Steve Mills 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.
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.
Ian Begley: Steve Mills on Enes Kanter: “Enes wants to be here in New York,” Mills said on MSG Network. Mills was then asked if the next move is the Knicks’ or Kanter’s. “Really, it’s his,” Mills said. “He has to choose to opt in.” Kanter has a $18.6 million player option for next season.
Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry will represent the team at the draft lottery next Tuesday, Steve Mills said on MSG Network. “I’m counting on him (to bring the Knicks luck).” NYK has a 6.2 percent chance of moving into the Top-3.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks dabbled in using analytics to drive lineups under Jeff Hornacek. Seems like it’ll ramp up under Fizdale. “David is a big believer in lineup analytics,” Steve Mills said on MSG. “Three-man groups plus-minus, two-man plus-minus, in terms of how he should construct lineups.”
Former Knicks chief Pat Riley doesn’t normally like to help the Garden, but made an exception for David Fizdale. Knicks president Steve Mills checked with Fizdale’s best reference — Riley — and he gave the Knicks a lot of assurances the Grizzlies fiasco was an aberration.