New York Knicks Rumors
The March 11 suspension of play, along with the Knicks’ exclusion from the restart bubble, hurt Brazdeikis as much as anyone in the organization. “I was disappointed [by the shutdown] for sure, but I’m patient and persistent,’’ Brazdeikis told The Post in his first remarks since the shutdown. “I’m not going anywhere.’’
The Fayetteville State University marching band played on as NBA players Chris Paul and Dennis Smith Jr. led several hundred students Wednesday afternoon in a march from the university across the street to the early-voting site at Smith Recreation Center. Paul, a 10-time NBA All Star who grew up in Winston-Salem and plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Smith, who grew up in Fayetteville and plays for the New York Knicks, delivered their messages for the students and faculty: Get out and vote, and don’t think your vote doesn’t matter.
LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, and Killian Hayes have generated the most buzz among point guards. But Kira Lewis Jr. has seemingly entered the conversation as a potential riser and option for lottery teams. After a workout with the Orlando Magic last Thursday, sources tell Bleacher Report that Lewis worked out for the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls this week. “Lewis has great speed, creates for himself and others and should thrive in today’s game,” one scout told B/R. “He’s still young [he turned 19 in April] after two years in college. He has upside.”
New York Knicks: Plenty of people around the NBA believe the Knicks want to make a bigger splash in this draft than the eighth pick might allow. But Leon Rose is also trying to look measured in this first go-round. LaMelo Ball was the guy they were hoping to end up with around the time of the lottery. Now that they’re settled into 8, the Knicks should be fine with someone like Isaac Okoro or Killian Hayes falling to them. Especially Hayes, who would complement RJ Barrett really well on the floor. However, the Knicks may still need to move up in order to end up with one of these guys.
Rose also hired William Wesley for a role in the front office, who was his colleague at CAA. “There’s also a real fear in the NBA,” said Bill Simmons. “I’m fine talking about this. It’s rumor, heresy stuff. But it’s just a fact. Kentucky, Worldwide Wes had a great relationship with John Calipari. CAA’s got multiple Kentucky guys and there’s a real fear in the league that the Knicks are going to become the Kentucky pipeline team. “Devin Booker is a great example of that, right? Even though he’s on a big deal right now, at some point if he wanted to move out of there... “The league is kind of watching the Kentucky factor with that team.
In the spring, ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla thought Lewis was a perfect Knicks’ fit if they traded up from 27 — their other first-rounder — to around 20. But that’s probably not going to get Lewis anymore. In mock drafts, Lewis is pegged in the 12-17 range — probably because of his defensive shortcomings. According to a source, the Kings, at 12, are very interested.