Player News - Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony believes that the Knicks will want him to help lure free agents this summer.

"Pretty sure," Anthony said. "When that time comes, we’ll do the work." Anthony confirmed that he wasn't consulted during the Knicks' coaching search even though he clearly wanted a say in the matter, but he's reportedly pretty happy with the expected hiring of Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks will likely play at a faster pace with Hornacek at the helm, so Anthony should get a nice bump in fantasy value.
Source: Newsday
May 28 - 9:54 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks will try to acquire a pick in the upcoming draft.

Begley says the best-case scenario would be for the Knicks to purchase a late first-round pick, but he added that a second-round pick is more likely. The Knicks have shown interest in quite a few prospects recently including Kansas guard Wayne Selden, Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell and St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley. They are also expected to attend the workouts of Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse's Malachi Richardson and they have already attended Cheick Diallo's workout.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 9:44 AM

Panathinaikos is interested in Thanasis Antetokounmpo, according to Sportando.

Talks haven't progressed to an advanced stage, but Giannis' brother could head overseas after an insignificant stint with the Knicks. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Lower Case can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point.
May 24 - 10:01 AM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo is hoping to play for the Greek national team this summer.

The "other" Antetokounmpo appeared on Nigeria's pre-selection roster, but he recently voiced his desire to play for Greece. "I called them and told them that I want to play for Greece. I grew up in Greece, I am feeling Greek and that’s my dream," he said.
May 23 - 8:55 AM

Knicks reporter Ian Begley believes that Jerian Grant could thrive under coach Jeff Hornacek next season.

Hornacek will likely be able to tweak the triangle offense, meaning the Knicks could utilize the pick and roll a lot more which is what Grant excelled at during his college days. The Knicks will certainly be in the market for some backcourt help this summer, but if they aren't able to land a starting-caliber PG, Grant could be looking at a larger role. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 assists, 1.9 boards and 0.7 steals in 16.6 minutes per game in his rookie season.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 9:25 AM

Carmelo Anthony is excited to play at a faster pace next season under new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

"I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix," Anthony said. "Everybody knows he likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I'll definitely be looking forward to that." The Knicks ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in pace the past two seasons, so hopefully that changes under Hornacek. Anthony wasn't consulted during the Knicks' coaching search, but it sounds like he approves of his new coach.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 9:16 AM

Jeff Hornacek will be allowed to tweak the triangle offense next season.

Former coach Derek Fisher wasn't granted this privilege last season. Fisher tried to tweak it with more on-ball screens and pace, but Phil Jackson didn't like the change. Unlike Fisher, Hornacek doesn't have a history with Jackson, so he isn't really familiar with the triangle. Hornacek's offenses counted on 3-pointers even though he didn't have a litany of shooters on his roster. Expect more pace and perimeter shooting at Madison Square Garden next year.
Source: ESPN NY
May 20 - 4:45 PM

The Knicks and Jeff Hornacek have reportedly come to terms on a deal in principle that will install him as their next head coach.

Hornacek is a fantasy friendly coach, as he likes his teams to run out a high octane offense, so his hiring is good news for the fantasy value of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Hornacek reportedly considered Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach while he was at the helm in Phoenix, so there's a good chance Rambis sticks around as an assistant in New York.
May 19 - 5:30 PM

Kristaps Porzingis was named to the All-Rookie First Team on Thursday.

Porzingis was a unanimous First Team selection after an impressive rookie campaign in which he produced top-50 value behind averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 boards, 1.1 triples, 1.3 assists and an elite 1.9 swats per contest. Joining Porzingis on the All-Rookie First Team will be Karl-Anthony Towns (also a unanimous First Team selection), Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic and Jahlil Okafor.

The Knicks will reportedly hire Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach.

Hornacek was in the running for multiple vacant coaching jobs but he's expected to make his new home in New York, beating out fellow candidates Kurt Rambis, Frank Vogel and David Blatt. Hornacek compiled a 101-112 record in nearly three seasons as the Suns' head coach. He'll take over a team that missed the playoffs this year but should benefit from continuity, as four of their five starters have guaranteed contracts. There's no word yet about Hornacek's assistant coaches, and multiple reports suggest that he might not be required to keep Phil Jackson's preferred triangle offense.
May 18 - 7:42 PM

The Knicks have interviewed Jeff Hornacek for their coaching job, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Stein adds that Hornacek is getting interest to be an assistant on the Warriors bench. While things did not go well for Hornacek after the Eric Bledsoe (knee) injury in December along with the Markieff Morris drama, Hornacek is one of the better basketball minds left in the coaching pool. He's very likely to get another crack as a head coach.
May 16 - 3:15 PM

The Knicks are hopeful to have their coaching search completed "within the next week or so," a source told Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal.

Frank Vogel, David Blatt and incumbent Kurt Rambis are the three candidates for the job, and while many assumed Rambis was a done deal before the search ever began, it seems as if Vogel's candidacy is starting to gain a bit of momentum. Will Vogel's late push be enough to keep Rambis from patrolling the sidelines for the 2016-17 campaign? Only Zen Master Phil Jackson knows the answer to that one.
May 16 - 11:17 AM

Guillermo Hernangomez' agent said that there is "no accuracy to the report" that the Knicks have offered Hernangomez a four-year deal worth $4.5 million.

An earlier report indicated that the 21-year-old was bound for the NBA next season, but things aren't nearly as clear now. Hernangomez' contract with Real Madrid will expire on June 30, so we should have some more clarity on his NBA status once we get closer to that point.
May 12 - 5:50 PM

Mike Fratello said that he'd be happy to talk with Phil Jackson regarding the Knicks' head coaching vacancy.

Fratello said that he would not be opposed to running the triangle offense, but it's currently unclear if Jackson views Fratello as a potential candidate for the Knicks' head coaching position. While David Blatt has been the only guy that Jackson has met with so far, Kurt Rambis remains the frontrunner to land the gig. That probably doesn't sit well with Carmelo Anthony, who has repeatedly pleaded for Jackson to go through an all encompassing coaching search.
May 12 - 4:52 PM

Both the Pacers and the Magic are reportedly considering bringing on Jeff Hornacek as their next head coach.

The Pacers are reportedly "strongly considering" Hornacek, but they now have some competition with the Orlando job opening up. Hornacek reportedly impressed Orlando while interviewing for their head coaching vacancy back in 2012, and as a guy who likes to turn up the tempo, he could only do good things for the fantasy value of the Orlando players. Adrian Griffin, James Borrego, Patrick Ewing and Frank Vogel have also been mentioned as early candidates for the Orlando head coaching gig.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 3:30 PM


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