May 21, 2019, 1:49 pmFrank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina's new agent Bouna Ndiaye denied the rumors of Nitilikina switching agents because he wants a trade and said, “I can just tell you that the fact he was not traded has nothing to do with this change of agent. Frank is extremely happy to be part of the Knicks.”
Ultimately, the Knicks are going to explore every avenue available to shedding salary cap space, and Nitilikina and his roughly $5 million 2019-20 salary are likely to be shipped somewhere else. With a $6 million team option in 2020 followed by an $8 million qualifying offer in 2021, there should be a rebuilding team looking to see if they can tap into the potential of the former eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Source: New York Post
May 19, 2019, 11:06 amFrank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks
The Knicks are shopping Frank Ntilikina for a late-first or 2nd round pick according to Marc Berman of the New York Post
The paltry return they're searching for tells the story for the former lottery pick. It hasn't been a strong first two years for the young PG, but there will likely be an offer or two for him out there from a bottoming-out team who may want to take a filer on him for his defensive upside. Still though, Ntilikina has a long way to go before he can be considered a reliable NBA player.
Source: New York Post
May 15, 2019, 3:09 pmDamyean Dotson - G - New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Dotson was a solid contributor for the Knicks this past season, setting numerous career-highs and rising to a starting role. If he carries the same importance next year it will mean that the Knicks whiffed on their free agency plans, but Dotson is a name worth knowing in deep-league drafts depending on how the summer shakes out.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 9, 2019, 12:39 pmMitchell Robinson - C - New York Knicks
Knicks assistant coaches plan to hit the road this summer and work out with young guys including Allonzo Trier, Dennis Smith Jr. and Mitchell Robinson.
This is excellent news to hear for Knicks fans as the staff is willing to go above their called duties to help out some of the team's brighter young talent. Robinson was a beast after becoming a regular in the rotation, and it'll be exciting to see what he has in store for an encore in his sophomore season.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
May 7, 2019, 11:18 amKevin Knox - F - New York Knicks
Knicks coach David Fizdale revealed that he spent all of last week with Kevin Knox in the team’s practice facility working on elements of the forward’s game.
The 19-year-old Knox experienced ups and downs as the second-youngest player in the NBA, with strength and defense becoming the biggest issues as the season progressed. Knox shot poorly both from the field and from the charity line and his fantasy game has plenty of holes, but it’s good to see him committed to taking the next step.
Source: NY Post
April 16, 2019, 9:06 amMitchell Robinson - C - New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson didn’t take a 3-pointer this season but he plans on practicing his jump shot during an intense summer training program.
“I want to shoot triples next year,’’ Robinson said after the Knicks’ season finale. “That’s not the No. 1 focus since I really want to get stronger and to work on my post moves. And then, when it gets close to summer league, start bringing in that jump shot.’’ Robinson dazzled the coaching staff with his knack for blocking 3-point shots during his rookie season. Among all of the rookie shot-blocking and field-goal percentage records he set, he also led the NBA with 24 blocked 3-pointers. It’s unclear if David Fizdale is on board with his big man shooting from long distance and the Knicks are expected to overhaul their roster during the offseason, so let’s wait and see how that jumper looks like in the summer league first.
Source: NY Post
April 14, 2019, 10:25 amDeAndre Jordan - C - New York Knicks
David Fizdale revealed in a radio interview that DeAndre Jordan wanted to stay a Knick when presented a buyout offer following the trade deadline.
Many at the time believed that Jordan remaining in New York, rather than being given the opportunity to join a contender via buyout, was largely the Knicks' decision, making this a surprising revelation. It's unclear if Jordan will feel the same way as a free agent, but if he does return to New York in the offseason, it will only complicate star rookie Mitchell Robinson's outlook heading into next season.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 11:15 pmLuke Kornet - F/C - New York Knicks
Luke Kornet started and played 28 minutes in Wednesday's season finale, scoring six points to go with two rebounds and 2 assists.
