On Wednesday, the New York Knicks didn’t hesitate to make a draft-day trade. They’ve traded the 27th and 38th overall picks to the Utah Jazz for the 23rd overall pick. This report was first made by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The team also acquired the rights to veteran center Ante Tomić.
Now, the Knicks have the 8th and 23rd overall picks.
The Knicks originally received the 38th overall pick from the Willy Hernangomez trade.
At first glance, most see this as a small deal. But, they don’t see the bigger picture. The Knicks could easily create a trade with both their first-round draft picks to possibly trade up or down.
By all means, don’t think the Knicks are done trading or moving around in the draft.
New York hasn’t been linked to any specific prospect at all. So, their selection at 8th overall is unpredictable. Some names that have been swirling around at eight are Obi Toppin (if he falls), Devin Vassell, Patrick Williams, and Isaac Okoro.
Perhaps, the team can package both of their picks for star point guard Russell Westbrook.
With only two picks in this year’s NBA Draft, New York will likely eye a wing shooter and a point guard.