Player News - Knicks

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Craig Hodges has been let go as the Westchester Knicks head coach.

Hodges was brought in to coach the Knicks' D-League affiliate by his former coach and current Knicks president Phil Jackson, but has been let go by Westchester general manager Allan Houston. While the 1990's might be calling for us to return the names in this blurb, Houston will now be in the market for a new head coach for the Westchester Knicks.
Jul 28 - 12:51 PM

Darion Atkins is set to sign a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks.

Atkins was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year at Virginia last season, but he isn't a lock to make the final roster by any means. He averaged 7.6 points, 6.0 boards, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals for Virginia last season, but he likely won't be in the rotation in New York if the Knicks decide to keep him around for the regular season.
Jul 25 - 10:04 AM

The Knicks will sign undrafted guard Wesley Saunders to a partially guaranteed contract.

To be clear, Saunders still has a lot of work to do to make the final roster but he will now have the chance to try and impress the Knicks' coaching staff at training camp. Saunders averaged 16.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game during his senior season at Harvard, but his summer league averages of 2.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists were pretty disappointing. Saunders is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Real GM
Jul 25 - 9:24 AM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) has informed U.S. Olympic Team officials he will attend the August minicamp.

He is still rehabbing his knee and is not expected to be a full participant in the minicamp. Anthony was expected to miss 4-6 months for his surgery back in February, so he's still on track to be ready for Knicks training camp. One year after his team encouraged him to shut it down, Anthony's fantasy draft stock is going to slide quite a bit. The Knicks have reportedly given Melo their blessing to attend, as well.
Jul 23 - 10:25 PM

Cuttino Mobley played in the Drew League in Los Angeles this week.

In a must-see video in the link below, the 39-year-old Mobley showed he can still ball even if he looks like Uncle Drew. While he doesn't have any fantasy value outside of Drew League fantasy leagues, it's nice to see Mobley still has it.
Jul 23 - 1:27 PM

Jose Calderon (Achilles) said he is looking forward to having a healthy 2015-16 season.

After injuries limited Calderon to 42 games last season, the 33-year-old is hoping a return to health can help him turn things around this year. "I just want to be myself, just be healthy and play basketball. I think being healthy can change everything," Calderon said. "I think last year with all the different [lineups], injuries, myself included, I couldn’t get into a rhythm." Calderon could end up being worth a roster sport in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to win the starting point guard job in New York, but he's not much more than a late-round flier at this point.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Jul 23 - 10:34 AM

Jose Calderon (Achilles) said he will be 100 percent to start training camp.

He's been upbeat for months, dating back to April when he said he's confident he'll have a bounce-back 2015-16. Calderon's Achilles bothered him for most of 2014-15, so there's a chance it becomes an issue. If he needs to miss time, rookie Jerian Grant could get more run. Although, Grant wasn't very impressive at Summer League.
Jul 22 - 4:12 PM

Jose Calderon said that he couldn't get into a rhythm last season, and that all the Knicks injuries caused the team to be out of sync.

Calderon went on to say that with Carmelo Anthony healthy he expects the Knicks to be competitive, and play with a team first mentality. Calderon sure couldn't find his rhythm last season, shooting a career-low 41.5 percent from the field to go with unimpressive averages of 9.1 points, 4.7 assists and 1.4 three-pointers in addition to only making it through 42 games. He's not someone to target in standard leagues in next year's drafts.
Jul 22 - 1:19 PM

There is reportedly no truth to the rumor that the Nuggets are still pursing Sergio Rodriguez.

The Nuggets are set at point guard with Emmanuel Mudiay, Erick Green, and Nick Johnson all on the roster, so it doesn't make much sense for them to add yet another guard to what is already a crowded backcourt. Additionally, Real Madrid has said they will refuse any buyout offers, so there's no reason to believe Rodriguez will be making an NBA comeback next season.
Jul 21 - 4:15 PM

Baron Davis told SiriusXM NBA Radio during an interview on Tuesday that he will try out for some NBA teams this offseason in an attempt to make an NBA comeback.

"This is the first time I'm going to put myself out there, I'm going to try out for some teams," said Davis. B-Diddy was one of the most exciting players to watch during his prime, but he really struggled to stay healthy towards the end dealing with back issues and eventually blowing out his knee towards the end of the 2011-12 season. Additionally, Davis has been attempting an NBA comeback since 2013, so we're skeptical that the 36-year-old will be able to earn an NBA contract.
Jul 21 - 2:29 PM

The Knicks won't have enough cap space to offer a max contract in 2016 free agency, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

New York will have $19 million of cap space next summer, but that won't be enough to sign a free agent to a max contract. The Knicks can open up more cap space through various roster moves, but as things stand, they won't have enough money to try and woo upcoming free agents like Kevin Durant, Mike Conley, and Al Horford next summer.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Jul 21 - 1:57 PM

The Denver Nuggets are reportedly still pursuing Sergio Rodriguez.

While there were reports a week ago saying that Rodriguez would not be joining an NBA team for the 2015-16 season, that hasn't stopped the Nuggets from employing the full-court press on the 29-year-old. Rodriguez' current team, Real Madrid, holds the trump card, however, and is reportedly prepared to refuse any buyout offers, so it's still unlikely he'll be coming back to the NBA this season.
Source: Encestando
Jul 21 - 9:39 AM

The Knicks want Kristaps Porzingis to add 10-15 lbs in muscle before training camp, a source told the New York Post.

Everyone—including Porzingis—has said that he'll have to add strength to his frame, so this isn't exactly breaking news. Coach Derek Fisher said the team is "not obsessed at putting a lot of weight on him all at once," and the Knicks appear willing to let Porzingis develop at his own pace vs. creating some artificial timetable. "I need to bulk up and get stronger," Porzingis said. He also expressed a desire to start, but the rookie will have to earn both his role and playing time.
Jul 20 - 10:20 AM

Derek Fisher said Thanasis Antetokounmpo was "solid" during summer league, but he isn't sure if he will stick around with the Knicks.

"We’ll have decisions to make going forward about what we want to do," Fisher said. "He did everything he can do. I thought he finished the right way and left us with something to think about.’’ Antetokounmp finshed his summer league on a high note with 17 points on Friday, but he was pretty much invisible in his first four games. If Antetokounmpo doesn't get a contract with the Knicks, his agent has made it very clear that he will likely head to Europe.
Jul 19 - 12:34 PM

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said that Kristaps Porzingis' character reminds him a lot of Pau Gasol.

"But I would say the similarities are the character, that Pau’s an amazing person and Kristaps is the same type of guy in terms of a good teammate, good guy to be around, enjoys working hard and really wants to be the best," Fisher said. "We’re very fortunate from that standing. His career will take care of itself because of those reasons.’’ Porizngis showed a lot of potential during the summer league, but it will take some time for him to adjust to life in the NBA. As of right now, Porzingis is only a target in deeper leagues.
Jul 19 - 9:18 AM


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