The Pistons are open to trading the 12th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft in order to acquire more of a "win-now" player, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Knicks currently have the eighth overall pick.
Team president Phil Jackson has suggested the Knicks will trade Carmelo Anthony this offseason as they look to build for the future, so dealing other veterans as part of that effort makes sense.
Detroit finished 37-45 this past season, four games back of the Bulls for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Talk of the Pistons being motivated to move their lottery pick for a proven veteran is sure to be the first in a domino effect of speculation across the league. Teams are open to trading their first round picks. That will become especially apparent as the draft gets underway and the talent level thins out past the lottery.
Barring any blockbuster deal involving Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks likely won't have the pieces available to reel back in a second lottery pick. Nevertheless, Kyle O'Quinn could prove to be a legitimate asset when targeting a later first.
In his best season as a pro, the 27-year-old O'Quinn was a fantastic role player for New York. He tallied career-high numbers across the board --- points, rebounds, blocks, games played, and field goal percentage. What's more, before the true emergence of Willy Hernangomez, O'Quinn looked like a nightly double-double threat during the month of December. He did a stellar job filling in for the injured Joakim Noah.
But now that Hernangomez has proven himself capable of logging substantial minutes, O'Quinn may become expendable. As they look to regroup, the Knicks are motivated to get younger. Acquiring another first round draft selection certainly wouldn't hurt. O'Quinn is only 27 and is signed to a very reasonable contract.
While that may give the Knicks reason to keep him, it also gives him value to contenders looking to bolster their rosters. Given the way New York's roster looks, O'Quinn could very well be the team's most sensible and desirable trading commodity besides Anthony heading into the draft.