Player News - Knicks

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The Knicks selected French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick.

The draft’s mystery man. At 6’5", Ntilkina’s wingspan is close to seven feet to offer a high ceiling on the defensive end. The French guard has also shot the ball well lately in his career while also adding the hustle stats overseas and in U18 events. He hasn’t turned 19 years old yet, but his basketball IQ is very high and he looks comfortable with the ball in his hands. The Knicks were in need of a PG and Phil Jackson has to be excited that Ntilikina said he likes the triangle offense. If the Knicks embrace a rebuild, he should get minutes right away.
Jun 22 - 8:28 PM

The Celtics offered the Knicks their No. 3 pick, a player and an additional lottery pick for Kristaps Porzingis, according to Ian Begley of ESPN NY.

This isn't too far off from what the NY Daily News said the Knicks are asking for: No. 3, the Nets pick next year, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown. Considering the Knicks are rebuilding, it makes very little sense for them to acquire the bargain contract of Crowder, unless they're going to trade that away in a future deal. Porzingis has clearly become the hot target for teams and has passed Jimmy Butler. The Celtics appear to be closest on making a deal. Stay tuned.
Jun 22 - 2:53 PM

Several teams, including the Boston Celtics, have engaged the Knicks about a possible Kristaps Porzingis trade according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.

Woj adds that no one has been willing to meet the Knicks demands so far, but expect the talks to heat up as we approach the draft. In case you missed it, the Knicks are said to be asking for two starters and a top four pick in return, presumably to select Kansas' Josh Jackson. The Celtics (No. 3) and Suns (No. 4) are likely the favorites to land Porzingis if the Knicks pull the trigger on a trade, as it sounds like the 76ers (No. 1) are more than comfortable with Markelle Fultz and the Lakers (No. 2) are expected to take Lonzo Ball.
Jun 22 - 1:50 PM

On ESPN's Outside the Lines, Jay Williams said a top-15 prospect in this draft told him Knicks president Phil Jackson was falling in and out of sleep during a workout.

So he cares more about exit interviews than entrance interviews? Jokes aside, the Knicks couldn't be making a worse case to attract free agents. From throwing their franchise player under the bus to not trying to fix any communication issues with their budding star to arresting a former fan favorite, the past 12 months have been a total disaster. How's it goink?
Jun 22 - 1:28 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said the Knicks and Suns are "without traction" on a Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Woj also adds that the Suns will not include Devin Booker in trade talks, so that's likely the roadblock here. The Porzingis rumors are still churning and Phil Jackson only added fuel to the fire during an exclusive MSG interview on Wednesday night -- Jackson said the Knicks were "listening" to offers for Porzingis and expressed disappointment in KP for missing his exit meeting. ESPN is reporting that the Knicks have reached out to each team with a top five pick (Josh Jackson is a rumored target) and are also looking to bring in one or two starters in any deal.
Jun 22 - 9:38 AM

During a pre-draft interview on Tuesday, Phil Jackson said that it "might be time for [Carmelo Anthony] to try to go somewhere else."

"We've expressed the fact that we've done a lot of things to put teams together that can win and we haven't been successful," Jackson said. " [Carmelo has] come back and said he'd just as soon stay. We're trying to start growing from the youth aspect of it." Melo has a no-trade clause that puts him in the driver's seat, and the future Hall-of-Famer's trade value is undermined by Jackson's obvious desire to part ways. There's no lack of drama in New York these days.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 11:32 PM

Phil Jackson was noncommittal about Kristaps Porzingis during an exclusive MSG interview on Wednesday, saying, "As much as we love this guy, we have to do what's best for the club."

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years, maybe 30 ... not coming to a exit meeting," Jackson said. That was a reference to Porzingis' decision to skip his exit interview with the Knicks, reportedly because he was upset about the team's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. "We're getting calls [from other teams]," Jackson added. "We're listening, but we're not intrigued yet at this level." The Knicks are reportedly seeking a top-four pick along with young talent for Porzingis, and it's a fascinating situation to watch with the draft less than 24 hours away.
Jun 21 - 9:39 PM

The Knicks are reportedly seeking a top-four draft pick and a very good young asset in any trade for Kristaps Porzingis.

