Phil Jackson says he’ll consider trading Knicks’ first-round draft pick


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.

From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Phil Jackson says he’d consider trading the Knicks lottery pick…GM’s everywhere now lining up to dump their bad contracts.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

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.