Knicks Like Curry, 3 Other Prospects

Berman scoops today that the Knicks have their eyes on 4 prospects, so far, one of whom is Stephen Curry:

“He’s going to be a really good pro,” D’Antoni told The Post. “But it’s too early to gauge. There’s four of them we’ve looked at [on film], and I’m sure that will expand. I didn’t think it’s disappointing. We didn’t drop back. We could get a good player at 8. Sometimes you make mistakes at 3.”

Last week, the 6-foot-3 Curry hired agent Jeff Austin, who represented his father, Dell Curry. Austin had a strong conversation with Knicks team president Donnie Walsh last week about Curry.

“The Knicks have clearly shown interest,” Austin said yesterday. “And Stephen feels the same way. He has interest in them.”

Chad Ford reported the Knicks’ interest in Curry months ago. Last year he called the Knicks’ drafting of Gallinari months in advance as well. At this point I think it’s a foregone conclusion that the Knicks are going after Curry and workouts of any other prospect represent a fall back option in case someone snatches Curry prior to 8 (though I wonder who they are…I’m sure Holiday is in the mix).

You can talk about Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans (for some reason), Brandon Jennings (ugh) and Gerald Henderson (never happen): It’s fun to speculate. But the Knicks taking Curry is as close to a sure thing as is possible (again, unless some team higher than the Knicks takes him).

Check out our mock draft: Part One, Part Two.

4 comments

  1. Italian Stallion

    Suppose you were a player and you knew that team “X” wanted you, you felt you fit there perfectly, wanted to go to that city etc… However, there was a risk someone else was going to select you earlier.

    Do players ever “stiff” workouts with teams they don’t want to select them in order to increase the probability that the team they want to go to picks them?

    Obviously, I’ve never been in that position. But I think the thought might cross my mind. I think I would want to make it clear to some teams that I really didn’t want to play for them. I’m not talking about a great player stiffing badly, but when we are talking about getting drafted 5th or 8th it’s not much of big deal.

  2. Jon

    It happens all the time Stallion. For instance, Channing Frye and Andrew Bynum both shut down their workout schedules after getting commitments that they’d be drafted by the Knicks and Lakers, respectively. Two years ago, Wilson Chandler didn’t work out for *anyone* after getting a promise from Isiah.

    Agents and players try to guide their way to certain teams all the time and workouts are a way to try to influence who selects you.

  3. Italian Stallion

    Thanks Jon. If that’s the case, then I don’t see how the Knicks don’t wind up with Curry unless it turns out they like someone else better or make some kind of shocker draft night trade up.

  4. Dan L

    Some team could call his bluff and draft him anyway if they really like him. Yi didn’t work out for the Bucks but they drafted him anyway, much to his chagrin.

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