Player News - Knicks

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The Knicks reportedly have no interest in including Kristaps Porzingis in a package for Kyrie Irving.

"[Knicks president] Steve Mills and [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry on the record were very clear that Kristaps was part of the future,’’ an anonymous source to Newsweek said in reference to comments made last month by both executives. "In all the discussions since then — there were other rumors before that Cleveland would want Kristaps — and it didn’t seem that [the Knicks] were interested at all in a conversation." The Knicks don't appear to be very willing to put together an enticing offer for Irving, so Uncle Drew winding up in New York seems like an unlikely scenario.
Source: Newsday
Aug 16 - 11:08 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as a "primary target" for Cleveland as they consider possible trade scenarios involving Kyrie Irving.

Wojnarowski notes the Knicks are not currently interested and would only consider such a trade if the Cavs were also willing to take back Joakim Noah's contract. However, Woj does state that New York may consider moving KP at some point if the relationship between Porzingis and the team doesn't improve. "There continues to be distance between Porzingis and the organization, and how the Knicks truly value Porzingis' future could become clearer once they're together to begin the season," writes Wojnarowski.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 9:31 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Latvia's win over Poland on Friday.

This was a "friendly preparation game" for both national teams as they get ready for Eurobasket later this month. Unsurprisingly, Porzingis dominated the action on both ends of the floor, as he also added two blocks and two steals. KP has a chance to establish himself as an elite fantasy force next season, and will likely be selected in the top-20 of most drafts.
Aug 12 - 11:15 AM

Frank Ntilikina said "of course" he wants to start for the Knicks this season.

This doesn't really mean much and he did walk it back after that comment. "I’m a team player. I just want what’s best for the team." The plan looks like it'll be Ntilikina coming off the bench, but the Knicks swinging and missing on a free agent PG should help his case to get minutes sooner than expected. Ntilikina could leapfrog either Ron Baker or Ramon Sessions in camp, so keep an eye on him as a fantasy stash.
Aug 11 - 9:35 PM

The Knicks officially picked up the 2018-19 team option on Kristaps Porzingis' contract.

This was a mere formality for New York, as Porzingis has been remarkably productive over his first years in the NBA. Porzingis will make $5.7 million in 2018-19. Next summer, the Knicks will be able to sign KP to an extension worth up to $156 million over five years. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers. If the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, KP would be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load and would see his stats increase.
Aug 11 - 10:22 AM

The Knicks and Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj adds that the Rockets are still looking for a third team to get a deal done, and that Anthony has been "steadfast" that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to Houston. The Rockets are trying to get someone to take Ryan Anderson, but it won't be easy with $60 million left on his deal. Woj also added that the Rockets will remain patient while the Blazers have an interest in acquiring the 10-time All-Star.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 5:38 PM

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks have asked Carmelo Anthony to expand his "wish list" of teams to join.

Another day, another Melo rumor. It's no secret that his preference is to join Houston, but the Knicks aren't willing to make a "bad trade" -- the Rockets would likely have to include Ryan Anderson's bloated contract and the Knicks aren't interested. Berman adds that the Pelicans, Cavaliers, Thunder and Blazers are all waiting in the wings in the hope that Melo expands his list. The All-Star forward recently had "great conversations" with Knicks GM Scott Perry, but it sounds like both sides are still determined to orchestrate a move away from New York.
Source: NY Post
Aug 10 - 10:09 AM

The Knicks officially announced the signing of Ramon Sessions on Tuesday.

Sessions could realistically open the 2017-18 season as New York's starting point guard, but he'll likely cede that starting spot to Frank Ntilikina towards the second half of the year when player development becomes a primary focus for the Knicks.
Source: NBA
Aug 8 - 6:33 PM

The Knicks have officially signed Michael Beasley to a one-year pact for the veteran's minimum.

The former No. 2 overall pick should see decent minutes at the three and four for the Knicks, but it's unlikely that he'll be involved enough in New York's offense to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Aug 8 - 6:28 PM

Michael Beasley is reportedly nearing an agreement on a one-year deal with the Knicks.

Beasley could actually be a rotation player with the Knicks depending on what the roster looks like once Carmelo Anthony is dealt, but it's unlikely that he'll be on the floor enough to make a difference in standard leagues.
Aug 8 - 3:18 PM

Ron Baker signed his deal with the Knicks on Monday.

It's a two-year deal worth $8.9 million, though the second year is a player option. Baker is a fan favorite and the coaching staff loves his energy off the bench, and he's expected to see time at both guard spots this season. You'd still have to be in a very deep league to even consider touching Baker in fantasy drafts.
Aug 7 - 7:38 PM

The Knicks officially announced the signing of Damyean Dotson on Monday.

The second-rounder played well for the Knicks at Summer League, compiling averages of 12.8 points, 5.0 boards, 2.6 assists and 0.8 steals per game in 25.4 minutes of floor time, and he might be able to earn a steady role in the rotation next season depending on what the roster looks like after Carmelo Anthony is dealt. Still, it's unlikely he'll find himself in a situation next season where he's a relevant asset in standard leagues.
Aug 7 - 3:50 PM

The Knicks will announce the signing of Damyean Dotson this week.

They will also announce the signings of Ron Baker and Ramon Sessions. Assuming New York moves on from Carmelo Anthony, Dotson has a realistic shot of earning minutes on the rebuilding Knicks. He was one of the most impressive second-round picks at the Orlando Summer League, averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 boards, 2.6 assists and 0.8 steals. He's not on the standard-league radar yet, but he's at least worth monitoring in very deep leagues.
Source: NY Post
Aug 7 - 9:53 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he plans to play Ron Baker at both guard positions.

The Knicks shockingly offered Baker a two-year, $8.9 million contract this summer. The only other point guards on the roster are teenage rookie Frank Ntilikina and Ramon Sessions, who signed for the veteran's minimum after he missed the second half of last season due to a torn left meniscus. Thus, Baker has a chance to log consistent minutes. However, it's still highly unlikely he is productive enough to generate consideration in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Newsday
Aug 5 - 10:14 AM

Kristaps Porzingis said he's trying to learn as much as he can from Dirk Nowitzki.

"[I’m] asking him questions all the time, Porzingis said. "I’m happy I’m able to spend some time with him.’’ Porzingis has also talked about the Knicks and he said his "expectations are hard to say right now." He also said he's focusing on the national team right now and that he's been working extremely hard this summer.
Aug 4 - 5:47 PM


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