Forget Kyrie Irving, perhaps the Knicks will make a play for the other Celtics point guard, Terry Rozier.
The 24-year-old has taken a backseat to a healthy Irving this season and if Irving is true to his word and plans on returning to Boston, the Celtics could decide to shop Rozier.
According to The Athletic, at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier's status waiting to see if the Celtics decide to part ways, knowing they have a verbal commitment from Irving.
Per the New York Post, expect the Knicks to be among the teams in play should Rozier hit the trading block.
The Knicks have been linked to Irving in the past because of their need for a point guard and reportedly wanted their 'own young Terry Rozier' last season when Knicks GM Scott Perry was interested in Elfrid Payton at the deadline but refused to deal Frank Ntilikina.
So having interest in Rozier would make sense and he would lead a robust group of young guards.
However, emerging youngsters such as Noah Vonleh, Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson would be likely trade chips, according to the Post.
Knicks president Steve Mills also said earlier this year he did not want to give up young talent for Jimmy Butler and it is uncertain if he feels the same way about someone like Rozier, who is five years younger.
Rozier, the 16th overall pick in the 2015 draft, emerged as a vital piece of the Celtics' playoff success last year.
He averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 36.6 minutes per game over the course of 19 games in last year's postseason.
With Irving healthy, Rozier is averaging just 22.5 minutes and 7.7 points per game through 11 games this season.