The Knicks will give up their second-round pick to move up from No. 27 to 23 in Wednesday’s NBA Draft, in a pick swap with Utah, an NBA source confirmed.
The Knicks had the 37th pick from the Willy Hernangomez trade but still can buy a second-rounder on Draft Night, something owner James Dolan is want 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.
The Knicks now pick 8th and 23rd. 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 PG 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 first reported the news.
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