Jeff Withey Set for Knicks, Nets Workouts

Former Kansas big man Jeff Withey will work out for both New York teams this week and could be an attractive option in the first round.

The 7-foot, 235-pound center visits the Knicks Monday and the Nets Tuesday. The Nets pick No. 22 and the Knicks choose No. 24 in the June 27 NBA Draft.

As a fifth-year senior under coach Bill Self, Withey averaged 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds  and 3.9 blocks.

One advisor to Withey spoke with SNY.tv about the upcoming workouts but requested anonymity because he prefers to stay behind the scenes.

“He’s got New York on Monday,” the advisor said. “I just think how defensive-minded as a coach Mike Woodson is, I think Jeff Withey” can “fit in there.” That’s what makes the Knicks a very attractive fit for Jeff and for the Knicks.”

The Knicks are clearly in need of some youth in the frontcourt, and the advisor also said Withey could learn from All-Star center Tyson Chandler.

“It’s so hard for young centers to go into the league unless you have a strong mentor,” the advisor said. “And I think if you look at all the centers that have done well, they all kind of came in with somebody who could show them the way.”

Nets center Brook Lopez could provide a similar type of mentorship to Withey as Chandler might.

“It’s tough to work out for a team when you don’t have a coach,” the advisor said of the Nets, who are still searching for a head coach.

“Sacramento wanted Jeff to go in there, but they didn’t have their coach, they didn’t have their management in place.”

On top of the Knicks and Nets, Withey will also work out for the L.A. Clippers and the Utah Jazz.

In addition to Withey on Monday, the Knicks will also work out 6-11 Bucknell center Mike Muscala, 6-6 Cal shooting guard Allen Crabbe, 6-5 N.C. State point guard Lorenzo Brown and 6-1 Texas point guard Myck Kabongo.

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Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

-Lorenzo Anello,  A Bronx Tale

Bent
Bent moderator

Two year deal?


Omar KellyVerified account@OmarKelly

Source says Evan Mathis wants to make back the $11.5M he lost off Eagles deal.That can easily be done with incentives & a nice signing bonus

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent

We've got 5.4M of room according to Jason, which could come down a bit after Sheldon gets about 1M shaved off from suspension... and could come down more after we resign Mo to a longer deal with a lower Y1 hit... and cut Jeff Cumberland (1.9M) and Jason Babin (1.5M) and Darrin Walls (1.075M) and Willie Colon (665k).


It's crazy, but we can do it.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent


They could do it just as easily with a couple of restructures and no releases.


The $11.5m isn't all going to hit this year's cap.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Maybe it's easier to strain a small groin,

I actually pulled my groin doing TKD. Man that sucked - took a while to heal.

tsjc68
tsjc68

RONTEZ MILES, COME ON DOWN, YOU'RE THE NEXT CONTESTANT ON THE BACKUP SAFETY IS RIGHT

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

At some point, we might wish that the ever popular "move [insert CB] to S" sentiment was realistic.

Jesse DeBear
Jesse DeBear

It's gonna be a full season- I know it.


If it's a full season- does his salary still count against the cap?

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Jesse DeBear Do you mean the rest of the season or 4 games into next year? I wouldn't be surprised if they hit him with like 8-10 games.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Jesse DeBear

Roster bonuses or signing bonuses should still count against the cap, but any game-checks that he misses due to suspension don't get paid to him and don't count against our cap.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Jesse DeBear


I don't think they can justify anywhere near that much unless he's charged with a felony.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Jesse DeBear


That's what I thought too, but I saw something written by Jason which suggested otherwise.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Jesse DeBear

I saw that Jason wrote that most suspended dudes don't get that money, unless the teams decide to convert base salary to roster bonuses (which they'd then get) and that Jon Vilma's suspension was insane because he was the exception to the rule, he still got paid (because a lot of that money was deferred money from previously owed stuff or something).

BDarc23
BDarc23

I assume Pryor ran into Allen's ankle

In addressing Richardson most people fail to mention that in order to get this 4 game suspension for pot he had to test positive 4 times.  Also before the suspension he would have already forfeited 4 game checks. So now with this suspension he's out 10 games checks before he walks on the field again. That is a big if, with this new arrest.  Anyway Richardson hasn't screwed up just twice this latest is number 5. Clearly he's headed down the wrong path and needs to get help.

juunit
juunit

I have 17 toes. 

Bent
Bent moderator

Actually he supposedly failed before the new rules came in so he got an automatic four game suspension for a second failure and no previous fines.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Bent 

I haven't heard when the failed test happened.  Was it before the draft?  That would have make the Williams pick a nobrainer.

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

You seem like the kind of person who has been on fire more than once.

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

@jsadolph @Bent 

They actually caught him smoking while taking the first test.  Literally holding his shroom with one hand while toking with the other.  They hit him with the second infraction right there.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jsadolph @Bent


The rule changes were announced all the way back in September, but I'm not sure when they were enacted or when the test which was a fail was made.  


Richardson said himself it was a second failure although it's possible he was lying.  However, he'd have had to fail three times since September (having just failed once in his 18 months) which seems unlikely because I don't think they test you that often.


I don't think the Jets were aware of the impending suspension when they made that pick (as you'll recall they made every effort to trade it, or so it seemed).  However, they might in the back of their minds have been aware that a suspension was possible because at that point they'd have been aware of the fact he failed one.

BDarc23
BDarc23

Is this some sort of word problem from an IQ test?

bob
bob

Bowle's press conference airing Now

marshrandy
marshrandy

@Bent as an expert as identifying injuries from 140 character tweets I would say ACL is a strong possibility 

jsadolph
jsadolph

@marshrandy @Bent 

If he was just coming out of his stance wouldn't that lend itself to an Achillies injury more than an ACL.

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

@Bent @jsadolph @bob @marshrandy 

Like any of these guys are going to make it out of training camp healthy.  Bowles doesn't know how to run a practice without getting guys killed.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Bent @jsadolph @bob @marshrandy 

Cro on LaFell or Boyce is fine, but I view Edelman as the most dangerous Pass catcher of the bunch.  Even though Gronk is probably more dangerous in the Red Zone.  I would like to see Revis on the little guy and Dee or Skrine on Gronk. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@jsadolph @Bent @bob @marshrandy


If not Revis then your best option is to bracket Gronk at the line.  Skrine would just get overpowered.


Maybe Dee.  Maybe...but if he's convinced me enough that he could cover Gronk, I might just put him on Edelman anyway.

bob
bob

Wow this offense is playing well against the Jets secondary. If this keeps up we are gonna be a tough team ..I mean this stuff normally is unheard of the last 5 years the offense getting it done even in practice. Revis said I've have yet to pick him off referring to Geno. Whats going on?