The Knicks are expected to keep the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, as opposed to including it in a trade to move down to possibly get a veteran who could provide immediate help alongside a lower-rated first-round prospect.
Phil Jackson, of course, would like to inject more immediate life into the organization. But after last season’s fire sale that saw New York get rid of everyone relevant not named Carmelo Anthony, there simply aren’t enough enticing players in place to deal for one of the league’s star players — like DeMarcus Cousins, for example — and Jackson knows that.
Jackson doubted the Knicks will have enough assets to be in play for available All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento.
“I wouldn’t want to talk about that. I don’t think it’s fair to disclose that,” Jackson said. “Sacramento’s gone through changes. They changed their front office personnel. We’re aware of the situation. We understand the possibilities. We’re just going to see what falls out.
“We don’t know if we have enough stuff to even be in the talk, but we’re aware of what’s going on.”
It’s unclear if being “aware” of the potential rift between Cousins and Kings head coach George Karl is due to the widely-publicized media reports, or if Jackson knows more due to information gleaned via talks with those in the Kings front office.
But he’s right in that New York simply has nothing of value to give in order to get back a player with Cousins’ capabilities.