The New York Knicks are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Steve Kerr. On reported reason the Knicks want to get Kerr signed up quickly (besides that other teams are showing interest in Kerr) is so he and President Phil Jackson can scout players.
The Knicks are without a pick (They sent their pick to the Denver Nuggets who owe the lesser of their two picks to the Orlando Magic), but they could wind up buying one.
Yes, I think it’s a very strong possibility that they’ll buy a second-round pick. Of course, technically, you can’t buy a pick — you’d trade cash for one — but the practice is often referred to as “buying” a pick. It’s much tougher to simply trade cash for a first-rounder, even later on, so I don’t think that happens. It’s hard to say just who they’d target at this point, especially since they haven’t closed the deal with Kerr yet, but I imagine players with size who can pass, a must in the triangle, will intrigue them.
The Knicks believe they struck gold at the end of the first round last year when they selected Tim Hardaway, Jr. with the 24th overall pick. Hardaway, Jr. averaged 10.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last season.