The 2015 NBA draft is drawing nearer, just four days in fact, and the New York Knicks will be making the fourth overall selection. But, new news has come to light and that is now subject to change.
The first pick, who will be made by the Minnesota Timberwolves, is almost certainly going to be Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Towns. Kobe Bryant’s Lakers are up second and they’re still in Limbo but Philadelphia who’ll be selecting third are very interested in Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis. Then there’s the Knicks and nobody has a clue what they’ll do.
According to SportsNet New York, RealGM and Chris Sheridan, Phil Jackson will trade the Knicks fourth pick if Blue Devil’s star, Jahlil Okafor, is off the board. The article states that if Okafor is indeed gone, Jackson would like to complete a trade with either the Celtics or 76ers to acquire multiple picks.
New York would like to gain both first and second round picks, which is why the Celtics and 76ers are in the conversation. Boston have two selections in each round and Philadelphia have their lottery pick and a whopping five second rounders.
This news may come as a shock to some but it shouldn’t be. The Knicks have been impressed, or enamoured, or wowed by almost all of the players they’ve worked out. Those prospects include Cauley-Stein, Russell, Mudiay, Winslow, Lyles and now Okafor.
Okafor is projected to go second overall to the Lakers on NBADraft.net, Draft Express and Bleacher Report.