Knicks trying to acquire one of Blazers' three first-round draft picks

The rebuilding Nets already own the 22nd and 27th picks in the first round. But according to Sean Deveney at the Sporting News, both NY teams have inquired about obtaining a first-rounder from the Trail Blazers.

Talks between NY and Portland are believed to be in the early stages, but one scenario discussed involved an additional player from Portland being sent in a trade, according to sources.

Could that be a way for the Knicks to pry one or two first-round draft picks away from the Portland Trail Blazers?

The Nets also have inquired about a deal, and are in even better position to take advantage of the Trail Blazers' salary-cap situation.

Something big might be brewing between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Portland owns the 15th, 20th and 26th overall picks in the current draft. The negotiations have just begun, with Phil Jackson expressing interest in dealing players for picks.

Members of the organization see several players as potential options for the No. 8 pick, including French prospect Frank Ntilikina, Kentucky guard Malik Monk and North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr.

The NBA draft will be held June 22.

The Knicks also possess the No. 8 overall selection in the draft, almost guaranteeing that the team is going to get an elite player coming out of college. It's no secret the Knicks want to be rid of Anthony. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft. There are some holes on the roster at small forward and power forward, though, so the team will look to add a lot of size and speed with three first-round picks.

With the exception of drafting Porzingis, Phil Jackson's run as Knicks president has been widely ridiculed, so making the right picks in this year's relatively deep draft will be key in reassuring NY fans that the franchise is headed in the right direction.

  • Julie Sanders