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The New York Knicks have been contacted by teams ahead of them in the draft to gauge their interest on trading up to select Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., according to a report from ESPN.
The Knicks own the ninth pick in the draft and members of the organization are big fans of Porter Jr. New York president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry are scheduled to head to Chicago on Friday to watch Porter Jr. workout.
The Knicks also had representatives at Porter Jr.’s pro day in Chicago last week and will meet with Porter Jr. before the draft.
Porter Jr. held a private workout in Chicago in front of a few teams last week and was “extremely impressive,” according to a report from Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com.
Health, of course, is the biggest question with Porter Jr. He suffered a back injury which required surgery and was out for four months. While some league executives are concerned about the back ailment, Porter Jr. is still projected to be a top five pick in the draft.
Porter Jr. isn’t letting his back injury affect his confidence. He’s said on many occasions at pre-draft interviews that he’s the best player in the draft.