November 19, 2020, 1:38 pmTaj GibsonPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have waived Taj Gibson, according to Shams Charania.
It's a bit of a surprise given Tom Thibodeau's longstanding love affair with Gibson and his trustworthy veteran game, but New York is clearly moving in a younger direction. Gibson, who was set to make over $10 million this season, should find work as a veteran presence and end-of-bench contributor. He certainly won't be making 56 starts again. This opens up more playing time for Mitchell Robinson, Julius Randle and Obi Toppin, which means it's good news for fantasy GMs.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 19, 2020, 1:35 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
The Knicks will waive Elfrid Payton, per Shams Charania.
Payton was set to make $8 million this season and should hit the market as one of the better point guards available in a weak free agent class. Last season saw him post top-100/125 value (8/9-cat) as he rebounded from an early season injury to grab firm hold of the starting point guard job. Fantasy GMs should keep an eye on Payton's free agent saga as he could once again provide some decent value towards the end of drafts if he lands in a good situation.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 19, 2020, 12:47 pmMyles PowellSG, New York Knicks
Myles Powell is set to sign with the Knicks, per Ian Begley.
Powell, somewhat local being born in Trenton and having played at Seton Hall, will go to training camp with the Knicks. He was awarded the Jerry West Award last year, given to the NCAA's top shooting guard, also taking home honors as the Big East Player of the Year and being named a consensus First Team All-American. Powell is a terrific scorer and can make all sorts of tough shots, but at 6'2" and 195 pounds it's hard to see how he sticks at shooting guard at the NBA level. Efficiency was a problem as well, but Powell has a chance to crack the league as a gunner off the bench.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
November 18, 2020, 10:31 pmImmanuel QuickleySG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shams Charania reports that the Thunder will select Immanuel Quickley at No. 25 but will trade him to the Knicks.
Quickley's an outstanding shooter with a quick release and a 6'9" wingspan that could make him into a terrific 3-and-D presence. He's a combo guard that doesn't excel as a ball-handler but has proven to be a willing team player, sacrificing his own touches if it means making the right play. While Quickley's shooting is a big asset, the rest of his offensive game is very limited. He will fill a need for the Knicks, who are currently lacking long-term contributors in the backcourt.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 18, 2020, 8:54 pmObi ToppinPF, New York Knicks
According to Shams Charania, the Knicks have selected Dayton forward Obi Toppin with the No. 8 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.
Toppin is an NBA-ready forward who averaged 20 points and seven rebounds in his sophomore year out of Dayton. He's got a solid skill set but has the drawback of having poor lateral movement, something that could have kept him out of the top-5 of tonight's draft.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 18, 2020, 3:50 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have been trying to move up in the draft lottery while offering both of their first-rounders, picks No. 8 and 23, per Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo.
The Knicks may also be eyeing Dayton's Obi Toppin, who is frequently projected as a potential top-5 selection. It was reported weeks ago that the Knicks were hoping to make a big splash, but since then the front office has kept its cards close to the vest. There's no telling what the Knicks will do in tonight's draft, but it looks like they could be taking a big swing at a player they really like.
Source: Sports Illustrated
November 18, 2020, 9:28 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are moving up in Wednesday’s NBA draft, acquiring the Jazz’s pick at No. 23 in exchange for the No. 27 and No. 38 selections.
The deal also includes the Jazz sending to the Knicks the draft rights to 2008 second-round pick, Ante Tomic, who isn’t expected to join the NBA. New York will now hold the Nos. 8 and 23 in this year’s draft, while the Jazz will be loaded with some extra ammunition in the second round.
November 15, 2020, 1:50 pmDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Ian Begley reports that some within the Knicks organization view Danilo Gallinari as a possible target in free agency.
Begley adds, however, that Gallinari is expected to pursue a winning situation. The Knicks would need to do quite a sales job to convince the Italian that a second tour in New York is the best move for his career, but we could see quite a flurry of player movement in the coming days that changes the calculus for everyone. Begley has also heard that the Mavs are expected to throw their hat in the ring for Gallinari.
November 13, 2020, 3:01 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Marc Stein is reporting that the Knicks are one of the few teams that would be a viable destination for Russell Westbrook.
