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Carmelo Anthony is still expected to remain with the Knicks past the deadline according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Knicks haven't brought him a potential deal in recent days, suggesting that the talks with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics have cooled. Melo still holds all the power with his no-trade clause, and Phil Jackson's tactics to drive him out of New York have backfired. Barring a surprise, expect Melo to finish out the season in New York.
Feb 19 - 9:50 AM

Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.

He is the first Knick to win the Skills Challenge and is the second big in a row to win it with Karl-Anthony Towns taking it home last year. Porzingis was also effective with 24 points in the World's victory in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, so he had a solid weekend on the court. You could make an argument he should've made the All-Star team over Carmelo Anthony, too. After dealing with an Achilles issue for three different stints last month, he's back up to 31.1 minutes per game in February.
Feb 18 - 8:38 PM

Kristaps Porzingis expressed frustration with inconsistent play over the last two months.

"I’ve been up and down a little bit," Porzingis said. "I haven’t been consistent. I’m just trying to get back in my rhythm, trying to play the right way." KP also said his nagging left Achilles injury and recent stomach illness have made it difficult to find his rhythm. Porzingis was averaging 20.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers over the first 32 games of the season (before his Achilles injury). He's averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 boards 1.4 3-pointers in the 16 games he's played since. Hopefully he bounces back over the final two months of the season.
Source: Newsday
Feb 18 - 9:27 AM

Multiple teams view Derrick Rose as a potential trade target, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

While Carmelo Anthony rumors continue to swirl, ESPN reports that Rose is attracting some attention from other teams in need of point guard help. Rose has been putting up impressive numbers of late. Over the Knicks last four games, Rose is averaging 19.0 points (on 57.9 percent shooting), 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. If he is traded, his fantasy value would likely take a hit, as Rose would probably see fewer minutes and a reduced usage rate on a new team.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 10:38 AM

Ron Baker returned to the Knicks' rotation on Wednesday, playing 18 minutes to finish with six points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

Baker has had a few brief, shining moments this season but at no point has he posted reliable fantasy value. Brandon Jennings was out tonight due to Achilles soreness, which thrust Baker into the backup PG role, but with the All-Star break imminent it's possible this will be Jennings' only DNP.
Feb 16 - 12:40 AM

Derrick Rose stayed hot on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-21 shots for 25 points, but it wasn't enough to avoid a road loss to the Thunder.

Rose heads into the All-Star break on an upswing, having averaged 19.0 points on 33-of-57 shooting (57.9 percent) in his past four games. He rounded out tonight's line with seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes, which is all his owners can ask for.
Feb 16 - 12:40 AM

Carmelo Anthony, who was named an All-Star replacement on Wednesday, finished a road loss in OKC with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, six 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes.

Melo has now made eight straight All-Star teams, although it took an injury to Kevin Love for him to make the cut this season. As for all the trade talk engulfing the Knicks, Melo continues to downplay the rumors. "I never thought I would be anywhere [other than New York]," he said. "Nothing came to my table for me to look at. Until that time comes, then they don't need for me to even talk about the [no-trade] clause." If he were to be dealt, he'd be hard-pressed to duplicate his current 29.6 percent usage.
Feb 16 - 12:38 AM

Willy Hernangomez started Wednesday's game and racked up eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 32 minutes vs. the Thunder.

Joakim Noah (hamstring) was out again tonight, predictably, and the rookie center used the opportunity to turn in his best fantasy line in four games. He's prone to some disappearing acts, but with the Knicks struggling this season they have every reason to develop him in their final 26 games after the break.
Feb 16 - 12:37 AM

Brandon Jennings (sore left Achilles) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

This is the same left Achilles that required surgery in 2015, but hopefully the time off following this game will help him get right. With Jennings out tonight, Ron Baker will back up Derrick Rose.
Feb 15 - 8:04 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he's given no indication to Knicks management that he has any intention of waiving his no-trade clause.

This has been a constant theme, and while it hasn't stopped the trade rumors from swirling around Melo, it seems extremely unlikely that he'll be moved at the deadline. The Knicks are currently just three games out of the playoff hunt, and as long as they're relevant, Anthony won't be in any danger of a potential shutdown.
Feb 15 - 1:28 PM

Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, and Willy Hernangomez will get the start in his place.

Hernangomez has been solid as a starter this season, owning averages of 13.5 points, 11.5 boards, 2.5 dimes and 1.5 steals per game on 55.0 percent shooting, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares tonight with a tough matchup against OKC. Kyle O'Quinn should be able to flirt with minutes in the 20s sans Noah, but Hernangomez makes for a more attractive DFS target. Noah belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Feb 15 - 12:06 PM

Team president Phil Jackson views Willy Hernangomez and Kristaps Porzingis as the "starting frontcourt tandem of the future," according to Mark Berman of the New York Post.

Sunday was the first time Hernangomez started alongside Porzingis and Knicks posted arguably their most impressive win of the season, a 94-90 victory over the Spurs. Joakim Noah (hamstring) is expected to miss at least one more game, so Hernangomez will likely start again on Wednesday vs. OKC. If Noah is healthy after the All-Star break, coach Jeff Hornacek will have a tough decision to make. Either way, Hernangomez had done enough to earn consistent minutes going forward.
Feb 14 - 10:08 AM

Kristaps Porzingis finished a win vs. the Spurs on Sunday with 16 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.

Porzingis moved back to power forward tonight, although coach Jeff Hornacek said he might still experiment with KP at center in certain situations. Porzingis didn't look at all hesitant tonight and coach Jeff Hornacek praised his aggression, which is a great sign after his Achilles injury. As a footnote, this was the first time two Latvian players have played in the same NBA game, with Porzingis being joined by Spurs forward Davis Bertans. "It’s a big deal," Bertans said before the game. "In Latvia, there’s going to be people staying up all night to watch."
Feb 12 - 7:06 PM

Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) returned to action on Sunday, posting two points and two rebounds with five personal fouls in 17 minutes.

Thomas missed 14 straight games and it will take him some time to scrape off the rust. Before the game, coach Jeff Hornacek suggested that Thomas could fit well at power forward alongside Kristaps Porzingis at center, so that's something to watch for. The majority of owners can ignore Thomas in season-long leagues.
Feb 12 - 7:04 PM

Willy Hernangomez returned to the Knicks' starting lineup on Sunday with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist in 29 minutes.

The impressive rookie played just nine minutes in New York's previous game, but coach Jeff Hornacek mixed up the rotations again tonight with Kristaps Porzingis sliding back to PF. Willy's owners may have cut him following Friday's disappointing game, but anyone in need of a high-upside center should grab him and hold on tight.
Feb 12 - 7:03 PM


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