RUMOR: Knicks reluctant to trade RJ Barrett or Mitchell Robinson to Warriors to move up to No. 2
The New York Knicks would appear to have interest moving up in this month’s NBA draft, but they will not sacrifice their future in the process.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors could be amenable to trading back. But the Dubs seem to have interest in the likes of Deni Avdija and James Wiseman, and are unlikely to trade back unless they get significant assets in return.
Zach Lowe of ESPN reported the Knicks likely do not have an enticing enough package to sway Golden State, considering New York is unwilling to part ways with RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson:
Finding a trade-back scenario that nabs veteran help while reaping appropriate value for the No. 2 pick is difficult. A potential package from the Knicks of No. 8, Kevin Knox II, and two Dallas first-rounders doesn’t get it done, and might not leave enough of the trade exception for another quality player. (New York has been reluctant to discuss RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, sources say.)
It makes sense the Knicks are cautious to include Barrett in a hypothetical deal.
New York selected the former Duke star with the third overall pick in last year’s draft, and would likely prefer to see how Barrett progresses in his sophomore campaign.
The hesitancy with Robinson is curious. Robinson has shown clear upside as a rim-runner and elite shot-blocker. But he only saw a marginal uptick in playing time last year, and it remains to be seen how the franchise sees him moving forward.
Then again, the Knicks could have just two bigs on the roster if they decline both Taj Gibson’s and Bobby Portis’ options for next year.
Perhaps the Knicks can still move up a few spots. But Lowe suggests it is unlikely they can make the jump to the No. 2 overall pick.