Report: Knicks, Hornets discussed trade for Malik Monk before deadline

The New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets reportedly engaged in trade discussions involving rookie Malik Monk prior to the Feb. 8 deadline.

Kevin O’Connor reported that the Knicks were interested in acquiring Monk from the Hornets (via The Ringer):

“Prior to the deadline, I heard he was somebody that they were listening to offers for already … I heard some noise the Knicks were going for him prior to the deadline. It’s odd, maybe they’ve soured on him quickly.”

This lines up with what Michael Scotto of The Athletic reported on The HoopsHype Podcast, stating that the Hornets were already willing to part ways with Monk for the right offer.

New York and Charlotte recently made a trade for Willy Hernangomez so the two front offices have recently worked together.

Reminder: Malik Monk is on record as saying he and his agent thought the Knicks were taking him in the draft. Sure looks like

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Is best way to find an All-Star through draft, trades or free agency?

If you were an NBA executive, how would you attempt to find the next superstar to build around? There are three main strategies.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently made it clear that “losing is our best option” to improve his team’s core for the future. It’s a controversial statement, but one that likely has merit considering teams like the Philadelphia 76ers have an immense amount of talent on their roster

Pat Riley, however, argued on the opposite end of the spectrum when he was discussing his Miami Heat. He said the best way to maximize potential isn’t through tanking to get lottery picks (via Bleacher Report):

“For me, it’s not through the draft, because lottery picks are living a life of misery. That season is miserable. And if you do three or four years in a row to get lottery picks, then I’m in an insane asylum. And the fans will be, too. So who wants

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Michael Jordan, Hornets have clear links to Mitch Kupchak through UNC

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is expected to pursue former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak for his team.

Story filed to ESPN: Charlotte unlikely to bring back GM Rich Cho on a new contract next season, expected to pursue former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to partner in front office with assistant GM Buzz Peterson.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 20, 2018

While he may be known for recent poor contracts given to Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, he had a long history with the team. Before his time with the Lakers ended, the former general manager was the second-longest tenured executive in the league behind Miami’s Pat Riley.

During his playing career, he won the gold medal while representing Team USA during the 1976 Olympics. Ernie Grunfeld, who is the current general manager of the Wizards, was on that roster with Kupchak.

Kupchak, like Jordan, played college basketball for the North

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