The New York Knicks are now under the control of Phil Jackson and while he still has to find a head coach to run the team, he also needs to work out how to get young talent on his team with little draft resources to do so.
According to Marc Berman from the New York Post, the Knicks will indeed be attempting to purchase a second round pick and will specifically be calling the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks to set one of their picks if not more.
Jackson said the Bucks and 76ers are trade targets because those teams own multiple picks in the draft that won’t fit on their rosters, but also said he won’t get into “a bidding war.’’
“We’re not going to run ourselves into the ground if it doesn’t work out,’’ he said.
The NBA allows teams to sell draft picks to one another and that’s something the Knicks are clearly trying to take advantage of. They have no first rounder thanks to the Carmelo Anthony trade with the Denver Nuggets and need to find young talent to add to their roster.
Philadelphia has a plethora of second round picks and plenty to sell to the Knicks who can basically take their pick of second round selections. But by calling the Bucks and Sixers, the Knicks are making it clear they intend to not only buy a pick but buy a high second round pick.
Jackson clearly isn’t losing any sleep over whether or not he’ll land a top second round pick, but he’s not going to simply let the days go by without trying.