RUMOR: Knicks move up in 2020 NBA Draft with Jazz trade
The New York Knicks are moving up. New York packaged its latter two selections in Wednesday’s NBA Draft — No. 27 and No. 38 — to acquire the No. 23 pick from the Utah Jazz, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The trade indicates that the Knicks are high on a player who they fear may not be available by the end of the first round.
Utah will also send New York the draft rights to 2008 second-round pick Ante Tomic, 33, who is not expected to play in the NBA, per Wojnarowski.
The Knicks acquired the No. 27 pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in February, in exchange for Marcus Morris.
The Knicks also own the No. 8 pick in the draft, which — should they choose to keep it — they will likely use to select a wing to fit alongside R.J. Barrett and Mitchell Robinson.
NBA Big Board’s Chad Ford reported that the Knicks are “doing everything” to trade into the top 5.
“I continue to hear the Knicks are doing everything they can to move up — but the asking price to get in the Top 3 for a shot at LaMelo Ball may be too rich for their blood — Mitchell Robinson, the No. 8 pick and either a future first rounder or RJ Barrett. That’s a lot.”
Wednesday’s draft offers the first opportunity for president of basketball operations Leon Rose to begin re-shaping the roster. Rose hired Tom Thibodeau to be the team’s head coach in July.
With a cabinet of mildly promising young players, a few expiring contracts, and multiple future first-round picks (and an eager new president), the Knicks could be one of the busiest teams in the league in the coming days.
Thibodeau, unsurprisingly, is encouraging the front office to make “win-now” moves.