This year’s NBA draft lottery perhaps is one of the most disappointing for the New York Knicks.
After finishing this season with the second worst record, their draft position fell to fourth, swapping places with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With that said, the Knicks are now uncertain on what to do with the pick.
Poised to draft either Jahlil Okafor or Karl Towns, they are now looking at Emmanuel Mudiay, Justise Winslow, Willie Cauley-Stein, or perhaps, trading the pick to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that the Knicks might just trade away the pick.
“The great unknown is that Jackson has never been responsible for making a first-round pick in his career, much less a pick as high as four.
The consensus among executives, scouts and agents is that Jackson will actively look to deal the fourth pick for a proven veteran.
That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it shows that Jackson, who will turn 70 in September, is looking for a quick fix and doesn’t have the appetite for rebuilding,” Isola said.
Meanwhile, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that the Knicks might just trade down and get the best player available in a deal.
“Knicks general manager Steve Mills said after the disappointment of falling to No.
4 that the club will ‘explore all options.’ But a person debriefed on the front office’s thinking said trading down is not a top priority because the goal is to get the best player in a deal, not a second asset.
If the Knicks ultimately judge Mudiay, Winslow or Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein as most impactful, they will stay put,” Berman said.
Fortunately, the Los Angeles Clippers are desperate for a draft pick as per Eric Pincus.
The Los Angeles Clippers have lots of veterans in their line-up which the Knicks are also looking for.
Can both teams work something out? Stay tuned.