Justise Winslow received strong feedback from the New York Knicks following his workout Monday at the team's training facility, according to sources familiar with the proceedings.
League sources familiar with the team's thinking said after the workout that Winslow is "definitely in play" for the Knicks, who will select fourth in the NBA draft on June 25. The sources said the Knicks provided "positive feedback" to Winslow after he put forth a strong performance in the workout.
Winslow isn't the only potential lottery pick working out for New York this week.
The Knicks are scheduled to work out top point guard prospect Emmanuel Mudiay on Tuesday at the team facility.
Also, D'Angelo Russell told reporters Monday in Los Angeles that he has a workout scheduled with the Knicks. The date for that workout is not yet known.
New York is scheduled to work out Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein and Murray State guard Cameron Payne later this month.
Sources familiar with the team's thinking say New York is intrigued by Winslow and Cauley-Stein and plans to take a "serious" look at Payne.
With more than two weeks to go before the draft, there is time for the team's thinking to change. Winslow likely will work out for other teams selecting in the top 10 in the draft.
That the Knicks are still high on Winslow following Monday's workout, though, is a positive for the Duke forward. As previously noted, one thing the Knicks undoubtedly like about Winslow is his ability to defend.
New York finished 28th in defensive efficiency and 30th in opponent 3-point field-goal percentage the past season.
Scouts believe Winslow, who is 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, will be able to defend multiple positions at the next level. Scouts say one of Winslow's strengths is his lateral quickness, which could help the Knicks slow opponents on the perimeter.
For a a detailed look at how scouts and analysts believe Winslow can fit into the triangle offense and alongside Carmelo Anthony, click here.