The New York Knicks have traded the No. 19 pick to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for a future-first round pick. Charlotte selected Kai Jones, the 6-foot-10 forward from the Bahamas, with the pick.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 30, 2021
The Knicks are trading the 19th pick to Charlotte for a future first-round pick, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The 6-foot-10, 210-pound Jones averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the Longhorns and was named Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year.
Born in Nassau, Jones is the fifth Bahamian player to be selected in the NBA Draft.
The trades indicate the Knicks may have been saving money to maximize their chances in the upcoming free agency period, when they are in position to afford two top players.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.