Wolves Among Teams With Interest In Dennis Smith Jr.

While many Knicks trade rumors this season have focused on frontcourt players like Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson, several teams that have been in touch with the Knicks recently believe they’re open to moving a point guard, writes Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton certainly won’t be untouchable, but Begley singles out Dennis Smith Jr. as one player who has drawn interest from multiple teams. Sources tell Begley that the Timberwolves are among the clubs with interest in Smith.

Minnesota has been seeking a long-term answer at point guard, and while Smith may not be that answer, he could represent a low-cost flier for the Wolves. DSJ’s stock has slipped since he was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Mavericks. He’s averaging just 17.0 minutes per game in New York this season, and has received multiple DNP-CDs since Mike Miller took over for David Fizdale.

Still, Smith is only 22 years old and showed on Tuesday vs. Atlanta that he’s still capable of filling up a box score. In just 13 minutes, he recorded eight points, five rebounds, and five assists.

It’s unclear what sort of return the Knicks would want back in a trade involving Smith. Begley hears from one executive that the club probably can’t realistically demand a first-round pick in exchange for the third-year guard, which doesn’t come as a surprise.

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14 thoughts on “Wolves Among Teams With Interest In Dennis Smith Jr.

  1. metsie1

    Given that the Knicks wouldn’t get a first round pick they should keep him. Not going anywhere, still have him under contract. Knicks sure aren’t going anywhere. Would get almost nothing in return so why trade so low.

    • SheaGoodbye

      So what you’re saying is there’s a 100% chance of the Knicks trading him for nothing, then.

  2. Skip, Tampa

    They’ll get more picks for their future.
    A couple of 2nds and a minimum expiring contract would get it done.
    Wolves are good landing spot, but so are the Magic. Would work well at SG and backup PG.

  3. Makes sense, since the Mavs couldn’t get a 1st for him after offering him around the league a few months before he was traded to the Knicks. He’s done nothing positive since, and another year or so has come off his RSC. I don’t see his value increasing in a 3 PG rotation either. So, it’s lose-lose. Knicks seem to will themselves into buy high/sell low situations.

    In any event, Mills and Perry can’t be allowed to implement any trade.

    • CursedRangers

      Maybe they can package smith, a couple first round draft picks, and an expiring contract and get a young superstar PF.

  4. Would be a good fit in Minny I think just unsure on him and Wiggins together…

    Another thing which makes DSJ value probably lower is the amount of PG talent in the up coming draft. Off the top of my head I think it’s expected that there is 8 PGs in the first round. (Anthony, Hampton, Ball, Mannion, Hayes, Maledon, Maxey, Halliburton)

    There should be a few teams interested in getting a young PG either DSJ or a drafted player. Teams like the Wolves, Magic, Suns, Pistons, Wizards, Heat, Raptors, Mavs and Lakers.

    Still think Pistons should offer Reggie Jackson, Thon Maker and a second rounder for DSJ and Bobby Portis. Knicks get rid of one of its PF/C’s and gets a decent PG to take pressure of Barrett. Pistons get DSJ who I think could be a good fit with Griffin and Drummond and Portis could be a insurance policy for if Drummond is to leave in FA

    • oldmanwarrior

      Why exactly are the Mavs interested in getting a young PG? Especially DSJ, whom mixed like oil/water with Carlisle/Doncic?
      Mavs currently have Doncic at point, with Brunson his #1 reserve. Nvm the fact that they also have Curry and Wright who can run it.

      • Didn’t mean the Mavs take DSJ cause that didn’t work for them. I meant maybe the Mavs want a young PG from the draft cause Doncic is more of a SG and the other options are nice but not special.
        Think the long term success of the Mavs look more like the Mavs having a sniper PG that can also defend alright with Luka the Don, Porzingod and a solid C that can be a shot blocker and board man.

        • oldmanwarrior

          I gotcha. The Mavs, along with everone else, could use more 3 and D guys. I agree with you there. Doncic, btw, IS a point..not more of a sg. He runs the show, as he should.

          • Yes he runs the show but I think his best position is SG. Bron ran the show from SF for years, Harden runs the rockets from SG.

    • hiflew

      But the Knicks wouldn’t get rid of one of their PF/Cs in that Pistons deal. They would just be swapping Portis for Maker. So they are aren’t getting rid of one, they are just getting a worse one.

      • But Portis is owed 15 mil a year for this year and next. Maker has high potential and is on an expiring deal.
        So they get to have him for 50 games or so and see what he’s worth and if he’s worth developing. But it saves them paying Portis 15 mil next year.

        They don’t make the deal for Maker they make it to get a decent starting PG in Reggie Jackson and get rid of Portis and his 15 mil next year

  5. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    The Sixers could use him
    Fat chance though, plus they are not using Trey Burke for whatever reason.


  6. heisenberg58

    Please get this scrub off my team. He can’t play a stitch of defense. I’m fine with Frank and Elfrid.

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