Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

The New York Knicks are studying their options for the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

The Knicks likely won't have a chance at Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns with the fourth pick, so they'll likely be choosing between Emmanuel Mudiay, D'Angelo Russell, Justise Winslow, or Willie Cauley-Stein. With that many options, Knicks general manager Steve Mills said the team's free agency plans will have an impact on what they do in the draft. "A lot will depend on what we think we're going to end up doing in free agency," Mills said. "I think we'll be able to get a few good players in free agency and that might be an indicator of the direction we may go." The Knicks will likely be one of the most active teams in free agency, so their draft picture is about as clear as mud at the moment.
Source: Newsday
May 21 - 10:45 AM

Knicks general manager Steve Mills was "a little" disappointed that they fell to No. 4 during Tuesday's lottery, and he hinted that the team could look to trade the pick.

"I think we're going to be open to a lot of things," Mills said. "We know we can get a good player at this pick. We're also going to be open to talking to teams and looking at different options." It's obviously been a long year for the Knicks after they finished with a 17-65 record, and this likely means that they won't have a shot at drafting Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Knicks could potentially land Emmanuel Mudiay or D'Angelo Russell, but they will explore every possibility in an effort to make a playoff push next season. The Knicks should also be very busy once free agency begins, so this is shaping up to be a crucial summer for New York.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 9:16 AM

The Knicks had a 19.9 percent chance to earn the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, but they fell to No. 4 during Tuesday's lottery.

The Knicks, who had a woeful 17-65 record this season, will pick behind the Wolves, Lakers and 76ers. Their draft-lottery misfortune deals a blow to Phil Jackson's rebuilding efforts in the Big Apple, especially with uncertainty surrounding Carmelo Anthony's fit in the triangle offense. The rest of the draft order reads: Orlando (5), Sacramento (6), Denver (7), Detroit (8), Charlotte (9), Miami (10), Indiana (11), Utah (12), Phoenix (13) and Oklahoma City (14).
May 19 - 9:08 PM

Phil Jackson said that the Lakers had a handshake deal in place that would have netted them Kevin Garnett back in 2007.

"When I realized that [Garnett] was available and wanted to leave Minnesota, I put a big push on [to acquire him]," said Jackson. "Dr. [Jerry] Buss came to me and said, 'I have a handshake agreement with [Glen] Taylor, that he's going to come to L.A. But [Kevin] McHale hasn't concurred yet.'" The Lakers were reportedly offering a package centered around Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, but the Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor was skeptical of Odom. In the end, as everyone is well aware, Garnett was sent to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, a first-round pick, and some cash. The Celtics went on to win a championship the first year Garnett put on a Boston jersey.
May 19 - 5:38 PM

Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Langston Galloway, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jusuf Nurkic were named to the 2014-15 All-Rookie Second Team.

Galloway was brought to the Knicks on a 10-day deal back in January and he arguably outplayed fellow wings Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cleanthony Early. He's the only undrafted player on either All-Rookie Team and has likely earned minutes for next season.
May 18 - 2:28 PM

Alex Kirk is expected to join the Grizzlies' Summer League team in July.

Kirk only managed to play five games for the Cavs during his rookie season before being traded away to the Knicks, after which he was waived by New York. He'll look to get his NBA career back on track with a strong showing during Summer League, but he's a long shot to wind up on an NBA roster when the 2015-16 season begins. There’s no fantasy value to be had here.
May 15 - 10:15 AM

Phil Jackson, through a series of tweets, hinted that the Knicks will not be a team that relies upon the 3-point shot.

"NBA analysts give me some diagnostics on how [3-point] oriented teams are faring this playoffs... seriously, how's it goink?" Tweeted Phil. Pretty well, actually. Seven of the past eight NBA champions have led all playoff teams in both 3-point attempts and makes, and in this year's postseason five of the eight teams remaining ranked in the top-10 in 3-point percentage during the regular season. Jackson's 11 championships are hard to argue with, but the Knicks team that won 54 games during the 2012-13 season led the league in 3-point attempts, while this year's 17-win disaster ranked just 21st in 3-point attempts.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 3:09 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo's agent said that the Knicks have given the "intentions" that they plan to sign his client for the 2015-16 season.

Giannis' brother is free to sign anywhere and is in search of an NBA contract, so it's still possible his road to the league falls outside of The Big Apple. Regardless, it appears the Knicks are invested in Antetokounmpo after he spent last season in their D-League, and he'd represent a low-cost swingman to help the club's putrid depth.
Source: ESPN NY
May 11 - 12:38 PM

Jose Calderon confirmed that he will not play at Eurobasket with the Spanish National Team this summer.

"I am not retiring from the Spanish National Team," Calderon told Marca (Spanish newspaper). "I still want to play basketball and now I have to fully recover from my injuries." Calderon is still recovering from an Achilles injury, so this isn't a surprise. The good news is that he should be ready to go for training camp, but he will have his work cut out for him after a thoroughly disappointing 2014-15 campaign. Calderon's fantasy value will hinge on what the Knicks do via free agency and the draft, but he won't be a reliable target in standard leagues.
Source: Sportando
May 9 - 10:47 AM

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


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