RUMOR: Knicks eyeing to steal potential Stephen Curry backup in 2021 NBA Draft
According to NBA insider Chad Ford, the Knicks are “aggressively” working to trade up and make their way into the lottery. They are said to be targeting Oregon standout Chris Duarte, who is projected to be in the Top 14 or 15 picks.
Hearing from several sources that the Knicks are aggressively trying to move up into the lottery. Oregon’s Chris Duarte is the target. Charlotte and Indiana the two teams most open to moving down. Just unclear what it will cost the Knicks. 19 & 21, I’m told, isn’t enough.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 28, 2021
For what it’s worth, the latest NBA mock drafts have the 24-year-old Dominican guard landing on the Warriors with the No. 14 pick. He could be a serviceable backup to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson off the bench, especially since he is known for his shooting.
In fact, the Warriors reportedly had a “competitive workout” with Duarte alongside Trey Murphy, Moses Moody and Davion Mitchell–other potential lottery picks.
It remains to be seen with whom the Knicks can trade or what they can offer to do just that. As Ford mentioned, the Charlotte Hornets (picking 11th) and Indiana Pacers (13th) are potential trade partners since both will pick ahead of the Warriors. However, offering the 19th and 21st picks they own are reportedly not enough to make any deal happen.
As for the Warriors, if they are eyeing Duarte as well, they will surely be hoping that the Knicks don’t get the trade they want come Thursday evening.