Adrian Wojnarowski said during a live Facebook chat that the Knicks have initiated talks with other teams, with Phil Jackson as the driving force. It's unclear why Jackson would be willing to part with a 21-year-old franchise cornerstone, who is beloved by the fan base, but this is where we find ourselves. New York's asking price might be too high to get any bites, even if they are willing to deal KP.
Jun 21 - 9:13 PM

Frank Ntilikina said he thinks he would be a good fit with the Knicks and he likes the triangle.

Not many people are saying positive things about the Knicks, but not this French guard. "The organization is very good. It would be great," Ntilikina said. The 18-year-old guard is certainly an option for the Knicks at seven, and even talking about the triangle probably makes president Phil Jackson like him automatically.
Source: Newsday
Jun 21 - 5:20 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said he's "obsessed" with his offseason training program and his legs are the strongest they've ever been.

"I’m going to keep going until national team [training camp]," Porzingis said in a Latvian interview. "I’ll keep working as hard as I’m working until this moment. I’m ready for national team. I’ll be ready for the season." As you've probably heard, the trade rumors on Porzingis have heated up, but the Knicks are reportedly asking for a ton in return -- they should be. Expect plenty of rumors on KP over the next two days.
Jun 21 - 3:32 PM

The Spurs, Celtics, Suns and 76ers have all reportedly reached out to the Knicks regarding Kristaps Porzingis.

How far any of these talks got is uncertain, as it's being reported that Phil Jackson's asking price in any potential Porzingis deal remains very high, but it's interesting to see that New York appears to be fielding offers for a guy many believe is their franchise player. For what it's worth, according to Porzingis' brother, KP6 remains committed to the Knicks despite the constant drama that has surrounded the franchise since his arrival.
Source: Zags Blog
Jun 20 - 5:26 PM

The Knicks reportedly offered Kristaps Porzingis to the Suns in exchange for Devin Booker and the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

It's currently unknown if the Suns countered this offer, but the main takeaway here is that Phil Jackson appears to be shopping The Unicorn. The Celtics have also been rumored to have an interest in trading for Porzingis, but Jackson would reportedly like to include Joakim Noah (and his horrendous contract) as a part of any Porzingis-deal, which could be a deal breaker for a lot of opposing teams.
Jun 20 - 3:51 PM

The New York Daily News is reporting that Celtics are one of the teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

It is currently unclear just how seriously Phil Jackson and the Knicks are about potentially parting with Porzingis. However, if they are willing to move KP, Boston will certainly be in the mix. The Celtics are one of the few teams that possess the large numbers of assets it would require to complete a blockbuster deal. For what it's worth, Porzingis' brother, Janis, told ESPN on Tuesday that Porzingis wants to remain in New York. "Despite how the Knicks are treating their players, Kris wants to stay in New York," Janis Porzingis said.
Jun 20 - 1:32 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that Knicks president Phil Jackson "isn't ruling out the possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis," which has resulted in a "frenzy of interest."

On the surface, trading Porzingis would seem to make absolutely no sense for the Knicks. Phil Jackson has stated publicly that he wants to part ways with Carmelo Anthony and commit to a full rebuild. One would assume that any logical rebuilding would center around their 21-year old rising star. Considering his incredible skill set and versatility, Porzingis would seemingly be the ideal cornerstone for the franchise moving forward. Stay tuned, as we will provide updates as they become available.
Jun 20 - 11:20 AM

Frank Ntilikina's coach at Strasbourg, Vincent Collet, will coach with the Mavericks during Summer League.

ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the Mavericks are "all in" on the French PG, but that's not a huge surprise because Mavs owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson flew to France a couple weeks ago to meet with the prospect. The only problem for Dallas is that the Knicks are really high on Ntilikina as well and pick right before Dallas on draft night -- the Knicks have had a scout "babysitting" Ntilikina in France for nearly a month. Barring a surprise, it's hard to imagine Ntilikina falling past New York (No. 8) or Dallas (No. 9) on draft night and it's no secret that they both need a PG.
Jun 19 - 1:12 PM


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