NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks trying to acquire one of Blazers' three first-round draft picks

The Knicks have been a mess for -- well -- quite a while now, and they know the only way to get back to NBA relevancy is to get their hands on some good, young players.

With that in mind, New York is reportedly looking to make a trade to acquire one of the Portland Trail Blazers' 2017 first-round picks. The Knicks currently have the No. 8 pick in the draft, while the Blazers hold the 15th, 20th and 26th overall picks.

From ESPN's Ian Begley:

The New York Knicks' front office has spoken to the Portland Trail Blazers in recent days about a trade for one of Portland's three first-round picks, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Talks between New York and Portland are believed to be in the early stages, but one scenario discussed involved an additional player from Portland being sent in a trade, according to sources.

It is unclear which players were offered by Portland. It is also unclear whom the Knicks would offer Portland in a potential trade.

Portland is unlikely to keep all three of its first-round picks, so it makes sense that the Knicks, desperately in need of young building blocks to put around Kristaps Porzingis, would be interested in getting another draft pick.

As for how the Knicks are going to utilize their picks, Begley's report offers some options:

Members of the organization see several players as potential options for the No. 8 pick, including French prospect Frank Ntilikina, Kentucky guard Malik Monk and North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr., sources told ESPN.

New York has hosted workouts for several players who might fall into the mid-to-late first round, including North Carolina forward Justin Jackson and big man Tony Bradley, per sources. The Knicks have also worked out players pegged in some mock drafts as late first-round or early second-round picks, including Kentucky's Bam Adebayo and Colorado's Derrick White, sources said.

With the exception of drafting Porzingis, Phil Jackson's run as Knicks president has been widely ridiculed, so making the right picks in this year's relatively deep draft will be key in reassuring New York fans that the franchise is headed in the right direction. 

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