The New York Knicks have the worst record in the NBA, which means the Knicks are going to have a high draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. If the standings hold, the Knicks will have a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, and would pick no lower than fourth. That means an opportunity at an elite-level talent to help with a rebuild.
But the Knicks could still decide to trade the pick (after the selection is made, due to the Stepien Rule), and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on ESPN New York’s “The Robin Lundberg Show” that Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t ruling out a trade. Specifically, Windhorst said the Knicks were looking into “opportunities” to see what they could possibly get in return in a trade.
New York is in a bit of an interesting spot. The roster needs rebuilding, but the Knicks also have a 30-year-old Carmelo Anthony, and who knows how much prime he has left. That’s especially the case given the fact that he just had knee surgery.
With that in mind, New York could try and accelerate the rebuild by trading the draft pick for a player who could make a big impact immediately. Then, the Knicks would attempt to use all their cap space to make more additions.
However, New York would have to get one hell of a return in order to make a trade of that high pick worth it. Players like Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns (apparently the Knicks have been scouting Kentucky hard) and D’Angelo Russell could be franchise-changing talents. The Knicks need an infusion of young talent, so it would behoove them to keep the pick unless they’re getting a bona fide star back in a trade. It makes sense to gauge the market, but a panic move isn’t needed.