RUMOR: Nets, Knicks might be battling for the same draft prospect
A new report has just emerged pertaining to a possible rekindling of the age-old feud between two cross-town rivals in the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. This time around, it reportedly centers on highly-touted draft prospect, RJ Hampton, who is apparently a target for both teams.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are looking to draft the young combo guard, but are unwilling to use their eighth pick on him. The Nets have likewise shown interest:
According to a source, the Knicks believe picking Hampton at No. 8 is too much of a reach, but have seriously mulled trading back. But Brooklyn is extremely interested in Hampton if he falls to No. 19.
Interestingly, Nets general manager Sean Marks has a bit of a personal connection with Hampton, which might just put them in the driver’s seat:
Hampton and the Nets have been linked before because of Nets GM Sean Marks’ heritage. Instead of going to college, Hampton played with the New Zealand Breakers. Marks, the former Spurs forward, hails from Auckland — the largest city in New Zealand.
Hampton, a 6-foot-5 guard, used to be regarded as a high lottery pick. This was before he decided to play professionally in New Zealand last season, which caused his stock to fall. Reports state, however, that he has been impressive during team workouts, so it is likely that he still gets scooped up in the middle of the first round.
For both the Nets and the Knicks, they are likely hoping that they are the team that ends up drafting Hampton. Not only does the youngster hold a ton of potential, but his selection also provides an opportunity for either team to get one over their long-time rivals.