It looks like the New York Knicks want to go up in the 2022 NBA draft. The Knicks currently have the 11th overall pick in the draft, but they have been tied with a couple of teams with top-five picks, including the Sacramento Kings (No. 4) and the Detroit Pistons (No. 5). according to SNY. Purdue guard Jayden Ivey is a player who was mentioned as a target for the Knicks if they get up. Ivey is projected as the top five in many trial drafts.
While the Knicks could make it to the top five, it won’t come cheap as they potentially have to part with several draft picks in addition to one of their promising young players like Immanuel Quickly, Obi Toppin or Quentin. Grimes. Ultimately, the move may come down to whether they are willing to pay such a high price.
From Ian Begley:
This will require a significant price. People with Sacramento contacts say that in the club’s conversations with New York, the Knicks talked about offering multiple first-round options in a fourth-pick package. I don’t know what players were offered, but it wasn’t enough to make a deal.
Negotiations with the Kings for a fourth pick are likely to last until Thursday night. Sacramento doesn’t have to trade the pick; why don’t the Kings wait until the last hour to see what the best deal looks like?
I think for the Knicks everything will depend on whether they are willing to part ways with one of their homegrown young players (Immanuel Quickly, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes) in addition to a few picks. This is a significant price for an unverified player. Ivy’s talent is undeniable. But if you’re giving up a few picks and your own young player to get him, you’re putting your job at risk if it doesn’t work out.
Regarding Pistons slot number 5, Begley reports that Cam Reddish’s name has been mentioned as part of any trading package. Having qualified for the playoffs two seasons ago, the Knicks took a step back in the 2021–22 season, finishing 11th overall in the East. Thus, there is a lot of pressure on the New York front office to improve the roster. If they decide that a draft trade is the best way to do it, we might see a big deal involving the Knicks on draft night. If not, they will seek improvement through free agency or other deals in the future.
In addition to a first-round pick, the Knicks also have a second-round pick (42nd overall) in the draft. If they don’t end up trading their first round pick, maybe they’ll use that second round to make another deal. There are many different directions the Knicks could go in, but one thing is certain: they will be a team to watch to get into the draft.