CHICAGO — Projected No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz met with the Knicks on Wednesday before leaving the combine two days before its conclusion, his manager told the Daily News.
Fultz, unlike Lonzo Ball, actually showed up in Chicago for interviews and spoke with the top-8 teams in the lottery (the Knicks are seeded seventh), according to his manager Keith Williams.
New York (31-51) has a 5.3 percent chance to land the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity to draft Fultz, the 18-year-old stud point guard who visited the Garden in May for a game and said “it’d be amazing” to be drafted by the Knicks.
The draft lottery is Tuesday in Manhattan. Odds are the Knicks will finish seventh or eighth, although they have an 18 percent chance of moving into the top-3.
President Phil Jackson is among the Knicks contingent at the combine along with coach Jeff Hornacek, GM Steve Mills and assistant GM Allan Houston. Last season — when the Knicks didn’t own a pick — Jackson was not in attendance. But this year the Knicks are in the lottery and also own two picks in the second round — 44th and 58th.
The Knicks are also scheduled to meet Thursday with Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan, according to the forward’s uncle. Swanigan was the Big 10 player of the Year and is projected as a second rounder.
The Knicks also met Wednesday with top-10 prospect De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky, according to ESPN.
Many of the top prospects skipped the combine again this year — including potential lottery picks Malik Monk, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Dennis Smith Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Jonathan Isaac. It has become such a problem that the issue of absenteeism was brought up in the GM meetings on Wednesday.
New York needs a point guard this summer — whether in the draft or free agency — but their roster is unsettled with Carmelo Anthony on the trading block and Derrick Rose entering free agency.