The New York Knicks are willing to trade Jose Calderon or Kyle O’Quinn to Philadelphia in exchange for either the 24th or 26th pick in the forthcoming draft, both picks owned by the Sixers.
The Knicks, who don’t own a solitary draft pick in draft, have their sights set on Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, Kansas guard Wayne Selden, Oregon St. guard Gary Payton II and Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson.
Though New York is expected to pursue a point guard in free agency, Phil Jackson & Co. are hoping to bolster the backcourt rotation which includes Jerian Grant, the No. 18 pick from last year’s draft. To acquire Grant, the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Sixers, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns are some of the teams with multiple first-round picks in their possession. According a source close to the Sixers, the team will be willing to part with the 24th pick for a seasoned veteran. Calderon would match that description, seeing as Sixers are thin in their backcourt rotation.
Knicks’ dream target: Cheik Diallo
New York’s absolute dream draft target would be center/power forward Cheik Diallo. The Kansas big man is projected to go somewhere between 15 and 20. To acquire Diallo, New York would be forced to give up more than just Calderon.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported last week that the Knicks front office is 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 revealed.
According to report on Fansided, the Knicks would try to dump some contracts this summer to free up some cap space. As of this writing, it’s still uncertain if Arron Afflalo would pick up his player option. “The Knicks could also be looking to kill two birds with one stone if they are able to make some trades and free up some cap space at the same time. A move like that would allow them to make a run in the offseason at several free agents, including the man thought to be the biggest prize this offseason in Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant,” writes Jason Parker.
The NBA Draft is on June 23. Will the Knicks manage to buy a pick?