The New York Knicks were one of the most active teams during the 2021 NBA Draft. They entered with picks No. 19, 21, 32 and 58. They made three separate deals on the night as they moved back multiple times.
New York traded the 19th pick to the Charlotte Hornets for a future first-rounder with heavy lottery protections. The 21st pick was sent to the LA Clippers for the 25th pick and a future second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons. With the 25th pick, the Knicks selected Houston guard, Quentin Grimes.
The fun was not done once the second round rolled around. New York traded back from No. 32 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, picking up No. 34 and 36 in the process. With those picks, they nabbed Lithuanian guard Rokas Jokubaitis, who according to the telecast dropped 31 points on LaMelo Ball when he played in Lithuania.
With the 36th pick, the Knicks landed one of the steals in the draft in Miles ‘Duece’ McBride out of West Virginia. He was someone that analysts believed the team would consider with the 21st pick in the draft. With the 58th pick, the Knicks selected uber-athletic Texas big man, Jericho Sims.
Leon Rose and company did a masterful job once again in the draft. They added prospects they liked while adding future assets. The front office even squeezed out a little more cap space for this season, which leads many people to think they have something up their sleeves.
Could a big trade be in the works for the New York Knicks? Here are three players they could target post-draft via trade this offseason.
3. Myles Turner
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner was one of the most frequently mentioned names leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft in trade rumors. He remained with the team through the draft, but the Pacers could still be planning to move on from him this offseason.
Indiana selected Oregon wing Chris Duarte with the 13th pick, but they jumped back into the first round at No. 22. The 22nd pick was originally owned by the Los Angeles Lakers but was traded to the Washington Wizards in the Russell Westbrook deal. The Wizards flipped it to Indiana for Aaron Holiday and the draft rights to Isaiah Todd, the 31st pick.
With the 22nd pick, the Pacers acquired the draft rights to Kentucky big man, Isaiah Jackson. Jackson is a bouncy athlete that has a limited offensive game but was an excellent rim protector. Sounds similar to what Myles Turner brings to the table defensively.
With a young, cost-controlled center now in the fold, the Pacers may be more inclined to trade Turner. Acquiring him would help the New York Knicks modernize their offense, as Turner can knock down 3-pointers in addition to his elite rim protection.
If New York is having second thoughts about signing Mitchell Robinson to a long-term deal, they should look into Myles Turner, who has two seasons remaining on his deal at an affordable price.