CAMDEN, N.J. — Kentucky ensure Malik Monk‘s pre-draft workouts are finished. He trafficked to New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Orlando to work out in front of coaches and executives and says he feels he done a clever sense on any franchise.
“I cruise we fit good everywhere we worked out at,” Monk pronounced after his examination with a Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. “That’s since we picked a workouts.”
Monk will roughly positively be accessible when Philadelphia picks subsequent Thursday night. The Sixers have a No. 3 collect in a breeze and Monk is widely approaching to go outward of a tip three. But Sixers executive Bryan Colangelo has pronounced that Philadelphia will cruise trade a collect — presumably for a collect reduce in a initial turn and other assets.
One actor that some in a Sixers classification are fans of is North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr., according to joining sources. If Philadelphia comparison possibly Monk or Smith it substantially would be after trade a third collect for a collect reduce in a draft. Philadelphia, obviously, is also looking during players who are projected to go tip three. The bar will work out De’Aaron Fox on Saturday.
As for Monk, he pronounced his workous in both Philadelphia and New York went well. He had cooking with New York Knicks boss Phil Jackson a night before his particular examination and spent many of a examination using by a triangle offense, he said, that is some-more justification that a bar skeleton to rest heavily on a offense subsequent season.
“That’s all they were doing and focusing on,” Monk said.
He combined that he believes he’d be a good fit in a offense, that some veterans in New York have struggled with and rebelled against.
“A lot of movement,” Monk pronounced about a triangle. “It’s transformation off a ball. we pierce off a turn great. we cruise it’s good for me.”
He also pronounced he was smitten by Jackson’s presence. The executive, whose teams have struggled over a past 3 seasons, didn’t contend most to Monk during their dinner, that substantially enclosed other Knicks personnel.
“It was crazy only saying them there examination me since I’ve seen him with Kobe and Jordan and good players like that,” pronounced Monk, who averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists final deteriorate during Kentucky, sharpened 40 percent from over a arc. “I’m only grateful to be in that situation.”
Members of a Knicks classification are fans of Monk, Smith and Frank Ntilikina, among other players projected during No. 8. They also worked out Duke’s Luke Kennard and are approaching to work out Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell, per sources.
The bar was among several teams benefaction during Smith’s pro day on Thursday and has scouted Ntilikina extensively in France, where his SIG Strasbourg group is competing in a French League championship series.
Boston Celtics and have talked to a Sixers about scheduling a workout/meeting, per joining sources.
Mavs meddlesome in Justin Holiday: In further to a Dallas Mavericks targeting Jrue Holiday in giveaway agency, members of a classification also see his hermit and Knicks wing Justin Holiday as a target, sources confirm.
ESPN reported final month that a Mavericks see Jrue as a aim and Justin has discussed in a past his enterprise to play alongside his brother. The Knicks would substantially like to re-sign Holiday, though they will positively have foe for a 28-year-old, who is a plain defender and knocked down 36 percent of his 3-point attempts final season.
Sports Illustrated was initial to news a Mavericks saying Justin Holiday as a free-agent target.