Jazz Trade No. 23 Pick To Knicks For Nos. 27, 38

9:07am: The trade is official, the Knicks announced in a press release.

8:32am: The Knicks have moved up four spots late in the first round of the 2020 NBA draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports that the team is sending the 27th and 38th overall picks to the Jazz in exchange for No. 23.

New York will also receive the rights to 2008 second-rounder Ante Tomic in the deal, Wojnarowski adds. However, Tomic is not expected to join the NBA at any point.

The timing of the move is interesting, as this sort of deal is typically completed during the draft, when teams have a better sense of which players will be available – or unavailable – when they’re on the clock.

The Knicks may have felt they needed to leapfrog a team in the 24-26 range to target a specific player, or may have other plans in mind for the No. 23 pick. For now, they’ll enter tonight’s draft holding the eighth and 23rd overall selections.

As for the Jazz, they clearly have enough players they like in the 20s to feel comfortable pulling the trigger on this deal early. They’ll acquire a second-round pick whom they’ll likely be able to sign at or near the rookie minimum. Utah previously traded away its own second-rounder.

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20 thoughts on “Jazz Trade No. 23 Pick To Knicks For Nos. 27, 38

  1. Unless New York has another trade lined up that needs the 23rd pick, this was a pointless move.

    • GabeOfThrones

      I think they did it to package a more attractive asset with the 8th to move up in the draft. I don’t like the move, though. They don’t just need star players…they need players period. They need more draft picks, not less, so they have more shots at developing solid role players on cheap contracts.

  2. jacobsigel1025

    The report is that the Knicks want a stronger second 1st round pick to potentially package that #8 and whatever other assets for someone like Westbrook

  3. Dxit90a

    Hopefully they either package it for a top 5 pick or just keep them. No need to rush the rebuild and get a Westbrook.

  4. 5-8center

    hate the trade, seems like knicks will try to move up, which is horrible move

  5. Odd. I have no problem using #38 to move up from #27, but, as Luke said, a trade up usually (almost always actually) has a player’s name (more than draft position) attached to it. Maybe they’re looking to set up an in-draft trade up from here.

  6. KnickerbockerAl

    Knicks can buy a 1st rd pick. Or even a high second rd pick. Yup I actually thought there was a descent player at 38. If you look at pick 23. The players consistently around there are Terry, Flynn, Maledon, all PGs that are considered next level players. Also Nesmith is there a shooter. Could be they are set on not picking up PG at #8. So are making sure they will get one they like later. Nesmith has deficiencies but he is best shooter in draft. The guy flat out shoots. Definitely want that on your bench today.

    • mlbnyyfan

      Knicks definitely need shooters. Nesmith or Vassel at 8 would be ideal. Don’t trade up for Toppin.

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