The New York Knicks are without a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and they badly want to change that.
The Knicks were originally thought to be eyeing a high second round pick, perhaps in the 30-40 range, but now it looks like they will be doing whatever they can to make sure they acquire a first round pick. They will likely look to teams that have multiple first round picks. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who hold the 21st-overall and 29th-overall picks in the draft, could be a partner for the Knicks because they had heavy interest in Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert prior to the trade deadline.
Marc Berman of The New York Post believes the Knicks could send guard Iman Shumpert to the Thunder to pick up one of those picks.
The Knicks and Oklahoma City could be linked by more than Derek Fisher’s coaching future.
As Fisher mulls his next career step, the Thunder are looking at trading at least one of their late first-round picks, and Knicks president Phil Jackson said he’s looking to obtain a pick for either round of the NBA Draft. The Post reported at February’s trade deadline Oklahoma City made an offer for Iman Shumpert, but the Knicks passed. ESPN.com reported the Thunder offered their 29th pick.
That was before Jackson came aboard, and talks surely will be staged between the two clubs. The Nets are also trying to obtain a late first-round or second-round pick, according to general manager Billy King.
Oklahoma City has the 21st and 29th picks. The 29th pick is considered to have the least bang for the buck, as it comes with a two-year guarantee at a set rate, as opposed to a player picked a few slots later, in the second round, who doesn’t receive guaranteed money.
Shumpert averaged 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 37.8% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc and 74.6% from the free throw line.