Player News - Knicks

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Kristaps Porzingis vaguely hinted that he could eventually leave the Knicks if the team isn't performing.

"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,’’ Porzingis said. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best." Porzingis will become a restricted free agent in 2018, so Knicks fans will be hoping for a quick turnaround so they can keep their franchise big man in town. Porzingis also announced that he will play for Latvia at Eurobasket this summer, so that's an indication that he's healthy after missing the final five games of the season with a back issue.
Apr 24 - 9:56 AM

The New York Post is reporting that the Celtics will consider trading for Carmelo Anthony if they are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

According to the Post, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but GM Danny Ainge had too many reservations. The article also states that Jae Crowder would be the primary player the Knicks would target in return. After a tumultuous past month for both Anthony and the Knicks franchise, it seems more likely than ever that Melo has already played his final game in a New York uniform. At this point, it appears it's only a matter of when, not if, Anthony gets traded.
Apr 21 - 9:10 AM

Kristaps Porzingis said he "of course" wants to play for the Knicks next season, despite recent friction between himself and the team.

"I love New York. I love New York," said Porzingis, who recently skipped his exit interview with Phil Jackson due to the "drama" surrounding the team. He plans to play for the Latvian national team this summer, contrary to the Knicks' desire, but at the end of the day he's still under a guaranteed deal until hitting restricted free agency in 2018.
Source: NY Post
Apr 20 - 1:47 AM

The Knicks lost the draft tiebreaker with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, which means New York will draft seventh, assuming they don't jump into one of the top three spots.

Minnesota and New York each finished with a 31-51 record this season. Thus, a drawing was conducted to break the tie. The Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance to win the lottery and 18.3 percent chance to land in the top three. The lottery drawing will be held on Tuesday, May 16.
Apr 18 - 5:26 PM

In an interview with FIBA.com, Kristaps Porzingis said he "absolutely" would like to play for Latvia's national team this summer.

Latvia will compete in FIBA EuroBasket 2017, which takes place from August 31st through September 17th. When asked if he wanted to play, Porzingis responded: "Yes, absolutely. I would like to help the team get to the second round and have a great campaign." KP missed the final five games of the regular season with a back injury, but it was relatively minor. The Knicks would prefer Porzingis not play internationally this summer, but the two sides have a strained relationship, as evidenced by KP skipping his exit interview with Phil Jackson. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Source: FIBA.com
Apr 18 - 9:18 AM

Justin Holiday said that he would like to play on the same team as his brother Jrue.

"If we can play together, that would be a dream come true and we’d be successful doing it,’’ Justin said. Both players are free agents this summer and it's a no-brainer that Jrue will have a ton of suitors, but Justin should be in demand as well after a fine season in New York. In 82 appearances, he averaged 7.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting with 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 triples in 20.0 minutes. However, unless he lands in a dream spot, it's hard to see him helping standard 12-team fantasy owners next season.
Apr 17 - 11:43 AM

Kristaps Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

President Phil Jackson threw Carmelo Anthony under the bus and it would appear Porzingis is not happy about it. According to ESPN, KP wasn't at exit interviews because of "drama" surrounding the franchise. The Knicks continue to make news during the postseason despite not being in the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 12:07 AM

Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings on Friday "due to frustration over dysfunction, drama" surrounding the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Oh boy. President Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony would be "better off somewhere else" and several other comments earlier today, so apparently Porzingis wasn't a fan. Porzingis also favorited Melo's "REALLY" post following Jackson's comments. It turns out publicly taking shots at your franchise player isn't the best way to make other players feel good about the front office. The Knicks are a disaster right now. How's it goink?
Apr 14 - 8:39 PM

President Phil Jackson said Derrick Rose told him he'd like to return to the Knicks and Rose wants a chance to redeem himself.

It looks like Jackson wants to bring back Rose and try to trade Melo, which shows just how differently he's thinking compared other successful NBA front office execs in 2017. Chances are some team is going to overpay for Rose this summer.
Apr 14 - 3:13 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson said he thinks Carmelo Anthony "would be better off somewhere else."

"We have not able to win with him on the court," Jackson said. It's no secret that the Zen Master has been trying to get Melo out of New York, but it took until the offseason for him to go with a clear statement like this one. Earlier today, an ESPN report said Melo is "leaning strongly" to waiving his no-trade clause. He and his family love NY, but he may have played his last game as a Knick. This will be a major storyline this summer.
Apr 14 - 2:55 PM

Derrick Rose said he would "love" to stay in New York, but will explore all possibilities in free agency.

Rose had a better than expected season in 2016-17, but underwent surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus earlier this month, so he will likely have a difficult time finding suitors willing to offer a long-term deal for significant money. Rose may have to settle for a shorter "make good" contract this summer. Coach Jeff Hornacek has said recently that the Knicks would consider bringing him back.
Apr 14 - 1:18 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said he would be ready if asked to take on a bigger role in the Knicks offense next season.

The future of Carmelo Anthony is uncertain at this point, but if Melo leaves, KP would become the focal point of New York's offense. "I haven’t thought about that," Porzingis said. "I'm really focused on getting better as a player. Once that time comes, I’m sure I’ll be ready." KP also said that his "No. 1 [goal] is getting in that weight room and living in there, basically." Depending on what happens in New York this offseason, Porzingis' fantasy stock could spike heading into next year's draft.
Source: Newsday
Apr 14 - 11:50 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is "leaning strongly" toward waiving his no-trade clause this summer.

ESPN also reports that the Knicks remain committed to moving Anthony this offseason. It sure seems Melo and the Knicks are heading towards a divorce, but Anthony has to approve the trade, which complicates everything. "I have a lot of thinking and reflecting to do," said Anthony on Wednesday. "It's all on me at this point." We should have a better idea of where the Knicks stand after Phil Jackson's press conference, which scheduled for Friday at 2:30 pm EST.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Apr 14 - 10:15 AM

Kristaps Porzingis will experiment with boxing as a training method this offseason.

"I’ll be doing a little bit of something I haven’t done before that’s not attached to basketball maybe that will help my game,’’ Porzingis said. "I’ll experiment a bit over the summer.’’ He said the top priority is to hit the weight room, so the Knicks will be hoping for a more muscular unicorn next season. He could have a major third-year breakout.
Apr 13 - 3:47 PM

Carmelo Anthony will have an exit meeting with Phil Jackson, coach Jeff Hornacek and GM Steve Mills on Thursday.

Melo plans to discuss his future with the team, but his decision on whether to part ways with the Knicks will hinge on whether Phil Jackson expresses "a commitment to win’’ now. Anthony also plans to meet with his own advisors, and he said it won’t be a rushed decision. "I would love to be back, but there’s some things I’d love to see different — the mentality, a winning mentality, being committed to that,’’ Anthony said. "I want to win. Hopefully everybody else does." It sounds like Melo and the Knicks could be looking at an ugly divorce this offseason, but Melo still holds all the cards with his no-trade clause.
Apr 13 - 9:21 AM


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