The UniKornet showed multiple times throughout the 18-19 campaign that he has a golden fantasy stat-set, having many games where he piled up cash-counters. The only problem was that Coach David Fizdale never felt comfortable letting him loose full-time, resulting in a mediocre top-190 value on the year. A path to playing time in New York doesn't seem to be getting any clearer with their eyes set on big prizes in free agency, dashing the hopes of anyone hoping for an expanded role heading into next season.
April 10, 2019, 11:07 pmLance Thomas - F - New York Knicks
Lance Thomas finished the season with a DNP-CD in Wednesday's blowout against Detroit.
Thomas, who for what it's worth, is New York's longest tenured player, and has probably overseen far more losing than any player should. He got on the floor for 46 games this year, and was outside the top-400 in value. He's not on the fantasy radar in any format.
April 10, 2019, 11:07 pmDeAndre Jordan - C - New York Knicks
DeAndre Jordan picked up his seventh straight DNP-CD on Wednesday night, ending his season with averages of 11.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, a career-high 2.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks with a .641 mark from the field and a career-high .705 from the free throw line.
Jordan showed two new wrinkles to his game this season: increased playmaking chops (particularly with the Knicks) and vastly improved free throw shooting. His playing time was cut in New York – by the end of the season he was a 20-minute guy after getting 31.1 mpg with Dallas – but Jordan still provided the rebounds and field goal percentage while also managing to increase his blocks. The big man heads to free agency and should still have multiple suitors even as he ages. The big jump in free throw percentage to quasi-respectable levels is going to be key to his value going forward. A 70.5 percent conversion rate still isn’t the best, but if that can stay moving forward then you won’t necessarily be locked into a punt build by taking DJ. Andre Drummond’s jump and subsequent return to normalcy serves as your cautionary tale there. Jordan finished the year as a top-60/65 player in 8/9-cat leagues and was a top-65/80 player in total value because of a five-game absence for a sprained left ankle and all the DNPs.
April 10, 2019, 11:03 pmMario Hezonja - F - New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja finished his first season in New York starting at PG and failing to score in Wednesday's loss vs. the Pistons.
Hezonja was mostly an afterthought off the Knicks bench for the majority of the season, finishing with top-270 value over the course of the season. That being said, he managed to post near top-110 in 9-cat, and top-50 value in 8-cat over his last two weeks, in what was essentially a showcase of sorts for the former top-5 pick. He has talent and a fantasy-friendly game to do something with it, but he needs consistent playing time in order to achieve it, and it is unclear if he will see that in the future with the Knicks.
April 10, 2019, 10:55 pmMitchell Robinson - C - New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson ended his impeccable rookie campaign in Wednesday's loss to the Pistons, finishing with 11 points (5-of-6 shooting), two rebounds and no blocks in 23 minutes.
Robinson took the fantasy world by storm this year, becoming the first rookie in NBA history to average over 2.4 blocks and shoot at least 60% from the field. It's hard to understate just how critical he was in determining fantasy leagues this season, putting up first round value over his final two months, which is unheard of for a guy, who for many, was a mid-season pickup. Like every Knicks player on the roster, his role next season is complicated by the looming potential of a roster overhaul through free agency or the draft. One thing, however, is clear when it comes to Robinson. He only needs 20 minutes to do the things he was capable of this year, and regardless of what the Knicks do this offseason, he will likely be an early round pick in next year's draft.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 10:49 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay’s season was cut short by a left shoulder injury, but he still delivered the finest campaign of his career with 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers per game on .446 from the field across 59 contests.
Mudiay’s biggest development was the efficiency, as his previous career-best was an ugly .388 mark. He had to battle the likes of Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. for playing time but ended up winning out thanks to a combination of effectiveness and injuries to others, making 42 starts. A left shoulder strain took the wind out of his sails in January as Mudiay spent 12 straight games on the sidelines, and he’d miss the season’s final four contests with left shoulder soreness. He also missed the first six games of the year with a sprained right ankle but quickly asserted himself as one of the top guard options on the Knicks. While a top-150/205 season (in 8/9-cat) might not feel like much, it’s a big leap forward from previous seasons where Mudiay was a complete afterthought. We doubt that he’ll find such friendly circumstances for empty production next year, but it’s nice to know that he’s got this in him.