July 25, 2020, 1:20 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Knicks are finalizing a five-year deal with Tom Thibodeau to make him the team's next head coach.
After other outlets reported that Jason Kidd was now the frontrunner after Thibodeau's contract talks stalled, such notions have been revealed to be leverage plays. It has always seemed like fait accompli that Thiobdeau would be New York's next bench boss and the two sides appear to have moved past their impasse. Things got very messy at the end of Thibs' tenure in Minnesota and it remains to be seen if the game has truly passed him by, but he should be able to help the Knicks improve as a defensive unit if nothing else. You can expect some heavy workloads from the core Knicks next season, too.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 24, 2020, 12:48 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News is hearing that Jason Kidd is now a frontrunner in the Knicks' coaching search after contract negotiations with Tom Thibodeau stalled out.
The note about the contract impasse with supposed frontrunner Thibodeau is important to note here, as this could very well be one of the sides trying to leverage their position through the media. With that aside, Bondy notes that the Knicks believe Kidd could help the team attract star players, while there are some within the organization that were not impressed with his actual coaching abilities at previous stops Brooklyn and Milwaukee. Another thing relayed to Bondy was that if the Knicks do hire Kidd, the organization will select some of his assistants in an effort to, "basically to save Kidd from himself."
Source: NY Daily News
July 24, 2020, 12:33 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
SNY's Ian Begley reports that the Knicks and Nets are among the teams that have done background work on a potential Zach LaVine trade.
To be clear, this is in preparation for the scenario where LaVine makes it clear to the Bulls that he's not happy with the team and would not re-sign. If it becomes public that LaVine would prefer a trade, expect a long line of teams to form with trade offers. We're a long ways off from any of that happening, but the new front office in Chicago is going to have to show progress or risk losing its young star. As for the Knicks, they're loaded with first-round picks and are desperate to attract star-level talent, so it's not surprising that they'd be turning over every rock in search of a player like LaVine. Brooklyn's situation would be far more complex, as a top-heavy roster might not leave them with enough to trade for an All-Star caliber guy. Expect the rumor mill to heat up if the Bulls still look lost next season.
July 22, 2020, 8:41 amFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina left the USA for his native France in late June and he is expected to play along with Sekou Doumbouya of the Pistons and Adam Mokoka of the Bulls in a newly-created summer tournament in Paris.
With the French League, as well as another summer tournament called Quai54, canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new event called the Amiral has been arranged by professional players in Paris. With Ntilikina getting a run at it, it’s unclear whether he’ll fly back to the United States if the NBA holds a bubble minicamp in Chicago for the eight teams excluded from the Orlando restart. Regardless, the Knicks are in a transition period and it remains to be seen whether the French guard remains in their future plans.
Source: NY Post
July 21, 2020, 11:02 pmAllonzo TrierPG, Free Agent
Allonzo Trier finished the 2019-20 season without a job, as the Knicks waived the second-year point guard late in June to make room for Theo Pinson.
Trier was impressive in his rookie season in 2018-19 but he seems to have hit the infamous "sophomore slump" and has found himself unemployed. He ranked outside the top-375 in 8/9-cat, not really providing any fantasy value statistically this season.
July 21, 2020, 6:04 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Marc Berman is reporting that Kenny Atkinson has conducted another interview with the Knicks about their head coaching position, though it's unclear if this is his second or third round.
Tom Thibodeau is thought to be the frontrunner for the gig but the Knicks are reportedly being "very thorough" in their search, which seems like a nice change for the organization if that's actually the truth. Atkinson was a big part of Brooklyn's turnaround, and his hard-working culture helped those teams turn into something greater than the sum of their parts. His departure from the Nets was a big shock and he shouldn't be out of work for long. A younger voice like Atkinson's may be a good fit with the rebuilding Knicks, but ultimately the organization will pick who they think is best.
Source: Marc Berman on Twitter
July 17, 2020, 9:40 pmJared HarperPG, New York Knicks
First-year guard Jared Harper only managed to play in three games for the Suns (he is now with the Knicks), scoring just two points (1-of-4 FG) in eight total minutes in 2019-20.
Safe to say, Harper was one of the least utilized players to actually make an appearance in the NBA this season. Consequentially, he was outside the top-500 players on a per game basis in both 8/9-cat (507 and 502, respectively). Harper was a popular college guard at Auburn as he helped guide the Tigers to a Final Four appearance under head coach Bruce Pearl. He was waived by the Suns prior to the league stoppage in mid-March, but it didn't become official until after the league transaction freeze was lifted a few weeks ago. The Knicks claimed Harper off the waiver wire and inked him to a two-way contract. As basketball fans have learned, anyone can earn playing time with the Knicks so it's anyone's guess whether or not Harper will be on their roster come the beginning of next season.
