As the 2013 NBA Draft is now only hours away, it is still undetermined which direction the New York Knicks will head with the No. 24 overall pick.
However as I reported last week, they do have some interest in moving up to target a certain player, possibly point guard Dennis Schroeder from Germany, who the Knicks are in love with, but who likely won’t slip past the top 15 picks.
The Knicks also would like to acquire a second round pick or two considering that they don’t have one this draft.
Unfortunately given the fact that they don’t have another pick until the second round of the 2016 draft and that they don’t have many trade assets, the options are limited for Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald.
That’s why Steve Novak could be the carrot that Grunwald dangles to other franchises as the Knicks looks to acquire extra picks.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com, Novak could be on the move tonight.
Hearing Steve Novak might be the one guy the Knicks could move tonight to move up in the draft or acquire second-round picks. #Knicks
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) June 27, 2013
The sharpshooter is owed roughly $11 million over the next three seasons and the Knicks would definitely like to move his contract at any costs.
After leading the NBA in three-point shooting in 2012, earning himself a big four-year contract, Novak took a step backwards in 2013. He still shot the ball fairly well, knocking down 42.5 percent of his attempts from behind the arc, but that was down from 47.2 percent the year prior.
However after making a huge splash in 2012, opposing teams started game planning against him when Novak is on the floor and he made very little impact in 2013 as the open looks didn’t come nearly as frequently. Add to that the fact that he is a liability defensively
With that being said, if the Knicks can find a taker for Novak, it makes sense to move him and try and add some younger and more athletic pieces than they currently have.
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