Knicks interest in Lonnie Walker confirmed by two sources

Lonnie Walker is a sleeper pick for the Knicks. I’ve talked to somebody around his camp who said the Knicks have been interested in him and reached out.”

via Jonathan Wasserman on The Long Twos podcast with Mike Vorkunov.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed that the Knicks are “very interested” in Walker. The organization will try to bring in the former Miami guard for one of their team workouts as the draft date grows nearer. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter.

via Bryan Kalbrosky, HoopsHype

Mills, Perry, and director of scouting have eyes on Mikal Bridges at Excel agency’s Pro Day in NYC

Sources: Knicks president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry and director of scouting Kristian Petesic are at the Excel agency’s Pro Day in NYC where Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and other players who have signed with the agency are working out. All NBA teams likely have representation at the Excel Pro Day. But it’s potentially noteworthy that Mills, Perry and Petesic were on hand to watch Bridges and other Excel players because many in the organization see Bridges as a potential option for New York, which has the ninth overall selection in the draft.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

“Shocking” if Knicks select guard with 9th pick?

The Knicks are focusing on selecting a wing or a big man with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on June 21, and are unlikely to take a point guard even if Oklahoma’s Trae Young or Alabama’s Collin Sexton fall, a league source told SNY.tv.

I’d be shocked if they took a guard at 9,” the league source told SNY.tv. “I’d be shocked.”

“Everybody wants Carter and Porter to fall,” the source said. “[The Knicks] are looking for a wing, a four, a five, they’re not taking a guard. They’re not taking a guard.”

via Adam Zagoria, SNY.tv

Tommy Beer: Second Round Targets for the Knicks

Last week I examined five players the Knicks could potentially target with their first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Courtesy of the Carmelo Anthony trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder last September, the Knicks also own the rights to the Bulls second-round selection, which will be the 36th overall pick.

Several quality players have slipped into the early stages of the second round in recent years. In fact, the Bucks nabbed Malcolm Brogdon with the 36th pick in 2016, and Brogdon went on to with the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. In 2015, the Heat drafted Josh Richardson with the 40th overall selection. The year before, Nikola Jokic slid to No. 41. In 2012, the Warriors stole Draymond Green at 35.

via Tommy Beer, Forbes

Who does Beer find intriguing in the second round?

Ball-handling, passing, and defensive versatility concerns with Mikal Bridges?

Jackson Hoy from The Stepien highlights some concerns he has with Mikal Bridges’ game using statistics and film of comparable NBA players.

Hoy: In my last piece on Mikal Bridges, some of the major concerns I addressed with his game were his lack of dynamic ball-handling ability, his limited vision as a passer (specifically on the move), his struggles defending larger players on the interior, and his lack of elite quick-twitch ability when defending quicker guards on the perimeter. This was done in comparison to Otto Porter and Robert Covington, players to whom Bridges is frequently compared as the two best “3 and D” players in the NBA.

via Jackson Hoy, The Stepien

Miles Bridges’ assistant coach sees new culture in New York as positive for Bridges

Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens talked about Miles Bridges’ interest in joining the Knicks via phone with SNY.tv.

Stephens: “I hope they have a big interest, I’d like to see him go there, personally,”

I think with the new people in the front office, it seems like they’re going to go in a different direction or take a different approach. When the Knicks are good, the NBA is good, you know?”

Back in October, when Bridges was at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten media day, he seemed thrilled by the possibility of landing with the Knicks.

“It’s going to be great,” he said. “If the Knicks draft me, I’ll be extremely happy. It’s a great organization. I know it’s been going through a lot in the past few years but every team goes through that and at some point it’s going to be a turnaround point. So if I were part of that turnaround point, then I would be happy.”

via Adam Zagoria, SNY

Knicks will supplement Combine interviews with extensive conversations in New York

But in the weeks until the Draft, the Knicks will bring prospects to New York for workouts and more extensive conversations.

“With some of them, this may be the first round of interviews because I’m sure a number of the guys that we would interview here we’ll also bring to New York for a longer visit,” Perry said last week after the Draft lottery, “trying to get a better feel for who these guys are when we have them for 48 hours versus a 30-minute interview that we’re going to have at the Combine.”

When those workouts begin is uncertain, though Perry said most of them will take place throughout the month of June.

via Chris Iseman, The Record

Knicks have hots for Trae Young?

Multiple league sources told me that the Knicks have the hots for the Oklahoma point guard, so the interest is mutual. It’s easy to understand why: Young is an ideal fit alongside Frank Ntilikina, whom the Knicks view as a 2-guard who can occasionally run the offense. Ntilikina could space the floor to allow Young to work his magic on the ball; conversely, Young can race through screens off the ball to get open for 3s while Ntilikina initiates the offense. It’d be a perfect pairing to ease the workload on Kristaps Porzingis.

via Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

Scott Perry appreciates Michigan players; Knicks sent assistant GM to learn more about Miles Bridges

Scott [Perry] has a different appreciation for Michigan kids,’’ Izzo said. “Everybody sticks up for their part of the country. You can say about Midwestern kids they have values, work ethic. Miles has all those things. He’s a really unbelievable teammate — not a selfish bone in his body. That speaks a lot in this day and age.”

Perry spoke to Izzo during the season about Miles and will again next week. Meanwhile, when new coach David Fizdale was introduced at a press conference, assistant GM Gerald Madkins was in Lansing, spending the day interviewing staff about Miles.

via Marc Berman, New York Post