July 16, 2020, 12:38 amMaurice HarklessSF, New York Knicks
Maurice Harkless did a bit of everything in 2019-20, recording averages of 5.8 points, 0.5 3s, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 23 minutes per game, allowing him to finish ranked 234/220 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Harkless played 50 of his 62 gams this season with the Blazers and was just traded to the Knicks as part of the multi-team deal that allowed the Clippers to trade for Marcus Morris. Harkless has never been a notable scorer, but it's abillity to be a jack-of-all-trades player that allows him to hold some deep-league appeal in roto leagues. The Knicks appear interested in re-signing him this summer, but given we're talking about the Knicks here, nothing is certain until the ink is dry on the paper.
July 16, 2020, 12:21 amReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
After finally recovering from surgery to address a herniated disc, Reggie Bullock managed to end the 2019-20 season with top-250 value in 9-cat.
Bullock was only able to play in 29 games this season but thanks to his allotment of 23.6 minutes per game, he found a way to contribute to his club with averages of 8.1 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 2.3 RPG and 0.9 SPG. The Knicks picked up their team-option in Bullock's contract, so there's a good chance that the 29-year-old vet will be in a Knicks uniform at the start of 2020-21.
July 16, 2020, 12:12 amWayne EllingtonSG, New York Knicks
Wayne Ellington led the Knicks in 3-pointers made per game at 1.4 per contest, but the pure shooting specialist to top-350 value neighborhood in 8/9-cat scoring formats given his limited minutes and usage.
The 32-year-old Ellington was a forgettable footnote in 2019-20, with outclassing Kevin Knox in fantasy value as his only claim to fame, which if you think about it, isn't really saying much. There's not much to look forward from him in 2020-21.
July 16, 2020, 12:00 amTheo PinsonPG, New York Knicks
The Knicks claimed Theo Pinson off waivers in June, after he was cut by the Nets, finishing 2019-20 ranked 402/423 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Pinson played 33 games for the Nets in his sophomore season, recording averages of 3.6 PTS, 1.7 AST and 0.5 STL in 11.1 minutes per game. The Knicks see something in Pinson as they opted to part with Allonzo Trier to make room for him. He's still considered as more of a developmental project and won't likely carry any fantasy value in 2020-21.
July 15, 2020, 11:00 pmIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
Rookie Ignas "Iggy" Brazdeikis played just nine games for the Knicks in his rookie season in 2019-20, recording averages of 1.9 PTS and 0.6 REB in 5.9 MPG.
Iggy is a project player and is worth more as a dynasty stash. You can look passed his top-490 finish in 8/9-cat formats and consider his body of work in the G League where he averaged 20.9 points and 1.9 3s per game.
July 15, 2020, 10:49 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr. emerged as one of the biggest losers in fantasy, yet again, in 2019-20, disappointing everyone with value outside the top-400 in 9-cat scoring formats.
DSJ proved once again that he's a bust, both in real-life and fantasy. Despite a three-headed horse race for the starting PG job in New York, Smith's inefficiency and overall lackluster play saw him lose the role and playing time to both Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina. In 34 games for the Knicks, DSJ was terrible with 5.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.9 APG and 0.9 SPG, on .341 shooting from the field and a .509 clip from the line. He should be considered persona non grata in all fantasy drafts moving forward.
July 15, 2020, 5:56 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton was able to produce 99/125 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues due to his high assist (7.2) and steal (1.6) numbers.
At the beginning of the season, it was unclear who the starting point guard would be for the Knicks. They have three young guards in Payton, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr., who was the key piece of the Kristaps Porziņģis trade. After returning from a hamstring injury that cost Payton 17 consecutive games, it became clear by mid-December that he was the starting point guard and he started every game that he was healthy from December 21 on. Payton struggles to help in other categories outside of assists and steals as he averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 threes and 2.1 turnovers in 27.7 mpg on .439 shooting from the field, a horrendous .203 from long range and an awful .570 from the charity stripe. The Knicks have a $7M option on Payton for the 2020-21 season ($1M guaranteed) and it seems likely that they will bring him back as either the starter or as a primary back-up. Until he proves that he can become a more efficient player on the offensive end, Payton will remain as a standard-league specialist and figures to remain around the same value we have seen over the past three seasons.
July 15, 2020, 5:41 pmDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
After starting in 40 out of 73 games and averaging a career-high 27.5 mpg in 2018-19, Damyean Dotson didn't log a single start and only saw 17.4 mpg as he finished outside the top-300 in per-game value.
Dotson posted 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.2 trifectas and 0.4 turnovers with .414/.362/.667 shooting splits in the limited amount of time he saw off the bench. At times, he was part of the rotation and saw around 20 minutes off the bench, but he fell out of the rotation altogether as the season rolled along. It was previously rumored that Dotson may have suited up for the Knicks for the last time as he is an impending restricted free agent and the Jazz, Warriors and Bucks are all teams that have expressed interest. Dotson will likely fill in as an off-the-bench rotation player for a contender in 2020-21. He will not be worth drafting in standard leagues.