Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Jim Cleamons, a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson, has been added to Derek Fisher's staff.

Cleamons spent last season as an assistant coach under Larry Drew in Milwaukee, but he will now be reunited with Phil Jackson in New York. Cleamons was an assistant coach on Phil Jackson's title-winning teams with the Lakers, and Bulls, and he will help Fisher install the triangle offense.
Aug 18 - 6:58 PM

Carmelo Anthony's decision to lose weight this summer stemmed partly from a desire to prolong his career, according to his physical trainer Idan Ravin.

"He puts a lot of mileage on his legs, so the leaner and lighter you are, obviously the better," Ravin said. "He’s just been very meticulous about his diet and his workout." The New York Post speculated that Melo's weight loss may also stem from his desire to be a "facilitator in the triangle offense." Melo should enter the season in prime physical condition, and he's poised for a big year as the alpha and omega of New York's attack.
Aug 17 - 3:05 PM

Quincy Acy's contract for the upcoming season will be fully guaranteed.

It'll be worth $915,243 and Acy should make the team. The Knicks have some issues at center and they probably shouldn't play Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani next to each other anymore -- even though they may try. Acy was looking to play further from the basket last offseason, but he's shifted back to a low-block guy.
Aug 16 - 9:50 AM

Carmelo Anthony has elected to take half of his $22.5 million salary from this upcoming season up front, according to the Wall Street Journal.

His contract is set up the same way for future years, meaning he'll receive a little over $62 million through advance payment before each of those seasons. To be clear, he is not getting half of his $124 million before this season. This is allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement as max players can take half of their salaries up front. It's interesting to note that the NBA was looking to have their players take their annual salaries and have them stretched over an 18-month period as a precautionary measure when the CBA runs out in 2017.
Aug 16 - 9:16 AM

Carmelo Anthony lost weight this offseason because he "wants to be a facilitator in the triangle," according to a New York Post source.

He's really slimmed down and is hoping to be as athletic as he was in his rookie season. Anthony hasn't been much of a facilitator and led the NBA in field goal attempts per game last season, so changing his style of play is going to be easier said than done. He's someone to target at the turn of the first and second rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 13 - 10:06 PM

The Jazz are reportedly "closing in" on a deal with free agent G Toure Murry.

The deal is reportedly worth $2 million over two years, enough to pry him away from other interested teams including the Heat and Knicks. Murry gives Utah affordable depth but he's unlikely to earn many minutes in a backcourt featuring Trey Burke, Dante Exum, Alec Burks and Ian Clark.
Aug 12 - 6:39 PM

Carmelo Anthony recently posted a picture on his instagram account in which he looks noticeably slimmer.

Fresh off signing a five-year, $124 million deal with the Knicks, Melo appears to be working hard this offseason. There are no official numbers on exactly how much weight Melo has lost, but it does seem like he's trimmed off a few pounds. Click the link below to see for yourself.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 11 - 5:31 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he does not expect to win a championship in the 2014-15 season.

"That’s something that takes time and everything has to be in sync, from management to players. We have much work to do, but something that drives me. I know we can start creating the foundation of what we do. It’s the start of a good process," Anthony said. "Next year we will have enough money to spend within the salary cap. But this year it is important to take the necessary steps towards those who will in the next year." It's no secret the Knicks do not have a very good roster due to all the money they have invested in Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire, but they could turn things around in 2015-16 in a a potent free agent class.
Aug 9 - 9:23 AM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo is deciding whether to play overseas or join the Knicks D-League Westchester affiliate.

The Knicks roster is currently full so it does not appear Thanasis will be making his NBA debut this season. His options are currently playing in Italy, Spain, or the D-league. He was selected with the 51st overall pick in the 2014 draft and is considered a developmental project much like his brother Giannis of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Aug 7 - 6:09 PM

Travis Outlaw will be traded to the Knicks.

He drew four starts for the Kings last season mostly while Rudy Gay was out of the lineup, and even scored 24 points in a game on Apr. 8. Outlaw doesn't project as someone who can get minutes with the Knicks and he'll battle Cleanthony Early as a backup to Carmelo Anthony.
Aug 6 - 4:21 PM

The Knicks will trade Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 second-round pick to the Kings for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.

The Kings had some issues at power forward and Acy would have likely been in the rotation, but he should get a chance to compete for minutes with the Knicks as well. The Raptors tried him at small forward last summer, but the Knicks will almost certainly use him as a power forward or even in the center spot in some smaller lineups. He's not going to be worth drafting in most fantasy formats while the Knicks are healthy.
Source: USA Today
Aug 6 - 4:15 PM


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