Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle O'Quinn and the Knicks have agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal.

He couldn't get playing time with Jacque Vaughn, but maybe he can with Derek Fisher. O'Quinn is a solid defender when he's not fouling everything with a basketball and should be a useful backup to Robin Lopez. That said, a four-year deal seems odd for KOQ.
Jul 4 - 7:06 PM

The Knicks are finalizing a four-year, $54 million deal with Robin Lopez.

It's still not completely official yet because DeAndre Jordan has a microscopic chance to choose the Knicks, but this sounds like a done deal. While that's a massive contract for a guy who only had a 15.6 usage rate and only a 12.3 defensive rebound rate last season, Lopez is really a nice fit for the Knicks. Ro-Lo was also very good at rim protection last year, which was a bad weakness for the Knicks. He'll be an interesting standard league target in the 75-100 range.
Jul 3 - 1:45 PM

Unrestricted free agent Quincy Acy has reportedly received interest from at least five NBA teams.

So far the Spurs, Magic, Kings, Pelicans and Hawks have all expressed interest in Acy, but he only averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds playing for the Knicks last season, and there's not a situation out there that will provide him with a better opportunity to produce. He'll be a negligible fantasy option next year.
Jul 3 - 9:12 AM

Robin Lopez has committed to the Knicks and will sign with them unless DeAndre Jordan chooses the Knicks.

In other words, Lopez is on the Knicks. While Lopez won't come cheap, he is actually a very good fit with them. He ranked third in the NBA for offensive rebounds in the 2013-14 season, he doesn't have many fouling issues, he's been very healthy in his career and he'll have a low usage rate on offense, which Carmelo Anthony will like. Lopez did have a down year in 2014-15, but he could wind up being a mid-round guy in standard leagues next season.
Jul 2 - 11:24 PM

Unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez is discussing a deal with the Knicks in the range of $12-13 million per season.

The Knicks were always going to overpay for Ro-Lo, so this is not a surprise. As one of the best offensive rebounders in the NBA, he should have success next to Carmelo Anthony. Plus, if Kristaps Porzingis can develop quickly to stretch the floor, it would almost be an ideal situation for him from a schematic standpoint.
Jul 2 - 8:59 PM

The Lakers have reportedly expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Jason Smith.

With the Lakers reportedly looking at Jason Smith and Amare Stoudemire, it sounds like they've lowered their expectations dramatically. Smith averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in an ideal situation with the Knicks during the 2014-15 season, so that's pretty much his ceiling. He has no value in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 7:13 PM

There is reportedly "mutual interest" between the Knicks and unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez.

The Trail Blazers remain an option for Lopez, but the Knicks could potentially pry him away with a big money offer after missing out on the big name free agents. If Lopez does not return to Portland, Mason Plumlee would likely assume the starting center position, and he would make for an excellent late-round selection in fantasy leagues if that's the case.
Source: Real GM
Jul 2 - 3:20 PM

Phil Jackson said that while the Knicks have cap space, he's making no promises in free agency.

This is not the type of statement from their team president that Knicks fans are looking for, but Jackson attempted to pour some cold water on the Knicks free agency situation on Thursday. "We have quite a bit of money - whether it’s completely used or whether we have the opportunity to use it is still unknown. There are no promises in this particular free agency at least on our end." The Knicks have struck out on most of their main free agent targets and are moving to contingency plans, so we can't blame Jackson for trying to control the message and lower expectations.
Jul 2 - 12:34 PM

The New York Knicks reportedly met with unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez on Wednesday night.

After starting out with lofty free agent targets such as Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol, and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Knicks look to have moved onto Plan B (or Plan C). Lopez would be a solid addition to the Knicks frontcourt after averaging 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks with the Blazers in 2014-15 and could wind up being a solid late-round fantasy value if he manages to see more than the 27.8 minutes per game that averaged with Portland last season.
Jul 2 - 12:00 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he's waiting to hear some good free agency news.

While Knicks fans are in a similar situation, Anthony said he's waiting for his phone to ring with big free agency news. "I’m waiting for my phone to go off right now so I can hear some good news, but it’s a waiting game," Anthony said. "You see guys are signing up early right now and I think this free agency will be done in a short time." We'll have to wait and see what Melo thinks of the Arron Afflalo signing, but something tells us New York's pursuit of Derrick Williams and Kendrick Perkins aren't exactly what he has in mind.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Jul 2 - 9:58 AM

Arron Afflalo has signed a two-year deal with the New York Knicks.

Afflalo isn't exactly the splash that Knicks fans have been hoping for, but his two-year, $16 million contract will at least ensure that the team doesn't get shut out during the free agency process. The 29-year-old is coming off a lackluster 2014-15 campaign during which he averaged 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 three-pointers as a starter. We'll have to see if playing alongside Carmelo Anthony will help resurrect his game, but fantasy owners can treat Affalo as a late-round flier heading into standard league fantasy drafts.
Jul 2 - 9:21 AM

The Bucks had a meeting with unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez.

The Bucks were not able to get Tyson Chandler, so they may be more aggressive than teams like the Knicks. Lopez would move into the starting lineup, which would hurt John Henson and Zaza Pachulia. Of course, nothing is imminent here.
Jul 1 - 5:44 PM

The Knicks are planning to meet with unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez in Los Angeles.

A New York Lopez rivalry? The Knicks were gashed in the paint last year and could use a guy like Lopez to help them on the glass. He's much more durable than his brother, but Robin isn't quite the offensive presence.
Jul 1 - 4:09 PM

The Knicks have reportedly contacted free agent Lance Thomas, and he's also drawing interest from the Spurs and Nets.

The 27-year-old forward played well for New York last season but his career stats highlight the reason he's not on fantasy radars -- 4.5 points on 43.0 percent shooting, 2.6 rebounds and more turnovers (0.7) than assists (0.6) in 17 minutes per game.
Source: Ian Begley
Jul 1 - 3:48 PM

Kristaps Porzingis is currently dealing with a hip injury that has prevented him from working out, and it's unclear at this point if he'll be ready for the start of Summer League.

Kristaps older brother, Janis Porzingis, said that he expects his Kristaps to resume working out regularly within the next few days, but would not commit to him being ready for the start of Summer League. It doesn't sound like this will be a very big issue moving forward, but we'll continue to track his progress.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 6:46 PM


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