May 29, 2020, 4:03 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
Part of the Knicks' off-season thinking is to shape the roster around RJ Barrett, and it unclear where Julius Randle will fit in those plans.
Barrett and Randle have similar offensive styles, as they typically have an advantage relying upon their strength to attack the basket, but neither has a component deep ball at this stage in their careers. As Barrett is the younger option it makes sense that the Knicks want to sign shooters to give him more space to operate with. Randle's lousy percentages and turnovers has made for a disappointing season with the Knicks thus far, and Barrett will also need to make some strides in the shooting department to become a 12-team asset. Randle is under contract for next season is owed at least $4,000,000 in 2021-22.
May 29, 2020, 3:40 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
The Knicks reopened their practice facility for voluntary workouts on Friday.
Another step in the right direction for the NBA's return to action at the end of July. It's still unclear if the Knicks will even be involved in whatever plan is agreed upon, but it is good to learn that the players can now access their facilities in New York. Only five team facilities have not opened up in some capacity at this point.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
May 5, 2020, 10:13 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks and newly minted team president Leon Rose seem to be in good shape if their preference is to hire Tom Thibodeau and move on from current head coach Mike Miller.
Thibodeau, who has not coached since he was fired by the T-Wolves midway through last season, seems likely to be a sought-after commodity this offseason. The Nets are known to be looking for the right fit at head coach to guide their championship push with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the fold and the Rockets' Mike D'Antoni will also be available for interviews this offseason, barring an extension with the Rockets. The Knicks would like to avoid question marks as far as the coaching staff is concerned so they can focus on building a contending roster. Only time will tell if Rose believes that Thibodeau is the man for the job.
Source: Marc Berman of the NY Post
April 29, 2020, 8:56 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Scott Perry will remain in place as the Knicks GM under President Leon Rose.
Perry is on a one year deal and has a good relationship with Rose. They look forward to rebuilding the Knicks together, but the one year deal may put pressure on Perry to show improvements immediately, which could be detrimental to a long-term rebuild.
Source: Steve Popper on Twitter
April 26, 2020, 8:38 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that the NBA will find practice facilities to accommodate the Knicks and Nets players if they are unable to access their facilities in the New York area.
This plan would also cover teams in other COVID-19 hotspots across the country. The players are scattered well beyond the confines of New York and could wind up having individual sessions in other NBA team's facilities. To be clear, this is a baby step in the reopening process, and the entire situation remains as fluid as ever. Nonetheless, it's good to see the league pursuing the resumption of limited activities.
Source: NY Post
April 22, 2020, 7:59 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Knicks Owner James Dolan has fully recovered after testing positive for coronavirus over three weeks ago.
Dolan will join many athletes in donating his blood plasma for medical trials. He was reported as having "little to no symptoms" when he tested positive and was continuing to work under quarantine. Fortunately, he has made a full recovery and is helping medical research through his donation.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
April 21, 2020, 2:10 pmKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
According to sources close to Leon Rose, one of the team presidents biggest regrets is not getting a closer look at Kevin Knox and how he fits in the team's future.
Kevin Knox is the black sheep in this franchise. Last year's lottery pick who disappointed in his rookie season, and watched the team load up on forwards in the offseason. He spent much of this year without a role, and his trade value is virtually gone at this point because of it. If the Knicks can't find room for him on the roster and the team decides to keep him, some G-League seasoning would be best for everyone.
Source: New York Post
April 15, 2020, 5:32 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, the Knicks are no longer interested in trading Frank Ntilikina after the improvement that he showed in 2019-20.
Frankie Smokes has disappointed since the Knicks spent a top-10 pick on him back in 2017 and the team was looking to trade him until his improved play this season. Although he still has a ways to go to become a reliable shooter in the league (.393 FG shooting in 2019-20), Ntilikina notched career highs in all of his percentages. His most notable jump came at the free throw line as he increased his career numbers by nearly six percentage points while seeing a slight uptick in volume.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
April 14, 2020, 12:45 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
According to Ian Begley of SNY, Tom Thibodeau is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Knicks.
