Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

The New York Knicks have been informed that hiring Scott Brooks as their next head coach would increase their chances of signing Kevin Durant, according to league sources.

It's unclear who has informed the Knicks of this, but it seems unlikely that team president Phil Jackson will hire a coach based on a potential free agent signing. Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Jeff Hornacek, and David Blatt are all available, but it looks like Jackson will see how interim head coach Kurt Rambis does before he hires a coach who doesn't utilize the triangle offense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 9:17 AM

Carmelo Anthony said that he'll continue to trust Phil Jackson in wake of Derek Fisher's firing, and that he has no intention of seeking a trade away from New York.

"This is something I didn't see coming, [that] nobody saw coming," Anthony said of Fisher's firing. "So you have to continue to put your trust into Phil. At this point, what could you do? Can't shy away from that. Can't go against it. So for me, it's continue. I have to trust in it. I decided to stay here. I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that." Anthony's surgically repaired left knee is a concern, but as long as New York is in the playoff hunt, owners can expect Melo to fight through the discomfort.
Source: ESPN
Feb 10 - 12:11 PM

Lance Thomas returned from a concussion on Tuesday, finishing with 11 minutes and two points off the Knicks bench.

As long as Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Williams are healthy, Thomas has almost no fantasy appeal.
Feb 9 - 10:55 PM

Langston Galloway came off the bench and played 29 minutes on Tuesday, but missed a surprisingly wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

He finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting, in an otherwise great night. He struggled in his previous two games, which featured the return of Jose Calderon, but the minutes have been there all along. Galloway is a player to hold as long as he's getting at least 25 minutes a night for the Knicks. And had his final shot gone down, he'd be a lot more famous in the morning.
Feb 9 - 10:53 PM

Robin Lopez had 14 points, eight rebounds and a block on 6-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Wizards.

He had just five points and five rebounds in his previous game, but is otherwise cooking, averaging 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.
Feb 9 - 10:47 PM

Carmelo Anthony's knee looked just fine on Tuesday when he went off for 33 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 12-of-22 shooting in 39 minutes.

Melo has had a pair of MRIs in the last few weeks and there's still plenty of concern about his role if the Knicks fall out of the playoff race, but until that happens, it looks like he's going to be playing on most nights.
Feb 9 - 10:45 PM

Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Wizards.

After going through a mini slump, Porzingis is rolling right now, double-double in his two previous games and then putting up tonight's beauty that included 8-of-14 shooting and 30 minutes. There are no indications that the arrival of Kurt Rambis is going to hurt Porzingis going forward, either.
Feb 9 - 10:40 PM

Lance Thomas (concussion) has been cleared to play for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards.

Thomas has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he'll be back on the court tonight. However, he's not a fantasy option in most leagues while Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Williams are healthy.
Feb 9 - 6:19 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo has elected to return to the D-League.

Antetokoumpo's 10-day contract with the Knicks expired and Lower Case will now return to the Westchester Knicks since he didn't get a second 10-day contract. While Giannis' brother could eventually provide fantasy value, that time is not now and he can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Feb 9 - 10:33 AM

Real Madrid is hoping to be able to retain Guillermo Hernangomez beyond this season.

The Knicks are interested on bringing their second-round pick from 2015 to the NBA for the 2016-17 season, but Real Madrid is reportedly exploring avenues to keep the big man. Hernangomez' contract with Real expires on June 30, so it's likely we'll see him playing alongside his friend Kristaps Porzingis next season. The 21-year-old has been called "a stronger version of Luis Scola", but he won't be on the fantasy radar until at least next season.
Source: Marca.com
Feb 9 - 9:16 AM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo's 10-day contract has expired.

The Knicks could re-sign him to another 10-day deal, but there has been no indication that New York is interested in that move.
Feb 8 - 12:15 PM

Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense.

The Knicks have relieved Derek Fisher of his head coaching duties.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne had the news first, and so much for a slow news day on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Phil Jackson's hand-picked selection for head coach lasted less than two full seasons, and the countdown will now be on to see how long Jackson sticks around in New York's front office, though there is nothing beyond rumors to suggest his departure is being discussed currently. The Knicks are fading out of the postseason race fast, Carmelo Anthony has issues with his surgically-repaired knee and there is no clear direction for a franchise that sorely needs one. With Fisher's dismissal, Kurt Rambis will be the interim head coach, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton—two of Jackson's former players—are "top long-term replacement candidates." Welcome to New York, everybody.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 8 - 10:55 AM

Lance Thomas (concussion) could return on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

He might, he might not. Either way, Thomas isn't a fantasy option with Carmelo Anthony (knee), Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams all available.
Source: Newsday
Feb 8 - 9:54 AM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) has been assured that the pain in his surgically-repaired knee is "part of the recovery," but he suggested that he might sit out more games to rest his knee.

"I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball," said Anthony. "It's not aligned for me right now." He has missed three of the Knicks' past eight games and although the All-Star break should help, owners have to prepare for occasional DNPs down the stretch. Melo's recent MRI came back negative and he said on Sunday that he intends to play in the All-Star game, which at least suggests that he's not overly concerned.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 8:29 PM


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