New York Knicks‘ Phil Jackson watched some of the NBA Draft’s top point guard prospects work out while Marshall Plumlee had a big day.Phil Jackson has been more hands on this summer than in years prior when it comes to scouting draft prospects. His most recent trip was to see some of the top point guard prospects.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Jackson was in Los Angeles over the weekend with Knicks execs for two big agency workout days.
If New York picks up that late first-round pick from Portland, Kennard could be an option.
Begley also reported that the Knicks have workouts scheduled with former Pittsburgh wing player Jamel Artis and Virginia’s London Perrantes on Friday. They’re also expected to work out another former North Carolina Tar Heel this week, Kennedy Meeks.
Artis, 24, is a sharpshooter who made nearly 38 percent of his attempts from three-point range during his four years with the Panthers.
Perrantes, 22, is another knockdown shooter. He made over 40 percent of his threes in his four years with the Cavaliers. New York is looking for some shooting there.
Meeks, 22, was projected as undrafted due to being an undersized center with weight issues. However, a great combine has made the second round more plausible for him.
Marshall Plumlee had an important weekend. The former Duke Blue Devil posted to his Instagram account of his being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army.
Plumlee will serve with the New York National Guard.
Knicks C Marshall Plumlee posted photos of being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. He'll serve w/ the NY National Guard: pic.twitter.com/EGCqWfB5nB
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 3, 2017
Plumlee made news at Duke for being the third and final Plumlee brother to suit up for coach Mike Krzyzewski.
He committed to the U.S. Army while still at Duke after earning his officer’s credentials in the schools ROTC program.
The 24-year-old’s salary is non-guaranteed for 2017-18. New York is reportedly interested in bringing him back.
Elite Sports NY’s Ned O’Bryan tells us that the Knicks are actually headed in the right direction.