would hope that OKC is really REALLY buying into Reggie Jackson.
So their offer would be Chandler, Shumpert, Felton, for Perkins and Westbrook?
I've no doubt the Knicks will read this and actually try this desperate as they are.
Edited by Majesty, January 30, 2014 - 11:00 PM.