Duke star R.J. Barrett is expected to meet with Knicks’ brass here in the Windy City on Wednesday, a league source said.
The Knicks landed the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft in Tuesday’s Draft Lottery and the 6-foot-7 Barrett could end up being that pick after Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. New Orleans and Memphis have the first two picks ahead of the Knicks.
Though the Knicks missed out on the Zion Sweepstakes, they did beat the odds since they had nearly a 60 percent chance of picking fourth or fifth.
The Knicks could use the pick as trade bait with New Orleans for Anthony Davis, which would reunite Williamson and Barrett in the Big Easy. But some think Barrett could end up being a better pro than his teammate and close friend Williamson. Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds 4.3 assists at Duke while setting an ACC freshman scoring record.
“R.J. Barrett could easily be the best player in the draft,” Jalen Rose said Wednesday on ESPN’s ‘Get Up!” “If I’m the Knicks, yes I hold on to the pick.”“
R.J. is one of those players,” Hall of Famer and former Knicks President and coach Isiah Thomas said before the lottery. “Not only did he show it at Duke, but he showed it in high school. He’s been one of the top-rated players in the country and also in basketball over the last four or five years so he’s not a surprise to anyone.”