The Knicks just finished their worst season in franchise history, and as a reward for that dubious accomplishment, the team is guaranteed a top-five selection in this summer’s NBA Draft.
New York has a 55.8 percent chance of landing a top-three pick, and a 38.7 percent chance of picking in the top two.
Exactly where that pick lands may help determine whether or not the Knicks keep it. A report emerged recently that claimed the Knicks would be open to trading the pick, and Phil Jackson confirmed it as a possibility when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
Phil Jackson says he’d consider trading the Knicks lottery pick…GM’s everywhere now lining up to dump their bad contracts.
Phil Jackson reiterates that he will consider trading the Knicks’ 1st round pick but he’d prefer to develop the pick into a franchise talent
There’s plenty of talent to be had at the top of this draft, with guys like Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay all expected to be capable of making a significant impact in their very first NBA seasons.
But if a team came calling with multiple future first-round picks, along with an All-Star talent that could jumpstart the rebuilding process — someone like DeMarcus Cousins, perhaps — then Jackson would (of course) consider those somewhat tempting options.