It's almost a certainty that Mike Miller won't be brought back for next season,, and Leon Rose will look to bring in his own guy. Bagley mentioned that "several coaches and people with a vetted interest in Leon Rose's first coaching hire believe it will ultimately be Tom Thibodeau." Thibodeau, for his own right, expects to be a head coach somehwere next season, so there is smoke to this fire. Thibodeau isn't known for player development, so this will be quite an interesting pair for a team in the midst of a rebuild. If anything, Thibodeau loves defense and to ride his ponies into the ground, so Mitchell Robinson may be unleashed right off the bat if Thibs were to get the gig.
April 11, 2020, 6:15 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the New York Post speculates that Leon Rose will consider trading Julius Randle or decline picking up the latter's contract option for the 2021-22 season.
Randle signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the Knicks last summer, though the third and final season is obviously not his call. There's been some rumored discontent with Randle's ball dominant play style, especially as it hinders the development of the other young Knicks. The big man was shooting a ghastly .277 from deep this season, and unless that improves — he shot .344 last season but had never been better than .278 in the previous three seasons — a trade could be a hard sell.
Source: New York Post
April 5, 2020, 8:40 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that with new leadership in place for the Knicks, the team is likely to shop Dennis Smith Jr. this offseason.
Knicks President Leon Rose has no attachment to Smith, and with head coach David Fizdale and assistant coach Keith Smart no longer around to justify his retention, there is little reason for the Knicks to continue relying upon DSJ's services. He struggled all season, from a back injury, to the loss of his stepmother, to an obscure oblique injury, and a concussion in February. Smith will be worth a flyer for another team to roll the dice on, but it is unlikely he gets a real chance to be the Knicks point guard of the future again. It will be difficult for Smith to become a standard league option no matter where he is playing next season. He is simply too lousy a shooter from the field and free-throw line. His turnover rate also remains an issue in 9-CAT formats.
Source: NY Post
March 28, 2020, 10:21 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Knicks owner James Dolan tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday.
Dolan is in self-isolation and fortunately has "little to no symptoms". The Knicks' press release said that Dolan "continues to oversee business operations" which is hopefully, a good indicator that Dolan is feeling well.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 26, 2020, 4:11 pmReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
Reggie Bullock will likely return to the Knicks for another season, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
If the Knicks chose not to bring back Bullock for next year, the team would suffer a $1M cap hit. That means that bringing him back for another season will only have a cap hit of $3.2M. That amount is only 2 percent of the projected salary cap for next season. The Knicks appear to be focused on creating cap flexibility for future years in the hopes that they can land some big-name free agents. Continue to monitor this situation as it develops but it appears likely that Bullock will be in a Knicks uniform for at least one more season.
Source: The New York Post
March 26, 2020, 3:57 pmDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Damyean Dotson's time with the Knicks could come to an end after this season and the Jazz, Bucks and Warriors are among the teams that are expected to have interest in signing Dotson for the 2020-21 campaign.
Dotson saw his role with the Knicks evaporate towards the end of the season as he received a DNP-CD for eight of the Knicks' final nine contests. Interim head coach, Mike Miller, chose to play veterans Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock over the 25-year-old that they drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft. Dotson will look to land in a situation that will give him a more consistent role as a three-and-D wing as he enters his fourth season in the association.
Source: The New York Post
March 24, 2020, 3:32 pmIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks were planning to give Ignas Brazdeikis a role with the big club down the stretch, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Brazdeikis was playing well in the G League with averages of 21.0 points while shooting 49.9 percent from the floor and 34.4 percent from downtown in 21 games. The G League’s regular season was scheduled to end on Friday, at which point the promising rookie would have been brought up. If and when the season resumes, Brazdeikis may very likely find himself in a similar situation that he was expected to be in. The Knicks were happy with his development, and he is someone to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues.
Source: NY Post