Knicks are ‘seriously mulling’ trading back in the 2020 NBA Draft: report

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The ping pong balls didn’t bounce the Knicks’ way during the draft lottery (what else is new), and now they’re reportedly strongly considering trading back from No. 8 in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Knicks are “seriously mulling” trading back unless LaMelo Ball or James Wiseman drops to them at No. 8, league sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

According to Berman, the Knicks have had “internal talks” about trading back to the 12-to-15 range while acquiring a young player and still being able to pick in the lottery.

Berman adds that the Orlando Magic (who hold the No. 15 pick) could have interest in trading for Dennis Smith Jr.

Smith, according to SNY’s Ian Begley, recently arrived early in New York for workouts with the Knicks’ coaching staff.

The Knicks have done their due diligence in advance in the draft, speaking with a host of prospects including Ball and R.J. Hampton.

According to Begley, the some in the organization are fans of Florida State’s Devin Vassell.

Under new team president Leon Rose, the Knicks — who have plenty of cap space flexibility — could go a number of different ways this offseason as their rebuild rolls on.

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