The 2023 Draft has struck again.
The New York Knicks stockpiled two more 2023 second-round picks by trading Utah Jazz star Ed Davis and agreed to pay the $5 million left on his contract, said sources. The Knicks may cut Davis but are still deciding.
New York Knicks have now compiled three 2023 second-rounders since Wednesday after trading the 33rd pick to the Clippers on draft night for a 2023 second-rounder via the Detroit Pistons.
This obsession is because high school players will be permitted in that draft. Hence the Knicks can draft a player and stash him in the G-League and make it a real minor league. They also have two first-rounders in 2023 – one from the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade.
The 31-year-old veteran Davis had a disappointing season for the Jazz and averaged a mere 1.8 points with 3.8 rebounds win 28 games with a series of nagging injuries. He is still considered a good leader and had a good run with the Brooklyn Nets. Knicks assistant general manager Walter Perrin was part of the brain trust that brought Davis to Utah and feels it was only an off-year. The journeyman was the 13th pick in 2010.
The New York Knicks can make such moves and slide Davis’ contract into their cap space. Fresh off yet another losing season (21-45), the long-downtrodden team are obviously in need of building their talent level up, once again. The issue here is a franchise in New York that has lost prestige. As it relates to the Knicks, LaMelo Ball would seem to be the likeliest target for new president Leon Rose. He has been linked to New York for some time now.