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RUMOR: Rival execs expect Knicks to shake up NBA draft

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The New York Knicks are in a rare spot right now. For the first time in eight years, they weren’t a team with a record bound for the NBA draft lottery. But it seems as though New York still wants in on making a lottery selection, based on the latest reports as well as buzz from rival executives.

Zach Harper from The Athletic reports that the Knicks are already gunning for a deal that nets them a spot in the lottery. Armed with two first-round picks (19 and 21) and a high second-rounder (32), New York certainly has some ammunition for a deal.

League sources tell The Athletic the Knicks are looking to package their two first-round picks to move up in the draft, possibly into the mid-lottery.

SNY’s Ian Begley also reported that the sentiment has largely been that the Knicks are itchy for a trade, and that both opposing teams as well as agents of NBA prospects anticipate the same.

They (player agents) don’t see the Knicks keeping all of their early picks

Several opposing teams with picks near New York’s feel the same way.

“I can’t see them carrying three rookies on the roster (next year),” a member of an opposing organization said this week.

The Knicks are done accumulating assets and are in the process of building their true core. Trading up for one more blue-chipper could be the final piece they need as they look to contend in the years to come.