There were seven different teams interested in signing C.J. Leslie, who is scheduled to make his debut on Friday for the Knicks summer league team at UNLV, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Leslie, who averaged 15.1 points his junior year at N.C. State, signed a two-year deal at the league minimum. Leslie said he was surprised about how the draft turned out.
“I was definitely surprised,’’ Leslie said. “I think everybody was surprised. It adds fuel to the fire. But I’m just trying to get past that draft.’’
According to Berman, Leslie might have scared off some teams because he only worked out for the Knicks and the Suns due to a jammed ligament in his hip that still isn’t 100 percent.
“I felt like I connected with the coaches the most,’’ Leslie said about his signing with the Knicks. “I turned down better offers.’’
Despite the potential, Coach Mike Woodson added that Leslie still has “a long ways to go.’’
Tommy DeeMy two cents is Leslie could really wind up being a steal. At NC State this past season, he really tried to implement his low post game, but with room offensively, he can really attack the basket. He’s a first round talent that the Knicks did well to secure and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in Vegas.