Begley On WFAN: If Not First Overall, Knicks Must Trade Draft Pick


The NBA Draft Lottery is officially less than two weeks away.

The Knicks' fortune can change drastically on the night of May 14th. If things fall in place for New York, Duke superstar Zion Williamson will soon be calling Madison Square Garden home.

But what happens if the ping pong balls don't fall in the Knicks' favor? With the new draft lottery format being implemented this year, despite finishing with the worst record in the NBA, New York has the same odds of landing the top pick as Cleveland and Phoenix (14.0% each).

SNY's Ian Begley joined "Carlin, Maggie & Bart" Thursday to discuss the crucial, upcoming offseason for the Knicks, and what the franchise should do if they do not end up with the number one overall pick.

"In my mind, if you don't get that number one pick, you're working the phones all the way from May 14th to draft night to see what you can get in a trade for that 2, 3, 4, 5 pick, whatever it may be," Begley said. "Because you're going to be in win-now mode if Kevin Durant comes here. You're not going to have the luxury of waiting for an 18, 19-year-old to figure out how to succeed in the NBA.

"They're going to need veterans who are ready to win and ready to perform on the playoff stage. So it's just going to be a different set of circumstances for the Knicks then we've seen over the last year."

To listen to CMB's full interview with Ian Begley, click on the audio player above.