New York Notes: Nets, Campazzo, Knicks’ Draft Options

Prior to Wednesday’s player boycott, Nets owners Clara Wu Tsai and Joe Tsai announced on Tuesday that they’re pledging $50MM to support social justice causes and economic mobility initiatives over the next 10 years. These initiatives are a part of a five-point plan, which will focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in Brooklyn.

The Nets owners will also be working with the New York Liberty (WNBA) and Barclays Center to accomplish this plan of action.

“Joe and I are proud to present our statement of core principles and action plan as a continuation of our efforts to address racial injustice and economic inequality in our society,” said Clara Wu Tsai. “We plan to focus first on our organizations and our community in Brooklyn. We believe Barclays Center, the Nets, and the Liberty can be symbols of how we move forward together as a country. It is our hope to lead by example through supporting our athletes, employees, and our community in anti-racist and anti-discrimination work and providing the resources needed to accelerate change.”

Here’s more from the Big Apple:

  • In his latest mailbag, Marc Berman of The New York Post reports that the Knicks have scouted 29-year-old Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo and like his game. Berman notes that the former Real Madrid guard is ready to test the NBA’s waters this fall as a free agent. The Timberwolves, who have former Knick Pablo Prigioni on their coaching staff, are also among the teams interested in Campazzo.
  • Last week, the Knicks secured the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, which is tentatively scheduled for October 16. One prospect who has support within the organization at No. 8 is Auburn’s Isaac Okoro, per Marc Berman of The New York Post. This season, the 6’6″ small forward averaged 12.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 2.0 APG while shooting 51.4% from the field.
  • If the Knicks don’t take Okoro with the eighth overall selection in October’s draft, they could opt for Florida State’s Devin Vassell, who has some fans at Madison Square Garden, per Ian Begley of SNY. The 6’7″ guard left Tallahassee, Fla. after his sophomore season, where he posted 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. He also shot 49% from the field and 41.5% from three-point range on 3.5 attempts per game.
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14 thoughts on “New York Notes: Nets, Campazzo, Knicks’ Draft Options

  1. For a second, I thought it said that the Knicks scouted Campazzo because they like his name. I then thought to myself “yeah… that sounds like something the Knicks would do.”

  2. Sillivan

    Some Knicks fans believe that
    Ball is huge bust
    Smith jr is big bust
    Frank N is medium bust
    Knox is small bust

    I disagree
    How about Frank N to Warriors for Jordan Poole another young player and 2 second round picks this year

    • Matrix 2

      Silivan at max I would pay 2 round picks for him alone. He is a good defender but terrible on offense with no progression. Dsj should get traded to the magic, hornets or t-wolves for a 2nd round pick to see if they want to take a chance on him and see if he’s still got that potential. Warriors if they use their exception why would it be on nitlikina lol, I seen a rumor a bout it but don’t believe it

      • Sillivan

        With 5.7 million salary Smith jr has no trade value, Knicks have to attach cash consideration with him

    • Chucktoad1

      I can’t see Bob Meyers calling Leon Rose and saying. “We’d like to downgrade ourselves at backup PG by trading you Poole for Ntilikina. Not only that but we’re also willing to give you 2 picks and another young player to do so”

      • mlbnyyfan

        If Vassel is the real deal as a shooter take him at 8 and move RJ to small forward. If not draft Halliburton or Hayes for PG

      • Sillivan

        Frank is an elite size point guard with very good athleticism and quickness, wingspan (7’1″) with a “pass first” mentality, Free Throw 86.4%

        I viewed him as a hype. Knicks fans viewed him as a Bust.

        • Matrix 2

          Bud he’s been in the league for a couple years. U look at his stats they look the same and in game he dosent impact the offensive side just defense which is not good for today’s day, I’ll say we can give him 1 more season but if he dosent improve he’s a huge bust. I see your comments all the time and they look stupid like u clearly are just a casual Knicks fan

    • fungie22

      I agree
      Nick needs a change of scenery
      Knox make it or break it year
      Smith is done
      Ball I wouldn’t mind but never happen. The fact is Isiah ruined this team

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Facu Campazzo Is on the small side at 5’10”. Think Barrera with better vision, better passer. He’s experienced and gm tested. Could make a good backup. That’s it, nothing major.
    At the 8th pick Knicks probably go BPA. But they are not passing on Deni. Personally I’m rooting for Okoro. Cause I believe Halliburton will be gone. Okoro and Vassell both will solid pros. IMO Okoro has more upside.
    I think new management on NYK. Thinks Thibs and new coaches can help young players. Nttilikina should thrive under Thibs. It’s why they won’t bring back Payton. Unless they use him in trade. They specifically got Kentucky assistant to help Knox, Randle, Smith, Nttilikina. They will either make it or get traded. Nttilikina is the most Thibs kind of player. So this could be his coming out party. Sixers want to dump Harris. We got expiring contracts and young players and picks. I’m sure they would listen.
    First thing is first is the draft. 3 picks in top 36. Knicks could trade up for Kyra Lewis. He should go after Lottery. Maledon will also be available.

  4. Knickspride 2

    The Knick fan who said Frank is quick and athletic is delusional. Frank is a one trick ponnie and even his defense regressed if you ask me. With the 8th pick it’s a toss up between Vessel Kira Lewis and Cole Anthony. I still think Cole Anthony game will flourish with NBA spacing. But I love Vessel potential to be a Trevor Ariza or Danny Green type of player And I want us to Sign Fred Vanbleet and swing a trade for Zach Levine or Buddy Heil

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