Player News - Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder "are officially circling each other" according to Bill Simmons of The Ringer.

Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver was an assistant coach at Syracuse when he recruited Melo back in the day, but it's hard to imagine OKC putting together a package that would entice the Knicks. The Thunder would have to unload either Steven Adams or Enes Kanter to make a deal work, but a third team would probably have to be involved because New York would want picks or younger prospects on rookie-scale contracts. This is firmly in the rumor stage and the Rockets and Cavaliers are still considered the favorites to pull off a trade for Melo.
Jul 24 - 1:07 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said he remains committed to the New York Knicks.

"I feel that it is the best place to win. And if you win in New York, you are king," he said. "For the last two years, I have had so many positive emotions here that this is where I want to stay and that this is where I want to win." The Knicks have recently been linked to Kyrie Irving, but they made it clear that Porzingis won't be involved in any deal to acquire the star PG. With Carmelo Anthony likely heading to Houston or Cleveland, Porzingis' role should grow significantly in his third season.
Jul 23 - 10:40 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek praised recently signed second-round pick Damyean Dotson.

"He can really shoot the ball, he’s athletic," Hornacek said. "I wasn’t quite sure how his feel for the game is but his feel for the game has been great in these scrimmages. He’s making the right passes at the right time and he’s one of those guys when he gets an open look at it you’re pretty confident he’s going to make it." The Knicks finally appear to be embracing a rebuild, so Dotson could find himself in a nice situation if the team moves on from Carmelo Anthony and Courtney Lee. For now, expect him to open the season with a limited role off the bench.
Jul 23 - 10:28 AM

Ognjen Jaramaz is expected to spend at least one season overseas.

The 58th pick in the draft really struggled during the Summer League, so he won't be helping the Knicks any time soon. He was always expected to be a draft-and-stash prospect anyways.
Jul 23 - 9:36 AM

Knicks sign G Damyean Dotson.

It's a three-year deal with two years full guaranteed, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. Dotson was terrific in summer league for the Knicks with his 12.8 points per game and he may have a chance to make the roster. The Knicks do not have much cap space, so picking up this deal shows they have some faith in the second-round pick.
Jul 23 - 12:14 AM

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News is reporting that Carmelo Anthony remains "focused on getting a deal done with Houston."

Once the news broke that Kyrie Irving had requested a trade from Cleveland, and that the Knicks were one of his preferred destinations, trade rumors involving Anthony immediately began to heat up. However, Melo has a no-trade clause, which means he has the final authority on any potential deal. It appears Anthony may not be willing to consider Cleveland as long as a trade with the Rockets remains a possibility.
Jul 22 - 12:50 PM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks have "strong interest" in trading for Kyrie Irving, but they are not willing to include Kristaps Porzingis in any potential deal.

Unlike Phil Jackson, the Knicks new front office tandem of president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are not even considering moving Porzingis. They intend to build the franchise around New York's prized unicorn. However, Begley does report that the Knicks would consider including Carmelo Anthony and future first-round picks in a package for Irving. As the rumors surrounding Kyrie continue to swirl, the Knicks will definitely be in the mix.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:12 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his trade kicker to facilitate a deal.

Melo would only be willing to waive both his no-trade clause and the kicker to join a team of his choice. It is believed the Cavs and Rockets are the two teams on his wish list. The trade kicker is worth approximately $8.4 million, which makes it a little easier for the Knicks and the Rockets to complete a deal. However, the issue is Houston would need to send Ryan Anderson's contract to New York to make the salaries match, but the Knicks have no interest in taking on Anderson.
Jul 21 - 9:42 AM

Damian Lillard said he's reached out to Carmelo Anthony and said it's a "real possibility" that Anthony could join the Blazers.

The Blazers reportedly have made it clear they won't be involved in a Melo trade unless they're the ones getting the All-Star forward. Lillard isn't usually the recruiting type, but C.J. McCollum has touched on this subject and even posted a photoshopped picture of Anthony in a Blazers uniform. Anthony does have a no-trade clause and several reports say he wants to go to Houston, so the Rockets should be considered as the frontrunners.
Jul 19 - 5:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to New York management that he no longer wants to be a Knick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

"Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," said Woj. "Houston is now prepared for the fact that these negotiations with the Knicks could run through August, September, into possibly the start of training camp." Cleveland has been rumored to have an interest in Anthony, but they can't really offer New York anything they're interested in, and Melo won't waive his no-trade clause to go to Portland, so it seems all but a certainty that Anthony is headed for a reunion with Mike D'Antoni in Houston.
Jul 18 - 4:03 PM

Carmelo Anthony is not currently willing to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade to Portland, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks and Rockets had been trying to find additional teams to help facilitate a deal that allowed Anthony to land in Houston. However, it has been reported that the Blazers want to acquire Melo themselves. With new GM Scott Perry now in New York, the Knicks put a pause on all trade talks and plan to sit down with Anthony shortly and figure out exactly what his preference is going forward.
Jul 18 - 11:34 AM

Steve Mills mentioned Willy Hernangomez as a player that the Knicks will try to build around.

Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina were also on Mills' list of franchise building blocks, and he said that the team will stress player development next season. It sounds like there's a chance Hernangomez could open the 2017-18 season as New York's starting center, so he'll make for a highly intriguing late-round selection on draft day.
Jul 17 - 3:28 PM

Knicks' GM Scott Perry said he thinks the Knicks could use a veteran point guard to help mentor Frank Ntilikina during his rookie season.

The Knicks don't have much cap space at the moment, but that could change once/if they trade Carmelo Anthony. The main takeaway here is that New York management has implied on numerous occasions that they don't feel entirely comfortable completely turning over the reigns to the 19-year-old point guard out of France, so if they are able to bring on a veteran point guard, that would likely translate to Ntilikina beginning his career with the Knicks coming off the bench.
Jul 17 - 3:07 PM

Steve Mills said he envisions Tim Hardaway Jr. starting at shooting guard for the Knicks next season.

New York awarded THJ with a four-year, $71 million contract this offseason, so it would be surprising to see him come off the bench behind Courtney Lee next season. It doesn't sound like Carmelo Anthony will be in New York next year, so Hardaway Jr. could be heavily involved in the Knicks' offensive attack. He flirting with top-75 value after the break last year, so THJ could be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day.
Jul 17 - 2:58 PM

Knicks' president Steve Mills did not mention Carmelo Anthony when listing players he's looking to build around.

Mills would only say that the Knicks future "may be with Carmelo or it may be without Carmelo," and that he would not pursue a buyout, so essentially Melo's only way out of New York will be via trade. Thus far he's been linked to Houston, Cleveland and Portland, and as of right now, the Rockets look like the frontrunners to land his services.
Jul 17 - 2:45 PM


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