Just before Thursday's deadline, the Knicks traded Marcus Morris to the Clippers, losing a leader both on the court and off of it.
And while they got back Moe Harkless, the rights to Issuf Sanon and a package of draft picks via a three-team deal with the Clippers and Wizards, they also created more cap flexibility, in hopes of signing a superstar in the future.
According to Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com, the Knicks created a $3.9 million trade exception by dealing Morris.
SNY's Ian Begley reported that the Knicks' goal at the deadline was to maintain assets to possible trade for a disgruntled star in the future, which was highlighted by the team not wanting to give up too much for D'Angelo Russell, who was traded instead to Minnesota.
So while the Knicks elected to hold onto those future draft picks, now they also have a bit more flexibility in their budget, should they go after a big-name player.
Trading Morris was certainly not an easy choice for the Knicks, as he was the team's leading scorer at 19.6 points per game.
He was also a leader in the locker room, as interim head coach Mike Miller had nothing but good things to say about what Morris brought to the team prior to the trade.
The Clippers will take on the Timberwolves on Saturday, but Morris is questionable to make his debut as he gets settled with his new team.