Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Joakim Noah (shoulder) said he feels healthy and is eager to redeem himself this season.

After signing a four-year, $71 million contract, Noah was a major disappointment in New York last season. He averaged just 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per contest, while shooting a horrific 43.6 percent from the free-throw stripe. Noah has been medically cleared but will miss the first 12 games of the season serving a drug suspension. Once he returns, he'll fight for minutes with three other quality centers on the Knicks roster. Noah should be avoided in standard fantasy league drafts.
Sep 26 - 1:18 PM

Knicks GM Scott Perry said he might consider making a trade to clear up the team's logjam at center.

After acquiring Enes Kanter in the Carmelo Anthony trade, the Knicks currently have four centers on their roster: Willy Hernangomez, Kyle O'Quinn, Joakim Noah and Kanter. Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season due to suspension, but once he returns, there will not be enough minutes to find playing time for all four. Perry said there would be a healthy competition in training camp to see who wins the starting job. Hernangomez is the presumed favorite to start, but his fantasy value took a hit as a result of the Kanter acquisition.
Sep 26 - 9:26 AM

Enes Kanter lost 33 pounds (273 to 240) this offseason to improve his mobility on defense.

Kanter rarely left the OKC bench during the playoffs because he was a liability on defense, so it's a good sign that he's committed to improve. The Knicks like Kanter's "toughness, physicality and ability to get to the free-throw line and score inside," and he should have a larger role in New York than the one he had in OKC. It's not clear if Kanter will start over Willy Hernangomez, but he's on the radar in the later rounds for owners targeting points, rebounds and shooting percentages.
Sep 25 - 10:00 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there might be some situations late in the game that Tim Hardaway Jr. plays some point guard.

"That would probably rarely happen, but he’s a guy that we’re counting on to do the things we want to do in this offense and get the speed, and he’s a young guy with a lot of motor," he said. Hornacek added that he's going to challenge THJ to keep improving on the defensive end. The Knicks clearly have high hopes for the $71 million man and he looks like the No. 2 option on offense behind Kristaps Porzingis with Carmelo Anthony now in OKC. He's a bargain at his current ADP in the late rounds.
Sep 24 - 10:42 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he could tell at Eurobasket that the game is slowing down for Kristaps Porzingis.

"That next step in his career, when that game slows down, it’s gonna be easy for him," Hornacek said. "You’re not rushing shots, and that’s when you can grow into these roles that you become these great players." With the Knicks finally moving on from Carmelo Anthony this week, Porzingis has officially become the focal point of the New York offense and has solidified his case as a second-round pick in fantasy. The sky is the limit if he can stay on the floor.
Sep 24 - 10:34 AM

Knicks waive G Chasson Randle.

The Knicks needed to clear a roster spot out with the Carmelo Anthony trade, so Randle is a casualty here. He should wind up sticking with another team, but he doesn't' have fantasy value.
Sep 23 - 3:00 PM

Doug McDermott was traded to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal.

That makes it three teams in eight months for McDermott. He joins a team that has some major question marks on the perimeter and coach Jeff Hornacek does like to push the pace. Still, McDermott was given a boatload of minutes at times late last year, but he couldn't do much with them. Maybe a new offense will help, but he's really not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 23 - 1:26 PM

Enes Kanter was traded to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal.

The Knicks acquiring Kanter is about as Knicks as it gets. Lack of defense aside, Kanter finds himself in a big spot to produce offense for a team that lacks perimeter scoring, and he should be asked to post up a bunch on his new team. Kanter saw a hefty 4.7 usage rate bump when he wasn't with Russell Westbrook last season, so he should have ample opportunity to score in the teens. While he won't do much outside of score and hit the glass, Kanter finds himself back on the map in the later rounds.
Sep 23 - 1:21 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek hinted that the Knicks will likely ditch the Triangle Offense and play a more up-tempo style next season.

With Phil Jackson no longer calling the shots in New York, Hornacek will be free to run the offense in any way he sees fit. When Hornacek was the head coach in Pheonix, the Suns finished in the top-5 in the NBA in Pace factor in each of his final two seasons. The Suns also finished near the top of the league in fast-break points. While the Knicks don't have the same roster components as the Suns did, expect Hornacek to encourage his team to push the pace far more than they did last season.
Sep 23 - 12:27 PM

Knicks president Steve Mills said that Joakim Noah (shoulder) has been medically cleared to play.

Noah had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last April and was initially projected to be sidelined for 4-6 months. Now that he has been cleared by doctors, he can begin serving the remaining 12 games of his 20-game suspension at the start of the season. The first game he'll be eligible to appear in will be on November 13th vs. the Cavs. Noah's potential playing time at that point will depend partly on how well Willy Hernangomez fairs as the team's starting center.
Sep 22 - 12:01 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina will have a "chance to compete" for the Knicks starting point guard spot.

Ntilikina is just 19 years old and played limited minutes off the bench last season in France, so it would be surprising if the Knicks decided to start him or play him heavy minutes this early in his career. On the other hand, New York is clearly in rebuilding mode and may feel that it's best for his development if he gets thrown into the deep end of the pool right away. Ntilikina's competition at PG will be Ramon Sessions, Ron Baker and Jarret Jack.
Sep 22 - 10:51 AM

Michael Beasley said that he's more willing to share the rock at this stage in his career.

"I can create. I can help my teammates better," said Beasley. "I think that’s where my game has matured the most and where a lot of people would overlook. I actually look more to pass than I do to score now, because, not to be cocky or anything, but it’s so easy." Beasley also said that he was "your favorite player's favorite player," and that he hopes to play until he's 43 years old, so confidence clearly isn't an issue for Super Cool Beas. He could have some low-end value if/when Carmelo Anthony is dealt, but he won't have much fantasy appeal while Melo is on the roster.
Sep 20 - 11:16 AM

Jarrett Jack said his knee is 100 percent healthy.

He had an ACL tear back in January of 2016 and only played two games in 2016-17 after picking up another season-ending knee injury. He has a non-guaranteed deal with the Knicks, but he could make a push for minutes since their current depth chart at PG consists of Frank Ntilikina, Ramon Sessions and Ron Baker. He's not on the standard-league radar unless he moves up the chart.
Source: ESPN
Sep 20 - 12:03 AM

Michael Beasley said that he changed his diet and lost approximately 20 pounds this offseason.

With NBA training camps opening next week, get ready to hear countless players declare that they are in the best shape of their lives. Still, to his credit, based on recent workout footage, The Beas does look noticeably slimmer. From a fantasy perspective, Beasley's value is tied directly to Carmelo Anthony. If Melo is traded, Beasley could slide into the Knicks starting lineup and put up plenty of points.
Sep 19 - 1:40 PM

Knicks sign G Jarrett Jack.

It's official and it's reportedly a non-guaranteed deal. Jack has had some bad luck lately with an ACL tear in January 2016 and another season-ending knee injury last season. If he's healthy, he has a chance to earn a starting spot over Ramon Sessions. Frank Ntilikina is expected to be brought along slowly.
Sep 15 - 3:07 PM

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