RJ Barrett wants the NY Knicks. Now, do they want him?
“I won’t be meeting with any other teams,” Barrett said Monday after finishing his workout with the team. “It’s this and then the draft. If that ends up and I’m still there at three, I’d love for (the Knicks) to take me.
“This is the place I want to be,” he added. “So I hope they draft me.”
The star Duke forward, the likely No. 3 pick that currently belongs to the Knicks, had hinted as much at his Pro Day in Los Angeles, where he fawned over a compliment from Bernard King and said New York is his favorite. Barrett’s mom grew up in the city, and both parents were athletes at St. John’s. He honed some of his game while visiting the city every summer.
Barrett said Monday that the city “feels like home,” and that he still has family in Brooklyn. He also said he won’t be meeting with any other teams, including the Grizzlies, who have the No. 2 pick.
The Knicks, though, may never get the chance to bring Barrett back.
The Pelicans are officially open to trading the disgruntled Anthony Davis, and the Knicks likely would need to gift the 2019 lottery pick as some part of the deal.