Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle O'Quinn, who just agreed to a four-year deal with the Knicks, expressed his appreciation for his time with the Magic.

"I love everybody there [in Orlando]," he said. "I love my whole team: the GM on down to the guy that cleans the bathrooms. I loved everybody there, and I think it was a mutual feeling. It was the feeling that I loved every day coming to work." O'Quinn also admitted that the long-term deal played a big part in his decision to leave Orlando. The Magic will receive the rights to swap 2019 second-round picks in the sign-and-trade deal for O'Quinn.
Jul 6 - 10:11 AM

Jason Smith and the Knicks are still in discussions about signing a new contract.

The Lakers have also shown some interest in Smith, so the Knicks will want to get a deal done pretty quickly. Smith averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 boards and 1.7 assists in 21.8 minutes per game last season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues regardless of where he lands.
Jul 5 - 12:00 PM

The Knicks are planning on re-signing Lance Thomas for the veteran's minimum.

Thomas has also drawn interest from the Spurs and Nets, but they probably won't offer more than the veteran's minimum either. Thomas averaged 7.1 points and 3.1 boards on 41.2 percent shooting from the field last season, so he shouldn't be an option on draft day.
Jul 5 - 10:52 AM

The Knicks are hoping to sign Lou Amundson for the veteran's minimum.

Amundson averaged 6.3 points, 6.1 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 19.8 minutes after the All-Star break, but he would likely be looking at a reduced role next season. The Knicks just signed Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn, so there will be a lot more competition for minutes in the frontcourt. To be clear, Amundson is not on the fantasy radar.
Jul 5 - 10:47 AM

Kyle O'Quinn and the Knicks have agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal.

He couldn't get playing time with Jacque Vaughn, but maybe he can with Derek Fisher. O'Quinn is a solid defender when he's not fouling everything with a basketball and should be a useful backup to Robin Lopez. That said, a four-year deal seems odd for KOQ.
Jul 4 - 7:06 PM

The Knicks have reportedly come to an agreement with Derrick Williams on a two-year, $10 million deal.

The Knicks are grasping at straws hoping that Williams can contribute meaningfully at the NBA level. Outside of dunks and the occasional 3-pointer, Williams struggles across the board at every other aspect of the game. Even if he was granted significant minutes in New York, he should not be on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 3 - 10:48 PM

The Knicks are finalizing a four-year, $54 million deal with Robin Lopez.

It's still not completely official yet because DeAndre Jordan has a microscopic chance to choose the Knicks, but this sounds like a done deal. While that's a massive contract for a guy who only had a 15.6 usage rate and only a 12.3 defensive rebound rate last season, Lopez is really a nice fit for the Knicks. Ro-Lo was also very good at rim protection last year, which was a bad weakness for the Knicks. He'll be an interesting standard league target in the 75-100 range.
Jul 3 - 1:45 PM

The Knicks are meeting with unrestricted free agent Derrick Williams on Friday.

The Knicks still have $8 million let to spend and they could use another forward. Williams played both forward spots for the Kings last season and would likely be in a similar role. The Rockets, Lakers and Heat could look at Williams, as well.
Jul 3 - 11:54 AM

Unrestricted free agent Quincy Acy has reportedly received interest from at least five NBA teams.

So far the Spurs, Magic, Kings, Pelicans and Hawks have all expressed interest in Acy, but he only averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds playing for the Knicks last season, and there's not a situation out there that will provide him with a better opportunity to produce. He'll be a negligible fantasy option next year.
Jul 3 - 9:12 AM

Robin Lopez has committed to the Knicks and will sign with them unless DeAndre Jordan chooses the Knicks.

In other words, Lopez is on the Knicks. While Lopez won't come cheap, he is actually a very good fit with them. He ranked third in the NBA for offensive rebounds in the 2013-14 season, he doesn't have many fouling issues, he's been very healthy in his career and he'll have a low usage rate on offense, which Carmelo Anthony will like. Lopez did have a down year in 2014-15, but he could wind up being a mid-round guy in standard leagues next season.
Jul 2 - 11:24 PM

Unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez is discussing a deal with the Knicks in the range of $12-13 million per season.

The Knicks were always going to overpay for Ro-Lo, so this is not a surprise. As one of the best offensive rebounders in the NBA, he should have success next to Carmelo Anthony. Plus, if Kristaps Porzingis can develop quickly to stretch the floor, it would almost be an ideal situation for him from a schematic standpoint.
Jul 2 - 8:59 PM

The Lakers have reportedly expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Jason Smith.

With the Lakers reportedly looking at Jason Smith and Amare Stoudemire, it sounds like they've lowered their expectations dramatically. Smith averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in an ideal situation with the Knicks during the 2014-15 season, so that's pretty much his ceiling. He has no value in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 7:13 PM

There is reportedly "mutual interest" between the Knicks and unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez.

The Trail Blazers remain an option for Lopez, but the Knicks could potentially pry him away with a big money offer after missing out on the big name free agents. If Lopez does not return to Portland, Mason Plumlee would likely assume the starting center position, and he would make for an excellent late-round selection in fantasy leagues if that's the case.
Source: Real GM
Jul 2 - 3:20 PM

Phil Jackson said that while the Knicks have cap space, he's making no promises in free agency.

This is not the type of statement from their team president that Knicks fans are looking for, but Jackson attempted to pour some cold water on the Knicks free agency situation on Thursday. "We have quite a bit of money - whether it’s completely used or whether we have the opportunity to use it is still unknown. There are no promises in this particular free agency at least on our end." The Knicks have struck out on most of their main free agent targets and are moving to contingency plans, so we can't blame Jackson for trying to control the message and lower expectations.
Jul 2 - 12:34 PM

The New York Knicks reportedly met with unrestricted free agent Robin Lopez on Wednesday night.

After starting out with lofty free agent targets such as Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol, and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Knicks look to have moved onto Plan B (or Plan C). Lopez would be a solid addition to the Knicks frontcourt after averaging 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks with the Blazers in 2014-15 and could wind up being a solid late-round fantasy value if he manages to see more than the 27.8 minutes per game that averaged with Portland last season.
Jul 2 - 12:00 PM


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