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Rumor: If Towns, Okafor, Russell off board Knicks more eager to trade No. 4 pick

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Are there more rumors right now about what Phil Jackson and Knicks will do the No. 4 pick, or what the Kardashians are up to?

It’s close. With that, all the rumors about the Knicks and their plans should be taken with an entire salt flat.

Including this one from Chad Ford of ESPN saying the Knicks want one of three guys or they want out.

Sources say the Knicks are entertaining trading down in the draft if Towns, Okafor and Russell are all taken in the top three picks. It sounds as if they remain on the fence about both Emmanuel Mudiay and Porzingis. That’s why they’ve been looking at players such as Cameron Payne and Frank Kaminsky in recent workouts. If the Knicks can get a valuable veteran and still land somewhere in the back end of the lottery, it might make more sense for them than taking a player they aren’t sold on at No. 4. We know several teams, including the Nuggets and Pacers, are trying to move up in the draft.

The only thing that seems certain at the top of the draft is that Flip Saunders has come around to the Karl Anthony Towns camp and the Timberwolves will take him at No. 1.

After that, I have heard that the Lakers prefer Jahlil Okafor, but other reports have them still very interested in D’Angelo Russell. Then the question becomes what will the Sixers do with the No. 3 pick. Early on it was reported GM Sam Hinkie liked Russell — and that he wouldn’t let Rusell fall to the Knicks —but there are now credible reports he might take Kristaps Porzingis at No. 3. If true, that would mean the Knicks could get one of the guys they want.

If the top three picks go to form, the Knicks may try to move that pick. However, unless there is a team that has fallen in love with with Porzingas, the Knicks are not going to get anywhere near value in this transaction that they hope.