Being viable — which in this case means being able to absorb the over $130 million on Westbrook's deal — does not equate to full-fledged interest, mind you. The Knicks have reportedly weighed it, and there is a potential deal to be made should they decide to build their team around Westbrook, but the exact level of interest is yet to be determined. It's been said that the Knicks are operating in a more pragmatic manner since Leon Rose took over, so this trade might not fit the team's new vision despite feeling like a very Knicks-y idea.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
November 12, 2020, 3:27 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
ESPN's Jonathan Givony lists the Bulls, Knicks and Pistons as teams that could potentially trade up with the Warriors for the No. 2 pick in the draft.
All three teams have been connected to LaMelo Ball, a presumed top-3 selection, and Ball certainly isn't a fit for the Warriors given their backcourt. Both Golden State and Minnesota have dangled the top two picks in trade talks and are simply waiting to see if another team blinks first in negotiations. The Dubs are said to want an immediate help in the frontcourt if they trade their pick.
November 10, 2020, 9:40 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
The Knicks have shut down their facility after receiving news of three positive COVID-19 tests from employees, reports Malika Andrews of ESPN (via Twitter).
The Knicks released a short statement on Tuesday evening saying that the tests were from "routine screenings" and that all three employees are "asymptomatic and currently under quarantine." This could be a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things as long as the Knicks can get the outbreak under control in short order. Madison Square Garden and the training center have been shut down in light of the news and will be "temporarily closed to allow for a thorough cleaning of the facility." The NBA has not had very many issues with positive coronavirus tests due in large part to their successful 'bubble' concept that was utilized to complete the 2019-20 season. More will be known after tests are conducted within the Knicks organization on Wednesday morning.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
November 5, 2020, 1:14 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
According to Zach Lowe, several teams would like to see Victor Oladipo back in action before engaging in trade talks with the Pacers.
Oladipo returned from a ruptured quad tendon last season but didn't look anything like his peak self, and his trade value might be at its lowest point right now. While it's been reported that Oladipo wants out of Indiana, a deal right now probably doesn't net the Pacers much of value. Lowe speculates that Oladipo and Indiana could end up negotiating an extension, too. Apparently the Heat, once a prime suitor, have backed off a bit, while the Knicks have had past interest but might want to wait and see how Oladipo looks next season. Additionally, the Bucks are interested, as previously reported, but Lowe says no substantive talks have taken place yet. Oladipo's down season might have knocked him from the top tier of available players, but a bounceback campaign could prove fruitful for all parties and get the trade rumors swirling again.
November 5, 2020, 12:56 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Zach Lowe is hearing that the Knicks have been reluctant to include RJ Barrett or Mitchell Robinson in any trade discussions.
And rightfully so. Additionally, Lowe says that the Knicks are not planning to become a straight dumping ground for other teams' unwanted contracts — they'd prefer to find players who can chip in at least something without damaging the team's long-term flexibility. Despite their waywardness, the Knicks are always close to the center of offseason discussion, and it will be interesting to see how new leadership tries to get the franchise back on track. If anything, fans should be reassured that the new regime isn't eager to get rid of the team's two most promising young players from the previous brain trust.
October 29, 2020, 2:35 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
LaMelo Ball has reportedly met with the Wolves and is slated to talk with the Warriors, Hornets and Bulls.
Those teams comprise the top four in the upcoming draft. The Knicks are also said to be interested in Ball but at this point it seems unlikely that he'll fall to them at No. 8, though anything is possible with so much variability in this season's draft class. Multiple outlets have reported, rather consistently, that the Wolves would love to trade down, so this doesn't even guarantee that they're eyeing Ball with the No. 1 selection. We'll see what happens over the next couple of weeks.
October 28, 2020, 9:25 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
The Knicks are reportedly open to trading for "undesirable contracts" in order to acquire assets, according to Ian Begley of SNY.
New York could have more than $60 million of cap space this offseason depending on what they do with several player options. NBA teams are still waiting for a final number on next season's cap, with that information expected later this week. It’s unclear at this point whether the Knicks will look to compete next season or tank for the 2021 draft, but Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, and Russell Westbrook are some of the names that have been linked to them already.