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HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto refutes reports of the Knicks targeting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Over at our sister site HoopsHype, NBA writer Michael Scotto spoke briefly on the Shai Gilgeous-Alexander talk recently on him being a potential New York Knicks target after missing out on Donovan Mitchell.

With Mitchell gone, Gilgeous-Alexander is logically the next player to look at as a potential trade target due to his age, contract and team situation.

But Scott refuted such talk, saying the Thunder really like Gilgeous-Alexander and that the Knicks discussion is not sustainable.

“Marc Berman reported I believe that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a possible guy the Knicks could target, and I don’t see it. If you think Utah wanted draft picks for Donovan Mitchell, what do you think Sam Presti is going to want for Shai? He just signed him to a max extension. Some people around Oklahoma City really like Shai. The injury to Chet Holmgren is going to stunt their ability to win this season, but Shai’s a guy they signed to that extension for a reason. They think he’s a guy that can be a building block for that team.”

Scotto is a well-connected reporter in the league, so him dismissing the Gilgeous-Alexander talk is a sigh of relief for fans.

Gilgeous-Alexander is entering the first year of a five-year max deal with the Thunder that will keep him on the team until 2027.