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Picks for Sale! And PG Rankings.

Chad Ford reports that the Knicks, Pacers, and Rockets are among the teams looking to buy a pick. Who are the sellers in the first round?

…The Wizards have a high lottery pick they’d consider moving.

The Pistons at No. 15, the Hornets at No. 21 and the Blazers at No. 24 are also all willing to deal. And a few teams with multiple first-round picks — the Thunder, Grizzlies and Bulls — might be willing to sell, too.

Ideally I wouldn’t want the Knicks to give up an asset besides cold hard cash for a pick. I like the idea of building a young, core group of guys that will include Chandler and Gallo.

Ford also did a straw poll of NBA GMs to get the current consensus rankings for point guards. It has to worry Steph Curry/Knicks fans that he is currently considered the second best PG prospect:

1. Rubio

2. Curry

3. Flynn

4. Holiday

5. Evans (I don’t believe he’s a PG)

6. Teague

7. Jennings

8. Maynor

9. Lawson

10. Mills

11. Collison

12. Calathas

13. Toney Douglas

I would be happy with any of Curry, Flynn, or Holiday, with Curry a strong preference (not including Rubio because I think he’ll be gone). It looks like the Knicks could definitely get one of them.

A Knicks / Thunder Deal Could Make Sense

There is an interesting discussion going on over at The Knicks Blog right now. Basically, Tommy Dee has information pointing to Donnie Walsh attempting to extract a 2010 draft pick in any trade.

There is informed speculation that the Thunder are pushing Earl Watson hard right now, in an attempt to get far under the cap this off-season. Chris Alvino points out that the Thunder have 5(!) first rounders over the next two years.

Now, there are lots of potential trade scenarios whereby the Knicks could oblige the Thunder by taking Watson off their books. This could potentially be a boon for the Knicks because they would land the back-up Duhon desperately needs AND replace the draft pick that Isiah squandered for he-whose-name-must-not-be-spoken:

Stephon Marbury?
Stephon Marbury?

I doubt the Thunder want to add 5 more rookies over the next two years. They already have all the youth they can handle and will add more to their solid core in this year’s draft. Instead, they need veterans and they can sign them this off-season with sufficient cap relief.

Here’s a trade that might work:

Nate Robinson and Malik Rose for Earl Watson, Damien Wilkins, and the Suns first round pick in 2010.

Depending on how desperate the Thunder are, you might even be able to get two first round picks. Another proposal to expand their cap room further would be Nate, Malik and the Disabled Player Exemption (if the Knicks ever get it), for Watson, Wilkins, Sene and one or two first rounders.

It is true that the Thunder will have to re-sign Nate for this to make sense, so I’m assuming that they like Nate, that Nate would re-sign there, and that Nate will not command more than Earl Watson’s $6.2 million (at this point I don’t see him commanding more than the mid-level – which is around Watson’s salary – if that. Half the mid-level seems about right). These are big assumptions, but not out of the realm of possibility.