GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Jimmer Fredette has now twice visited the MSG Training Center in the span of a year, and this may be the closest he ever comes to playing for his favorite team. But the BYU star from Glens Falls said after his workout Thursday that he probably would have stayed in the 2010 Draft if the Knicks -- the only team he worked out for last year -- had given him a guarantee.
"I possibly could have, yeah, it would have been a lot tougher if someone was to give me a guarantee saying they would take me, especially if it was in the first round," he said. "That would have been tough to pass up, you never know what can happen."
The Knicks didn't have a first-round pick, but did have two second rounders at No. 38 and 39. Fredette was looking for a first-round guarantee, and the Knicks could have purchased one for $3 million like they did in 2009 when they acquired Toney Douglas from the Lakers at No. 29. But they couldn't guarantee to Fredette that a late first-rounder would have been available to them.
Still, as we wrote last year, the Knicks tried to get Fredette to keep his name in the draft so they could work on securing a first-round pick on draft night. For instance, the Memphis Grizzlies wound up selling the No. 25 pick to the Dallas Mavericks.
"They said they really liked me, but they couldn’t guarantee me anything," Fredette said. "There was a good chance, but you never know. They couldn't give me a guarantee and neither could the other teams."
Still, it worked out well for Fredette, who had a magnificent senior season and became one of the biggest stars college basketball has produced in years.
"I'm very fortunate and glad that I didn't [get a guarantee], because I had a great year and it was tons of fun," he said. "It's something I'll never forget, I had an unbelievable run my senior year. It put me in a better position this year."
Coincidentally, the Knicks have a first-round pick this year and would be glad to guarantee to Jimmer that they'll take him at No. 17. But with teams such as the Jazz, Kings, Suns and Pacers all showing strong interest in the sharp-shooting guard, there's little chance he'll be available by the time the Knicks are on the clock.
Unless, of course, they figure out a way to trade up.
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* - Carmelo Anthony said at the end of the season that he wanted to be involved in front office decisions and the team's planning for the future, and yesterday he was present for the workout. He even addressed the players before they took the court. "It was kind of cool," guard Klay Thompson said. "Kind of surreal."
* - Though media is not allowed in the gym, it sounded like Marshon Brooks had a terrific workout and made some tough shots in the three-on-three. Brooks is very much on the radar for the Knicks, along with Thompson, who, like Fredette, is an outstanding three-point shooter.
* - There will be another workout Friday, with Kansas freshman Josh Selby on the schedule. Word is Long Island's Tobias Harris is also expected to be in the group.