Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kenyon Martin said he is "definitely interested" in joining the Cavs.

"I believe I can immediately help in that system," Martin said. "I'm healthy and ready to play now." There have been some rumors before and now it's Cleveland's turn with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out for the season. There is no reason to add Martin in any league.
Dec 24 - 6:21 PM

Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year.
Dec 24 - 2:54 PM

Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

He has missed the past two games in order to rest but he is all set to play in an exciting matchup with the Wizards. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks opt to bring him off of the bench or start him, but we will pass along any updates as soon as we know more.
Dec 24 - 1:30 PM

Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday.
Dec 24 - 1:21 PM

J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers.
Dec 24 - 12:54 PM

Samuel Dalembert is rumored to be a target for the Cavaliers after they learned that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is done for the season.

He is reportedly a last resort option for the Cavs which is really no surprise. Dalembert has been a major disappointment in New York and the Knicks have been aggressively shopping him for a while now. We will pass along updates as needed, but nothing seems to be in the works just yet.
Dec 24 - 12:35 PM

Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active.
Dec 23 - 7:31 PM

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

"We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day.
Dec 23 - 1:49 PM

J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

"We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value.
Dec 23 - 1:41 PM

Pablo Prigioni (ankle) questioned whether the Knicks have the talent to win.

"Maybe we don't have enough talent to win," Pablo Prigioni said after the Knicks fell to 5-25. "I'm a positive guy and I always think the next game is going to be better than the last game. And 30 games into the season and we are in a very bad position." Prigioni may be right, but he's also only averaging 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists over his last five games, so he's limited to a deep-league fantasy option at the moment.
Source: Newsday
Dec 23 - 10:23 AM

Kenyon Martin said that his ankle injuries have healed and that he is in shape.

Martin went through a workout with the Grizzlies back in November, but didn't show the team enough to warrant a contract. Despite the fact that Martin says he is healthy, fantasy owners don't need to keep him on a watch list as it would be a surprise if the 36-year-old hooks on with an NBA team.
Dec 23 - 9:52 AM

Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount.
Dec 22 - 1:25 PM

Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow.
Dec 22 - 12:28 PM

Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option.
Dec 22 - 11:29 AM

JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out.
Source: Newsday
Dec 22 - 10:10 AM


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