The smoke is building around Jaden Ivey to the Knicks

The Knicks and Jaden Ivey are circling each other ahead of the draft.

As the top guard in his class, Ivey will assuredly be off the board if the Knicks stay with their 11th pick on Thursday. But as rumors circulate about Leon Rose’s desire to trade up, Ivey casually listed the Knicks as an option when asked about teams that caught his eye at the top of the lottery.

“Could be situations where I land in New York,” Ivey said Monday.

It’s a workable scenario for the Knicks but the price will be high. The other side of this story is Ivey reportedly having some trepidation about joining the Kings, who own the fourth pick and are shopping it as a chance to land Ivey.

On Monday, Ivey did little to dispel those rumors about the Kings, saying he’s had no contact with the organization.

“If I got drafted there, it wouldn’t be the worst option,” Ivey said. “I can’t pick — I’m not the GM who picks the guys. So I’m just trying to enjoy this process and whatever happens on draft night, we’re going to stick with it.”

Still, Ivey denied he’s freezing out the Kings, who, perhaps not coincidentally, are the NBA’s most bungled franchise.

“It’s not a conscious decision,” he said. “I never really made the decision not to talk to Sacramento. It just kind of happened.”

Of course, it’s hard to believe the team picking fourth and the player projected to go fourth “just happened” to ignore each other. The Knicks, meanwhile, interviewed Ivey at the draft combine and attended his pro day last month. Ivey is represented by CAA, which is closely associated with the Knicks because it counts team executives Leon Rose and William Wesley as former employees.

Ivey’s specific agent is Aaron Mintz, who also represents Julius Randle.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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