Kings’ Ransom? Knicks Trading For No. 4 Pick in NBA Draft?

The New York Knicks want to get promoted. But at what cost?

The Knicks are, it appears, one of “a large number” of teams inquiring about the Sacramento Kings’ first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft in Brooklyn (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Sacramento is expected to pick fourth overall, while the Knicks are stationed seven picks later. The report (via The Ringer’s NBA Draft Guide) explains that the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks are also among the contenders. Purdue’s Jaden Ivey is expected to be the ultimate prize with fourth pick behind Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith in the top 3 on the consensus list.

The Knicks have lingered in trade talks after the NBA Draft Lottery failed to advance their position. Some have viewed Ivey as the solution to the team’s problems at point guard, struggles that Kemba Walker failed to quell after inking a $17 million deal last August.

Any deal involving the Kings, a team keen to bounce back from a 16-straight loss streak (an NBA record), would likely affect both picks and players. The Knicks are relatively well positioned in that regard: The team could seek to ditch several contracts expiring in 2023 (i.e. Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, Derrick Rose), as well as Julius Randle, who made an undeniable step of stepping down after earning 117 US -Dollar had earned millions overtime after a run to the 2021 playoffs and the Most Improved Player award. Such a transaction could also help clear Cap space to bring in a high-profile free agent, including Dallas’ Jalen Brunson.

The Knicks currently have two picks in Thursday’s draft, the latter coming in the second round for 42nd overall.

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