Johnny O’Bryant, Semaj Christon, Akil Mitchell, DeAndre Kane at Knicks’ Workout

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

LSU center Johnny O’Bryant was among those who worked out with Knicks President Phil Jackson on Saturday.

Virginia forward Akil Mitchell, Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane and Xavier point guard Semaj Christon were also at the workout, O’Bryant said.

The Knicks continue to work out prospects despite not owning a pick in the June 26 NBA Draft. Jackson hopes to potentially obtain a pick via trade or purchase. The Knicks have not made any of their workout targets available to the media in a group.

“It was cool, man,” the 6-foot-9, 255-pound O’Bryant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by phone. “Got a chance to learn about the triangle offense and Phil taught us some things. It was one of the more unique workouts.”

Asked what they worked on, O’Bryant said, “Most importantly, just spacing. Good spacing, showing guys where to be. Just what type of things you can read off the pick-and-roll.”

O’Bryant, projected as the No. 41 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com, averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior at Louisiana State.

“I think I would bring a post presence, man,” he said. “I’m very versatile, can do a lot of things. And I think if I continue to get in NBA shape and learn the NBA game, I can bring a pretty good post presence to the New York Knicks. I know Amar’e [Stoudemire] and Tyson [Chandler] are great post players, just come in and learn from those guys.”

O’Bryant will work out for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Kane, a dynamic 6-4 scorer, averaged 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds at Iowa State, which lost to eventual NCAA champion UConn in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden.

Christon, a 6-3 point guard, averaged 17.0 points and 4.2 assists at Xavier. Assuming the Knicks deal Raymond Felton, they would be in the market for a young floor general.

Mitchell, a 6-8 forward, averaged 6.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, at Virginia.

The Knicks on Friday also worked out 6-9 Florida big man Patric Young, who averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Gators, who lost to UConn in the Final Four.

“I could see myself being a Dale Davis or a Ben Wallace type player right now for them,” Young told ESPNNewYork.com. “They already have Tyson Chandler at the five spot. But if I can come in and bring some energy to the team and bring some good minutes, play some good defense and rebounds — that’s the role I like to play.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




32 comments
knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Who wants to bet Lebron cramps up tonight? Not a money bet just a guess kinda bet. lol

johneco
johneco

I'm psyched we're looking at Deandre Kane, I'm intrigued by him.  He's a potential trangle PG IMO, people are sleeping on him because he's old (24).

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Off Topic: Reported from realgm.com Cavs have changed their mind and are willing to give Kyrie the max at 5 years 90 million July 1st. Their has never been a player reject a deal like that coming off his rookie contract. Kyrie has been evasive about his future plans and Cavs want to know if he truly wants to be in their future. I hope he pulls a Melo and says he wants to come home!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Maybe some of these players Phil is looking at will be destined for Westchester. Look for the Westchester Knicks to play the triangle and be a training ground for the Real Knicks. I wouldn't be surprised to see Luke Walton named as a coach of the D-League team.

jax13
jax13

I don't think thunder will trade Reggie Jackson but you never know.

Thabo is leaving thunder. So shump is a good pickup for them. Tyson would be good for them cause it gives great flexibility to play serge n Tyson together...that could be a great defensive front with Adams in the mix too.

Reggie jax would be great for us but I don't think it will happen but hopefully Phil will ask.....

jax13
jax13

Shump n Tyson for perk, collison, r Jackson n pick

jax13
jax13

How about Reggie Jackson, Perkins n collison n pickfor shump, jr n Tyson. The money works for that

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Would you do Shump, Chandler and Felton for Perkins, Jackson, and a late first round pick (maybe also a second round pick?)

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

Why are they working out for us now, DAMN smh. They must not have high hopes for their future

jax13
jax13

Would love for finals to be over so we can begin rebuilding. I hope we get fisher as a coach. I loved him as a player n would love that bulldog approach n culture by Phil n fish to get contagious on this roster.

