The Knicks will be left out in the cold on June 26 during the 2014 NBA draft. The team doesn’t have a pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.
That is, unless general manager Steve Mills can work his magic and sneak into the fold in some capacity.
After Derek Fisher’s introductory press conference as the Knicks new head coach on Tuesday, Mills stuck around afterwards to answer more questions from the media. Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops reports that Mills is working to move some pieces and perhaps grab a pick in either the first or second round.
Steve Mills says the Knicks are looking to acquire a first or second round pick in an MSG interview after the Derek Fisher press conference.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 10, 2014
The Knicks finished the regular season with a record of 37-45, missing out on the playoffs by one game.
Their first round pick is in the hands of the Orlando Magic, via the Denver Nuggets. The pick moved in 2011 when Carmelo Anthony was traded to “The Big Apple” in a ten-player deal involving the likes of Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Chauncey Billups and Danilo Gallinari.
It was then packaged in the blockbuster four-team trade in 2012 involving the Nuggets, Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. They were to receive the less favorable of the Knicks and Nuggets picks, per Pro Sports Transactions.
Josh Hill of Fansided has forward Doug McDermott of Creighton landing with the Magic at pick No. 12 in his latest Mock Draft for the site.