Jeremy Conlin on Knickerblogger discussing the future of the Knicks:
Picking up a cheap, budding star like Andre Drummond or Klay Thompson isn’t even remotely within the realm of possibility.
Still, though, this is the course of action that the Knicks are most likely to take – and there’s a reason for it that isn’t entirely satisfying. Because the Knicks don’t control their pick, they’re more likely to try to over-extend themselves in an effort to win now. Why? So that the pick they convey to Denver isn’t a top-five pick and the Knicks look stupid for not protecting it. Instead of treating the pick as a sunk cost (which it is), the Knicks will likely look at the pick through the frame of “we can’t surrender a top-10 pick so we need to win enough so that it’s only a top-15 (or -20) pick.”
I don’t really have a lot to add here, but I feel obligated to post anything that simultaneously addresses both (a) sunk costs, and (b) the Knicks being an absolute dumpster fire this year. My somewhat-intentionally struggling, but still oddly promising Celtics look like a well-oiled machine by comparison.