Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) is expecting to miss time.

"I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. Assuming STAT is out on Monday at the very least, it would mean more minutes for guys like Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson. From a fantasy perspective, Thomas is the most interesting name as he has back-to-back games with 16 points, and is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals on 15-of-29 shooting over that span.
Source: Newsday
Jan 26 - 9:40 AM

The Pistons have been one of the teams who have shown an exploratory interest in Pablo Prigioni.

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is likely done for the season pending the results of an MRI, but it is still a little puzzling to see them go after Prigioni when they have two capable backup point guards in D.J. Augustin and Spencer Dinwiddie. Nothing is imminent at the moment, but we will pass along further updates as needed. To be clear, there is no need to consider Prigioni in almost any league at the moment.

Amare Stoudemire suffered a sprained ankle and a sprained wrist during Saturday's game with Charlotte.

"I suffered a sprained ankle and sprained right wrist,’’ Stoudemire said. "It was a lot of physical contact out there. A lot of my moves attacking the basket, I got swiped down on it, caught my wrist almost every time. I tried to play through it but I was struggling. I couldn’t be myself out there.’’ The news just keeps getting worse for Amare, and it's already known that his knee is also a major concern moving forward. At this point it is safe to assume that Amare doesn't have a great shot to play on Monday vs. the Kings, but we will be sure to monitor his status closely. If he does end up sitting, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas.
Jan 25 - 11:30 AM

Jose Calderon's (knee) status for Monday's game against Sacramento is uncertain at this point according to coach Derek Fisher.

Coach Fisher did say that Calderon was making good progress, but we would guess that he is closer to doubtful considering that he didn't even make the trip to Charlotte on Saturday. If Calderon is unable to play, Langston Galloway will get another chance to run the show for New York with Shane Larkin picking up a few more minutes off the bench. If you are in need of a guard, Galloway deserves a long look.
Jan 25 - 9:25 AM

Jason Smith was in foul trouble during a 76-71 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, finishing with five points, four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

He did play 32 minutes tonight and it would have been more. Smith has played in at least 32 minutes in four consecutive games and that should continue as long as he's healthy. He's not much of a per-minute guy, but he's worth a look in 14-team leagues.
Jan 24 - 9:50 PM

Amare Stoudemire scored just one point in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with four rebounds.

He had a minor ankle sprain tonight and was able to return. Stoudemire just didn't seem like himself and he was a little more bashful on the offensive side. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues, especially considering how frequently he'll miss games.
Jan 24 - 9:45 PM

Tim Hardaway started strong against the Hornets on Saturday with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He scored a quick 10 points in the first quarter and had his best offensive game in 2015. Hardaway was losing minutes to a host of players and he played just 18.5 minutes per game over his previous two, so he'll have to do a little more than this going forward. Langston Galloway is the preferred grab, but keep an eye on THJ.
Jan 24 - 9:42 PM

Lance Thomas played a whopping 41 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

He was extremely active with his elbow touches on offense and coach Derek Fisher actually ran isolation plays for him like his name was Carmelo Anthony (rest). Thomas made just 22.2 percent from the field in 2012-13, but he's become a great offensive guy for the Knicks on their Island of Misfit Players. He is still on a 10-day deal, but give him a look in deep leagues. To be clear, he'll likely play minutes in the mid-20s on nights Melo plays.
Jan 24 - 9:34 PM

Langston Galloway played 32 minutes as the starting point guard against the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He ran the point a ton tonight, which is something he did in college and in the D-League. Coach Derek Fisher didn't really use Galloway at the point on Friday, so the versatility bodes very well for him. Even if Jose Calderon (knee) returns, Galloway looks like a good bet for 25-30 minutes. He's worth a long look in standard leagues for his upside in steals and treys.
Jan 24 - 9:32 PM

Amare Stoudemire went to the locker room in the first half against the Hornets on Saturday and is probable to return.

He is back on the bench with a minor ankle sprain and should be OK. If he's limited, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, Jason Smith and Lance Thomas.
Jan 24 - 7:31 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. will start against the Hornets on Saturday.

The Knicks will bump Langston Galloway to the point, which is a position he didn't play on Friday night. Hardaway Jr. has been in some kind of slump since the injury to Carmelo Anthony, so he'll really need to capitalize here. There is opportunity, but there's a lot of risk, too.
Jan 24 - 5:36 PM

Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson will start against the Hornets on Saturday.

Interesting. Thomas was awesome down the stretch on Friday and coach Derek Fisher is going with the hot hand there in place of Carmelo Anthony (rest). He played 25 minutes for 16 points, so there's a chance he gets to close to 30 minutes tonight -- he won't be as efficient, though.
Jan 24 - 5:32 PM

Carmelo Anthony (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

The Knicks played him 42 minutes on Friday and one would think they had no intention of playing him tonight given that amount of playing time. Anthony has taken 24 shots from the field in each of his last two games, so there is going to be quite a hole to fill. Langston Galloway should see his usage rate climb to over 20 in 30-35 minutes while it'll be a collective effort of Lance Thomas, Travis Wear, Cleanthony Early and Tim Hardaway Jr. playing more on the wing. Shane Larkin could get some minutes at shooting guard, too. Melo should be ready for Monday against the Kings.
Jan 24 - 5:27 PM

Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play against Charlotte on Saturday.

It's possible that we may not see him on the floor again this season, as the Italian simply can't get over his calf issue. If you combine his injury with his already dwindling ability to play basketball, it's safe to ignore him in all leagues.
Jan 24 - 12:02 PM

Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available to play on Saturday vs. Charlotte.

He could see a bump in production if Carmelo Anthony (knee) decides to sit this one out, but Stoudemire is too inconsistent to use in most leagues. There is simply too much injury risk involved with Stoudemire, so owners would be advised to look elsewhere for production, especially with fantasy playoffs right around the corner.
Jan 24 - 11:55 AM


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