Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Willy Hernangomez will start at center on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

Joakim Noah tweaked his hamstring right before the break and will probably miss extended time. The rookie looks like a great pickup and is averaging 11.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block and 1.7 steals in three previous starts this season. His rest-of-season outlook is very promising, especially if the Knicks are sellers at the deadline.
Feb 21 - 8:10 PM

Joakim Noah (left hamstring) will not play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

This will be the sixth game in a row on the shelf for the oft-injured big man as he tweaked his hamstring again right before the All-Star break. Based on his history, don't expect him back soon. Willy Hernangomez will draw the start according to coach Jeff Hornacek and looks like a great pickup in standard leagues. Kyle O'Quinn also gets a nice bump.
Feb 21 - 8:04 PM

Courtney Lee (illness) and Joakim Noah (left hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday.

Noah missed the last five games before the break, so it's a concern that he's not 100 percent yet. The Knicks could be sellers at the trade deadline and Noah's outlook would take a hit if they started rebuilding, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues. Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez benefit every time Noah sits, but Hernangomez has the better outlook.

Courtney Lee (illness) did not practice on Tuesday.

Lee still has another 48 hours before Thursday's game vs. the Cavaliers, but we should know more about his status after Wednesday's practice. If Lee is unable to play, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday will benefit the most. Through the first seven games of February, Lee averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 triples.
Feb 21 - 7:34 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau is reportedly making a push to strike a deal for Derrick Rose.

Thibs reported infatuation with Rose is a bit strange, but it does sound like a three-way trade between New York, Minnesota and Detroit involving Rose, Ricky Rubio and Reggie Jackson is brewing. This is a situation we'll be monitoring closely as the deadline approaches.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Wolves have inquired about the availability of Derrick Rose.

The Wolves are "among several teams" to reach out to the Knicks regarding a potential Rose deal, but it's not clear what Minnesota is offering. Rose will be a free agent this summer, so the Knicks will have to keep their asking price down. Rose played seven seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau, so he should be able to hit the ground running if he was moved to Minnesota. However, unless Ricky Rubio is part of the proposed deal, Rose would lose a lot of fantasy value on the Wolves.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 10:40 PM

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Clippers are "still kicking the tires on everything" including their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.

Melo has reiterated his desire to remain in New York time and time again, and Phil Jackson's tactics to drive him out of the city has only hardened his resolve to stay put. Anthony still holds all the power with his no-trade clause, so the chances of him agreeing to a deal appear to be very slim. The Clippers won't give up any of their core four guys in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick, so Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford would likely be the guys to go if this "pipedream" becomes a reality for LAC.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 10:27 PM

Carmelo Anthony is still expected to remain with the Knicks past the deadline according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Knicks haven't brought him a potential deal in recent days, suggesting that the talks with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics have cooled. Melo still holds all the power with his no-trade clause, and Phil Jackson's tactics to drive him out of New York have backfired. Barring a surprise, expect Melo to finish out the season in New York.
Feb 19 - 9:50 AM

Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.

He is the first Knick to win the Skills Challenge and is the second big in a row to win it with Karl-Anthony Towns taking it home last year. Porzingis was also effective with 24 points in the World's victory in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, so he had a solid weekend on the court. You could make an argument he should've made the All-Star team over Carmelo Anthony, too. After dealing with an Achilles issue for three different stints last month, he's back up to 31.1 minutes per game in February.
Feb 18 - 8:38 PM

Kristaps Porzingis expressed frustration with inconsistent play over the last two months.

"I’ve been up and down a little bit," Porzingis said. "I haven’t been consistent. I’m just trying to get back in my rhythm, trying to play the right way." KP also said his nagging left Achilles injury and recent stomach illness have made it difficult to find his rhythm. Porzingis was averaging 20.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers over the first 32 games of the season (before his Achilles injury). He's averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 boards 1.4 3-pointers in the 16 games he's played since. Hopefully he bounces back over the final two months of the season.
Source: Newsday
Feb 18 - 9:27 AM

Multiple teams view Derrick Rose as a potential trade target, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

While Carmelo Anthony rumors continue to swirl, ESPN reports that Rose is attracting some attention from other teams in need of point guard help. Rose has been putting up impressive numbers of late. Over the Knicks last four games, Rose is averaging 19.0 points (on 57.9 percent shooting), 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. If he is traded, his fantasy value would likely take a hit, as Rose would probably see fewer minutes and a reduced usage rate on a new team.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 10:38 AM

Ron Baker returned to the Knicks' rotation on Wednesday, playing 18 minutes to finish with six points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

Baker has had a few brief, shining moments this season but at no point has he posted reliable fantasy value. Brandon Jennings was out tonight due to Achilles soreness, which thrust Baker into the backup PG role, but with the All-Star break imminent it's possible this will be Jennings' only DNP.
Feb 16 - 12:40 AM

Derrick Rose stayed hot on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-21 shots for 25 points, but it wasn't enough to avoid a road loss to the Thunder.

Rose heads into the All-Star break on an upswing, having averaged 19.0 points on 33-of-57 shooting (57.9 percent) in his past four games. He rounded out tonight's line with seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes, which is all his owners can ask for.
Feb 16 - 12:40 AM

Carmelo Anthony, who was named an All-Star replacement on Wednesday, finished a road loss in OKC with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, six 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes.

Melo has now made eight straight All-Star teams, although it took an injury to Kevin Love for him to make the cut this season. As for all the trade talk engulfing the Knicks, Melo continues to downplay the rumors. "I never thought I would be anywhere [other than New York]," he said. "Nothing came to my table for me to look at. Until that time comes, then they don't need for me to even talk about the [no-trade] clause." If he were to be dealt, he'd be hard-pressed to duplicate his current 29.6 percent usage.
Feb 16 - 12:38 AM

Willy Hernangomez started Wednesday's game and racked up eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 32 minutes vs. the Thunder.

Joakim Noah (hamstring) was out again tonight, predictably, and the rookie center used the opportunity to turn in his best fantasy line in four games. He's prone to some disappearing acts, but with the Knicks struggling this season they have every reason to develop him in their final 26 games after the break.
Feb 16 - 12:37 AM


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