Knicks Notes: Barrett, Walker, Durant, Robinson

Kevin Knox, the Knicks‘ first-round pick last season, is lobbying for R.J. Barrett to get that designation this year, relays Marc Berman of The New York Post. Knox, who attended Game 4 of the NBA Finals with a small Knicks contingent, may be on hand tomorrow for Barrett’s workout in New York. They have faced each other before as high school opponents in Florida.

“If we get the opportunity (to be teammates), I think we’d jell really well,’’ Knox said. “He’s a great player. He can pass well, score the ball well. I think we’d complement each other.’’

Barrett is generally considered the third best player in the draft and the likely selection for the Knicks with the No. 3 pick. It’s also possible that Knox and Barrett could be teammates with the Pelicans if both are included in a trade for Anthony Davis.

There’s more today from New York:

  • It appears Kemba Walker won’t be the solution for the Knicks’ backcourt, according to Ian Begley of SNY.TV. Rival executives tell Begley they don’t believe going to New York is a likely outcome for Walker if he decides to leave Charlotte. The three-time All-Star recently said that the Hornets are his “first priority” in free agency. They have the ability to offer Walker a five-year super-max deal worth up to $221.3MM, while other teams will be limited to four years at $140.6MM.
  • The Knicks have become so “brazen” in their belief that they are landing Kevin Durant that other free agents are getting upset, writes Joe Vardon of The Athletic. He states that the organization is behaving as though a deal is already in place, even though Durant has strongly denied making a decision, and the Warriors seem resigned that he will be gone after the playoffs.
  • New York should try to avoid giving up Mitchell Robinson in a trade for Davis, states Zack Rosenblatt of NBA.com. The second-round pick had a remarkable rookie season, averaging 2.4 blocks per night in 66 games. Rosenblatt sees Robinson as a perfect complement to play alongside Davis if the Knicks can make a deal happen without him.
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6 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Barrett, Walker, Durant, Robinson

  1. NY writers want Durant in a Knicks uniform. If you read all the hype he is not going to NY. Just writers making up stories to sell papers. 50/50 chance he is a warrior next year.

  2. x%sure

    Rosenblatt, NJ writer, calls LeVert a backup guard. He is generally a starter at SF & is listed there.

    Also, what does a “perfect, athletic rollman” have to do with ADavis? As a 32% 3pt shooter, Davis is best with a better shooter… He was better with Mirotic than Cousins or Randle. He can make a team fast by playing the 5. Give him some help inside though, sure.

  3. I’m actually encouraged that anyone (much less other FAs) would get upset over the Stooges being brazen. I would think they’d just be laughed off at this point. Maybe there’s something to what they’re saying; first time for everything.

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