Ennis hears whispers of Knicks trying for first-round pick

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

In 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.

USATSI_7812771_110579513_lowresAmong 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.




47 comments
MeloStat301
MeloStat301

AND...for those that said Tyson couldn't get us nothing in return...proves you know nothing.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

so...did Carmelo say.."get Tyson outta here"??  LOL....

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

So what's TKBers scouting report on Larkin? (both sides of the ball)

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The trade is expected to cost Dallas two starters -- point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert -- along with prized young point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington and future second-round draft compensation.


With Larkin, this is like getting a first round pick.

Phil isn't going to bank on the 2015 free agent class, if opportunity knocks.

barnaby87
barnaby87

Also wish I can go back and find old threads because I brought this trade up in a thread once.  Didn't have Felton involved though.

barnaby87
barnaby87

BOOM!  Shane Larkin and Dalembert coming back


The Mavericks are close to acquiring Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton in a trade with the Knicks, according to ESPN.com.

The Knicks would get back Sam Dalembert, Jose Calderón, and Shane Larkin in this blockbuster deal. The Knicks are really in a tight spot with money against their cap due to the $34.9 million they will owe Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, so that may have something to do with this deal.

barnaby87
barnaby87

Tyson + Felton for Calderon also clears 10 mil.  Nothing huge because we're over the cap, but worth noting.  We'd finally have a PG (although he does have 3 years left on his contract unfortunately).  Let's hope a pick is involved as well.

lobcity1
lobcity1

@BrettNBA: The Dallas Mavs are about to acquire Tyson Chandler and Raymond via trade with the New York Knicks, reports ESPN.

brookdon
brookdon

ESPN reporting Chandler and Felton for Calderon as imminent.

L-Switch
L-Switch

LIst of PG's the Knicks drafted with first round picks from 1987-present


Nate Robinson-2005

Mardy Collins-2006

Charlie Ward-1994

Greg Anthony-1991

Rod Stickland-1988

Mark Jackson-1987


Knicks just don't draft many PG's in the first round. We also haven't drafted a really solid PG since the 80's so they are due at that position.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

In depth article on Patric Young down here in the local paper.

Young has either worked out for or met with officials from San Antonio, Phoenix, the New York Knicks, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Clippers.

There is intrigue about his size (6-9, 250 pounds and 5 percent body fat), strength, intelligence and work ethic.

Young said most of the interviews with NBA teams are focusing on intangibles.

“They’re trying to get to know you as a player,” he said.

Character will be the least of their concerns. Young was a grinder for the Gators, a fierce low-post and pick-and-roll defender and a relentless offensive rebounder with what an nba.com analysis called “an NBA body.”

Young also got his degree in mass communications and made the All-SEC academic team for a third season in a row.

http://members.jacksonville.com/sports/college/florida-gators/2014-06-24/story/floridas-patric-young-generates-interest-nba-draft#cxrecs_s

L-Switch
L-Switch

Some drafts have Ennis falling to 25. Just not sure how interested Phil is in this kid as a prospect. I mean when was the last time the Knicks even drafted a PG? The last 2 first round picks have been SG's and it seems Phil is set to take another SG if he lands a first.

brookdon
brookdon

lol this means absolutely nothing. But like many have mentioned before if Ennis is available at 21 when the Thunder pick, I'd do that Shump trade that they wanted before. Can't see him getting past Toronto though being that Lowry is most likely gone and they'll need to replace him somehow.

L-Switch
L-Switch

Nothing to see here. Anybody with internet access that's into basketball has heard about the Knicks trying to get a first round pick. Prospects probably scroll through HoopsHype all the time checking basketball rumors and updates.

Darwin Hernandez
Darwin Hernandez

The same exact comment I posted on the other threat. Draftexpress.com has Ennis falling out of the lottery and if that is the case the Knicks will get a pick somewhere around there (probably one of the bull picks). We are not drafting a sg that's for sure.

barnaby87
barnaby87

Anyone else have a gut feeling that if we do get a 1st, we're getting someone that we have not been linked to? 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@MeloStat301. That guy knows nothing! Now he won't log on, that's his style... He swore Nash could be traded, but no Knick could... Some fan, huh?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BigChiefTriangle 

Not a scouting report, but Larkin is an under 6 foot 170 pounder. I'd say he is probably a second string change of pace PG and not likely to play starter minutes.

L-Switch
L-Switch

@BigChiefTriangle  Super quick, great athlete and can get into the lanes pretty easy. He has defensive potential and he tries but he's just very small.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic  Absolutely!  That class is slim pickings...Lebron is out..Melo out..Love will be traded Aldridge isn't leaving...rondo might be traded...so what class?? ya know? lol.

L-Switch
L-Switch

@Knicks_Fanatic  Getting Larkins in this deal should be a big  reason for Knicks fans to get excited. He has a lot of potential.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

I'd prefer trade exemption for free cap space, but I'll take Larkin

brookdon
brookdon

That was the rumor earlier this season and getting Shump allows them to get rid of Thabo

barnaby87
barnaby87

@NYKnickerBocker Potentially.  It looks like OKC would rather part with the 29th (obviously).  Hard to say if they can get that high of a pick for him though because it's pure speculation.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@L-Switch 

I don't see Ennis getting by Toronto at 20. He is a local product and they have Lowry possibly leaving as a free agent. 

barnaby87
barnaby87

@brookdon I think Napier will go to Toronto personally if he's there, but could go either way.

barnaby87
barnaby87

@Darwin Hernandez Personally, I don't think Ennis will get too close to the lottery.  I think he goes between 20-30. 

rgm891
rgm891

@barnaby87 Wouldnt surprise me one bit. Just to jack up there value because PJ wants them.  Brillant move. 

barnaby87
barnaby87

@rgm891 If I was Phil, I'd target Kyle Anderson if he fell.  Lamar Odom clone.  Could play the 3 or the 4 and would be a great fit.

rgm891
rgm891

@barnaby87 @rgm891 I personally dont know much about the college game, but I def take your word man. I am going to keep an eye out.   A 3/4 type of player would definately be a good option.