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Jaden Ivey would cost the Knicks a lot in the trade

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Jaden Ivey would like to land in New York if the Knicks can maneuver a trade to select him in the NBA draft on Thursday, but they’ll have a hard time doing it.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who compared the Purdue point guard Tuesday to “a little combination” of Ja Morant and Dwyane Wade, said the Knicks better be prepared to give up “a lot” to get past No. 11 in a possible deal with the Kings at No. 4.

“It depends on what they are willing to part with and what Sacramento is willing to accept. If I was in the draft of four in this draft, I would want a lot, and I can imagine that Sacramento will feel the same way about that pick,” Bilas said on a conference call. “Because Jaden Ivey is a valuable asset, whether you have him on the team or a valuable asset, whether you want to trade him later.

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“He is super talented. … Those are tough, tough decisions. I have no idea what they want to part with, but it better be a lot if someone is going to give up the fourth pick.”

Ivey, 20, a consensus second-team All-American this season in leading Purdue to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, had said Monday, without being asked about the Knicks, that “there could be situations where I can land in New York.”

Jaden Ivey drives to the basket during Purdue’s NCAA Tournament loss to Saint Peter’s.
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The Knicks would probably have to give up their first-round pick this year, along with future draft capital and one of their young players — maybe Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes or Cam Reddish — to jump into fourth-round range ( Kings) or fifth overall picks (Pistons).

The 6-foot-4 Ivey could finally provide a long-term answer at point guard for the Knicks. He averaged 17.3 points with 3.1 assists while shooting 35.8 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore last season for the Boilermakers.

“It’s so dynamic and explosive,” Bilas said. “It’s kind of a combination of Ja Morant’s speed and explosiveness, and then Dwyane Wade’s size and length.

“He is not as powerful as Wade was coming out of. [college], at least coming out of Marquette in 2003. But what an explosive athlete, incredibly fast on the open floor. He can shoot you; he is a shot maker. I think his defense will improve or should improve because he hasn’t been the most focused defender, but there’s not much to complain about on the offensive end with Jaden Ivey. He is a star caliber talent.”

If the Knicks stay where they are at No. 11, Bilas said their direction will depend on how the top 10 plays out before they’re on the clock. But he mentioned Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis, Duke forward AJ Griffin and Ohio State forward Malaki Branham as potentially available in his range. ESPN’s most recent mock draft has the Knicks taking Griffin, a 6-6 flanker who averaged 10.4 points and shot 44.7 percent from long range as a freshman for the Blue Devils.

Bilas believes Griffin, 18, the son of former Tom Thibodeau assistant Adrian Griffin, would be a good fit for the Knicks.

“Oh, absolutely. I think he could fit in just about anywhere because he can shoot and he plays hard,” Bilas said. “But he is still very young. He has some development to do, as do many other 19-year-olds who come out in the draft. They are not finished products yet.”

Notre Dame freshman guard Blake Wesley, projected by ESPN to be selected 20th overall, revealed he was part of a four-player workout Monday at the Knicks’ training facility in Tarrytown.

“For what Tom Thibodeau wants, I think he wants a defender at point guard, and I can do both,” Wesley said. “I can defend, I can score and get others involved, and just play my part. Whatever he wants me to do, just play it.”

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