NBA Draft trade rumors: Knicks, Trail Blazers talking deal for 1st-round pick?

Phil Jackson may soon have another first-round pick to further the Knicks rebuild.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers are in talks about a deal that would send one of Portland’s first-round picks back to the Knicks in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft.

The New York Knicks’ front office has spoken to the Portland Trail Blazers in recent days about a trade for one of Portland’s three first-round picks, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Portland owns the 15th, 20th and 26th overall picks in the current draft.

New York has the No. 8 overall pick, and members of the organization have been exploring the possibility of acquiring an additional pick later in the first round, per sources.

If the Knicks could land the 15th pick–right outside the lottery due to Portland making the postseason as the eighth seed in the Western Conference–the franchise could land two young players to the rotation for next season.

Recently, reports surfaced suggesting that North Carolina’s Justin Jackson could be of interest to New York if another pick was acquired.

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The report suggests that the Knicks would likely take back a player in the deal–possibly a salary dump–from Portland.

Talks between New York and Portland are believed to be in the early stages, but one scenario discussed involved an additional player from Portland being sent in a trade, according to sources.

It is unclear which players were offered by Portland. It is also unclear whom the Knicks would offer Portland in a potential trade.

The NBA Draft will take place on June 22.

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