Player News - Knicks

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The Nets are the favorites to sign a deal with Sergio Rodriguez.

Is Spanish Chocolate coming back? He has been out of the NBA since 2009-10 and has been one of the best point guards of the Euroleague. If he does come to Brooklyn, Rodriguez might actually get minutes at age 29 with the Nets, so this could be something to watch in extremely deep fantasy leagues. He averaged 3.4 assists per game in his final 27 games with the Knicks.
Jun 25 - 3:35 PM

Marshall Plumlee has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Knicks.

The undrafted senior out of Duke is the younger brother of Mason and Miles. He averaged 8.3 points, 8.6 boards and 1.6 blocks during his senior season, but it's hard to imagine him making an immediate impact if he makes the final roster in New York.
Jun 25 - 11:06 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he's talked to Carmelo Anthony about "running the court a little bit more" next season to get opportunities in transition.

The new Knicks coach said that he's seen instances where Anthony "would've gotten a 3-point shot off but [he was] so far back in the trail position that [he wasn't] ready when the kick-out came," Hornacek said. "He knows that if he can get the ball up the court a little bit quicker, we can push the ball up to him, attack a little bit quicker." Hornacek also wants Anthony to strengthen his legs this offseason to improve his durability, and that should also prepare his body for the faster pace that the Knicks are expected to play at.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 9:28 AM

Derrick Rose said he feels like he's close to his MVP form.

The 2011 MVP did admit saying this isn't going to do anything. He added he is hopeful to play the rest of his career with the Knicks. Rose said he wanted to thank the Bulls for trading him and that it hurt a lot for him to miss the post season. He did text Carmelo Anthony and added he's excited to play with Kristaps Porzingis. For fantasy, he's really going to have to improve after being one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA last year.
Jun 24 - 4:35 PM

A source not affiliated with Derrick Rose or the Knicks reported that he looked "lean and explosive" at his workouts in Los Angeles.

This is nice to hear, but the bigger issue for Rose is whether or not he can stay healthy as he enters a contract year with his new team. Add in the fact that he was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season and it's easy to see why he will be more of a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:40 PM

Willy Hernangomez's agent Andy Miller is expecting the Knicks to sign his client to a multi-year deal this summer.

"Willy's season has ended and we fully intend on pursuing his NBA dream of joining the Knicks," Miller told ESPN. "We intend on pursuing a multi-year deal to give him an opportunity to develop under the Knicks' tutelage." The Knicks traded Robin Lopez to the Bulls, so Hernangomez could see minutes at center right away if he signs with the Knicks this summer.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 10:52 AM

Undrafted free agent Ron Baker has signed a partially-guaranteed one-year deal with the Knicks.

The Knicks could certainly use some depth at shooting guard, so they will give Baker a long look at the summer league and in training camp. The fifth-year senior from Wichita State averaged 14.0 points, 4.8 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 treys on 42.4 percent shooting from the field and 35.0 percent from deep.
Jun 24 - 12:32 AM

The Thunder, Nets and Mavericks reportedly have interest in free agent Lance Thomas.

The Knicks hope to re-sign Thomas, who spent the 2015-16 season backing up Carmelo Anthony, but they'll have plenty of competition. The New York Post suggested that Thomas could earn around $4.5 million annually with the salary cap increasing, but he'll need an ideal landing spot to emerge with fantasy relevance.
Jun 23 - 10:31 PM

Phil Jackson said the Knicks could potentially look to keep Derrick Rose beyond the 2016-17 season.

Jackson referenced the situation as not something that was going to be addressed in depth today, and obviously New York will proceed with caution given Rose's history of injury issues. While the point guard has plenty of incentive to play well while remaining healthy in a contract year, the 66 games Rose played in during the 2015-16 campaign were his most since 2010-11.
Jun 23 - 7:26 PM

Phil Jackson said that he anticipates re-signing Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas during free agency.

These aren't the kind of players that will command significant interest on the open market, so chances are they will remain in New York. Neither Galloway, nor Thomas will be much of a factor in fantasy hoops next season.
Jun 23 - 6:23 PM

Phil Jackson said on Thursday that Kristaps Porzingis "is going to play a center role" for the Knicks next season.

Jackson added that Porzingis fits into small-ball lineups and we're likely to see plenty of KP at center with Carmelo Anthony at PF this season. The Knicks still have Kyle O'Quinn under contract as a backup big man, but Jackson also acknowledged his team's thin frontcourt and said New York will pursue another big man this summer.
Jun 23 - 6:20 PM

Willy Hernangomez plans to join the Knicks on a multi-year contract this summer.

The Knicks are going to be all in for a center in the free agent market, but Hernangomez could find himself getting minutes. In Spain, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds on 65 percent from the field. If the Knicks swing and miss in free agency, he might be someone to watch.
Jun 23 - 5:31 PM

Carmelo Anthony will join Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Anthony has accepted an invitation to join Team USA and will chase his third gold medal in August. The 32-year-old is coming off the news that his team acquired Derrick Rose and will likely benefit from the presence of a new coach in Jeff Hornacek. While Melo isn't the fantasy stud he once was, he should still return early-round value in 2016-17 as long as he stays healthy.
Jun 23 - 11:03 AM

The Knicks traded for Justin Holiday on Wednesday.

The Bulls stole Holiday in the Kirk Hinrich trade last season, but now he's a throw-in player to the Knicks. Holiday was spectacular in the season finale, scoring 29 points against the 76ers. He likely won't be in the rotation next year.
Jun 22 - 3:25 PM

The Bulls are sending Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to the Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.

Wow. The Bulls will be set for rebuilding mode and Rose gets a fresh start. He was one of the worst high-volume players in the NBA last year. Rose was relatively healthy last year, playing in 66 games and not missing more than three consecutive games. He likely won't have the ball in his hands as much with Carmelo Anthony around, so Rose likely won't be a big factor on the stat sheet. He's only a late-round flier in standard leagues.


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