Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle O'Quinn hasn't decided if he will pick up his player option for 2018-19.

"I came into the season, I don’t want to say without a role, but knowing that anything can happen," KOQ said. "Whether it be trade talks or things like that, I think I handled it well by putting myself in a solid position where I could display what I could do." His player option is worth roughly $4.2M, but he should be able to command a raise this summer after a strong finish to the season. After the All-Star break, KOQ averaged 8.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks in just 21.6 minutes.
Source: Newsday
Apr 19 - 11:22 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (knee surgery) could miss the entire 2018-19 season according to Knicks owner James Dolan.

"I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that," Dolan said. "But we can’t just sit on our a-- while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back." Porzingis tore his ACL back in February and there's no word of any setbacks, so it's unclear why Dolan is being so pessimistic. KP recently said he was hopeful to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season, so take Dolan's comments with a grain of salt for now.
Apr 19 - 11:08 AM

Kristaps Porzingis said on Saturday that he believes his elbow is 100 percent.

He had some swelling and soreness in his elbow for significant portions of the season, but it sounds like rest did the trick because Porzingis said he doesn't need any kind of procedure. Porzingis is currently recovering from an ACL injury but plans to strengthen other parts of his body during rehab. "I have to come back and be a better player, be stronger," he said. "I want to build my body. As much as this sucks, it's also an opportunity for and I'm going to use it a hundred percent."
Apr 16 - 10:36 AM

Kristaps Porzingis said he's focused on his health and that he doesn't need a say in regards to New York's open head coach position.

"It’s hard for me to think about all these things," he said. "All that’s on my mind right now is my knee. When things happen, all I can think about is the next step. I’ll start thinking about [the future] when I’m healthy." The Knicks have reached out to Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse, but there's no clear frontrunner right now. As for KP, he hopes to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season, but he doesn't have an official timetable yet.
Source: Newsday
Apr 15 - 11:05 AM

Enes Kanter said it's accurate to say that he's leaning toward opting out of his $18.6 million player option to seek a long-term deal this summer.

He did add he would like to stay with the Knicks long term. In their front office press conference today, the Knicks hinted that they'd like to take a more patient approach to building their roster. In other words, they may try to pull a carbon-copy version of what Sam Hinkie did, but of course there is only one master of trusting the process. If Kanter does opt out, the Knicks likely wouldn't be too aggressive, but you never really know with that team.
Apr 12 - 3:32 PM

The Knicks have fired coach Jeff Hornacek, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hornacek has a career record of 161-216 as a head coach (42.7%), and he went a combined 60-104 (36.6%) in two season with the Knicks. There are expected to be multiple coaching vacancies this summer, including potentially the Suns, Magic and Pistons, which may have expedited New York's decision to remove Hornacek mere hours after their final game -- they'll now get the first shot at available candidates. Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, David Blatt and Jerry Stackhouse have already emerged as possibilities, and it remains to be seen where Hornacek heads next.
Apr 12 - 1:42 AM

Luke Kornet scored a career-high 23 points on Wednesday, going 9-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers, three boards, two assists, one steal and one block.

Kornet had a few nice moments after Kristaps Porzingis went down, but he never showed the consistency needed for fantasy value -- suffice to say, he didn't score double-digit points in consecutive games all season. He'll go undrafted in fantasy leagues next season.
Apr 11 - 11:14 PM

Knicks rookie Isaiah Hicks recorded multiple career-highs on Wednesday with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, four assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes.

Hicks went 2-of-2 from the line and he sank one 3-pointer, doing his damage off the bench. This was a meaningless regular-season finale, of course, but Hicks wound up taking minutes from starter Lance Thomas (two points in 11 minutes). We'll see if Hicks can make some noise during Summer League.
Apr 11 - 11:13 PM

Frank Ntilikina finished his rookie campaign with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals, two 3-pointers and one block in 37 minutes on Wednesday.

The Knicks' prized guard finishes with averages of 5.8 points, 0.6 threes, 3.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks. He's just 19 years old and has the tools to be a difference-maker in fantasy, but will need to bulk up and improve his percentages -- at 36.2% FGs and 72.1% FTs, he was a major drag for roto owners. That's what the offseason is for, right?
Source: Newsday
Apr 11 - 11:13 PM

Courtney Lee (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

Lee tweaked his foot on the final shot of Monday's game, and he wasn't able to get through his pregame routine without issue, so he'll miss this meaningless game for New York. Michael Beasley, Frank Ntilikina, and Damyean Dotson will see an uptick in value with Lee out.

Courtney Lee (sprained left ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

We'd hedge our bets on the 32-year-old veteran sitting out this final, meaningless game of the year for New York, which will translate to more minutes for guys like Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas and Michael Beasley, with Beasley offering the most upside out of that group. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on Lee's status.

Enes Kanter (back, wrist) will sit out Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Cavs.

Kyle O'Quinn should close out the year as New York's starting center, with Luke Kornet acting as his primary backup, but it's KOQ who makes for the safer DFS play. Kanter is coming off one of his best seasons, finishing the year with averages of 14.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game on 59.2% shooting from the field and 84.8% from the stripe, so it'll be very interesting to see if he picks up his player option worth $18.6 million this summer or decides to test his value on the open market.
Apr 11 - 11:16 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) and Enes Kanter (back) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Cavs.

Why would they? Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina and Kyle O'Quinn figure to earn another start tonight, and all those guys are on the radar as potential streamers. THJ had a solid, although injury-riddled season in New York, compiling averages of 17.5 points, 2.7 dimes, 2.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game on 42.1% shooting from the field and 81.6% from the stripe.

Emmanuel Mudiay (concussion) will not play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

Mudiay had a chance for a fresh start in New York, but failed to deliver. He appeared in 22 games for the Knicks, averaging 8.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 22.9 minutes. He shot just 36.8 percent from the floor, including a putrid 19.6 percent from downtown, and 68.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Apr 10 - 12:28 PM

Enes Kanter (back, wrist) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland.

Kanter has missed each of the Knicks last five contests after falling hard on his back two weeks ago. The Knicks will likely err on the side of caution and keep him out of the finale as well. Kyle O'Quinn has done a solid job filling in for Kanter. KQO is averaging 11.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over the five games he's started in place of Kanter.
Apr 10 - 11:49 AM


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