Eyeing draft pick, Knicks work out Young

A number of GMs have been impressed recently with Young's strong defensive play and NBA body. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks will host University of Florida center Patric Young for a workout this week, a league source says.

The Knicks don’t have a draft pick in the 2014 draft. But Phil Jackson said last week that they may purchase one from a team that owns a second-round pick if they find a player worth acquiring.

Young had a solid four-year career at Florida.

But there are questions about how the undersized center will project in the NBA.

ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote that Young (6-9, 240 pounds) had been disappointing as a rebounder at Florida and never developed to the player that some scouts viewed him as coming into college. But several GMs told Ford that Young could be a rotation player, so Ford surmised that Young could fall within the 40-60 pick range. The Knicks also worked out Middle Tennessee State’s Shawn Jones and UNC’s James Michael McAdoo on Saturday.

One league source said the Knicks are looking to get into the 30-40 pick range in the draft. The Knicks dealt their 2014 first-round pick to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Their second-round pick was sent to Houston in the Marcus Camby trade.

Jackson on Friday discussed the possibility of New York purchasing a pick.

“We have a limited amount of funds that we can use. It’s been pro-rated now to every team. You know, teams do sell draft picks. We are going to approach teams and ask them in they’re willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there’s a player we want to have at a position that comes up. So that’s a bang bang situation,” Jackson said. “Second round, first round is probably impossible, although Sacramento said something about their eighth pick is up for grabs. But some teams have what, seven? Philadelphia has seven picks or six picks. Milwaukee has four. They can’t even put them on the roster. You can’t draft that many players and have them as part of your roster. So obviously something is going to go on in that situation. However, saying that, there are a lot of teams that don’t have draft picks besides us, so it could be a bidding war. We’re not going to run ourselves into the ground chasing this if it doesn’t work out.”

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