Why The New York Knicks Do The Deal
When the Knicks drafted Barrett, they must have thought they were getting their franchise player. So far, that hasn’t looked to be the case.
It also hasn’t much mattered. The Knicks are winning in spite of Barrett’s struggles. Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson appear to be the duo that will carry this team in the immediate future.
With that in mind, why not move Barrett? This deal ought to make the Knicks better next season. Brooks offers intangible qualities that every NBA contender needs.
Meanwhile, with rumors of Mitchell Robinson’s unhappiness, Clarke is a sensible acquisition as well.
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Throw in a first-round pick, and the Knicks would have to consider moving on from Barrett. If he breaks out in Memphis, that will be their disappointment to live with.