Larkin could be traded for first-round pick

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.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

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.




154 comments
Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Morey is a freakin' genius. He signs Asik to a poison pill contract of 5-5-15 million for three years and gets him away from the Bulls. Then he gets 2 years of Asik for $10 million and not only avoids the poison 3rd year at $15 million, but gets a number 1 pick back! Genius at work!

Fric Ealkman
Fric Ealkman

nbadraft.net has us taking dinwiddle and jabari brown. why would we take brown? we have too many sg's already

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

I'm think that Shump may go for either the Clippers or OKC late first picks, if Phil sees someone he likes. They both wanted him at the trade deadline. Reports are that OKC has made a promise to someone at pick 21. If that player is gone, things could change.

and1buckets
and1buckets

Are Amar'e and J.R still Knicks? Guard situation (defensively) is still gonna be the same,but at least Dalembert will at least pretend to contest a shot.

Marvel
Marvel

We leave the draft with Ennis and Young...


Boook it


Sleeper, Payne and Russ Smith

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

For those of you sending Chandler out of town under the bus, I'll be interested in seeing how much love Dalembert is going to get next season after a few months of play.

Fric Ealkman
Fric Ealkman

Phil said he's trying to "send a message to all our players that we're on the move and we 're making changes."

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic  you didn't even factor in he got lin and got jersey sales in merchandise to boom through the roof and then is going to trade him before the poison pill year

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@illmatix 

With a plethora of guards and only having Melo at the 3, I hope he is a needs guy tonight.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic  The player they promised was Kristaps prozingis..and he withdrew from the drat a week ago...


The Thunder have promised Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis that they’ll draft him in the first round, sources tell Chad Ford of ESPN.com (Twitter link), who’s updated his latest Big Board with detail. Ford surmises that It’s likely the Thunder have him in mind for the 21st overall pick, rather than the 29th selection, which they also hold, since there appears to be a strong chance he might not even be available at No. 21. Ford ranks Porzingis as the 18th-best draft prospect, believing he could go as high as No. 12. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress has him at No. 23.


http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2014/06/kristaps-porzingis-promise.html

lobcity1
lobcity1

In think tonight will be ok. Its when the Knicks get rid of Stat or Bargs is when things probably blowup in here.

lobcity1
lobcity1

I doubt he takes it. LA will become a FA.

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic  we wouldn't mind because he is not making 15 mill and sick every time the playoffs come around

the_fauc
the_fauc

@Knicks_Fanatic Seriously, can't believe Chandler is being called a 'cancer' on his way out. Absolutely ridiculous. Not his fault he had the contract he had.

theking
theking

@Fric Ealkman  word? I expect to get marc gasol and conley for murry Aldrich and a pick :)

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@theking @Knicks_Fanatic 

He is going to have to pay to move Lin. If there is a team looking to sell tickets to a large Asian-American population, Lin might actually pay for his contract. Not everybody sells out the arena like we do.

theking
theking

@lobcity  im goin to a bar to watch the draft if phil moves stat im getting super drunk

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic @theking  that's true ... imagine if we had a starting 5 of me you biggie sandro and akamarb the garden would be rockin we would be celebrities and we more then likely would lose by 100 every game lml

lobcity1
lobcity1

I'm keeping my money and staying home.I already have some Jack Honey in the house. Eff that.

lobcity1
lobcity1

I agree but I dont see LA taking less anyway.

the_fauc
the_fauc

He had an occasional 'divisive' comment that didn't fit into the Dolan/CAA mold and he's a cancer?

Fric Ealkman
Fric Ealkman

@Knicks_Fanatic @Fric Ealkman not because he was injured, he was on the bench. tyson has glass legs and missed playoff games with the flu

Fric Ealkman
Fric Ealkman

@illmatix i wonder what the toronto GM did after he hung up the phone after he acquired a 1st rounder for bargs.....

theking
theking

@lobcity  lol I had the Christian brothers honey it was really good.


and its my cousins birthday so we gonna go get some drink ... I wanted to go to the draft but didn't feel like traveling

lobcity1
lobcity1

I'll try that. Never had it.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB 

So when Chandler came back and averaged 11 boards and 10 ppg in February and March, he wasn't giving 100%.

theking
theking

@BiggieTKB @Knicks_Fanatic  plus 1000000000



don't worry biggie you are preaching to the non believers .. they think melo is the cancer and its all his fault

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic @theking @BiggieTKB  yea because if you don't then they will say "he quit because melo decided he wants to be a free agent"


and if I mention melo so what? you gonna stop me? don't like it don't read it or reply that goes for anyone

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@theking @Knicks_Fanatic @BiggieTKB 

I'm not attacking Melo and don't think he is a cancer. Personally, I believe that 99.9% of NBA players give their best efforts every night. Sometimes situations reduce that best effort. You get uneven efforts due to that. Chandler just got back from having a broken leg and people are calling him a cancer and a quitter. Woody played him 36 minutes his first game back, perhaps that's why he had his hands on his hips.

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic @theking @BiggieTKB  I never said you said he was a cancer but you know that's what is said on this blog. I wasn't tryna lash out on you its just annoying when you stick up for melo its a problem but its ok to bash him all day especially when you can put a lot of blame on others as well

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@theking @Knicks_Fanatic @BiggieTKB 

Carmelo is one of the nicest players in the game from what I see. He takes every young player under his wing, makes them feel part of the team, he talks and they listen. He answers questions truthfully and takes his time thinking carefully about responses. Every team in the NBA would take him in a second.

The team was awful this year and that's that. It's no one's fault and everyone's fault. When I played back in Stone Age, you won as a team and lost as a team. There is no need to blame any player. We didn't miss the playoffs because of Chandler or Melo. They were the two best players we had. 

Trying to knock Chandler to absolve Melo, rubbed me the wrong way. Sorry I took offense. Talk about Melo all you want. Your posts are always worth reading and I do enjoy them!

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic  no man I don't only blame chandler tho stat jr felton melo and shump all have some blame.  melo was the only one to come to work everyday but he needed to work on his leadership ... everyone else just flat out sucked and collected a paycheck. it just makes me frustrated to hear bron and kd needs help but those same ppl will bomb on melo for not carrying this team. I just want things to be fair .. if he deserves it give it to him but don't only blame him that's not fair.