The Knicks have high interest in Smith as the No. 8 pick. Other players on their radar include guards Malik Monk and Frank Ntilikina, per sources. The Knicks haven't yet worked out Ntilikina and Monk, but are expected to. Ntilikina is still with his French team in the playoffs and is expected to come to the United States once his season concludes.
Team president Phil Jackson has said that the Knicks are looking primarily at wings or guards in the draft.
Top wings like Josh Jackson, Jonathan Isaac and Jayson Tatum are projected to be drafted before the Knicks pick at eight. Other wings/guards expected to be available at eight include Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, Duke’s Luke Kennard, Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson. Jackson is scheduled to work out for New York later this month.
Smith is expected in New York on Tuesday; traditionally, draft prospects go to dinner with members of the organization on the night before a workout. It is unclear if Smith will have a private workout with the Knicks on Wednesday or if his workout will be part of a group.
The Knicks are also trying to acquire an additional first-round pick. They have spoken to the Portland Trail Blazers about a potential trade involving one or more of their first-round picks. (Portland owns the 15th, 20th and 26th picks in the first round).
A source said last week that talks were ongoing and there were several different iterations of a potential trade being discussed.
One included the Knicks taking back a player from Portland and, per a source, a name that was discussed was Moe Harkless. It is unclear what the Knicks would give up in a trade but it is worth noting that Portland may be looking to shed salary in a trade involving its first-round picks. It is unlikely the Knicks would trade the No. 8 pick for multiple picks from Portland, but a source said that scenario shouldn't be ruled out.
Another move some in the organization are in favor of is pursuing a trade for Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio. The Knicks and Timberwolves discussed a deal centered around Derrick Rose and Rubio that fell through before the deadline. If the Knicks trade for Rubio on or before draft night, it may of course impact their thinking regarding the No. 8 pick.
Knicks working out projected second-rounders: In addition to Meeks and Kornet, the Knicks will also work out Virginia guard London Perrantes (Friday), Houston’s Damyean Dotson on Tuesday and Pittsburgh wing Jamel Artis on Friday, per sources. Meeks’ and Dotson’s workouts were first reported by Basketball Insiders. Kornet’s workout was first reported by the New York Post.