Player News - Knicks

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In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Andrea Bargnani said that he loves the Knicks and is hopeful that he will return to New York next season.

"I am happy with the Knicks. I love the city and the organization. There is an important project here" Bargnani said. "I will consider all the offers I receive from July. I want to remain in the NBA. And I will. I am at the peak of my basketball career and I want to win in the NBA." Bargnani was surprisingly decent down the stretch for the Knicks and averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29 appearances. New York obviously has big plans in free agency and the draft, so it will be interesting to see if they prioritize bringing Il Mago back.
Source: Sportando
Apr 29 - 11:02 AM

Jose Calderon is confident he'll have a bounce-back 2015-16 season, according to Knicks president Phil Jackson.

The 33-year-old was limited to just 42 games during the 2014-15 season, but told Jackson he's ready for a better 2015-16. "Jose came in confident in his exit meetings about having a much better season next year," Jackson said. "He was bothered from Day 1 by an Achilles situation that continued to bother him to the point that he had to sit it out. So we have that situation to deal with." The Knicks are in the market for a point guard who can get to the basket, so there's a good chance Calderon won't be starting for the Knicks and can thus be largely ignored in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN NY
Apr 23 - 12:26 PM

Phil Jackson said that he will consider trading away the Knicks' 2015 draft pick if it slides all the way to No. 5.

"We’ll consider everything," said Jackson regarding trading away the Knicks' first-round selection. "I want to be quite blunt, depending on the lottery, everything starts May 19 when the picks come in – everything germinates from there. Do you move a pick 1-2-3-4? That’s questionable. Do you move a 5 pick if that’s the alternative end result and use it as a chip? Maybe." Jackson also indicated that big men will be a "priority" for the Knicks on draft day, and that he would prefer to draft a defensive-minded big over a more offensively skilled center.
Apr 21 - 5:42 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson said that Jose Calderon was bothered by his Achilles for the entire 2014-15 season.

Jackson also added that he's confident Calderon will bounce back in 2015-16, but fantasy owners can't put too much stock in the 33-year-old at this point. Calderon disappointed even when he did play in 2014-15 with averages of 9.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers in 42 games and he'll have to compete with Langton Galloway, Shane Larkin, and a potential free agent or draft pick next season, so he shouldn't be much more than a late-round flier in 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
Apr 21 - 12:12 PM

Phil Jackson said he'll attempt to attract free agents by using the triangle offense, Carmelo Anthony and he and his staff's history of winning as selling points.

While Jackson's Knicks can't trumpet their 2014-15 record as a selling point, they'll have plenty of money available and will have to hope that Jackson, Anthony, head coach Derek Fisher, and the allure of playing in New York City will be enough to lure an elite free agent (or two). We'll keep a close eye on this situation as we approach free agency, but it sounds like the Knicks are getting ready to make some noise.
Apr 21 - 11:50 AM

Knicks president Phil Jackson has mixed reviews on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 2014-15 season.

Jackson said that Hardaway has a bright future, but was "both good and average" during the 2014-15 season. The Zen Master is correct as Hardaway had an inconsistent season during which he averaged 11.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 three-pointers on just 38.9 percent shooting from the field. While the 23-year-old has potential, he won't be much more than a late-round target in 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
Apr 21 - 11:37 AM

Carmelo Anthony said that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery during a recent interview, and that being ready for training camp next season is a non-issue.

"I’ll be ready in June," Anthony said. "I’ll probably be ready a little before June, back to my regular program and working out... The rehab is going extremely well. I feel very positive where I will be about next training camp. I’m actually excited about the progress I’ve made in a short period of time." It sounds like Anthony will have no problem being ready for training camp next season after only making it through 40 games this year. He has first-round upside, but knee injuries are nothing to play with, so he'll certainly carry some risk with an early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Apr 17 - 11:37 AM

Carmelo Anthony said he doesn't think he'll ever be 100 percent, but will be fully-recored and injury-free in time for training camp.

