Knicks Rumors: Trading back in first round of NBA Draft being explored

The New York Knicks potentially trading back in the first round is a unique direction for a team mostly known for sending away picks.

The No. 3 pick is potentially prime real estate for the New Orleans Pelicans to acquire from the New York Knicks in an Anthony Davis trade. It can be a headliner and lead to players like RJ Barrett or Jarrett Culver.

However, the prospect exists of the Knicks moving down in the first round, even with their links to Barrett and Culver.

Per ESPN’s Jonathon Givony, New York is evaluating its options at No. 3. One potential route explored is trading back with the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 8 and 10 picks, which arose with the 2018 trade that sent Luka Doncic‘s rights to Dallas.

Moving back that far potentially takes the Knicks out of the Barrett and Culver range. Maybe even Reddish, although his shaky freshman campaign may have him closer to the bottom of the top 10.

If New York hypothetically takes Reddish at eighth, attention turns to No. 10. There is a perceived talent drop-off after Barrett, so the value might decrease here for who the front office can select.

There are intriguing talents who could potentially remain at this spot. Rui Hachimura, Nassir Little and Romeo Langford were all known prospects in college with upside.

A trade-down is still unique for the Knicks, just as acquiring picks from Dallas in January. Whoever they take, it covers an extra roster spot when most of the cap space inevitably consumes up to two max contracts in free agency.

Plus, if this is what the organization wants, it returns them another prominent pick in the draft. The Brooklyn Nets have their No. 31 overall pick from a 2014 trade. Frank Ntilikina was rumored to be available, to find a late-round draft selection.

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Trading back is under consideration for the Knicks. It is still early, though, as the situation still has three weeks to play out. They can still stick at No. 3 and pick Barrett or Culver or someone else, but alternatives exist, and evaluating them is worthwhile, while time exists, before deciding on direction with a draft-altering selection.