Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

The Knicks may opt to not exercise the option on Shane Larkin's contract.

The team was expected to pick up his option earlier this month, but they may want to keep the cap space. Larkin is expected to get some run in the second unit and may have value if Jose Calderon (calf) needs to miss time.
Oct 25 - 11:48 AM

Carmelo Anthony said on Friday the Knicks are"never going to have [the triangle offense] all the way down pat."

Teammate J.R. Smith has been saying similar things and it seems obvious that the Knicks are going to start slow. Anthony is still going to get his and his slimmed-down frame should help his case for minutes. He's a first round pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: NY Post
Oct 25 - 9:50 AM

Quincy Acy (sore wrist) returned to action on Friday with eight points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the Knicks' bench.

New York was playing without Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) and Travis Outlaw (Achilles), which opened up a few more minutes for Acy in the frontcourt. Knicks president Phil Jackson recently praised Acy as a "terrific rebounder," and said the team relies on him to be "tough, quick-footed and energetic on defense at both the [SF and PF] positions." Unfortunately, his real-world value won't amount to a hill of beans in fantasy leagues.
Oct 24 - 10:23 PM

Knicks PF/C Jason Smith went scoreless in 17 minutes of action on Friday, grabbing three rebounds with one turnover and no other stats to his credit.

Backup center Cole Aldrich (three points, three rebounds in 12 minutes) wasn't too much better in 12 minutes off the bench, and neither guy has staked a convincing claim for a major role this season. Smith is the guy to target if you're rooting around for low-end value, and he at least has some upside due to solid per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocks.
Oct 24 - 10:22 PM

Carmelo Anthony's preseason ended with a 24-point performance vs. the Raptors, as he made 8-of-17 FGs, 3-of-8 three-pointers, and 5-of-5 FTs in just 28 minutes of action.

He didn't do much elsewhere tonight, adding one rebound, zero assists, one steal and three turnovers, but Melo finished the preseason strong with 26.0 points in 31.0 minutes over the Knicks' last three exhibitions. There will be growing pains as the Knicks' flawed roster adapts to the triangle offense, but Melo's fantasy value is about as bullet-proof as it comes.
Oct 24 - 10:21 PM

Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals.
Oct 24 - 10:18 PM

J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option.
Oct 24 - 10:15 PM

Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news.
Oct 24 - 4:19 PM

Coach Derek Fisher hinted Jason Smith will start at power forward on opening night.

He'd likely join Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. These guys haven't had any minutes together in the preseason and Quincy Acy could still get the nod. That said, there's no reason to add either guy in most fantasy leagues.
Oct 24 - 4:17 PM

The Knicks waived D.J. Mbenga and Orlando Sanchez on Friday.

Neither player was expected to make the regular-season roster, and this news has no fantasy implications.
Oct 24 - 2:34 PM

The Rockets have met with Kenyon Martin about becoming a coach.

Back in summer league, he was optimistic about his chances of playing, but it doesn't sound like it now. Martin might retire and make the Rockets the league leaders for tattoos in their coaching staff.
Oct 24 - 2:31 PM

J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

"I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 24 - 2:13 PM

Jason Smith will draw another start at power forward for the Knicks on Friday, and head coach Derek Fisher indicated that he will remain there for opening night.

Smith appears to have beat out Quincy Acy (wrist), Andre Bargnani (hamstring), and Amare Stoudemire for the starting power forward job. Fisher would like to use Amare in a sixth man role, and with Acy and Bargnani not fully healthy, Smith will get the nod with the starting unit. However, with career averages of 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks, Smith doesn't look like someone worth targeting in standard leagues, regardless of his role with the team.
Oct 24 - 12:18 PM

Andre Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

Bargnani has been rather tight-lipped with providing updates on his injury, and given his extensive history with being sidelined, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 24 - 11:58 AM

Jose Calderon (right calf) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

The injury is not considered serious, but Calderon has struggled with health throughout his career, so that needs to be taken into account. However, we're still expecting Jose to be a go for opening night, and if he can stay healthy, he'll be a solid source of assists and 3-pointers, while keeping his turnovers to a minimum (career-average of 1.7 turnover per game). Shane Larkin will draw the start in Calderon's place.
Oct 24 - 11:52 AM


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