King sees advantage to having late pick

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are some of the highlights from Nets GM Billy King's pre-draft interview with the media on Monday at the team's practice facility:

• King said the Nets' scouting department ranks the draft prospects 1 through 60. He said he relies heavily on the scouts during the draft process because they've seen more of the players than he has.

• King likes where the Nets sit in the draft, with the 22nd pick.

"It's better because you're gonna get guys that are more polished. They may not be a franchise guy but they can be a good piece," he said. "I think when you're drafting in the lottery -- especially in this draft -- you're trying to project where a guy may be, and sometimes those projections may be off because a lot of guys are very close."

• King left open the possibility that the Nets could trade their pick, either to moving up or back. He said that all options are on the table in terms of selecting a Eurostash or a player who will be on the roster right away. The Nets also have $3 million at their disposal if they want to buy a pick.

• King said a lot of teams are trying to get out of the draft in order to acquire cap space or get a pick next year, when the 2014 class is projected to be much deeper and more talented. He thinks there are a lot of teams that want to make trades, but he doesn't know if they're going to be able to find partners to make those deals.

• The Nets worked out Tim Hardaway Jr. -- among others -- on Monday. King said the team will have another workout prior to Thursday's draft at Barclays Center.