Knicks Looking to Buy a Draft Pick

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks don’t own a pick in the loaded 2014 NBA Draft, but President Phil Jackson says the team may try to purchase a second-round one.

“We have a limited amount of funds that we can use,” Jackson told reporters Friday. “It’s been pro-rated now to every team. You know, teams doPhil_Jackson_3_cropped sell draft picks. We are going to approach teams and ask them if they’re willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there’s a player we want to have at a position that comes up.”

Jackson added the team will likely look to add a second round pick, saying a first-round pick “is probably impossible.”

Jackson even specified a couple of teams that might be in the market to sell a pick, naming Philadelphia and Milwaukee specifically.

“Philadelphia has seven picks, Milwaukee has four,” Jackson said. “They can’t even put them on the roster. You can’t draft that many players and have them as part of your roster. So obviously something is going to go on in that situation. However, saying that, there are a lot of teams that don’t have draft picks besides us, so it could be a bidding war. We’re not going to run ourselves into the ground chasing this if it doesn’t work out.”

The Knicks traded away their first-round pick in the Carmelo Anthony deal, and the Orlando Magic now have the No. 12 pick in the June 26 Draft.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




7 comments
Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

buy a 2nd rd pick

love these 3 guys 

DEANDRE DANIELS

Patric Young

THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO


BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Im not worried about buying a pick.   With the influx of underclassmen in the There are plenty of NBA prospects available after the first 60 get chosen in the draft.


Not to mention Foreign players, both young and old, who are looking to enter the NBA.  We've added undrafted players like Pablo Prigioni in the past by utilizing NYC as a drawing card.  No reason that will stop.



In other news... for those that thought the Sterling situation would be a drawn out drama.. The NBA has cancelled the termination meeting in lieu of a Board of Governors vote to approve the sale of the clippers to Ballmer.. Looks like the fat lady is singing in LA.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Just a few points here on my prediction for some decline in Melo's performance over his next few years.

1) Melo averaged a league high 38.7 minutes last season. He played 37 minutes per game the year before. He ended both seasons with injuries. His play fell off in the 4th quarter. Look for his minutes to be reduced and therefore his number of touches as well.

2) The addition of other stars will cut his number of shots. If we do get a second superstar to take the load off Melo, it will cut his attempts.

Not all of this bad. Melo will probably become a more efficient player and a better closer. He has already developed into a lethal 3 point shooter, hitting 40% this season. This is a case where less could be more.

Chris
Chris

@darealeric Free agency starts in July, but not knowing how to read probably interferes with you getting the message. And you know he is selfish because, 1. you are his accountant 2. you are actually no hands Chandler and wonder when Melo is going to foolishly give you the ball so you can brick it, or 3. you are just another hater. BTW, great grammar 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLDKNICK Who gives a sh!t?

Had it been Pop or Doc, then I'd be spazzzing out...but it's a former analyst, rookie coach.... 

Chris
Chris

@Knicks_Fanatic His scoring might not go down if he is getting the ball in shooting position rather then in an iso make your own shot . Not having to create all his shots will take a lot of the contact he absorbs lesser