The New York Knicks have no picks in this year’s NBA draft but they are desperate to land one. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks could trade Derrick Williams or Kyle O’Quinn to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a second round pick.
As mentioned in a previous report, the Knicks are looking to acquire a late-first or a second round draft pick. They have been linked with prospects such as Yogi Ferrell, Malachi Richardson, Wayne Selden and Isaiah Whitehead.
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Jeremy Karll of Hardwood Houdini suggested that the perfect partner for the Knicks is the Celtics, who are looking for front court help. He noted that Williams played a key role in New York last season but he’s not as safe as Kristaps Porzingis or Robin Lopez.
The former second overall pick played in 80 games while averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. He will likely accept his player option for this season and earn $5.1 million.
On the other hand, O’Quinn played inconsistent minutes and averaged 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 65 games last season. He is set to earn $3.9 million next season as part of the four-year, $16 million deal he signed this past summer.
It makes sense for both teams since the Knicks will free up cap space and acquire an important draft pick while the Celtics will get a scoring big man that can come off the bench. Boston has a total of eight picks this year with three in the first and five in the second round.
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The Celtics will likely shell out two second rounders for either Williams or O’Quinn but they will be getting a serviceable player already. They also have the option to draft international players but they have been mostly rumored to be shopping their third overall pick to land a star player.
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