There are many questions swirling around the New York Knicks.
We know the team will be centered around new point guard Jalen Brunson but there is still a lot we aren’t sure about.
The team seems very adamant about getting better and possibly trading away some of their stars in order to do that.
The latest rumors suggest they really want Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz but it’s not entirely clear how they land him.
Well, if they do, RJ Barrett might be a part of that.
As they should. RJ Barrett is already good and he's only going to keep getting better.
I will die on the RJ Barrett All-Star hill, but I don't think I'll die alone up there. https://t.co/LPDqYoWohC
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) August 24, 2022
It is being reported that the Jazz now have “strong interest” in acquiring Barrett.
NBA expert Keith Smith understands why they would, saying he’s “already good and he’s going to keep getting better.”
Smith added: “I will die on the RJ Barrett All-Star hill, but I don’t think I’ll die alone up there.”
There are some devoted Barrett fans throughout the league and he may garner even more if he moves to Utah.
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Since being drafted by the Knicks three seasons ago, Barrett has put up 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists a game.
He is a valuable, quick, smart player and has been a bright spot on the Knicks’ roster.
Yet, most of his time has been spent in the shadow of Julius Randle and other New York players.
People who follow the Knicks know Barrett well but he’s yet to really break through into the mainstream NBA.
If he were moved to the Jazz, he would likely be their biggest star, especially if Mitchell left as Rudy Gobert did.
Barrett would be the front-and-center team leader and that could work wonders in raising his profile even more.