Knicks add Rokas Jokubaitis, Miles McBride amid NBA Draft trades – New York Post

The Knicks’ wheeling-and-dealing first round of the 2021 NBA Draft took them into the second.

After making a pair of trades — and selecting Quentin Grimes at No. 25 on Thursday night at Barclays Center, the Knicks sent the No. 32 pick to Oklahoma City, instead adding the Nos. 34 and 36 selections.

At No. 34, they snagged Rokas Jokubaitis, a 6-foot-5 lefty guard from Lithuania currently a player for FC Barcelona in Spain. The 20-year-old is a ball-handler and projects as a dependable, solid player.

Rokas Jokubaitis; Miles McBride
Rokas Jokubaitis; Miles McBride

Two picks later, the Knicks made Tom Thibodeau happy, picking up West Virginia point guard Miles McBride, who impressed the coach during his workout with the team. The former high school quarterback could be a draft-day steal.

“I see people ahead of him that I know he’s better than,’’ West Virginia assistant coach Erik Martin told The Post. “Some of those guys he’s outplayed when we played them. He’s 6-2, a former football player and a winner. He has toughness. He came in the door with that. Hopefully where he gets drafted is somewhere where he’d play.’’

The Knicks’ also drafted Texas 6-10 forward Jericho Sims with the No. 58 pick in the second round.