Could Bullock be on the Knicks' draft board on Thursday night?
While the Knicks' position priorities are at point guard and in the frontcourt, there is a type of player they could use more of next season. That would be a mobile shooter in half-court sets, like a J.J. Redick or Kyle Korver type, who can not only run off of screens and shoot quickly from midrange to 3-point range, but also put the ball on the floor with one or two dribbles and still make the basket.
Bullock's perimeter D and shooting skills could make him a valuable contributor this season.
A player like that off the bench would've sparked more movement at times in the Knicks' offense last season, giving them a different look from downtown instead of mostly stationary setups.
Bullock is one of the best players in the draft who fits that criteria, along with Allen Crabbe and Tim Hardaway Jr. Bullock is also a skilled defender, an attribute that appeals to coach Mike Woodson.
Felton believes Bullock has a solid future in the NBA.
"I did speak with him [during the pre-draft process]," the Knicks point guard told ESPNNewYork.com. "I told him, 'When you go into these workouts, just play hard, try to shoot as well as you can and just show them that you're not just a shooter -- that you have an all-around game.' The kid can really play. He didn't have the season that he really wanted to have, but I think he's going to be all right in this league if he gets a chance."
Bullock has the size (6-7, 205), experience (three years in the ACC) and competitive nature to excel as a solid rotation player on the next level. His biggest area of improvement is driving to the hoop and deciding on when to make the right play. He's compared to Spurs shooting guard Danny Green, who broke the record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals series.
TRADE POSSIBILITIES?Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert have value on the trade market, but it's unlikely the Knicks would deal either of them. Chandler is the team's foundation on both ends of the court, and Shumpert is a key part of their future.
But what if the Knicks made Steve Novak available? He is a one-dimensional player with defensive inefficiencies. That was a main reason why he didn't play much in the playoffs.
Perhaps the Knicks will want to avoid that issue again but throwing out his name on draft night -- along with maybe a future pick -- to a team with a higher selection. That way the Knicks could possibly land one of the best point guard prospects. Then at No. 24, the Knicks could hope Gorgui Dieng or Tony Mitchell is available to fill their second need: a big man.
So what does one insider think? Don't hold out hope for a trade.
"No one will take Novak's contract," a league source said. "Draft picks are assets because they allow [teams] to have players on the rookie scale. They new CBA is a game-changer in that regard."
Novak just wrapped up the first season of a four-year, $15 million contract.