P.J. Hairston will work out for the Knicks on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Goodman reports that the Knicks will also look to trade for a first-round pick, which could be construed as a sign of their interest in Hairston.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick by ESPN’s Chad Ford, so if the Knicks are serious about acquiring Hairston, they might have to get into the first round to draft him.
New York doesn’t currently own a pick in the 2014 draft. It dealt its first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade and its second-round pick to the Houston Rockets in the Marcus Camby trade.
Team president Phil Jackson had previously stated that the Knicks would be interested in buying a draft pick if there is a player worth acquiring.
"Teams do sell draft picks," Jackson said last week. "We are going to approach teams and ask them if they’re willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there’s a player we want to have at a position that comes up. So that’s a bang-bang situation."
Jackson said it is unlikely that the Knicks will be able to acquire a first-round pick, but if the right situation presents itself, they would likely listen.
Would Hairston be a good fit for the triangle offense? A skilled scorer with deep shooting range, Hairston averaged 21 points on 45 percent shooting in the D-League last season after being suspended and eventually dismissed by North Carolina.
The Hairston workout is intriguing because the Knicks currently have depth at shooting guard. With rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith on the roster, the Knicks have a veritable logjam at the position. Would they look to move Shumpert or Smith in a deal to acquire a first-round pick in order to take Hairston?
This is all conjecture, of course, but, given Hairston’s workout, it’s worth considering.
In other draft news, the Knicks worked out Florida center Patric Young on Wednesday.
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