Player News - Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wants to return to the Knicks, but added that he also wants to win next year.

"I want to come back. I also want to win," he said. Whether Melo stays with the Knicks will be a hot topic from now until a decision is made, and while the addition of Phil Jackson gives them some hope, he's also excited to become a free agent. He will likely opt out in July and then start testing the market. Yes, the 'Summer of Melo' is approaching quickly. Melo said on Thursday he doesn't care about the money and just wants to win, while the Knicks can offer him more than any other team - five years, $129 million.
Apr 17 - 1:34 PM

Mike Woodson says he doesn't know if he'll help Phil Jackson conduct exit interviews with Knicks players, but hopes to learn of his status as head coach in the near future.

"If they bring me back, I’m going to make damn sure this doesn’t happen again,’’ Woodson said. "I hope [I’ll know] soon. There’s been enough said about my job all year from you guys. Hopefully soon I’ll know my destination on where I’m going to be." Woody's in a pretty tough spot and it's not his fault. Jackson was brought in to run the team and Woodson hasn't been told anything about his future. While it appears unlikely he'll be retained, as he's not one of Phil's 'guys,' anything is possible with the Knicks. Woodson has one year worth about $3.3 million left on his deal, but with or without Jackson in charge, the fact remains that the Knicks were highly disappointing this year after going 54-28 last season.
Apr 17 - 10:30 AM

Cole Aldrich filled the stat sheet against the Raptors during a 95-92 win with 13 points, 16 boards, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 40 minutes.

He had a double-double on Tuesday and finished the season about as well as anyone would have thought. Tyson Chandler did not play tonight and it allowed Aldrich to get serious run as the primary option in the paint. Aldrich was a lottery pick with the Thunder and there's a decent chance this will be his best game of his career from a fantasy standpoint.
Apr 17 - 12:14 AM

Amare Stoudemire played 20 minutes in Wednesday's finale against the Raptors, scoring eight points with five boards and one assist.

It was a big positive to see him even suit up in both games of a back-to-back set and he finished this season quite well. Stoudemire only missed two games since Mar. 1 and they were as a precaution, so the Knicks managing his minutes earlier worked out nicely. He had very little fantasy value coming into the season, but this year will put him on the radar as a late-round pick next year.
Apr 17 - 12:09 AM

Kenyon Martin will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle in the near future.

He was hoping to play again this season, which is why he put off the surgery. He also says he's not retiring and would like to return to the Knicks next season. so there's that.
Apr 16 - 7:21 PM

Updating a previous item, Cole Aldrich will start against the Raptors on Wednesday.

He had a double-double on Tuesday and will carry some momentum into tonight. He's a fantasy option with Tyson Chandler sitting out.
Apr 16 - 6:36 PM

Tyson Chandler will sit out Wednesday's meaningless finale for the Knicks.

The starting lineup is Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Amare Stoudmire and Cole Aldrich. Aldrich had 13 points and 13 boards on Tuesday, so we expect more of the same from him tonight.
Apr 16 - 6:20 PM

Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

The Knicks will start Pablo Prigioni in his place and Felton's season has ended. It was a disaster both on and off the court, but he'll likely be back with the Knicks next season. This year was his first with a single-digit points-per-game scoring average of his career and he probably won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next year.
Apr 16 - 6:17 PM

Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes on Tuesday and had 14 points, three rebounds and a block.

Mike Woodson left it up to Amare as to whether he played or not tonight, and he looked pretty good at times. It would be a little surprising to see Stoudemire play in Wednesday's finale, although it's still possible. Either way, look for Cole Aldrich, who had 13 & 13 tonight, to play well again tomorrow.
Apr 15 - 11:21 PM

J.R. Smith played 23 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.

This was not quite the line we were expecting from Smith with Carmelo Anthony in street clothes, but even though he didn't shoot it 30 times, he still managed to fill the stat sheet. And we fully expect him to do it again on Wednesday, assuming he plays.
Apr 15 - 11:20 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. hit 5-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers for 16 points, and no other relevant stats on Tuesday.

The Knicks are going to likely rest the old guys on Wednesday, making Hardaway look like a solid option for the finale.
Apr 15 - 11:18 PM

Cole Aldrich played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 4-of-6 shots for 13 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

This was basically the biggest game of Aldrich's non-storied career and simply suggests that he should have played more this season for the Knicks. With Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and possibly Tyson Chandler not likely to play on Wednesday, Aldrich should be in line for another nice night.
Apr 15 - 11:17 PM

Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.

Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management have questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.
Apr 15 - 6:44 PM

Amare Stoudemire will start at PF vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

He was a game-time decision but coach Mike Woodson said Amare would determine his own status, so apparently he felt good enough to play. Whether he suits up again on Wednesday is less certain, as is his long-term future in the NBA -- Amare said on Tuesday that he'll consider leaving to play for his team in Israel after the 2014-15 season.
Apr 15 - 6:39 PM

Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets, and his status for Wednesday's game is in doubt.

Melo is expected to have an MRI soon, if he hasn't already, and there's simply no reason for him to play with New York out of the playoffs and free agency looming. Owners should anticipate another DNP on Wednesday. Iman Shumpert moved into the starting lineup, joining Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
Apr 15 - 6:36 PM


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