NBA Rumors: New York Knicks to acquire late-first round pick

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The New York Knicks do not own any picks in the upcoming NBA draft on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks are very interested in acquiring a late-first round pick to draft Wayne Selden or Yogi Ferrell.

The Knicks first-round pick was acquired by the Raptors in the Andrea Bargnani trade while the second round selection went to the Houston Rockets. It was part of the trade that sent Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to the Knicks several seasons ago.

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Even though they did not have a draft pick, New York held several workouts for some prospects. Ian Begley of ESPN noted in his report that team president Phil Jackson and the Knicks want to trade for a late-first round pick. The team is very interested in drafting Ferrell from Indiana and Selden from Kansas.

However, Begley mentioned that the most realistic trade for the Knicks will be an early second rounder. There is still no confirmation which veteran players Jackson will trade in order to acquire a draft pick.

CBS Sports reported that the best player the Knicks can trade in order to get a late-first round pick is Robin Lopez. Nonetheless, Jackson has not indicated that he is willing to let go of a player he signed last offseason.

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According to the latest mock draft by Sports Illustrated, both Wayne Selden and Yogi Ferrell are projected second round picks. However, it is expected that there could be changes in the ranking since there is about a month left before the draft.

Some of the prospects linked to the Knicks are St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley, Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead, Syracuse guard Malachi Richardson and Kansas center Cheick Diallo.

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