Many Knicks fans were a bit disturbed when it was revealed that Dennis Smith Jr.’s workout this week didn’t include an actual workout. Well the front office is wasting no time in inviting another lottery talent, shooting guard Malik Monk to New York, per Ian Begley:
The Knicks are scheduled to workout Kentucky's Malik Monk early next week, sources with the knowledge of the team's workout schedule told ESPN. Monk, one of the top guards in the draft, also has worked out for the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. The Knicks, who have the eighth pick in the draft, are high on Monk, per sources. The Knicks like Monk, French guard Frank Ntilikina and North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith, among others, for the eighth pick, per sources
Monk, a scoring machine during his one season with the Wildcats, has been repeatedly mocked to New York in recent weeks. We have no idea which party called off the Smith workout—perhaps Smith already has a guarantee in hand from another club—so it will be hard to divine any real information if Monk actually laces ‘em up at the Knicks’ practice facility.
As for Ntilikina, his Strasbourg team will be playing in the French Pro A Finals next week, but he’s coming to America for some pre-draft medical checks, according to the translation from his coach’s statement:
But Monk won’t be the only lottery prospect working out for the Knicks next week; Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard will also make the trip.
The Knicks have scheduled a workout with Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard, sources with knowledge the team's workout schedule told ESPN. Kennard has done well in workouts – impressing decision-makers with his perimeter shooting in particular - and is widely viewed as a top 12 pick.
Cue the “OMG Phil’s gonna draft the slow white guy way too early” panic! (Seriously, though, Kennard is pretty good—not “No. 8 pick” good, but good.)