Knicks get Houston’s Grimes after swapping the primary two picks

The New York Knicks landed number 25 in the NBA draft with guard Quentin Grimes after delivering two higher picks.

Swapping her number 21 for number 25 left her with Grimes, a Houston third-team All-American who came up with a pick that belonged to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Knicks also acquired a future second-round pick on this deal, with the Clippers receiving draft rights to forward Keon Johnson.

Grimes was the America Athletic Conference Player of the Year with an average of 17.8 points. He shot 40.2% out of 3-point range to lead the conference, making 3.3 3-points per game.

“NEW YORK WHAT’S GOOD!” Grimes wrote on Twitter.

The Knicks hope he will.

They had a surprisingly successful first season under Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau and were ranked 4th in the Eastern Conference for their first postseason spot since 2013.

But the five-game loss to Atlanta showed that All-Star Julius Randle needs more offensive help, and maybe Grimes has something to offer.

He started his career with one season in Kansas before moving to Houston for his last two. He led the Cougars to a 28-4 record last season and their first Final Four place since 1984.

The Knicks also acquired a future first-round pick by sending the No. 19 pick to Charlotte. This pick was used on Texas Center Kai Jones.

The trades suggest the Knicks may have saved money to maximize their chances in the upcoming free agency phase if they can afford two top players.

The Knicks later acquired the draft rights to Miles McBride and Rokas Jokubaitis of Oklahoma City Thunder for the rights to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

McBride, won with the number 36 from West Virginia, is a strong defensive guard who also led the Big 12 with two 30-point games last season. He was in the top five in the league for goals, assists and steals in his sophomore year.

Jokubaitis, who was previously selected twice, plays in Lithuania.

They finished their draft by winning number 58 Jericho Sims of Texas. The 6-foot-10 Sims helped the Longhorns win their first Big 12 tournament title with 21 points and 14 rebounds against number 1 picks Cade Cunningham and Oklahoma State.


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