"That," the scout said after having witnessed the Knicks get drubbed by the Celtics in Boston this week, "would be a terrible idea."

The idea in question would be an earnest pursuit of Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, which would be a very Knicks-ish trade to make, historically speaking. Bledsoe checks all the boxes that have defined Knicks trade targets in the last 15 years or so.

TRADE RUMORS: Bledsoe deal on hold because of Suns' asking price

The track record suggests Bledsoe is a dream player for owner James Dolan. Think about it:

— He is a third-tier star who can masquerade as a No. 1 option. That makes him a classic Knicks acquisition. At his best, Bledsoe is a tough, dynamic scorer who is strong with the ball. But he has been wildly inconsistent as a perimeter shooter and is not a particularly good playmaker. He is certainly not a guy who can drag a team like the Knicks into the playoffs, not even in the East.

— He has long had the potential to be a very good defender at his position, but has displayed very little interest in actually becoming a good defender. Now in his eighth season, at nearly 28 years old, it’s hard to imagine Bledsoe coming to New York and deciding he wants to be the second coming of Gary Payton.

— He can’t stay healthy. In four seasons before this one, Bledsoe has had one healthy year and has missed one-third of his games. He does not have a meniscus in his right knee — it was torn to the point of removal in 2014 — and has a partial meniscus in his left knee.

That may not hurt him in the short term, and he may get through

the bulk of his remaining career without further knee issues. But he will have knee problems at some point.

— He has been on the trade market for more than a year. Bledsoe’s tweet this week about not wanting to be in Phoenix anymore has created the impression in the media that there is suddenly a frenzied Bledsoe trade market. There isn’t.

The Suns actively shopped Bledsoe around draft day and as part of deals involving Kyrie Irving getting out of Cleveland. They’d taken offers for him at the February trade deadline, and before. There’s nothing new about him being a trade target. He’s a stale pot of coffee in the trade-rumor employees’ lounge.

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In a typical year, thoughtful Knicks fans would worry over the impulse the team would have to give up some young piece to get a guy like Bledsoe. And they should worry about it now. The Suns would gladly trade him for a package built around 19-year-old rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, or the Knicks’ first-rounder this year, which will likely be in the top five of a draft with a few intriguing prospects.

But here was the encouraging thing the scout said about the Knicks, the thing that Knicks fans should take to heart: "They’re bad right now. They should be bad right now. They need to be. Who knows what is going to happen, they could still do something crazy, but it seems like they’re OK with being bad for now."

New general manager Scott Perry has preached patience, as he should. Rebuilding this franchise is going to take a good while, and a trade for a 28-year-old with all the red flags attached to Bledsoe is not going to help anything.

But patience is an easy concept when you’re a couple months into the job. Phil Jackson preached patience, too, in his early stages. Two years later, he was trading for Derrick Rose and signing Joakim Noah.

Word is, though, the Knicks front office is not budging on any of their best assets (the pick and Ntilikina) around big man Kristaps Porzingis. They’re lukewarm, too, according to sources, on the possibility of moving Willy Hernangomez, even as he has fallen out of the team’s rotation early in the year. The Knicks certainly have enough on hand to acquire Bledsoe, if that is what they wanted to do.

In past years, that’s exactly what they’d have wanted to do. It would be the very Knicks-y thing to do. But, wisely, they’re resisting that urge. For now, at least.