The Knicks are reportedly considering maneuvering into the late first round of next week’s draft, possibly to draft troubled North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston (Berman, June 19).
Hairston was expelled in December for driving cars that were allegedly rented for him.
After being expelled, Hairston played for the D-League Texas Legends.
It’s expected that Hairston will be drafted between the 20th and 30th picks.
Writes Marc Berman:
“The Knicks have convinced at least one faction they are extremely serious about trading for or buying a late first-round pick with the NBA Draft less than a week away. When shooting guard P.J. Hairston agreed to work out for Knicks president Phil Jackson on June 5, it was the strongest indication they are setting their sights on more than just buying a second-rounder next Thursday night.”
According to Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, “the interest level” in his client is “very, very high.” Morrow added that”you never know what Phil Jackson has up his sleeve.”
If the Knicks do pull the trigger and move into the late first round in an effort to land Hairston, the Thunder, Suns, Bulls, and 76ers are among the teams who may emerge as trade partners.