The New York Knicks have scheduled a work out with UCLA’s Kevon Looney on Thursday, ESPN’s Ian Begley reports. New York will also reportedly be working out Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein this week.
Looney was a standout freshman for the Bruins last season as a 6-foot-10 versatile forward with a 7’3” wingspan. He’s projected as the 19th overall pick on Chad Ford’s latest Mock Draft.
With the fourth overall pick in the draft the Knicks are weighing many options, one of which would be to trade that pick. From Begley:
So the Knicks are either doing their due diligence by working these players out or are considering trading for a lower pick.
If New York decided to trade the pick, the club could look for a future first-round pick and/or a player in return.
Working out Looney shows the Knicks are keeping their options open. Prospects Emmanuel Mudiay and Duke’s Justise Winslow have both worked out for the Knicks and earned legitimate interest, but holding onto their lottery pick isn’t guaranteed, and depending on who is still available after the Timberwolves, Lakers, and Sixers make their draft picks could have a real time impact on the Knicks’ decision during the draft.