Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Carmelo Anthony said he would like to retire with the Knicks.

While Anthony has had trade rumors circling around him for at least a years, the 31-year-old said he'd like to finish his career with the Knicks. Melo also said he'd like to have input on the Knicks next head coach, but added that he hasn't talked to president Phil Jackson about that. Though there will be plenty of trade talk surrounding Melo this summer, he doesn't sound like he's ready to waive his no-trade clause any time soon.
Apr 28 - 11:57 AM

Phil Jackson reportedly met with Kurt Rambis' agents on Tuesday.

The quirk here is that Jackson and Rambis' agents are the same people, so while this may be a sign that Jackson is progressing towards a deal that would name Rambis as New York's next head coach, it could also have been nothing more than a social visit. Jackson has also contacted Luke Walton and David Blatt regarding the Knicks' vacancy at the helm, but all indications thus far are that Rambis is the current frontrunner.
Apr 27 - 10:49 AM

Derek Fisher has interest in the Lakers coaching job, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

It's not clear if the feeling is mutual, but Fisher's name has been floated prior in connection with the gig. The Lakers may want to consider hiring someone without a connection to the franchise, but the ability to develop players should be at the top of L.A.'s list for any potential candidate.
Apr 25 - 12:33 PM

Carmelo Anthony didn't attend Phil Jackson's two-day seminar of the triangle offense.

There are conflicting reports on whether or not the camp was mandatory, and one player even claimed that not everyone on the roster was invited. Regardless, it's not a good look for the franchise and it's no secret that Anthony wasn't happy last week following his meeting with Jackson and it doesn't sound like he's confident in the direction of the franchise. There is going to be a lot of talk this summer about the possibility of Melo waiving his no-trade clause.
Apr 22 - 10:26 AM

Phil Jackson spoke to Warriors assistant Luke Walton without permission, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Jackson spoke to Walton on Saturday, but did so without receiving the Warriors permission. While Kerr said he wouldn't file tampering charges in this instance, Jackson is officially on notice. "Luke and Phil have had contact, just like Phil and I have had contact, but not anything to do with the job,’’ Kerr said. "That would be tampering. If somebody wants to speak with Luke, they know the protocol."
Apr 19 - 9:44 AM

Lance Thomas said he would like to re-sign with the Knicks.

"I love New York," Thomas said. "I really don’t know what’s going to happen, to be honest. I love New York, I’m from the area. If it works out that way, I’d love to come back." Thomas is set to get a significant pay raise this summer after averaging 8.2 points, 2.2 boards, 0.9 assists and 0.7 3-pointers on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent from deep. The New York Post speculates that Thomas' salary could start at $4.5 million per year, but it would make a lot of sense for the Knicks to upgrade their backcourt before they do anything else.
Apr 16 - 10:49 AM

Phil Jackson said that Jerian Grant didn't deserve more playing time this season.

"He didn't really deserve more time," Jackson said. "He really wasn't helping us win in a lot of ways…. So, the players deserve time when they help a team win. Sometimes kids go out there and can look good but they are not making you move forward. We are really happy that he got these opportunities at the end of the season … it gave him a lot of confidence and that was important." The rookie looked great during the last few games of the season, but he spent the majority of the campaign riding the bench in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season. The Knicks will likely target a PG in free agency, so that could be another roadblock for Grant's role next season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 15 - 1:18 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said that he wants to add 10-13 pounds this summer.

"10 to 13 pounds would be the goal,’’ Porzingis said. "I want to put on the weight, but I want to feel as quicker, if not quicker. That’s the goal. That’s why the offseason is so big for me. 245 would be a good weight for me.’’ Porzingis had a solid season with averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.9 blocks, 0.7 steals and 1.1 3-pointers, becoming the first rookie to ever score more than 1,000 points, grab 500-plus rebounds, make 75-plus 3-pointers and block more than a 100 shots.
Apr 15 - 9:54 AM

Carmelo Anthony said that he looks at the list of impending free agents every day, and that he would like to be involved in the Knicks' personnel decisions this offseason.

"I want to be a part of that," Anthony said of having input on some of New York's upcoming personnel decisions. "If I'm going to be a part of this organization and the future of this organization, then I want to be a part of the decision-making in some way, shape or form." Anthony also added that he doesn't want a guy's fit with the triangle offense to be a significant factor in whom the Knicks pursue during free agency saying, "If you're a ball player, you're a ball player."
Source: ESPN
Apr 13 - 11:10 AM

Arron Afflalo said that he still views himself as a "premier two-guard" in the league, and implied that he'll be opting out of his contract if a starting spot in New York's backcourt is not guaranteed.

"I still believe I'm one of the premier two guards in this league and part of being an elite two guard in this league is opportunity," Afflalo said. "You have to be in a certain environment where you can excel and show what you can do and hopefully that contributes to winning. And I still believe I'm that player so I'll find the best opportunity for me whether it's in New York or anywhere else." It doesn't seem very likely that Afflalo will be back with the Knicks next season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 13 - 10:41 AM

Kurt Rambis will reportedly be returning to the Knicks next season in some capacity.

If it's not as the head coach, Rambis could be retained as an offensive coordinator or an assistant general manager, according to sources of the New York Post. Phil Jackson reportedly views Rambis as the only option to put in place as New York's next full time head coach, which is not something that Carmelo Anthony seems to be all that excited about.
Apr 13 - 10:00 AM

Langston Galloway played 35 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's finale but hit just 3-of-12 shots for nine points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.

Galloway's minutes have been jerked around by the Knicks due to some contract issues, but he had a decent season. And the restricted free agent says he wouldn't mind returning to the team next season.
Apr 12 - 9:24 PM

Sasha Vujacic hit just 2-of-8 shots and missed all three of his 3-pointers for four points, four rebounds and six assists in 22 minutes of Tuesday's start.

The boards and assists helped ease the blow to fantasy owners, but he was playing much better than this coming in. Thankfully, his season is officially in the books for the Knicks.
Apr 12 - 9:22 PM

Jerian Grant hit 7-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in Tuesday's finale for the Knicks.

He finished on a high note and was helped by the Knicks playing with a shell of their original team down the stretch. Nice job if you used him in DFS tonight.
Apr 12 - 9:21 PM

Derrick Williams started and hit 8-of-11 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, one rebound, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers.

Williams was in line for a big night with both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis sitting, and while he came through in the shooting and scoring departments, some more rebounds would have been nice. The Knicks' season has mercifully come to an end with a 32-50 record.
Apr 12 - 9:20 PM


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