We’re just a few weeks away from the 2014 NBA Draft and it appears as if teams are beginning to show their true desires as multiple teams are looking to acquire additional draft picks, this according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.
According to Kennedy, the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans are all teams looking to either trade into the draft (in the case of the Knicks) or desiring an additional pick on top of what they already have.
Rumors leaked last week suggesting that the Knicks were ‘desperately’ attempting to trade for a first round pick, though, doing such shouldn’t be overly difficult considering there a handful of teams (like the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns) who are looking to offload one of their multiple first round selections.
As for the Kings and Pelicans, they both own top ten selections so it’s expected that their desires (outside of moving to the front of the draft) are to acquire a pick later in the first round or more likely in the second round given those draft picks do not come with guaranteed contracts.
Kennedy does not go on to expand about the Blazers wishes (which round they prefer to trade into), though like the Knicks they’re without a draft pick in either round.
Teams looking for second round picks usually have little issue obtaining such given most teams looking to make a deal, especially those without roster space, sell them off on draft night for a heavy premium.