New York — The power forward the Knicks needed ended up in Los Angeles on Wednesday night when Chicago sent Elton Brand to the Clippers.
The Knicks had discussions with the Bulls regarding their young post player but were unable to agree on players. Rather than landing Brand, the Knicks drafted two frontcourt players in the second round who might not make the team.
Arizona forward Michael Wright was the 39th pick, and Kansas center Eric Chenowith was taken 43rd by the Knicks while Wright's Arizona teammate, Loren Woods, fell all the way to 46 and Minnesota. Woods was projected as a Top 20-pick, but his stock plummeted amid reports that the 7-foot-1 center has a bad back.
"When you're in the second round and you get a chance to get two young big guys who we've liked over a period of time you have to be happy with that," Knicks team president Scott Layden said.
"Michael Wright was on our list for a long time. And we felt we had a chance to take a center with the second pick and we're happy with that as well. It's always hard to find big guys."