Knicks to work out Kentucky combo guard Malik Monk, source says
The Knicks went to watch Malik Monk’s pro day last month and will take a closer look at the former Kentucky guard this week.
Monk will work out for the Knicks, a league source said. If he’s still available, they likely will target the combo guard with the No. 8 pick in the June 22 NBA Draft.
Monk averaged 19.8 points and shot 39.7 percent from three-point range in his freshman season at Kentucky. He is more of a shooting guard but is a very good pick-and-roll player.
At a promotional event last month, Monk said he would welcome the opportunity to play for the Knicks but also said he hopes he won’t still be available at eight.
Monk has worked out for the Suns and Magic, who own the fourth and sixth picks in the draft, respectively. The fact that he’s working out for the Knicks is an indication he still could be on the board when they pick.
Listed at 6-3 and about 190 pounds, Monk is very thin, but he said he has been working on adding weight to get ready for the NBA. “Got to put on some pounds, playing with them men,” he said. “I have to.”
ESPN.com first reported that Monk will work out for the Knicks.
Other players on the Knicks’ radar include North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who met with team president Phil Jackson last week. He was supposed to work out for the Knicks but reportedly didn’t for reasons that are unclear.
The Knicks have gone to France to scout guard Frank Ntikilina, who currently is in the French League playoffs.
The Knicks also are scheduled to work out Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard and North Carolina forward Justin Jackson this week. Both are projected to be late lottery picks.
Jackson could try to acquire another first-round choice. The Knicks have had talks with the Trail Blazers, who have three first-round picks (15, 20, 26).