NBA Rumors: Knicks Desperate For Draft Pick, Willing to Sacrifice Jose Calderon?
The New York Knicks, who don’t own a solitary draft pick in the forthcoming NBA Draft, are hoping to buy a late first round or early second round pick or even trade Jose Calderon to try and fetch one, according to several sources.Advertisement
The Knicks, desperate for a quality point guard, have set their sights on a few players who are projected go in second round during the June 23 draft.
Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, Kansas guard Wayne Selden, Oregon St. guard Gary Payton II and Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson are some of the players that have caught the attention of the Knicks front office.
ESPN’s Ian Begley has reported that Knicks are particularly high on Ferrell and Selden. “The club has shown interest in several players in recent weeks, including Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, who has a workout scheduled with the club next month. New York also interviewed Kansas guard Wayne Selden at the NBA draft combine in Chicago and has expressed interest in him as the draft approaches, according to league sources,” Begley wrote a few days ago.
Knicks targeting Cheik Diallo?
The Knicks are also high on Kansas big man Cheik Diallo. To acquire Diallo, New York would have to give up an asset or two seeing as the forward/center is projected to go inside the top-20. Last year, they traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to Atlanta Hawks for the 18th pick – with which they drafted promising guard Jerian Grant. They’d have to trade at least Calderon (who owns a player option) or Kyle O’Quinn to try and steal a top-20 pick.
According to NBA Draft Net’s latest mock draft, Selden is projected to go No. 48 to the Chicago Bulls while Ferrell isn’t anywhere to be found on the big board. The Knicks could essentially buy a late draft pick from another team instead of giving up any assets.
Begley revealed that the Knicks have also expressed interest in St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley, Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson.
The NBA Draft is on June 23.