New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors Talk Trade, Because What Even Is Reality Anymore?

According to’s Marc Stein, the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors are talking trade, potentially to bring Kyle Lowry to New York. Or maybe it’s to send Iman Shumpert to Toronto. Then again, it might be in order to bring Landry Fields back to Madison Square Garden. But wait! If the Knicks really want Lowry, they’d potentially have to consider including Tim Hardaway, Jr. in the deal. Hell, there’s even talk about Raymond Felton being shipped out in order the accommodate a trade. And since it’s the Knicks, and since they’re talking about trading with Masai Ujiri, the same general manager who got them to pony up a 2016 first round pick in exchange for Andrea Bargnani, a player that the Raptors were actively trying to get rid of, there are already jokes-but-not-really-jokes about New York sending a 2020 draft pick to Toronto.

Seriously, are the Knicks living in an M.C. Escher painting? Up and down, ’round and ’round. Always on the same staircase that’s maybe multiple staircases and wait, how did we end up on the 1st floor when we were just on the 3rd floor? I’m not even a Knicks fan, yet I’m starting to get a dizzying case of vertigo with a touch of the bends. I didn’t even know it was possible to suffer from both phenomena at once.

Image by William Cromar via Flickr

An artist’s depiction of the New York Knicks front office. (Image by William Cromar via Flickr)

Maybe things work out for the Knicks this time. Maybe they acquire Kyle Lowry, who’s a really solid point guard, for less than we’re bandying about. Maybe Tyson Chandler comes back and New York rallies and they don’t end up sending a lottery pick to the Nuggets because they make the playoffs, which I think they’ll do anyway once Chandler comes back because the Eastern Conference is so awful.

Or maybe — more likely, perhaps — New York disintegrates into a pile of angles and shapes, rebuilt into a fractal, geometric puzzle that always seems to be folding in on itself yet never really reaches a conclusion. When you’re the Knicks, anything is a possibility. And that’s not a good thing.

Well, that’s not entirely true. The status quo of process is never a possibility for New York, even if it leads to the same old results every time. The king is dead. Long live the king.

Andrew Lynch

When God Shammgod created the basketball universe, Andrew Lynch was there. His belief in the superiority of advanced statistics and the eventual triumph of expected value-based analytics stems from the fact that he’s roughly as old as the concept of counting. With that said, he still loves the beauty of basketball played at the highest level — it reminds him of the splendor of the first Olympics — and the stories that spring forth from the games, since he once beat Homer in a game of rock-paper-scissors over a cup of hemlock. Dude’s old.