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The Western Conference executive said: “I don’t think there’s going to be a tremendous push to jump up to four and get Mudiay or Winslow. Winslow is a nice player. He’s not a game-changer.’’ Perhaps the Kings, who have the sixth pick, would have parted with stud center/troublemaker DeMarcus Cousins for the No. 1 or 2 pick in going after Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor but not to move up only two spots. According to several scouts interviewed Wednesday, Mudiay, who played in China, has a lot going for him — his 6-foot-5 size, athleticism and passing ability. But all were concerned about his perimeter shot and whether he’ll be an elite defender. Winslow at least has that proven defensive zeal and Carmelo Anthony has taken a liking to him. Anthony has also warned a rookie point guard has a steep “learning curve.’’ New York Post

May 20, 2015 Updates

Nets Daily: Doesn't like Mudiay, sees red flags on maturity. Says Knicks have 4th pick in 3 player draft. Big setback. Twitter @NetsDaily

The Lakers and 76ers will pick second and third, respectively. Philadelphia has been linked strongly to Russell. Mills wouldn’t comment on Russell, but did offer something on Mudiay, a former Dallas high schooler. “Mudiay is potentially a very good player,” Mills said. “We haven’t worked him out yet. He’s a guy who will be in the mix.’’ New York Post

Johnson argued the Lakers should select either Kansas’ Karl Anthony-Towns or Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. But Scott maintained “we’ll take the best player available.” Other candidates include point guard (Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, China’s Emmanuel Mudiay) or small forward (Duke’s Justise Winslow, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson). “With our roster,” Scott said, “we need help in a lot of different areas.” Los Angeles Daily News

But he certainly wouldn't have a problem settling into a New York state of mind and suiting up as a teammate of Carmelo Anthony's if the Knicks end up selecting him with the fourth overall pick in the June 25 draft at Barclays Center. "I would love to, but I don't know where I'm going to end up," Mudiay said once the lottery results were unveiled at the Hilton in midtown. "He's a superstar in this league and somebody that knows the game in and out, so he would definitely give me some good advice if I was to go there." Newsday

May 19, 2015 Updates

"If it's a team like Philly, how could they draft [Karl-Anthony] Towns or [Jahlil] Okafor if they have the first pick, when they already have Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid? And they traded Michael Carter-Williams [this season]," one Eastern Conference general manager said. "Maybe they move down and pick two or three, but [Emmanuel] Mudiay or [D'Angelo] Russell could go No. 1. Sam Hinkie is a wild card. He was the only GM to see Mudiay in person in China." "I think it's open at the top," another East general manager said. "I think there's a lot of talent up there, and it's fairly deep. It wouldn't shock me if one of the guards went No. 1." Bleacher Report

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