Knicks president Steve Mills broke his silence last week but declined to address whether the team will look to trade its lottery pick in a deal for disgruntled New Orleans star Anthony Davis, as relayed by Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The Knicks were awarded the No. 3 pick from the NBA’s Draft Lottery, something many fans saw as a bitter disappointment. The fans of New York, Mills says, should still be excited about where the team is positioned entering this summer.
“We’re excited about where we are,’’ Mills said Friday at the NBA draft combine, according to Berman. “We know we’ll get a good player at 3. So it’s something we’re excited about and look forward to.’’
With the Pelicans locked into Zion Williamson and Grizzlies reportedly focused on Ja Morant, the leading candidate for the Knicks could be Duke standout R.J. Barrett. In addition to the third pick, New York is starting to prepare for a pivotal free agency period — one that could shape the team’s future for better or worse.
“We want to build this team the right way,’’ Mills said. “We’ve always said we’re going to continue to work hard during the draft process. We believe we’re a team that can draft well and this is all part of our plan and growing our team.’’
There’s more out of the Atlantic Division tonight:
- Former Oregon forward Louis King has a pre-draft workout scheduled with the Sixers, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets. King averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game this past season with Oregon.
- The Nets plan to host former Miami Hurricanes player Dewan Hernandez for a pre-draft workout, according to David Wilson of the Miami Herald. Hernandez impressed multiple scouts at the NBA G League Elite Camp and worked his way to the NBA Draft Combine last week, Wilson writes.
- Raptors head coach Nick Nurse originally hinted at making lineup changes for Game 3, but the team ultimately decided to keep their starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol intact. “I think there will be some lineup changes, that’s for sure… You’ll see some different lineups tonight,” Nurse said hours before tip-off, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. Toronto has lost two straight games to Milwaukee and currently trails in the series 2-0.