Knicks nearly traded up to draft Mitchell Robinson, lock him in on multi-year deal

The Knicks were so worried rookie Mitchell Robinson wasn’t going to drop to No. 36 in the second round that they mulled trading up a few notches to ensure they’d be able to nab him, according to an NBA source.

That’s how highly Knicks scouts had rated the 20-year-old center. Knicks general manager Scott Perry is on record saying he was the most athletic big man coming out of the 2017 high-school class.

On Sunday, after his successful summer-league debut, the Knicks announced they signed Robinson to a multi-year contract. According to a source, the deal is for three years at $4.8 million, but the third year is not fully guaranteed. The package also includes a fourth-year team option.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Allonzo Trier turned down multiple offers to join the Knicks

Allonzo Trier’s agent, James Dunleavy, said via text message on Friday that Trier had “multiple teams” offering to draft him in the second round and sign him to a two-way deal.

“But we felt New York was the best fit for him and they showed the most interest of anyone during the predraft process, so going undrafted and signing with them was the best option for him,” Dunleavy said. “He had multiple two-way offers elsewhere and we agreed that New York was the best fit for him. He’s excited to get to New York and show them what he’s capable of.”

Dunleavy said the Knicks even gave strong consideration to drafting Trier at No. 36, though they chose Mitchell Robinson.

via Mike Christy, Arizona Daily Star

Kevin Knox used pre-draft workouts to show competitiveness

Over the course of his pre-draft workouts, Kevin Knox was knocked around and it’s only made him stronger. Down in Miami, he battled JaKarr Sampson—one of the league’s more physical players—one-on-one, and slowly built his confidence throughout the game. For the Knicks, he chose to work out in a group of six to prove he can not only survive in chippy environments, but he can thrive in them.

“You see a lot of top guys in the top-10 lottery do solo workouts but I decided, in the beginning, I want to do group workouts,” Knox said Friday. “I wanted to compete. I wanted to go at people. I wanted to show people what I’ve really been working on. That’s the mentality I had going into summer, to try and do group workouts, to do 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 and stuff like that.”

via Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated

David Fizdale chats about the Knicks draft picks

Published on June 22 by MSG Networks

A key point made during the interview is that Fizdale has no restrictions in how often Kevin Knox plays next season, it’s up to him to earn the minutes. Fizdale said he doesn’t have a problem playing the young guys major minutes, and unlike Jeff Hornacek last season, he said he wouldn’t have had a problem playing Frank Ntilikina.

Kevin Knox’ father was ready for his son to become a Knick

When Kevin Knox was chosen, he was not surprised — he already knew how highly the organization thought of him.

His father had gone even further. He dressed in a navy blue suit and wore an orange tie, and he pulled up his left pant leg and pointed to his orange checkered socks. He bought them last week, on a lark. And when Spike Lee, the famous Knicks fans, summoned him and the family over on the floor of the Barclays Center after the pick, Knox Sr. told him that it had been no coincidence, that he had worn them for a reason.

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Knicks select Mitchell Robinson with the 36th pick

Mitchell Robinson was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American out of high school, but only spent two weeks in college before deciding to leave Western Kentucky. He ended up preparing for the draft on his own over the past school year. He also skipped the Draft Combine.

Accorind to Ian Begley, the Lakers were high on Robinson, and some in the organization were in favor of trading up to take him.

Kevin Knox on hearing the fans boo him after being drafted

Q: When you hear fans chanting Michael Porter‘s name, what’s your reaction to that?

KEVIN KNOX: That’s just motivation. A lot of people want him to get to the Knicks, but I mean, it’s all good with me. I’m ready to get to work. I’m ready to get to work and ready to prove people in Summer League and prove people in the NBA. They booed Porzingis (on draft night) and look where he is now. That’s the same mindset I’m going to have. They can chant Michael Porter all they want. But they got Kevin Knox, and I’m willing to work and I’m willing to get better.

via post-draft interview

MICHAEL PORTER JR: Honestly, I was feeling bad for, if it wasn’t me, the kid that did get drafted in New York. That’s my guy (Knox), and I’m happy for him. When a kid gets drafted, I’m looking at them and I’m feeling joy, too, because their dreams are coming true, too.

via New York Daily News

Knox’ group workout impressed Knicks, grew comfortable with pick on Wednesday night

Knicks president Steve Mills said the club was impressed by what it learned on and off the court about Kevin Knox during his group workout. He said NYK was impressed by Knox being willing to compete in a group workout.

“We had a lot of healthy debates the last couple of days. By last night we had figured out exactly what we wanted to do,’’ Mills said.

Mills said the club debated its pick in the days and weeks leading up to the draft but grew comfortable with selecting Kevin Knox at No. 9 on Wednesday night.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Knicks select Kevin Knox with the 9th pick

Perhaps it’s a good sign that this kid doesn’t like the pick:

Kevin Knox pre-Draft interview on Hot 97

Published on June 21 by Hot 97

Kevin Knox slips during the interview in saying “we got a new coach.” The Knicks grew comfortable with drafting Knox the night before this interview, but Knox said there was no guarantee given to him.

Q: During a Hot 97 interview earlier today you referred to the Knicks as “we.” Did they make a guarantee to you?

KEVIN KNOX: No, they didn’t. I saw that after. I think it was just an accident. I think it was just the way I was speaking. But hey, look where I’m at now. I’m playing with the New York Knicks, so I guess that had to do something with it.

via ESPN