With the NBA Draft less than 48 hours away the rumor mill is spinning at an unprecedented rate. We won’t be able to separate the posturing from the reality until Thursday night but let’s take a quick look at the chatter surrounding the New York Knicks, who currently hold the 24th overall pick.
- It isn’t looking good for the New York Knicks chances of retaining forward Chris Copeland. All it takes is one team, like the New Orleans Pelicans, who are under the salary cap to make an offer the Knicks simply cannot afford to match with their current financial situation. It would be shame to lose a developing piece like Copeland, who should have seen more minutes in the playoffs and is a needed floor stretcher for the Knicks small-ball attack. There is chatter Shawne Williams could be brought back which is kind of like replacing Pablio Prigioni with Anthony Carter…yeesh.
- The Knicks are expressing interest in acquiring Kostas Papanikolau from the Portland Trail Blazers, who was the team’s 2nd round pick last year. They were forced to move him as part of the Raymond Felton trade and now are looking to pull the deal off without sacrificing their 24th overall pick, which Portland desires. It will be interesting to see if the Blazers eventually cave to a lesser deal. Kostas would be a much more intriguing, high potential replacement for Copeland than Shawne Williams. The 6 foot 9 Greek is only 22 years old and has 3-point range, along with improving defense.
- Will Bynum is a name frequently tossed around with the Knicks in free agency. Their level of interest will likely depend on how the draft shakes out. If they end up grabbing a Guard, the priority for Bynum could be diminished. However, if they end up taking a player like Tony Mitchell or Gorgui Dieng, Bynum would be that much more needed as a backup combo Guard.
- Keep an eye on Nate Wolters with the 24th pick. The mock draft chatter is heating up on him and considering the Knicks draft slot and how the board is probable to break, Wolters could be the most logical pick. Shane Larkin would be nice but it is near impossible to see him sliding out of the top 20.