Dropping two places in the lottery at number 8 may seem uncomfortable for a New York Knicks franchise in dire need of star power, but dropping into this year’s draft isn’t as bad as it would have been in previous seasons. For example, both wolves and warriors should be willing to relocate from points n. 1 and 2 for the help of veterans. The Warriors have a winning roster, and the Wolves can’t afford many more losing seasons if they want to keep Karl Anthony-Towns happy.
The Knicks are still able to grab LaMelo Ball if they want it. It would be perfect given his skill set. His direction and ability to manipulate pick-and-roll make him an ideal companion for the big man Mitchell Robinson, and would take some of the pressure off RJ Barrett.
The Knicks would likely be more than happy to transfer Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina. It is also likely that they would be willing to take Wiggins back for Julius Randle’s remaining two years and $ 38.7 million. While Randle might not seem like a great addition, it would make a huge saving on Wiggins’ remaining three years at $ 94.6 million.
However, the Warriors will likely want a major contributor to come out of number 2. To get such a player, the Knicks can swap the aforementioned guys and involve a third team, one willing to move a player to any future New York first- rounders or three additional firsts acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks. Gordon, Holiday, Rudy Gobert, Griffin, Myles Turner, and Buddy Hield stand out in that candidate teams may be willing to send to Golden State for draft New York movable goods and contracts.