The New York Knicks need to add a player with superstar potential to lead their complementary role players and jumpstart their rebuild. The Golden State Warriors need to add quality pieces around Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green to help them return to contender status.
On the daily Locked On Warriors Podcast host, Wes Goldberg and Jonathan Tjarks (The Ringer) discussed a draft night trade between the Warriors and Knicks that enabled the Knicks to select LaMelo Ball.
Wes Goldberg: The Knicks also have a bunch of these picks coming over from the Clippers in Dallas.
Jonathan Tjarks: Oh yeah, they have the Mavs picks. That would work since the Knicks have multiple picks to trade and Frank Ntilikina could fit in the Warriors system.
Tjarks: Yeah, they would do that.
Wes: Let’s just do that then. Now the Knicks are on the clock at number two and then they’ll take LaMelo Ball.
In this trade scenario, no players are changing teams, just draft picks. The Knicks would swap first-round picks in this year’s draft and receive the No. 2 overall pick. The Warriors would then receive the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft as well as the Mavericks 2021 first-round pick and the Clippers 2021 first-round pick from New York.
This trade seems to work well for all parties involved. The Knicks are able to grab LaMelo Ball with the second pick and empower him to be their next star player next to Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, and Frank Ntilikina.
The Warriors are able to still get an impact player with the seventh pick or they could package that pick with the two other future first-round picks to get an established player.