Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Beasley said he didn't want to re-sign with the Bucks because of playing-time issues under coach Jason Kidd.

"Milwaukee got a nice young core – unfortunately, the bulk of their corps play my position," Beasley said. "Minutes for me, there just wasn’t what I wanted to see." Beasley describes himself as a "walking bucket" and thinks he'll handle the pressure in New York well. If the Knicks move on from Carmelo Anthony, Beasley could have some sneaky value for his scoring prowess -- per 36 minutes, Beasley put up 20.3 points per game last season.
Source: NY Post
Aug 20 - 12:49 PM

Joakim Noah said he's ready to redeem himself for testing positive for Androgen.

He still has 12 games left on his suspension, so he won't be playing until at least Nov. 13. Noah was a nightmare last season after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal, but the rebuilding team may actually not play him enough to make that contract worthwhile. Willy Hernangomez is still a decent fantasy target in the later rounds.
Aug 19 - 3:36 PM

Joakim Noah said he lost confidence in himself last season but is determined to bounce back in 2017-18.

Noah was a major disappointment last season, both for fantasy owners and the Knicks front office, which signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract last July. Injuries significantly limited him and he also admitted that a loss of confidence doomed him as well. "I went through a lot of adversity,’’ Noah said. "You go through injuries. I lost my confidence. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times." Even if he shows up to camp healthy, Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season while serving his suspension.
Aug 19 - 1:15 PM

Michael Beasley said he believes playing in New York will "bring the best out of [him]."

Beasley sounded supremely confident in his first interview as a Knick. "I’ll bring what they saw in college,’’ said Beasley. "I just need the opportunity to show that... I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years." Beasley's playing time and scoring opportunities will be determined by what happens with Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks trade Melo and don't bring back another small forward, then Beasley may be inserted into the starting lineup.
Aug 19 - 9:45 AM

The Knicks have signed Jamel Artis to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.

Artis played well for New York in summer league, earning him a spot on the team's 20-man roster for training camp. While it is unlikely he makes the final 15-player roster on opening night, the Knicks still have one two-way spot open, and Artis will be competing to secure that contract.
Aug 19 - 9:31 AM

Nigel Hayes agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Knicks.

He agreed to a camp deal with the Knicks back in June, so it's unknown if there was something added to that deal here. The Wisconsin product went undrafted in June, but he was impressive in his senior season with 14.0 points per game.
Aug 17 - 8:14 PM

The Knicks reportedly have no interest in including Kristaps Porzingis in a package for Kyrie Irving.

"[Knicks president] Steve Mills and [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry on the record were very clear that Kristaps was part of the future,’’ an anonymous source to Newsweek said in reference to comments made last month by both executives. "In all the discussions since then — there were other rumors before that Cleveland would want Kristaps — and it didn’t seem that [the Knicks] were interested at all in a conversation." The Knicks don't appear to be very willing to put together an enticing offer for Irving, so Uncle Drew winding up in New York seems like an unlikely scenario.
Source: Newsday
Aug 16 - 11:08 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as a "primary target" for Cleveland as they consider possible trade scenarios involving Kyrie Irving.

Wojnarowski notes the Knicks are not currently interested and would only consider such a trade if the Cavs were also willing to take back Joakim Noah's contract. However, Woj does state that New York may consider moving KP at some point if the relationship between Porzingis and the team doesn't improve. "There continues to be distance between Porzingis and the organization, and how the Knicks truly value Porzingis' future could become clearer once they're together to begin the season," writes Wojnarowski.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 9:31 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Latvia's win over Poland on Friday.

This was a "friendly preparation game" for both national teams as they get ready for Eurobasket later this month. Unsurprisingly, Porzingis dominated the action on both ends of the floor, as he also added two blocks and two steals. KP has a chance to establish himself as an elite fantasy force next season, and will likely be selected in the top-20 of most drafts.
Aug 12 - 11:15 AM

Frank Ntilikina said "of course" he wants to start for the Knicks this season.

This doesn't really mean much and he did walk it back after that comment. "I’m a team player. I just want what’s best for the team." The plan looks like it'll be Ntilikina coming off the bench, but the Knicks swinging and missing on a free agent PG should help his case to get minutes sooner than expected. Ntilikina could leapfrog either Ron Baker or Ramon Sessions in camp, so keep an eye on him as a fantasy stash.
Aug 11 - 9:35 PM

The Knicks officially picked up the 2018-19 team option on Kristaps Porzingis' contract.

This was a mere formality for New York, as Porzingis has been remarkably productive over his first years in the NBA. Porzingis will make $5.7 million in 2018-19. Next summer, the Knicks will be able to sign KP to an extension worth up to $156 million over five years. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers. If the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, KP would be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load and would see his stats increase.
Aug 11 - 10:22 AM

The Knicks and Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj adds that the Rockets are still looking for a third team to get a deal done, and that Anthony has been "steadfast" that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to Houston. The Rockets are trying to get someone to take Ryan Anderson, but it won't be easy with $60 million left on his deal. Woj also added that the Rockets will remain patient while the Blazers have an interest in acquiring the 10-time All-Star.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 5:38 PM

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks have asked Carmelo Anthony to expand his "wish list" of teams to join.

Another day, another Melo rumor. It's no secret that his preference is to join Houston, but the Knicks aren't willing to make a "bad trade" -- the Rockets would likely have to include Ryan Anderson's bloated contract and the Knicks aren't interested. Berman adds that the Pelicans, Cavaliers, Thunder and Blazers are all waiting in the wings in the hope that Melo expands his list. The All-Star forward recently had "great conversations" with Knicks GM Scott Perry, but it sounds like both sides are still determined to orchestrate a move away from New York.
Source: NY Post
Aug 10 - 10:09 AM

The Knicks officially announced the signing of Ramon Sessions on Tuesday.

Sessions could realistically open the 2017-18 season as New York's starting point guard, but he'll likely cede that starting spot to Frank Ntilikina towards the second half of the year when player development becomes a primary focus for the Knicks.
Source: NBA
Aug 8 - 6:33 PM

The Knicks have officially signed Michael Beasley to a one-year pact for the veteran's minimum.

The former No. 2 overall pick should see decent minutes at the three and four for the Knicks, but it's unlikely that he'll be involved enough in New York's offense to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Aug 8 - 6:28 PM


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