If Phil Jackson wants to, he could theoretically trade Shane Larking for a first-round pick, reporter Marc Berman writes (NY Post, June 26).
Berman doesn’t say whether or not the Knicks are rumored to make a deal like this, just that one is allowed under the NBA’s rules.
Larkin is undoubtedly a valuable asset for New York. Point guard depth is always important, especially when considering the injury woes the Knicks’ floor generals have dealt with in recent seasons.
The 21 year old is full of potential. After coming off an injury-ridden rookie campaign himself, it’ll be interesting to watch what he can offer a team moving forward. Needless to say, Larkin’s ceiling is still intriguing. During a solid collegiate career at Miami, Larkin displayed flashes of being able to run an offense. While on an assignment with the Texas Legends of NBA D-League last season, he took the necessary steps to begin further proving that on the professional level.
In addition to acquiring two second-round draft picks in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, Phil Jackson should also be praised for reeling in a young gun like Larkin, who could be considered the equivalent of a first-rounder.
But as it appears, the Knicks are banking on the fact that opposing teams with a first-rounder to offer on Thursday night value Larkin more than they do.
This intriguing young gun could certainly translate into a worthwhile role player in the rotation next season, but for now, simply represents valuable trade bait. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else bites.