Report: The Raptors Are Trading OG Anunoby To The Knicks

The New York Knicks have been looking for a potential big swing on the trade market for quite some time. The Toronto Raptors have needed to figure out what the future holds for standout forward OG Anunoby, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. And according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the two teams have decided to come together to execute a trade revolving around perhaps the best three-and-D wing in all of basketball.

Wojnarowski brings word that New York has, indeed, won the Anunoby sweepstakes, although it will cost them a pretty penny. The Knicks will acquire Anunoby and big man Precious Achiuwa in exchange for a package that includes R.J. Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a collection of draft picks.

News of the deal was confirmed by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Both Wojnarowski and Charania report that New York will not have to dig deep into its collection of draft picks, as the team is going to send a single second-round selection to Toronto.

It’s a big move for the Raptors, which sit at 12-19 on the year and have long held the reputation of being a team that would rather lose a player in unrestricted free agency than get something back for them on the trade market. Now, all eyes are on what the future will hold for Pascal Siakam, who is also slated to become a free agent at the end of the year.

As for the Knicks, while parting ways with Barrett and Quickley will sting — particularly the latter, who is a restricted free agent after the season — Anunoby gives them some major reinforcements on the wing, and should be a snug fit alongside guys like Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle. And as an added bonus, while the team could potentially lose Anunoby in free agency, the Knicks managed to do this deal without diving into their collection of first-round picks, which could let them continue to be active in the trade market going forward.

On the year, Anunoby is averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, a steal, and 0.5 blocks in 33.3 minutes per game while connecting on 37.4 percent of his threes.