Knicks, Nets ask about Blazers’ first-rounders

Phil Jackson has officially split with the Knicks.

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have inquired about the first-round picks belonging to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a report by the Sporting News.

The Blazers own three first-rounders. Per the report:

Portland owns the No. 15, 20 and 26 picks in this draft, and several teams are eager to get into that mix. The Knicks have inquired about some combination of the Blazers’ picks, a source said, and those talks are ongoing. New York has the eighth pick and could trade down for a combination of picks, though the preference for the Knicks is to keep their pick and add one of Portland’s.

The Knicks already own the No. 8 pick and are looking to move star forward Carmelo Anthony in an offseason trade.

As for the Nets, the Sporting News reported:

The Nets have inquired, too, and that could be interesting because of the Nets’ ability to absorb salary. Brooklyn stands to have about $40 million in cap space next summer, and without much to offer big-time free agents, leveraging that space to accumulate picks with bad contracts would make sense for the Nets, who will see the No. 1 pick swapped to Boston this year, and have next year’s pick sent to the Celtics, too.

In other words, New York basketball is in need of some serious fixing. It will be interesting to see if a team from the Great Northwest is willing to help out.

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