Report: Knicks would like to trade for pick in 2016 draft
The rebuilding New York Knicks are without one of the key pieces needed to rebuild in today’s NBA — a draft pick. The Knicks have zero in this year’s draft. None. Nada. Zip. You get the idea. This is not the fault of current team president Phil Jackson, he inherited a situation where this year’s picks were in the wind (the first rounder gone as part of the Andrea Bargnani trade).
Jackson would like to find a way back into this draft, reports Ian Begley at ESPN.
Of course he would like to trade into the draft. He’d also like to lure Kevin Durant to the Knicks. Snagging a draft pick is far, far more likely, but the question remains who does he have on the roster to trade that teams would be willing to give up a pick for? Jose Calderon? Getting into the draft requires assets and — as has been the challenge for Jackson since he agreed to the job — the previous regime stripped this team of assets.
Still, expect Jackson to come up with something. But it’s not going to be a game changer; he’s going to have to win in free agency to get that.