Scott Perry Rumors
Sources: Knicks president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry and director of scouting Kristian Petesic are at the Excel agency’s Pro Day in NYC where Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and other players who have signed with the agency are working out. All NBA teams likely have representation at the Excel Pro Day. But it’s potentially noteworthy that Mills, Perry and Petesic were on hand to watch Bridges and other Excel players because many in the organization see Bridges as a potential option for New York, which has the ninth overall selection in the draft.
Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry, speaking on ESPN’s NBA Draft Combine show, reiterates that the club plans to take the best player available with the ninth pick. Perry says if that player ends up being a wing, which is an area of need, “so be it.”
Knicks general manager Scott Perry said there still is no timetable for Kristaps Porzingis’ return from a torn left ACL. Perry said the Knicks would know better late summer August when Porzingis might come back. “I don’t think there’s a determination to be made,” Perry said. “Six, seven months out, you have a better chance to have a better time window. “You talk to most medical doctors, you really can’t pinpoint how many months it’s going to be. [You have] a better estimate six, seven months out after surgery is completed. So who knows when that will be?”
“Of course you want to win any contest or lottery,” Perry said. “But come into it my expectations were very measured, knowing what the odds were. I’m just happy we didn’t move back. We stayed consistent with odds.”
“I think you have an idea, a loose idea, of where guys may or may not fall in the draft. Obviously you want to talk to as many guys as you project in your range,” Perry said. “But also, historically, I’ve liked to try to broaden that range because going into the Draft you never know what could occur. There may be trade opportunities to move up or down, whatever the case may be. So I think it’s important for us as an organization to know as much about all these guys as we can regardless of where they’re projected.”
Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry reiterates to @Alan Hahn that the club is looking to draft the best player available, regardless of position. “We’ve got to get the highest level of talent that we can get on our roster and we’ll figure out all of the positions once they get in there.”