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Stephen Curry favors Knicks, cancels workout

Stephen Curry took yet another determined step toward being a Knick on Friday when he decided to cancel the rest of his predraft workout schedule -- after he has a previously scheduled workout with the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards hold the fifth overall pick.

The Davidson star did, however, cancel a workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves (sixth overall) next week.

The NBA draft is June 25. The Knicks have the eighth overall pick. A Knicks source said the team was unaware that Curry had cancelled his workouts for other teams.

Del Curry, Stephen's dad and a Charlotte Bobcats employee, did not immediately return an e-mail message from Newsday. His son worked out for the Bobcats last week and was at the MSG Training Center on Wednesday for a workout with the Knicks.

Curry has regularly expressed a desire to play for the Knicks and in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo, motion offense.

"Comparing how I played in college and how it translates to the NBA, this is the system to be in," he said. "D'Antoni had Steve Nash so he knows how to develop a point guard. Why not want to go here?"

It is hardly a secret he wants to be on the board for the Knicks at No. 8. In fact, it had been long rumored that the Knicks had given Curry a promise even before the NBA draft lottery that they intended to take him.

Though a player cannot force teams to not select him, the decision to cancel with the T-Wolves -- a team that picks ahead of the Knicks -- sends a clear message that Curry would prefer they pass on him.

Curry has been somewhat of a hot commodity in the draft, with both the Thunder (No. 3) and Timberwolves considering him and teams such as the Trail Blazers (No. 24) looking into moving up to draft him. He was expected to join in a four-man point guard battle royale in Minnesota next week, along with Holiday, Flynn and Brandon Jennings. That, apparently, is now down to three.

Along with Curry, the Knicks have worked out a handful of guards this week, including Syracuse's Jonny Flynn, North Carolina's Ty Lawson and UCLA's Jrue Holiday. They are expected to bring in more players next week, including Gonzaga big man Austin Daye. There is also talk that the Knicks have expressed an interest in moving up, possibly to the second or third overall spots, for a shot at Spanish guard Ricky Rubio or UConn center Hasheem Thabeet.

But Curry's decision to shut down his workouts immediately after his visit to New York is telling.

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