Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Former Heat big man Earl Barron will compete for a roster spot with the Suns during training camp.

Barron has seven years of NBA experience, most recently in 2012-13 as a member of the Knicks and Wizards. He's shot 37.5 percent in the league, which is absurd for a 7-footer, and it's doubtful that Phoenix will give him any guaranteed money.
Aug 30 - 12:16 PM

Iman Shumpert believes that his offense will improve in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense.

He's spent the summer strengthening his surgically-repaired left knee. "I know this year, this offense, I’ll have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket," he said, "so I just want to work on the strength in my leg and be able to jump off and be comfortable." Shumpert shot a measly 37.8 percent from the field last season and he faces heavy competition from Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, which takes the shine off his fantasy outlook.
Aug 27 - 1:44 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo took a $500,000 pay cut to play in the D-League, according to his agent.

The older Antetokounmpo's agent said he was "amazed" that his client turned down a lucrative offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League and called it a "big sacrifice" to take just $25,000 to play in the D-League. Sacrifice or not, the decision will expedite Lower Case's dream of playing in the NBA if the Knicks have a roster spot open up during the 2014-15 season.
Aug 26 - 10:57 AM

An Atlantic Division scout said Carmelo Anthony is "skilled enough" and "smart enough" to play in the triangle offense.

"He’s got to bring the whole package," the scout said. "He’s gotta be a team player, he's got to cut harder and he's got to move the ball. He's going to have to do a lot of things that he isn’t known for doing." There isn't much to this, but it's just something to keep in mind as we watch Melo in training camp. Anthony has been a solid post presence, but his isolation shots may take a hit. Of course, he's still a player to grab at the end of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN NY
Aug 25 - 9:49 AM

J.R. Smith said he wants to be a leader for the Knicks this season.

"We've got so many younger guys around," Smith said. "A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out." He doesn't come across as a guy who leads his team and hasn't been much of a passer either. The new system doesn't look like it'll affect his overall production, making him a late-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 10:17 AM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo will sign directly with the Knick's D-League affiliate in Westchester.

This move means Lower Case won't be in line for a training camp deal and also allows the Knicks to hold his rights and keep him off the open market if he is released during camp participation. Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games with Delaware of the D-League next season, but the Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts so fantasy owners shouldn't be targeting Thanasis in standard league drafts.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 1:54 PM

Knicks draft pick Louis Labeyrie will stay in France for the 2014-15 season.

Labeyrie went to the Knicks with the 57th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but has decided to continue to develop with his game with Paris Levallois before he starts discussions on an NBA contract next summer. The 22-year-old finished Eurocup with averages of 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 12.8 minutes per game and won't be a fantasy factor in the near future.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 1:40 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo will play for the Knicks' D-League affiliate next season.

About a month ago, Antetokounmpo was expected to go overseas, but he'll stay in the D-League for the second consecutive season. That gives him an outside chance to play for the Knicks this season, but he's still nowhere near being on the fantasy map.
Aug 20 - 8:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he thinks the Knicks will "absolutely" make the playoffs in 2014-15.

"Yeah, I think so for sure. Absolutely," Anthony said of the Knicks' playoff chances. "I can't wait to get started." Coming off a disappointing season, Anthony's Knicks have the advantage of playing in the Eastern Conference, but what else is he going to say, really? Playoffs or not, the 30-year-old averaged 27.4 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in 2013-14 and is a solid first-round pick in 2014-15 drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 12:51 PM

Jim Cleamons, a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson, has been added to Derek Fisher's staff.

Cleamons spent last season as an assistant coach under Larry Drew in Milwaukee, but he will now be reunited with Phil Jackson in New York. Cleamons was an assistant coach on Phil Jackson's title-winning teams with the Lakers, and Bulls, and he will help Fisher install the triangle offense.
Aug 18 - 6:58 PM

Carmelo Anthony's decision to lose weight this summer stemmed partly from a desire to prolong his career, according to his physical trainer Idan Ravin.

"He puts a lot of mileage on his legs, so the leaner and lighter you are, obviously the better," Ravin said. "He’s just been very meticulous about his diet and his workout." The New York Post speculated that Melo's weight loss may also stem from his desire to be a "facilitator in the triangle offense." Melo should enter the season in prime physical condition, and he's poised for a big year as the alpha and omega of New York's attack.
Aug 17 - 3:05 PM

Quincy Acy's contract for the upcoming season will be fully guaranteed.

It'll be worth $915,243 and Acy should make the team. The Knicks have some issues at center and they probably shouldn't play Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani next to each other anymore -- even though they may try. Acy was looking to play further from the basket last offseason, but he's shifted back to a low-block guy.
Aug 16 - 9:50 AM

Carmelo Anthony has elected to take half of his $22.5 million salary from this upcoming season up front, according to the Wall Street Journal.

His contract is set up the same way for future years, meaning he'll receive a little over $62 million through advance payment before each of those seasons. To be clear, he is not getting half of his $124 million before this season. This is allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement as max players can take half of their salaries up front. It's interesting to note that the NBA was looking to have their players take their annual salaries and have them stretched over an 18-month period as a precautionary measure when the CBA runs out in 2017.
Aug 16 - 9:16 AM

Carmelo Anthony lost weight this offseason because he "wants to be a facilitator in the triangle," according to a New York Post source.

He's really slimmed down and is hoping to be as athletic as he was in his rookie season. Anthony hasn't been much of a facilitator and led the NBA in field goal attempts per game last season, so changing his style of play is going to be easier said than done. He's someone to target at the turn of the first and second rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 13 - 10:06 PM

Carmelo Anthony recently posted a picture on his instagram account in which he looks noticeably slimmer.

Fresh off signing a five-year, $124 million deal with the Knicks, Melo appears to be working hard this offseason. There are no official numbers on exactly how much weight Melo has lost, but it does seem like he's trimmed off a few pounds. Click the link below to see for yourself.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 11 - 5:31 PM


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