After the Knicks passed on him with the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft, Emmanuel Mudiay reportedly said he was happy to avoid New York and the triangle offense. With Phil Jackson and the triangle gone, Mudiay might feel more welcome with the Knicks now.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Mudiay, whom the Nuggets drafted No. 7, has struggled in three NBA seasons. And New York already has a promising point guard in Frank Ntilikina.
But Mudiay is just 21, and point guards tend to develop later. There’s value in hedging bets, and Ntilikina can defend multiple positions. This is an excellent low-cost, buy-low move by the Knicks.
The Nuggets get a more-experienced point guard in Devin Harris, who should play behind Jamal Murray and help their playoff push this season. Harris is also on an expiring contract, so he won’t complicate Denver’s looming luxury-tax concerns.
The rebuilding Mavericks can use the 26-year-old McDermott more than the 34-year-old Harris, but I’d rather have Mudiay. Yes, Dallas has Dennis Smith Jr., but again, there’s value in hedging bets. I don’t why the Mavericks didn’t just cut the Knicks out of this deal.