Steve Mills Rumors
Ian Begley: The Knicks have representation at the Priority Sports Pro Day in Chicago, where Michael Porter Jr. is working out, per sources. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry were not there but the Knicks have a pre-draft meeting scheduled with Porter Jr., per ESPN sources.
Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry started their Monday evening at the formal Bill Bradley tribute gala for the Hospital for Special Surgery, then were heading for a late-night dinner with Oklahoma’s electric point guard prospect Trae Young. “He’s an intriguing player, intriguing talent,’’ Mills said Monday on the eve of Young’s private workout at the Knicks’ Tarrytown headquarters.
“[Trae] is a little bit bigger than he looked on the court,’’ Mills added in his first remarks about any of the 2018 draft prospects. “You look at what he did with the players he had around him and what he did at the start of the season. You have to say this guy has a chance to be a special player.’’
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.
Knicks brass never talked to LeBron James for a reference on David Fizdale — perhaps out of fear of tampering. But Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry did the next-best thing — reaching out to Rich Paul, James’ longtime agent and childhood friend from Akron, according to an NBA source.
Paul, the source said, gave Knicks brass the lowdown on Fizdale’s methods. Paul also represents Ben McLemore, a small forward whom Fizdale signed to play for Memphis last summer. However, Fizdale, 43, got fired during McLemore’s first season there.