In another hasty move, the Knicks snuck in a workout for UNC freshman guard, Coby White. This coming on the heels of a somewhat slapdash affair with Darius Garland yesterday.
UNC guard Coby White -- perhaps the fastest rising prospect on the board -- had a private workout with the Knicks at team's facility today, league sources tell ESPN. Knicks have been locked on RJ Barrett at No. 3, but summoned White after Darius Garland's workout yesterday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
Apparently the Knicks are still laser-focused on RJ Barrett, but the bluster over New Orleans trying to jump the line to grab Barrett has put a bit of a wedgie in their knickers. This could just be the Knicks being practical, wanting to exhaust all options. At best, it shows that Scott Perry likes to be prepared for every scenario. At worst, the Knicks are feeling overwhelmed, and looking for a way to salvage missing out on the guy they want.
Source said Coby White impressed Knicks in this workout Thursday. NYK has worked out Darius Garland, Jarrett Culver & met w/Cam Reddish. Prepared for a trade down, if an offer arrives. Expectation remains that they take RJ Barrett at 3 if he’s there. ESPN first reported workout. https://t.co/0CJ28ggkGB— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 20, 2019
If a trade indeed reorganizes the top of the the draft — whether the Knicks are involved in it or not — New York is obviously looking into all of the top-tier lead ball-handlers. There is a whole lot of smoke billowing up right now. As it stands, the Knicks are obviously investigating the various machinations of how or why to move back in the draft. They have also been dangling Frank Ntilikina, who just got back to town to support his friend and countryman Sekou Doumbouya. Coincidence? I think not.
For what it’s worth, Newsday’s Steve Popper is not concerned:
More due diligence - but everything I hear is Knicks will stay in third spot and if Barrett is gone they're content to take next on their board, whether that is Morant or Garland. https://t.co/FJrTUI3ohb— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 20, 2019
We’re in the eye of the storm now!