Steve Mills, Scott Perry have avoided media since NBA Draft Lottery
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry haven’t spoken to the media since the Draft Lottery on Tuesday.
The Knicks came up two spots short of winning the Draft Lottery. They have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is on June 20.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report is reporting Mills and Perry are avoiding to speak to the media:
Spy at NBA hotel tells me Knicks prez Steve Mills (and rest of NYK contingent) slipped out an alternate exit about 15 minutes ago, to avoid reporters in the lobby. Knicks officials haven't spoken to media since the lottery.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 16, 2019
One possible reason Mills and Perry don’t want to speak is they are planning to move the third overall pick in a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. The two men probably don’t want to answer questions about what they plan to do with the pick since the New York media can be ruthless at times.
The Knicks could package the third pick, along with Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and the future draft picks they acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade and see if the Pelicans like that offer for Davis. The Knicks would likely draft Duke’s RJ Barrett with the third pick if they kept it. The Pelicans are going to draft Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick. Reuniting Williamson and Barrett in New Orleans could be something which entices the Pelicans.