I like shump but he seems to be interested in all off the court things rather than improving as a player. Shump has potential but how many years do we have to wait for consistency.

Our only assets with value are shump, Timmy n Tyson. I am fine with moving shump n Tyson for draft picks. I want Timmy cause I think he would thrive in triangle.

chuco
chuco

Patric young sounds like hes gonna be a real fit somewhere he already knows what he wants to do and its exactly what we need

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

man, no disrespect bcuz everybody deserves a chance but we are talkin about winning. Eventhough any rookie can turn out to be special, this shouldnt be the focus!

rico
rico

gotta love the youthful enthusiasm and the self confidence of a kid who hasn't spent 1 second in the NBA comparing himself to Davis and Wallace two of the more dominating defensive bigs in the last 20 years. Oh he forgot Rodman, Malone and the Grant brothers :)

jeandd323
jeandd323

@knowledge and I am going to own both the Brooklyn  and Manhattan Bridges for confederate dollars 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@jax13 

Reggie Jackson shot 47-40-89 in the playoffs and was the 4th leading scorer on the Thunder. You have to be a true Knick fan to believe that he would be included in a trade, especially for Shumpert, who is a bench player.

johneco
johneco

@Blaze NYK  I wouldn't.  Those are our only good defensive players, plus I believe Chandler has more value than that.

I'd rather trade Timmy, who is highly valued now but IMO hasn't shown he can be acceptable on defense, so might be overrated.

jax13
jax13

I would do it but when does perks contract end?

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Bc a player wouldn't want to work out for Phil Jackson? Even if he ends up not getting them if he's high on one of these dudes and that word gets out it could raise their draft prospects immensely.

johneco
johneco

@jax13  I'm the opposite.  I think Timmy is our most tradeable asset, most highly valued and an iffy fit with his lack of D.  Tyson and Shump are undervalued coming off bad years and are our best defenders.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rico 

Patric Young will be a player in the NBA and have a decent career. 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Knicks_Fanatic. Shump's confidence was shredded by WoodRow. Presti knows Shump has value, but not sure he'd include Reggie. But it doesn't hurt to ask

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Sandro Guedes. As bad as a year as Chandler had, u think he's only worth a late first rounder??? LMAO... I'm sure they would live to take on 14 mill in salary and not shed any......NOT!

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I know but in just trying to gage what fans would be ok with in an OKC deal involving shumpert. OKC clearly needs an upgrade at center which Perkins would be for them. Shump gives them a good defensive guard. Felton sucks but as a back up PG he's not awful. Leaves us still with an upgrade at PG and a draft pick. If we pick up Pau Gasol with the mini mid level and Odom pans out that mitigates the loss of Chandler and taking on Perkins.

jax13
jax13

You don't think he would be a guy that okc would look to move IF it involved Tyson n shump? Okc needs depth on their bench. Also they have Westbrook who they are committed to playing at pg.

They are gonna lose Thabo n may not want to pay Reggie jax a lot when his contract comes up.

They are paying Durant, Westbrook n serge a lot of money n they are a small market team. They May not want to pay Reggie jax as a starting pg.

Also they want to trade salaries like Tyson n shump n get rid of Perkins n collison.

It could be a good move for them to be all in for this year. Insurance for serge getting hurt n more minutes for Adams.

Not so far fetched if you really think about it......

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Chandler would be an upgrade for them at center. Chandler Ibaka Shump Westbrook they clearly get better on D. I think it would be a win win for both teams.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rico @Knicks_Fanatic 

I said he will have a decent career. He was the starting center for the Gators and the team made the NCAA finals. He said he would be a Ben Wallace type player, not the reincarnation of Ben Wallace. He will be a great value as a second round pick.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@jax13 

Phil is not going trade Tyson Chandler and Shumpert in order to get Reggie Jackson and take back Kendrick Perkins and Collison. We can just make Reggie an offer in 2015 if we really want to get him.