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New York Knicks should trade for Zion Williamson right now

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New Orleans, you have a problem. A big one. Zion Williamson is very unhappy with the franchise and likely wants out.

With the turmoil going on with the New Orleans Pelicans organization, there is a lot of uncertainty that the franchise will be able to keep Zion moving forward, as reports indicate that the star forward is “ghosting teammates” and has not spoken to president of basketball operations, David Griffin.

Griffin was forced to trade one disgruntled superstar two summers ago in Anthony Davis, who grew tired of the direction of the franchise and had no choice but to deal him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Griffin seems like he’s alienating another superstar in Zion, whose family has been “off the record” in saying that they want him to play elsewhere. The Pelicans aren’t going to be a contender this year, already lost Lonzo Ball to free agency, hired another head coach and still haven’t cracked anywhere near the playoffs.

Can you blame Zion is he’s frustrated? He saw what happened with AD and it might be time for him to request out. And there’s one team that would make the most sense for Zion considering he’s made no secret about how much he loves the building of the team.

The New York Knicks.

This is a match made in heaven. The Knicks can add the guy they coveted in the 2019 NBA Draft and pair him with his old Duke teammate in RJ Barrett. It would give the Knicks another premier, young talent who can excite the crowd in Madison Square Garden.

So here is the question. What do the Knicks offer to New Orleans for Zion? Here is the trade to make:

New York Knicks get:

Zion Williamson

New Orleans Pelicans get:

Obi Toppin
Jericho Sims
Mitchell Robinson
2022 1st round pick
2024 1st round pick
2026 1st round pick

With this trade, the Pelicans can get young talent back that can flourish in New Orleans; think Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball after the Anthony Davis trade. Trading Obi Toppin is a tough one for the Knicks, but for Zion, you have no choice. To get Zion, Mitchell Robinson is also expendable.

Why Zion to the Knicks? He wants to be there.

Is he worth three first-round picks? Yes. He’s that kind of talent.

Put him in a lineup with Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Derrick Rose and Zion is that final piece who can help get the Knicks to the next level.

The Knicks wanted Zion two years ago and missed by two picks. This would be a way to land him and have him be a part of a winning culture with a top basketball mind coaching him for the next 10 years.

Zion and the Knicks makes too much sense. Leon Rose and Scott Perry should be on a Zoom call with David Griffin and not get off the call until a trade is done.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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