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REPORT: Knicks among candidates looking to move up to the No. 2 pick in the draft

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But what would it cost?

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The New York Knicks didn’t luck out in the draft lottery, but the front office might be maneuvering behind the scenes to jump up to the No. 2 pick, currently owned by the Golden State Warriors.

This comes from a report in the mock draft of ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (Insider only):

“The Warriors actively have been discussing trades, including scenarios that would net them a starting-caliber frontcourt player along with a pick in the top 10. The Bulls, Pistons and Knicks are among the candidates to trade up to No. 2.”

The Knicks happen to have such a frontcourt player in Mitchell Robinson. Would a package centered around Mitch and the No. 8 pick be enough to move up six spots. And would such a move be worth it?

According to Givony, the Timberwolves are set to take LaMelo Ball with the No. 1 pick. The Knicks have long been connected with Ball, but what if he’s not there at No. 2. Would they select shooting guard Anthony Edwards or center James Wiseman. I tell you now, if they put trade Mitch and the No. 8 pick for Wiseman — who plays the same position as Mitch — I’d be extremely pissed off.

“For those who are interested, Givony has the Knicks selecting Tyrese Haliburton at No. 8: This is the low end of Haliburton’s draft range. He is also getting looks from Minnesota, Golden State, Chicago and Detroit. Haliburton brings the type of defensive versatility, unselfishness and shooting range the Knicks were lacking at times last season, making him a strong fit in a backcourt with RJ Barrett, who is at his best with the ball in his hands.”

In this scenario, the Knicks would be passing over Killian Hayes, whom I would much rather select. This is kind of a nightmare scenario for me: New York selecting the combo guard Haliburton instead of a true point guard. Please don’t do this, Knicks.

What do y’all think?