Phil Jackson hasn’t exactly been quiet about his desire to get the New York Knicks—for whom he took over as president of basketball operations back in March—into the first round of the 2014 NBA draft.
And if a recent report from ESPN’s Marc Stein is to be believed, Jackson may not be done wheeling and dealing just yet:
The Knicks nearly traded Iman Shumpert at the February deadline, and according to the latest personnel whispers, have explored the possibility of moving him for a late first-round pick in Thursday's draft proceedings…Some of the teams that previously expressed interest in Shumpert also have picks in the range New York is said to be targeting...and in some cases multiple picks.
It's quite the change of tune from when Jackson first came aboard back in March, when he confided in Marc Berman of the New York Post he was a fan of Shumpert's game.
Apparently the feeling was mutual.
“I love Phil Jackson,'' Shumpert told Berman. “Just being a child, seeing him, how he conducted the Bulls. I just love him.''
Clearly, things have changed.
Shumpert, who turned 24 Thursday, remains a valuable, upside-laden prospect—the kind that could easily yield the Knicks future picks and flexibility, assuming they can find the right trade partner.
What follows, then, are six potential trade packages Jackson would be wise to pursue, both ahead of Thursday's draft and beyond.
Let’s take a looksee!