Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Phil Jackson wants Carmelo Anthony to run the lane more frequently.

Jackson believes the new guards on the roster in Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings will allow Melo to get out and run, something new coach Jeff Hornacek wants to do. At the end of the day, Melo is pretty well-established in his tendencies and it would be surprising to see a major change in his game at this stage of his career.
Sep 24 - 4:22 PM

Unrestricted free agent Cleanthony Early is not expected to attend Knicks training camp, a source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks have a full roster that does not include Early, so we're not exactly breaking ground here. It's likely that the former second-round pick will have to head overseas in order to reestablish any kind of value stateside.
Sep 24 - 3:54 PM

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is not expected to open training camp with any kind of minute restrictions.

Jennings looked pretty bad after returning from a torn Achilles last season, but that was somewhat expected given the nature of the injury. Now that he's had a full summer to train without focusing on rehab, we'll see what he can do in a backup role behind Derrick Rose. Jennings should have plenty of motivation operating on a one-year "prove it" deal, but he'll need Rose to miss time to have any kind of sustainable appeal in standard fantasy formats given the two point guards aren't expected to be deployed in the backcourt together often. That plan makes sense given both struggle with the outside shot.
Source: PBT
Sep 24 - 3:01 PM

Joakim Noah (shoulder) is not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week.

After appearing in just 29 games last season, Noah is fully healed and clearly motivated to silence a lot of critics and doubters. We like the on-paper fit in New York, but the charismatic center has to prove he can stay on the floor and be effective after signing a massive four-year, $72M deal this summer.
Source: PBT
Sep 24 - 2:57 PM

Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "not concerned" about a potential rape trial for Derrick Rose.

Perhaps Jackson and his organization should reevaluate their stance. "We're just going to let the process work itself out," the Zen Master said. "We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control." The Knicks willingly traded for Rose this offseason knowing possible litigation could be forthcoming, and the organization can't continue to pretend it's a complete non-issue. As for Rose's on-court work, new coach Jeff Hornacek said that the point guard's body is "good." and he's not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week.
Source: PBT
Sep 24 - 2:53 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he wants his players to "get out and try to get easy buckets."

This is uncharted territory for the Phil Jackson era. The Knicks have been in the bottom seven for pace in each of the last four seasons. This style of play should really help out guys like Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and really anyone in the rotation.
Sep 23 - 3:08 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he doesn't see Brandon Jennings playing next to Derrick Rose too often.

The Knicks are a bit thin on the wing, but they do have Justin Holiday and Courtney Lee to handle the two. The Knicks aren't planning to manage Rose's minutes, but the smart money will be on that changing early in the season. Jennings should have a couple blips on the radar for DFS, but he's still not worthy of drafting in most leagues.
Sep 23 - 2:49 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said there are no minutes restrictions on Derrick Rose heading into the season.

Rose is somewhat healthy after playing 66 games last season -- he only averaged half that (33) in his previous three seasons. The Bulls were very cautious with Rose and rested him when anything came up. While Hornacek is saying this now, things will likely change once Rose gets banged up.
Sep 23 - 2:46 PM

Knicks sign F/C Lou Amundson.

It's a fully guaranteed deal for the 33-year-old big man. Amundson played just 7.0 minutes per outing in his 29 games last season. While he may make the team, Amundson isn't in line for minutes next season while the Knicks are healthy.
Sep 19 - 3:56 PM

Brandon Jennings stated during a recent interview that he's eager to prove his worth in New York after signing a one-year deal with the Knicks this summer.

"I’m as hungry as I’ve ever been now," said Jennings. "I’m on a one-year deal. I’m coming off an Achilles injury, everybody [wrote] me off. So right now I’m hungry, I’m more hungry than ever." Jennings will be coming off the bench this season operating as the Knicks' sixth man, but his struggles with efficiency will likely render him a non-factor in standard leagues. He'll be a name to watch this season, particularly if/when Derrick Rose goes down, but you'd have to be in an incredibly deep league to justify drafting him.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 4:07 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said that he loves Joakim Noah's intensity.

"That’s the type of guy that we want on our team," Porzingis said of Noah. "He brings that good energy. He brings that spirit, you know? So from the first opportunity that we got to talk, I fell in love with [his intensity]." Porzingis also added that Noah is in great shape, so it sounds like he will hit the ground running in camp after recovering from left shoulder surgery. Noah isn't very durable and is 31 years old, so he should be available at a discount this season.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 1:29 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said he worked on his post game during the offseason.

"If that’s what the coaches want, I’ll play in the post," Porzingis said. "I feel more and more comfortable everyday because I’ve been working on my post game and getting stronger." Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek also plans to increase the Knicks’ pace and he has "talked in detail" with Porzingis about utilizing him in a lot of pick-and-roll sets as well. Despite a stronger supporting cast around him this season, Porzingis' role will obviously be safe and his price is set in the early rounds.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 9:54 AM

Kristaps Porzingis is not worried about his role during his sophomore season.

"That's secondary for me," he said. "If we can win games, it doesn't matter who is scoring. If we as a team can win [it doesn't] matter who is taking how many shots, at least for me." That's not the kind of quote that's going to fire up fantasy owners, but Porzingis is an early-round pick regardless of New York's roster construction. Just keep in mind that the Knicks have more talent (on paper) than they did during KP's rookie campaign.
Source: ESPN
Sep 17 - 3:50 PM

Kristaps Porzingis told reporters he currently weighs 238 pounds.

Porzingis weighed 237 pounds at the conclusion of training camp last season, so his weight obviously hasn't fluctuated much. Despite his thin frame, KP was surprisingly durable last season as a rookie, averaging over 28 minutes a night and starting a total of 72 games. Porzingis brings a fantasy-friendly skill set to the table, but it remains unknown how he will fit into a new starting lineup that now features Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. Nonetheless, Porzingis' fantasy floor remains high simply because of his ability to contribute significantly in multiple categories.
Sep 17 - 1:23 PM

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said "it was time" to move on from Derrick Rose.

"What we felt was it was time," Reinsdorf said. "We felt Joakim wasn't going to be a frontline guy anymore. I was pretty confident that Pau [Gasol] was going to leave. So it was important for us to get the center in [Robin] Lopez. It was time for Derrick to go on and play someplace else and try to establish himself. Gar and Pax were high on the Grant kid [Jerian]. We thought that was the necessary first step no matter how we were going to go."
Sep 10 - 2:41 PM


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