Player News - Knicks

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The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.

Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 22 - 9:34 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

"I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 11:19 PM

Carmelo Anthony said that he can't wait to learn the triangle offense.

"When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer." This is probably going to be more of a learning year than anything with the Knicks strapped on cap space due to the contracts of Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Still, Melo is a solid, safe target at the end of the first round.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 14 - 10:00 AM

Carmelo Anthony said he chose to work out two weeks after the season instead of a one-month break because he was angry.

The Knicks couldn't even make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, so he probably should be mad. Anthony led the NBA in scoring in the 2012-13 season, and he'll likely be doing some different things in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense. Still, he's a solid target in the late first round.
Sep 13 - 1:31 PM

Carmelo Anthony told the New York post on Thursday that he hopes to expand his brand and become "the digital athlete."

"There’ve been athletes that came before me that were doing what I’m doing and there are going to be people after me that are doing what I’m doing," said Anthony. "But I really want to be the pioneer for that digital athlete, and when it comes to tech I want to be the face of that space." Melo admitted that his business interest in the digital world also influenced his decision to stay with the Knicks this summer.
Source: NYpost.com
Sep 4 - 4:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony rejected a two-year max contract offer from the Bulls during his free agency tour.

The plan was for Melo to take the 2-year deal, and then re-sign him for the max in 2016 when the salary cap is expected to spike, something very similar to what LeBron James and the Cavaliers did this offseason. However, Melo felt that the added stress of another free agency tour was not appealing. "I plan on ending my career [in New York]" Melo said. "So it wasn’t for me to go out there and try to strike a two-year deal and then have to go through this situation in two years. I’m not doing that ever again."
Source: NYpost.com
Sep 4 - 2:40 PM

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


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