NBA Insider reveals the New York Knicks’ plans for the 2021 NBA Draft after having just the 19th and 21st picks
As just about everyone in the NBA community knows by now, the New York Knicks had a resurgent campaign this past season. But, while watching the Mecca of basketball finally et back to relevance was undoubtedly exciting, some believe it came just a season too early. Why? The 2021 NBA Draft.
This draft class is widely reputed to be one of the strongest crop of young players in NBA history, and with good reason. Any franchise with a lottery pick (1st to 14th pick) could potentially draft a future superstar. And any players after that still have the potential to be some very good players in the NBA.
Still having the 19th and 21st pick is going to do the Knicks no good if they want to improve exponentially through the draft. So, the obvious option is to trade up, right?
And according to Shams Charania, that’s exactly what the franchise plans to do ahead of the draft.
Let’s get into it.
The New York Knicks are looking to trade up to a lottery pick ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft
As previously mentioned, the New York Knicks have the 19th and 21st pick in this upcoming NBA Draft. As while that is relatively a good thing considering where the team is now, Shams Charania recently revealed the intentions of the front office headed into draft night.
“The Knicks are having discussions to try to trade picks Nos. 19 and 21 to move up in the draft, sources said.”
As much as we like the thought of New York trading up to get a star-level player, we just don’t think it’s going to happen.
— SNY (@SNYtv) July 25, 2021
This is a loaded draft, especially if you’re in the lottery. And so, if you are already a team in the lottery, giving up your spot for two late first-round picks just doesn’t sound like the right deal.
Of course, they could give up a player as well, but as things stand, reports say that the franchise is looking to avoid anything other than draft picks being part of a deal.
We still have about 3 days until the night of the NBA Draft. Will the New York Knicks be able to conjure up something impressive in that time? Or will fans of the franchise be disappointed once again by the front office?