Four Knicks who could be dealt as NBA trade deadline approaches

The Feb. 9 trade deadline is approaching and the skidding Knicks, four-game losers entering Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers, are obviously in need of reinforcements. They also have a number of out-of-rotation players who could be moved.

The Post takes a look at these players and their current situation:

Reddish cam

He was a surprise contributor on opening night and actually received eight starts, but has been bench-bound for six weeks since coach Tom Thibodeau went to a nine-man rotation on Dec. 4. An unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the 6-foot-8 reddish is far from a Knick after the trade deadline.

There were rumors the Lakers could be a possible destination for the one-time former Duke star, before they landed Rui Hachimura from Washington. The latest talk includes a possible deal with the Bucks for Grayson Allen, according to HoopsHype. But clearly the Knicks won’t get a first-round pick in exchange for Reddish, which they gave the Hawks last January in exchange for the talented – but so far disappointing – wing in one of the worst Leon movements. Pink era.

Cam Reddish will likely be traded before the NBA trade deadline.
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Obi Toppin

Will its role expand one day? Will he ever reach the level of eighth overall pick? Chances are that won’t happen here, as long as Julius Randle plays so well.

It has been a lost season so far for Toppin, who recently missed 13 games with an undisplaced fracture to his right fibula. Sunday against Toronto, he scored 12 points in the first half – his first in double digits since Nov. 13 – and then was buried for virtually the rest of the game.

His defensive issues and inability to create his own shot won’t help his trade value. He’s still an asset, on his rookie contract, and his 3-point shooting has improved — Toppin is shooting a career-best 36.2 percent from range — even as his overall numbers have slipped. He could be part of a deal to land an established veteran. According to NBA reporter Sean Deveney, the Knicks and Pacers have talked about a deal involving Toppin.

Evan Fournier

The French sniper says he wants to be a Knick, but he also wants to play. He lost his starting job, first to Reddish and then Quentin Grimes, and has been out of the rotation since November 13, playing only significant minutes through injury.

Fournier’s move will be tough, as he owes $18 million this season, $18.9 million next season and has a club option of $19 million the following year. It would almost certainly take the Knicks to tie up an asset to move Fournier, which they have been unwilling to do so far, according to multiple reports.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
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Derrick Rose

The Thibodeau favorite handled his demotion to the bench with grace, and the Knicks’ young guards praised his leadership. But it’s just gathering dust at this point.

NBA reporter Marc Stein recently reported that the Knicks wanted to do right with the 34-year-old Rose and send him to a good spot before the deadline. That situation could be Chicago, his hometown and the place where he won an MVP. Rose was showered with cheers when the Knicks were in Windy City recently.

This could be the perfect send-off for a memorable career, especially since the Bulls have a few impact players, such as DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, who could be made available.

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