GREENBURGH, N.Y. - A year ago, the Knicks were linked to Danilo Gallinari, even before the NBA draft lottery. Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni weren't convinced, however, until Gallinari's private workout at the MSG Training Center, when he left them salivating at his shooting ability and athleticism in a 6-10 frame. They made him the sixth overall pick.
This year, it's Stephen Curry's turn. The Davidson star has been expressing his desire to be a Knick since before the draft lottery and Wednesday he will get his chance to leave Walsh and D'Antoni equally smitten when he comes in for his workout at MSG's Westchester campus. Curry will be joined by UCLA guard Jrue Holiday and four others, including Duke guard Gerald Henderson, Temple guard Dionte Christmas, Ohio State center B.J. Mullens and Georgia center Rashaad Singleton.
Curry, who worked out last week for Charlotte, is starting to gain some interest among some lottery teams and others looking to trade up, such as the Trail Blazers. But the Knicks are also looking into moving up. According to a report in Tuesday's Memphis Commercial-Appeal, the Knicks are among three teams that have contacted the Grizzlies about making a jump to the No. 2 overall pick.
The Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - are a long shot to make such a deal with Memphis, however, because the best they can do is dangle Cuttino Mobley's contract as an incentive for the cash-strapped franchise. The Knicks could take back a contract from the Grizzlies for Mobley's deal, of which 80 percent is covered because he retired with to a heart condition. The Grizzlies, who are getting the cold shoulder from Spaniard Ricky Rubio, would save some money and move into the Knicks' spot at No. 8.
A person with knowledge of the situation said the Knicks understand they likely would be a third or fourth option for the Grizzlies, who, according to the report, are also receiving interest from the Celtics and Rockets.
The Knicks may be keeping a close watch on the situation surrounding the No. 2 pick because of Rubio, who will be in the United States this weekend to conduct workouts. But the Knicks also might have an interest in 7-3 center Hasheem Thabeet from UConn. Walsh considers the Knicks' lack of size and shot-blocking a major issue and a void that Thabeet would fill.
At the other end of the tape measure were two floor-general types who headlined Tuesday's workouts: North Carolina's Ty Lawson and Syracuse's Jonny Flynn. They were the smallest players measured at the NBA combine in Chicago last week, but both also were among the best leaders in the country.
Flynn appears to be in the crosshairs of the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10, and Lawson is buried on many mock drafts. This clearly is an issue for a player who led the Tar Heels to consecutive Final Four appearances and won the national championship this year.
"People say I'm injury prone and too short," he said. "I mean, we're just going to see what happens on draft day. And after the draft. I'll prove everybody wrong."