Out of the Top 10 Draft on June 23, New York has yet to have its last word. This way, the leaders could make a big deal before the event… Indeed, one player in particular would draw their attention.
The Knicks are keen to bounce back after a very poor season (11th overall in the East), but it won’t be the easiest. On the one hand, their rankings are not quite at their zenith, between poor sporting results and a long-term direction. On top of that, most of their exchange currencies haven’t been very convincing this year, starting with Julius Randle or Evan Fournier. And it’s not necessarily better for the draft…
Indeed, they currently only have an 11th pick, limiting their chances of getting a truly short-term player unless they make a good shot. However, the leaders do not intend to take this risk and, on the contrary, want to put all the chances in their favor in order to choose a promising nugget. According to journalist Ian Begley, the franchise will be ready to be drafted for big consideration:
New York wants to be in the top 4 draft in 2022
REPORT: The Knicks have discussed a package proposal that includes multiple first-round picks for the fourth overall pick, via @YanBegley.
Jaden Ivey would be the expected choice there. pic.twitter.com/J6tHt8uYgA
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 21, 2022
The Knicks discussed a package that includes multiple first-round picks to get the 4th pick this year. Jaden Ivey is being projected for this position.
Apparently, big bosses Leon Rose and Steve Mills have fallen in love with a young combo guard who is considered “Russell Westbrook of the Future” with an extra shot. Purdue’s product is a great scoring and scoring athlete, and he would certainly pair well in the backlines with Canadian R. J. Barrett. We logically understand New York’s interest in him.
After leading trio Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero, Ivey appears to be the No. 4 favorite in the draft. This place is currently occupied by the Kings, but they have a small problem: the guy doesn’t want to wear their colors at all. I must say that the management of the Californians is even worse than that of the Big Apple … On the other hand, he expressed great enthusiasm for the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden:
“I think I could definitely fit [in New York]. I have the DNA to win. R.J. Barrett, they want to win.” — Jayden Ivey
— alder almo (@alderalmo) June 20, 2022
I think it could definitely be a good fit for New York. I have the DNA to win, they have RJ Barrett, they want to win.
The Knicks would be all on Jayden Ivey, and the nugget would love to wear the franchise’s legendary jersey. Thus, all conditions are met, the New York front office remains to agree on a deal with Sacramento.