Adrian Wojnarowski: Knicks Comfortable with Draft Slot, Doesn't Expect Trade

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2018

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The New York Knicks are reportedly unlikely to trade up from the No. 9 overall selection in the 2018 NBA draft, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Appearing Thursday on ESPN's Get Up!, Wojnarowski said the Knicks are "comfortable" at No. 9 and believe they can get the player they want at that spot.

The 2018 NBA draft will take place Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Regarding players the Knicks have interest in, Wojnarowski mentioned Villanova forward Mikal Bridges and Kentucky forward Kevin Knox.

Last week, ESPN.com's Ian Begley also noted that the Knicks liked Knox in addition to reporting there was support within the organization to select Miami guard Lonnie Walker.

New York worked out Oklahoma guard Trae Young earlier this month as well, although it is possible he will be off the board by the time the Knicks pick.

The Knicks went just 29-53 last season, and since they have multiple holes to fill on their roster, they can afford to take a best-player-available approach.

Provided he recovers from a torn ACL, All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis is the only sure thing the Knicks have. They also boast a solid group of point guards in 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay as well as a quality shooter in Tim Hardaway Jr.

Where New York is truly lacking is on the wing and in the frontcourt complement to Porzingis.

In his final 2018 NBA mock draft, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman projected that the Knicks will select Knox at No. 9.

The 6'9" Knox spent one collegiate season with the Wildcats and was highly productive, as he averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 34.1 percent on three-pointers.

If the Knicks stay put and take Knox ninth, he will potentially bring a new dynamic to their offense due to his ability to create scoring opportunities on his own.

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