For his first draft as team president, Phil Jackson doesn’t have a first-round pick where he could potentially select someone to help him bring the struggling franchise back to prominence. But, according to a report from CBS Sports, that’s still not stopping him from exploring the option of trading into the first round later this week, with his targeted players being Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis or former North Carolina product, P.J. Hairston.
With the Knicks’ first-round pick residing with the Magic (from the Anthony trade with Denver), Phil Jackson is eager to buy his way into the bottom of the first round (which would cost James Dolan a mere $3.2 million). Jackson’s targets: Tyler Ennis or P.J. Hairston.
Of course, both players are definitely talented enough to warrant making a trade into the first round to grab, however there are separate issues with each.
In regards to Hairston, there are obviously the documented troubles while he was at North Carolina as he could never seem to keep himself straight off the court. That eventually led to his premature departure from the school.
Ennis, on the other hand, needs some more development, some believe. Still, in Syracuse’s dominant regular season run last year, Ennis was the rock of the team. In 34 games, the freshman averaged 12.9 points per game with 3.4 rebounds and five assists.
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