The New York Knicks are reportedly giving serious consideration to former Murray State point guard Cameron Payne in the NBA Draft later this month.
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The Knicks have the fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft 2015 which takes place in Brooklyn on June 25, and they are expected to have Payne in for a workout next week.
The prospect is understood to have received a promise from the Oklahoma City Thunder to select him at No.14, while he refused to attend a workout for the Milwaukee Bucks who have the No.17 pick as his agent believes he will go much earlier.
However, it still seems a big risk from the Knicks to take him with the fourth pick and so it has been noted that they could consider trading down ahead of the Draft.
“League sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking say the Knicks are doing more than their due diligence by working out Payne; they are “serious” about considering him in the draft, those sources say,” ESPN New York report.
“Payne is widely viewed as a player who will be taken in the middle-to-late first round. So the Knicks’ interest in Payne and, to a lesser degree, their interest in Willie Cauley-Stein, is a sign that they are at least considering trading down from No. 4.”
It seems a risky move from the Knicks although it has been said on numerous occasions that Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills will consider all their options including the possibility of trading down.
While they are likely to do their research before making such a decision, they may well be in a rush to rebuild and so it is also possible that they trade for established talent.
Several names have been linked with the organisation in recent weeks, so it is certainly still unknown as to what they will ultimately opt to do.