Knicks Draft Rumors: New York To Trade Up To Take Michael Porter Jr.?

The New York Knicks have expressed significant interest in Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. throughout the pre-draft process and are scheduled to have a private workout with him later this week.

In fact, the Knicks are so interested in him that teams being ahead of them are gauging their interest in trading up to land Porter, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Some teams with picks ahead of the Knicks have reached out to members of the organization to gauge their interest on trading up to draft Michael Porter Jr., league sources say. Of course, hundreds of conversations like these take place between teams leading up to the draft. And there is no indication that any of the teams that reached out are close to a deal with NYK, nor that Knicks decision-makers have reached any consensus on who they'd like to draft with their first-round pick. But opposing teams are aware that some members of the Knicks' organization are big fans of Porter Jr. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are scheduled to head to Chicago on Friday to watch Porter Jr. workout, team sources confirm.

New York has also been heavily linked to Villanova forward Mikal Bridges and Oklahoma guard Trae Young, but all of the latest reports suggest that Porter is at the top of their board. They also met with Porter at the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month.

The Knicks are known to be prioritizing small forwards in the draft, making the 6-foot-10 Porter an intriguing option for them.

He was in the running for the No. 1 pick in the draft before he suffered a hip injury that required back surgery and ended his season before it really started. He's a good, fluid athlete - when healthy - who excels on the perimeter and around the basket with his smooth skill set.

Porter is projected to be picked No. 6 overall by the Orlando Magic in our latest mock draft.

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