Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystIn midtown Manhattan, droves of NBA media from across the country met with some of the 2014 NBA Draft’s lottery hopefuls — Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke and the Austrailian-born Dante Exum, to name a few.
Among those expected to be called when the draft gets underway on Thursday night is Syracuse University’s Tyler Ennis.
Ennis was asked about whether or not he could see himself becoming a member of the New York Knicks. In true point guard fashion, he dished on the subject, but may have revealed something else, all together.
On June 4, it was revealed that the Knicks have been trying to acquire a first round pick, dangling both Iman Shumpert and cash as the primary bait.
Apparently, Ennis has heard the same.
“I’m familiar with their whole situation,” Ennis said. “I know Carmelo [Anthony] opted out.”
“I didn’t work out for the Knicks,” he said. “But I did hear that they were trying to get a first round pick.”
It is unclear whether Ennis was merely referring to the original account from SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog back on June 4 or a later-dated report from ESPN echoing the same sentiments.
What is clear, at this point, though, is that many people across many fronts are expecting the Knicks to find their way into the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. The price that Phil Jackson is willing to pay will determine whether or not that comes to fruition.
“There are picks out there to be had,” a source from a Western Conference front office told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog via text message on Wednesday. “But they are expensive,” the source added.
Too expensive for the Knicks?
The masses will soon find out.