This Blockbuster Knicks-Hornets Trade Features LaMelo Ball

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The New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets are both going to be very intriguing teams to keep an eye on this offseason in the NBA rumors mill. Both teams have movable pieces and both are going to be looking to make moves to get into contention. For the Knicks, it’s clear that they are a piece or two away from making a serious run at the NBA Finals. Could the two sides consider coming together on a LaMelo Ball trade?

Before we get too deep into this idea, everyone is already wondering why Ball is even being mentioned as a potential trade candidate. Well, quite simply, the Hornets have a chance to walk away from the 2023 NBA Draft with Scoot Henderson and Ball’s injury issues could make him expendable at the right price.

What would a potential trade between the Knicks and Hornets involving Ball look like? Our own James Piercey looked into the idea and came up with a potential trade package that could work for both sides. The deal would involve Ball being moved in exchange for Obi Toppin, G Immanuel Quickley, a 2024 first-round pick (NYK), a 2026 first-round pick (NYK), and a 2028 first-round ick (NYK).

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If this trade were to go down, the Hornets would have to be happy with their return. Being able to snag a young forward in Obi Toppin to go along with an emerging star guard in Immanuel Quickley would help them speed up their rebuild. Add in the three first-round picks and this trade would be a no-brainer.

On the other side of the deal, the Knicks would be able to pair LaMelo Ball with Jalen Brunson in the back-court. They would add more three-point shooting and playmaking. Both of those areas are things that the Knicks should be looking for this offseason anyway.

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Again, this is far from being a report that the two sides are actually discussing a deal. But, if the Hornets did decide to gauge trade interest in Ball, this trade could make a ton of sense. If Ball does become available, the Knicks should be very heavily interested in swinging a deal.

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