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Former Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell missed NBA Media Day on Wednesday to work out for the Knicks, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
Mitchell has worked out for Sacramento, which owns the No. 5 and 10 picks, and for Dallas, which picks at No. 9.
The 6-foot-3 Mitchell, a native of Elmsford, N.Y., averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season at Louisville. He’s currently projected as the No. 12 pick to the Detroit Pistons via Draft Express. The site currently has the Knicks taking French point guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 8. Ntilikina met Wednesday with Knicks executives, including Phil Jackson.
The Knicks, meantime, are considering trading Kristaps Porzingis, and have reached out to numerous teams above them in the lottery, seeking a combination of a draft pick and established players. As first reported by ZAGSBLOG, the Knicks talked to Philadelphia (No. 3) pick and Phoenix (No. 4), among others. ESPN later reported that the Knicks had talked to teams 1-5 in the lottery, which includes Boston (No. 1), the Lakers (No. 2) and Sacramento (No. 5).