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 do 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.