WASHINGTON — The pitfalls of the “protected picks,” beyond that they’re probably not going to translate as to a top-3 choice, is that the team that owns them — in this case, the Knicks — don’t have much control over when they convey.
So while this statement sounds terrific — “the Knicks have as many as four first-round picks in the 2024 draft” — it could be followed up quickly with “the Knicks have as little as one first-round pick in the 2024 draft.”
The topic was relevant Friday because the Knicks faced the Wizards, the team that owes Leon Rose a first-rounder because of a 2022 draft-day trade. As it stands a little less than a month into the season, that Wizards’ pick, in particular, doesn’t look good for New York.
At least for the upcoming draft.
We’ll tell you why in the explainer of the potential four 2024 Knicks first-round draft picks below:
The Wizards pick
How acquired: As part of the complex 2022 trades to dump Kemba Walker’s contract and clear space to sign Jalen Brunson.
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