Amick - Brandon Knight Becoming Draft Wild Card

Assuming all goes as planned, Brandon Knight wont be selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers or Minnesota Timberwolves who respectively hold the first two positions in the 2011 NBA Draft.

So the Brandon Knight bidding begins at the third slot with the Utah Jazz who currently have their own young point guard in Devin Harris. Utah has expressed interest in the Kentucky product and has extended an invite to participate with BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Connecticut’s Kemba Walker and UCLA’s Malcolm Lee in a June 15 workout….which he hasn’t accepted, and apparently wont. At least right now.

Knight apparently has little problem working out solo, much like he did for our Sacramento Kings on the second on June – but the fear of losing draft stock by getting beat up in a workout by players expected to be drafted lower than you has become quite a challenge for NBA teams attempting to workout potential prospects.

If Knight was to attend the Jazz’s workout and struggle – it’ll surely hurt his stock. Maybe not significantly, but, potentially a few spots – and that’s money out of his and his agents pocket. Much like the original Kemba Walker/Kings workout, the gain is little while the loss could be significant – unlike a Jimmer Fredette situation where he has nothing to lose tattooed around his gun wounds.

Amick even mentions the Kings weren’t all that thrilled with Knight’s desire to skip out on non-solo workouts:

I attended Knight’s workout in Sacramento on June 2 and walked away convinced that Knight saw the Kings as his so-called first-round floor at No. 7. The problem there, predictably, is that the one-on-none approach wasn’t well received by the Kings’ brass either.

Do I think Knight will be available when the Kings select? I wish – but even if the Jazz pass on him, which seems to be entirely possible, falling another four slots seems a bit too much, even if teams aren’t thrilled with his workout selections.


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