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Alex (NY) - If you are Phil Jackson what is your draft day plan for #4? Chad Ford (1:19 PM): Be patient. Take whoever falls. I think there are five guys worthy of the No. 1 pick. At four you'll have your choice of two of them. Of the five guys, I don't believe Towns or Russell will be there. But there are scenarios where Okafor, Mudiay or Porzingis will be there. And I hear that Justise Winslow has some strong support in New York. And two different sources today told me the Knicks are also looking strongly at Willie Cauley-Stein. They want a strong defender in New York which explains the Winslow and Cauley-Stein interest. Of course, I also think there's a good chance they just trade this pick if the right veteran comes around. But for me, I think they really should keep it. Lots of talent with long-term potential where they are drafting. ESPN.com
However, Jackson has told several associates that he admires Cauley-Stein, an athletic big man who has drawn favorable comparisons to Chicago’s Joakim Noah, a former Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star. Last summer, Jackson traded Tyson Chandler to Dallas and later said the Knicks need to find a player who does the things that Chandler does. That’s Cauley-Stein. New York Daily News
Dustin: Kings fans are wondering who the better fit might be for George Karl's system, a rim running shot blocker like WCS or a floor spacer like Porzingis. Who do you think is higher on their board? Chad Ford: I keep hearing that the two teams highest on Casely-Stein are the Kings and the Pacers. So, I think that's the way they would go. Cauley-Stein is largely seen by NBA guys as an immediate impact player because they feel he can go out and defend right now. That's what the Kings are looking for. I think Porzingis has a higher upside because of his offensive game, but he's further away from impacting a game in the first year than WCS. ESPN.com
Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein. CSNNE.com
The Hornets also interviewed Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot forward-center, Cauley-Stein drew a crowd at the media availability because of his off-beat sense of humor. “(Teams) keep asking me, ‘Why did you dye your hair blond? Why do you have so many tattoos?” Cauley-Stein observed. Why did he dye his hair? “I’m young and dumb,” Cauley-Stein joked. “It was cool … for 30 minutes. But you live and you learn. There are things you have to live with for the rest of your life, but you can always say, ‘I was young.’” Charlotte Observer
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