GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Along with hiring their next head coach, the Knicks also have several major decisions to make with regard to the upcoming NBA Draft.
The Knicks have two picks in the June 21 Draft at Barclays Center, currently slated at Nos. 9 and 37, per Tankathon.com. GM Scott Perry said Thursday the franchise has "no timetable" on hiring a new coach, and it remains unclear if a coach will be in place before the NBA Draft Lottery (May 15), the NBA Combine (May 16-20), or the Draft itself.
"We have a high draft pick coming up this year in the lottery, we also have a higher second-round pick as well to add to our talent mix," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday at the Knicks facility. "And so we've really created a very holistic approach in terms of how we've gone about our scouting, very detailed and organized, so we're just confident in a lot of processes that have been put in place here that we believe will bear fruit as we move forward."
The Knicks have been linked to various players in the upcoming draft, including Villanova small forward Mikal Bridges, who declared this week and whom the Knicks' brass scouted several times during the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, and Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, who led the nation in scoring and assists and is currently training in Los Angeles.
"I saw some exciting basketball during the NCAA Tournament," Perry said.
Perry said the Knicks would focus on adding the best players possible -- and not necessarily on addressing specific position needs.
"We're in that talent acquisition phase now and I think we've to to get the best talent," Perry said.
"Internally we may think one position over another may be needed but at the end of the day, we're going to try to get the very best talent we can get, depending upon where we're drafting and be fine with that. And as we move forward and as you acquire enough talent, and have that talent on your roster, then you can start really honing in on, 'OK this year we need a small forward, or 'this year we need a center,' or whatever the case may be."
In this era of "position-less" basketball, Perry said it was important to acquire as many of those types of players as possible.
"We're in an era of the NBA where the ability of guys to play mutiple positions is key," he said. "The more of these guys you can have on your team is important."
Mills and his scouting staff, including Walker Russell and Kristian Petesic, have also been out scouting the McDonald All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, which features players who will be in the 2019 NBA Draft, and Mills and Perry said it's important to maintain their assets going forward.
"We have all of our draft picks in future years," Perry said. "That gives us great flexibility to move players, and acquire more players with those picks. When you're trying to build you have to have all those resources available to you...That's another reason to be optimistic."
Mills added that the team's G League club has also produced valuable pieces who played in the NBA this year, including Trey Burke, Luke Kornet, Isaiah Hicks, Nigel Hayes and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
"Our G league team ended as the top team in the Eastern Conference," Mills said. "Our five starters from the G league all played in the NBA this year I don't think a lot of teams in the NBA can say that.
"I think there are a lot of reasons for people to be optimistic about where we're going."