October 13, 2020, 9:14 amDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Magic have expressed interest in trading for Dennis Smith Jr.
DSJ was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Mavs, but the Magic had him really high on their board too. He had a down season failing to beat Elfrid Payton for the starting job and a change of environment might actually be good for him.
Source: NY Post
October 13, 2020, 9:07 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that the Knicks are seriously mulling trading back in the draft, unless big man James Wiseman or point guard LaMelo Ball fall back to the eighth spot.
The Knicks seem to be high on Ball and Wiseman while they haven’t been as excited yet with any other prospect in what appears to be a consensus weak draft. It is a little surprising that New York is after Wiseman considering they have center Mitchell Robinson, but the big man didn’t participate in the recent individual workouts for personal reasons. Teams right behind the Knicks are the Wizards (9), the Suns (10), the Spurs (11), the Kings (12), the Pelicans (13), the Celtics (14) and the Magic (15). Look for more rumors to come up as we approach this year’s draft night.
Source: NY Post
October 7, 2020, 9:49 amKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
The Knicks would have to trade Kevin Knox in a potential deal for Chris Paul, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The Thunder are said to be looking for a first-round pick and a player still on their rookie contract in exchange for CP3, so this is a deal that could go through. The Thunder prefer Knox according to the report, while the Knicks have seven first-round picks over the next four drafts. New York seems to be interested more in Victor Oladipo though but a deal for him seems less likely, while Paul would bring some much needed veteran presence in Madison Square Garden.
Source: New York Post
September 26, 2020, 1:03 pmMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated, the Mavs are expected to have interest in Montrezl Harrell this offseason, as will the Raptors, Bulls and Knicks.
The Clippers, as has been reported elsewhere already, are also expected to be interested in continuing their current relationship with Harrell. The bubble was generally unkind to the Sixth Man of the Year as he was repeatedly attacked on defense, but his energy and efficient offensive game are standout facets. It should also be noted that Harrell missed a huge chunk of the Orlando session while away for personal matters and may not have been operating at full strength. One thing is for certain, however — even with a poor postseason showing, Harrell's due for a big raise over last season's $6 million salary.
Source: Sports Illustrated
September 23, 2020, 5:26 pmTaj GibsonPF, New York Knicks
Both Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis, who currently have team options for the 2020-21 campaign, were at the Knicks' voluntary minicamp on Wednesday.
The new brass at the helm of the Knicks front office will have to decide if it is in the team's best interest to bring back Portis ($15.75M team option) and/or Gibson ($1M guaranteed, team option for $8.45M) for next season. They will most likely decide after seeing how the players perform in the voluntary bubble but it is worth noting that Gibson will cost the team almost half of what Portis would cost. Stay tuned as there will likely be some free agency and draft moves that could affect what the Knicks decide moving forward.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
September 23, 2020, 12:04 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Personal reasons will prevent Mitchell Robinson from participating in the Knicks' upcoming bubble training camp, per Ian Begley of SNY.
Begley adds that Robinson does not have COVID-19 and that he was able to participate in individual workouts last week. It's a bit disappointing that Robinson won't be there to build chemistry and learn Tom Thibodeau's system with the rest of the group but this shouldn't have much impact on him moving forward. Thibs plays his main players a ton, and if Robinson can earn the starting job (he started just seven times in 61 appearances last season) he could be in for a big campaign.
August 11, 2020, 10:59 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Tom Thibodeau made the first addition to his coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Kenny Payne as an assistant.
Payne has spent the last 10 years at Kentucky, where he has been John Calipari’s associate head coach since 2014. He also spent five seasons as an assistant with Oregon and will now be reunited with former Wildcats Julius Randle and Kevin Knox. The Knicks are determined to slowly turn the page but we need to see even more strong basketball decisions for the Mecca of basketball to become relevant again.
August 8, 2020, 1:47 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Reportedly, the NBPA has no interest to bring the eight eliminated teams into the bubble.
Several of the teams left off the 22-team invitation list for the bubble have been voicing their frustration with the league and there was some talk about a second possible bubble for those teams but the National Basketball Players Association is not interested in having eight new teams enter the Disney bubble. The plan was to have those squads enter as the first wave of teams was eliminated, but that's likely too much risk in terms of jeopardizing the current operation. As of now, there is a chance the eliminated teams may be able to hold voluntary workouts in the teams' own facilities at some point.
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.