July 28, 2021 | 5:20 pm EDT Update
Chad Ford: Hearing from several sources that the Knicks are aggressively trying to move up into the lottery. Oregon’s Chris Duarte is the target. Charlotte and Indiana the two teams most open to moving down. Just unclear what it will cost the Knicks. 19 & 21, I’m told, isn’t enough.
J. Michael Falgoust: There are multiple teams who have made efforts to trade up (meaning give up additional assets) to position for Duarte. That’s why he was invited to the Green Room. IF #Pacers take him that means you think these other teams are wrong, too, and they’d be giving up more to get him
There’s a growing belief across the league that Franz Wagner has a promise from the Sacramento Kings that would set his floor at No. 9. But, according to a league source, Wagner did conduct a private workout with Golden State and the possibility of the Warriors making him the seventh pick is gaining steam.
When I asked Wagner recently about the workout with the Warriors, he elected not to disclose that information but did say he would “fit in really well” alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Steve Kerr’s system. “My versatility can help that team a lot,” Wagner said. “I think the way I defend multiple positions and also shoot the three well is what’s going to help me stay on the floor or get on the court. I can read the game well and play a free game — that’s what I would call it.”
With a little over 24 hours before the start of the 2021 NBA Draft, the Kings still are turning over every stone in their search for the perfect fit with the No. 9 overall pick. A league source confirmed to NBC Sports California that the Kings interviewed Australian point guard Josh Giddey in the buildup to the draft and even made a trip to Las Vegas to see him work out with the Australian national team.
JD Shaw: Tahjere McCall has committed to summer league with the Magic, @HoopsRumors has learned. McCall was part of the team’s G League championship roster last season, averaging 11.9 points per game.
Kristian Winfield: Woj on The Jump on Mike D’Antoni: “He came in and helped Steve Nash through that first season as a head coach. He’d like to be a head coach’s again but I don’t think he wants to do the day-to-day grind of being an assistant.” Says D’Antoni might be more open to hands-off work.