Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell will work out with the Knicks on Tuesday and meet with team president Phil Jackson after, reports Ian Begly of ESPN.
The Knicks, who have the eighth overall pick in the draft, are said to be especially interested in Mitchell's skills and versatility as a defensive player, according to ESPN.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recently said he believes Mitchell would be a good fit with the Knicks.
According to Pitino, Mitchell has the qualifications to run Phil Jackson's triangle offense.
"He's understands everything about the game - a basketball junkie,'' Pitino told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "He has a high basketball IQ, a high IQ period.''
While Pitino originally believed Mitchell would be selected in the middle of the first round, the Louisville head coach now thinks his point guard will go even higher.
"After the combine, we're hearing he'll be [a] lower [number] than where we thought because of what he did there in terms of measurements, 40-inch vertical, shot it well,'' Pitino said. "He led the ACC in steals and showed anticipation skills. If it wasn't for his shot getting so much better [this season], he'd be mid-to-late, but his shot improved so much, he'll probably sneak into the lottery.''
Mitchell averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.1 steals per game for the Cardinals last season.
June 11: There's no doubt Mitchell has talent. His skill set is complete with speed and range, and he reads the defense well. The Knicks' main priority should be finding an orchestrator who complements and elevates their already existent talent. But there's no guarantee Mitchell is the kind of player to fill that void. His ability to take what the defense gives him usually results in him finding efficient ways to score. It's not his natural mentality to defer to teammates.
Mitchell's agility is a step below Malik Monk, who also penetrates toward the basket more aggressively. If New York is interested in a player with that type of skill set, Monk should be the guy. He's much more explosive. Mitchell is a solid backup option, but the Knicks can probably flirt with the idea of trading down (and acquiring an additional asset in return) if they end up targeting him specifically.
On their big board, the organization should have a plethora of the top-tier point guard prospects well ahead of Mitchell. Still, it would make sense (as it relates to filling the massive hole at floor general) to prioritize him ahead of talented players at different positions.