Sources say the Knicks, like most NBA teams at this time of year, have discussed several different scenarios with regards to filling the void at point guard — both in free agency and via trade. The Knicks aren’t interested in paying large salaries for any free agent, which may be a sticking point in any potential discussions with Rose and his agent, B.J. Armstrong.
“We had a pretty good idea that Utah was going to make something happen,” Tony Bradley’s agent, John Spencer, said. “We heard from other sources that San Antonio was going to be in the mix. I really though Oklahoma City was going to be the wildcard.”
Word is that agent BJ Armstrong does not want his client Josh Jackson in Boston due to them having Jaylen Brown and has kept him out of workouts there. Jackson refused to workout for Boston, but backed off any talk that he wasn’t willing to play there, saying there were scheduling conflicts. If the pick is used in a package deal for Kristaps Porzingis, Jimmy Butler or Paul George, look for a team to move into the 3rd pick targeting Josh Jackson. While those trades all seem unlikely, they’re all being discussed. The cap being lowered and the Warriors dominance seems to have added pressure throughout the league to make something happen, not only in Cleveland.
Scout No. 3: “Agents will come to me like, ‘Hey man, tell your boss that my guy is really good. If your team drafts him, we’ll split the commission.’ I’m always like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It’s not like I can call my GM and say, ‘Hey, I have a perfect player here!’ and then they draft him. It doesn’t work like that. And can you imagine the harm it would do my career if I wrote a report praising a player who sucks? I don’t care how much money you’re offering me, that harms my reputation. I’ve worked too hard and have too many long-term goals in this business to do something that stupid.”