Jaden Ivey would welcome a landing in New York if the Knicks can maneuver him to choose an NBA draft on Thursday, but it will cost them a lot.
ESPN College basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who compared Tuesday’s Purdue goalkeeper to “a little combination” of Morant and Dwyane Wade, said the Knicks would be better off giving up “a lot” to get out of the position. 11. In a potential transaction with Kings No. 4.
“It depends on what they’re willing to break up and what Sacramento is willing to accept. If I were fourth in the draft, I’d like a lot, and I imagine Sacramento will feel the same way about that choice,” Bilas said in a conference call. “Because Jaden Ivey is a valuable asset, whether he is on the team or a valuable asset if you want to change him later.
“He is very talented.” These are tough and difficult decisions. I have no idea what they want to break up with, but it would be better if someone gave up the fourth choice.
The 20-year-old Ivey, who is the consensus-winning second-team All-American to lead the Purdue NCAA to Sweet 16, said on Monday, without being asked about Knicks, “there may be situations where I can land in New York. “
The Knicks are likely to give up their first-round selection this year, along with future drift capital and one of their young players – perhaps Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes or Cam Reddish – to jump to fourth (Kings) or a total of five (Pistons).
The 6-foot-long 4 Ivey could eventually provide a long-term answer as a Knicks point defender. He scored 17.3 points in the second year of Boilermakers last season and gave 3.1 assists.
“He’s so dynamic and explosive,” Bilas said. “It ‘s a bit of a combination of Ja Moranti’ s speed and explosiveness and then Dwyane Wade ‘s size and height.
“She is not as powerful as Wade came out [college], at least still out of Marquette in 2003. But what an explosive athlete, incredibly fast on the open floor. He can shoot it; he is the creator of the frame. I think his defense is improving or should improve, because he hasn’t been the most focused defender, but there’s not much to complain about with Jaden Ivey. He’s a star-talented talent. ”
If the Knicks are in 11th place, Bilas says their direction will depend on how the top ten develops before they’re on the clock. But he mentioned Wisconsin defender Johnny Davis, Duke striker AJ Griffin and Ohio striker Malaki Branham as potentially available in their selection. In ESPN’s latest pattern design, the Knicks took the 6-6 edge over Griffin as a newcomer to the Blue Devils, scoring an average of 10.4 points and hitting a distance of 44.7 percent.
Bilas believes 18-year-old Griffin – the son of former Tom Thibodeau’s assistant Adrian Griffin – would fit Knicks well.
“Oh, absolutely. I think he’ll fit almost anywhere because he can shoot with it and play hard,” Bilas said. “But he’s still so young. He needs to develop, like many other 19-year-olds who have come out of the drift. These aren’t finished products yet.
Notre Dame newcomer Blake Wesley, who was ranked 20th overall by ESPN, revealed he was training for four players at the Knicks Training Center in Tarrytown on Monday.
“For what Tom Thibodeau wants, I think he wants a defender as a point defender, and I can do both,” Wesley said. “I can defend, I can score and involve others, and I can just do my part. Whatever he wants me to do, play it.”
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