RJ Barrett Rumors
The early consensus among several NBA executives interviewed this week was the obvious top three of Williamson, Morant and Barrett. Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland has been moving up the boards. He left the camp early amidst the belief he received a promise to be selected high. The speculation was Phoenix at No. 6 since the Suns are desperate for a point guard. But some speculated Garland could go at No. 4 to the Lakers or No. 5 to Cleveland in a trade possibility because of the lack of point guards in this draft.
The Knicks are considering packaging their No. 3 pick to New Orleans in a trade for Anthony Davis. It would seem Durant would prefer a ready-made superstar as sidekick, but who knows if he’d rather have Barrett and Kyrie Irving instead — especially considering Durant’s rave reviews of Barrett’s southpaw advantage. “Getting crafty with the left,” Durant said, watching the video on a laptop. “See lefties are tough to guard, man. They can go right better than righties can go left and so a left-hander is hard to guard. He’s a lefty that uses his right, which is gonna help him. “Shoot the J, OK. Man, he’s athletic, man. He can play out top. That’s the thing. You got to be able to play out top, conduct the offense.
It looks like RJ Barrett won’t be singing the Memphis blues. According to an NBA source, the 6-foot-7 Duke swingman prefers if he drops past Memphis, to No. 3 or No. 4, to get to play with either the Knicks or Lakers. Memphis has the No. 2 pick, but the source told The Post the Grizzlies are leaning toward Murray State point guard Ja Morant.
Duke star R.J. Barrett met Wednesday with the Knicks and Grizzlies at the Hilton Chicago before departing for Los Angeles, league sources said. After the Knicks landed the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft, ZAGSBLOG first reported Tuesday that Barrett would meet with the Knicks Wednesday.
Where the Knicks currently sit, they’ll likely be in position to select Duke’s R.J. Barrett, who entered the college season as the projected No. 1 pick until Zion started defying the laws of gravity. The ceiling for him, according to several league executives, is James Harden, which is pretty darn good.