While it isn't exactly reassuring to hear a 30-year-old coming off knee surgery say he won't ever be 100 percent, it sounds like Melo will be ready to roll for the 2015-16 season. "I don't think I'll ever be a hundred percent, but as far as being fully recovered, injury-free, I'll be at that point," Anthony said. "If I lost my drive over this time then I shouldn't even be here, to be honest with you. My drive, everything that I've been through, and even this year in particular, I'm like pulling my hair out right now because I'm ready to get back on the court. I'm ready to prove everybody wrong." Anthony has the potential to deliver first-round fantasy value next season, but would be a very risky proposition at that draft spot coming off knee surgery.
Apr 16 - 2:01 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wouldn't have a problem with becoming the No. 2 option on the Knicks if they're able to land another superstar.

No, it's not April Fool's Day, as that happened a couple weeks ago. And whether the Knicks are able to get a superstar to come play for a team that was led by Langston Galloway, Jason Smith, Tim Hardaway and Cole Aldrich for much of the season isn't going to be an easy task. And finally, whether Melo can actually happily become a support player is also up for debate. It should be an interesting summer in New York. Marc Berman of the Post also reports that Melo's ahead of schedule as he recovers from knee surgery. He's expected to begin running and basketball activities on June 1, and then will start scrimmaging at a later date. He should be ready for the start of next season.
Apr 16 - 12:27 PM

Langston Galloway, who came in hot, hit just 2-of-8 shots for seven points and seven assists in Wednesday's merciful season finale, a loss to the Pistons.

Galloway was a buzzkill if you used him in daily tonight, but it was tough to see this coming. Tim Hardaway led the Knicks with 25 points and Cole Aldrich scored 24 with 15 rebounds and two blocks, and those were the only two Knickerbockers in double digits. Brutal. They won just 17 games, setting a franchise record, and have a 19.9 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick in the lottery (and can't pick lower than fifth). As Bob Seger once sang about the Knicks' season, turn the page.
Apr 16 - 1:26 AM

Andrea Bargnani will not play on Wednesday against the Pistons.

If the Knicks somehow win this game, their fans are going to be quite displeased. Assuming no other players will rest, Jason Smith, Cole Aldrich and Quincy Acy benefit.
Apr 15 - 6:26 PM

Derek Fisher said he won't apologize for Monday's win over the Hawks.

Tank-hungry Knicks fans would have preferred a loss on Monday as the Knicks are now in danger of having to split the draft lottery odds with the 76ers, but Fisher was in no mood to apologize. "I'm sure people are upset with us," Fisher said. "But I don't think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don't go together." While his quote may not sit well with fans, kudos for Fisher for not openly embracing the tank.
Source: ESPN NY
Apr 14 - 11:55 AM

Langston Galloway scored a career-high 26 points and was perfect on six 3-point attempts (also a career-high), hitting 10-of-12 shots overall with five rebounds, six assists and one steal in the Knicks' win over the Hawks on Monday.

Have a game, young fella. Galloway has been a bright spot in an otherwise terrible season for New York, and he should be in all lineups for Wednesday's finale against the Pistons.
Apr 14 - 3:18 AM

Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including a three) with nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Monday's win over the Hawks.

Smith also hit 5-of-5 FTs to finish out the unlikely yet studly fantasy line. He has actually been rolling pretty good lately, averaging 14.0 points, 0.8 threes, 7.3 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.3 combined steals and blocks with solid percentages over his last four games. The whole team was rolling tonight against the Hawks' somewhat disinterested unit but Smith is worth a look for the finale, nevertheless.
Apr 14 - 3:16 AM

Cole Aldrich couldn't back up his 19-point, 14-rebound outing from Saturday, managing just two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes on Monday against the Hawks.

Aldrich has always been this way and whether it's his achy knees or inconsistency he just can't be trusted as anything but a low-end flier.
Apr 14 - 3:14 AM


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