The Knicks will give up their second-round pick to move up from No. 27 to 23 in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft, in a pick swap with the Utah Jazz, an NBA source confirmed.
The Knicks had the 38th pick from the Willy Hernangomez trade but still can buy a second-rounder on draft night, something owner James Dolan is wont to do.
However, the Knicks also believe having three rookie roster spots during this quick turnaround of a season may not be ideal. Plus, there’s no guarantee of stashing a rookie in the G League, which may not have a regular season.
Trading with the Jazz is no surprise since their longtime college scout, Walter Perrin, recently became the Knicks assistant GM.
The Knicks now pick at No. 8 and 23. If they decide against going with a point guard at 8, the Knicks may target one with their second first-round pick with interest in Frenchman Theo Maledon, Stanford’s Tyrell Terry, Oregon’s Payton Pritchard and San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn. They also like Rochester native Isaiah Stewart but he plays center.
The 23rd pick in 2017 was OG Anunoby, the rising wing from Toronto. ESPN, which first reported the news, added that the Knicks also acquired 33-year-old Ante Tomic from Utah. He is a 2008 second-round pick who is not expected to come to the NBA.
The Knicks could potentially sign Tomic to help match salaries in a future trade.