Player News - Knicks

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Enes Kanter believes that shooting 3-pointers will be "part of [his] game" this season.

"Coach Fizdale told me to just go out there and start shooting threes," Kanter added. Of course the guy who has only made 32 3-pointers in seven seasons is going to make that part of his game. Of course. This seems like a long shot, but it would make Kanter a better fantasy option, especially in the absence of Kristaps Porzingis.
Sep 20 - 6:06 PM

Knicks President Steve Mills said on Thursday that there is still no timeline for Kristaps Porzingis (knee) to play this season.

To be clear, Porzingis will be re-evaluated by the medical staff this week, so we'll get another update soon. Mills wouldn't rule out Porzingis missing the entire season when asked earlier this week, saying that he's not going jeopardize his long-term future. As for a contract extension, Knicks GM Scott Perry declined to talk about it but was adamant that Porzingis is a "very important part" of New York's future.
Sep 20 - 11:23 AM

Trey Burke said he believes he will start at point guard this season.

"That’s just my mindset. I know coach [David Fizdale] said he’s going to training camp rolling the ball out to allow us to compete for the starting spot — which I believe is fair," Burke said. Burke should be considered as the starter and he'll likely play next to Frank Ntilikina at times. Burke lit it up after the break last year at 15.9 points per game, but he's still only worth a late-round flier.
Sep 19 - 4:36 PM

Tyrius Walker has agreed to a training camp deal with the Knicks.

He'll be waived after camp and then head to New York's G-League affiliate.
Sep 19 - 12:59 PM

Courtney Lee refuted a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, saying he has no desire to be traded and is looking forward to training camp with the Knicks.

New York's new head coach David Fizdale has indicated that he doesn't want to start Lee alongside Tim Hardaway Jr., meaning that Lee will likely be coming off the bench this season, but that hasn't deterred him from his desire to remain with the Knicks. He is on a reasonable contract, and could certainly still help a playoff team, so management may flip him at some point anyway. For now, it seems that Lee will begin the year with the Knicks.
Sep 19 - 10:26 AM

Frank Ntilikina has added 10-15 pounds to his frame this offseason.

Coach David Fizdale was asked about his position, but said he envisions using him all over the floor. "You know I’m not going to give [Frank] a position. You have multiple players that can dribble, play, shoot," Fizdale said. "Why put him in a box? We know he can guard 1-4, he's extremely elite." We know The Frenchise is going to get a ton of minutes in his second season, so he's a name to monitor in the preseason to see if his offense has started to catch up to his elite defense.
Sep 17 - 8:01 PM

Knicks GM Scott Perry said Mitchell Robinson "does things you can’t teach" and believes he'll be an "impact player."

Robinson was the mystery man of the draft after opting not to play college ball, but he looked like the real deal in the Summer League -- he led the league in player efficiency rating and blocked 4.0 shots in 25 minutes per game. The Knicks won't commit to Kristaps Porzingis (knee) returning this season, so Robinson could be looking at minutes right away behind Enes Kanter. He's an intriguing late-round dart throw.
Sep 17 - 7:50 PM

When asked if it makes sense for the Knicks to hold Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out for the season, President Steve Mills said that the team won't jeopardize his long-term future.

It sounds like the Knicks are open to holding him out for the season, but there's no need to panic just yet. He's "coming along well" in his rehab, and we won't have to wait long for another update on his knee because he'll be re-evaluated this week. Health concerns aside, Porzingis just arrived to New York and is said to be excited about the direction of the franchise after meeting with coach David Fizdale.
Sep 17 - 7:44 PM

The Knicks and Joakim Noah are expected to part ways before training camp, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Per Shams, New York has "continued to work trade calls, although waiving and stretching Noah's contract looms as a route." It is doubtful that the Knicks find a team willing to absorb the $37.8 million left on Noah's contract. Thus, New York will probably be forced to waive and stretch him. It will be interesting to see if Noah is willing to give any money back via a buyout. Earlier this week, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported the Wolves would not pursue Noah if he becomes available.
Sep 14 - 1:14 PM

The Timberwolves will not pursue Joakim Noah should be become available, according to sources of Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Noah still has two years and roughly $37.8 million left on his horrendous contract, and word is that New York management is strongly considering using the waive-and-stretch provision to get him off the books. However, despite Tom Thibodeau's infatuation with the past, apparently, he's sane enough to not be interested in a washed up, 33-year-old center.
Sep 12 - 12:31 PM

Knicks head coach David Fizdale wants Kevin Knox to be aggressive on offense.

"[Fizdale] wants me to stay in attack mode," Knox said. "He wants me to be really aggressive on the offensive end, be able to make plays for my teammates." Knox could see a ton of opportunity his rookie year with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) unlikely to make it back to the court until January. New York will likely be one of the early teams eliminated from the postseason, which will make Knox's development even more of a priority after the break.
Source: Newsday
Sep 5 - 11:26 AM

The Wolves reportedly still have interest in veterans Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

Deng agreed to a buyout with the Lakers this weekend, clearing a path to unrestricted free agency, so a reunion with coach Tom Thibodeau is possible. Noah remains under contract with the Knicks but they're expected to waive him via the stretch provision. How much either guy could contribute to the Wolves is uncertain, but they won't be fantasy options no matter where they spend the 2018-19 season.
Sep 2 - 9:43 PM

Updating a previous report, Frank Ntilikina said he will not play for Team France at the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers in September.

"It is with great honor and pride that I received the announcement of my selection," Ntilikina told L'Equipe. "However, at the dawn of my second NBA season with the New York Knicks, the timing appears very complex. It is with great regret that I will not be able to join the rest of the group." Ntilikina should have more opportunity to produce in his second NBA season, particularly with the lack of talent at the point guard position. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
Source: Euro Hoops
Aug 24 - 10:50 AM

Noah Vonleh believes he can "definitely bring a lot" to the Knicks.

"They lost guys like Kyle O’Quinn, and [Kristaps] Porzingis is hurt right now," Vonleh said. "Enes Kanter is a great rebounder, but I think I can help with that and bring energy.’’ The 23-year-old power forward is still raw offensively, but Marc Berman of the New York Post speculates that his rebounding ability could give him a chance to carve out a role -- Vonleh averaged 12.8 boards per 36 minutes last season. He's still well off the fantasy radar in 12-team leagues for now.
Aug 19 - 10:47 AM

Tim Hardaway wasn't happy when Jeff Hornacek was fired as the Knicks head coach, but he's buying what defensively-minded coach David Fizdale is selling.

"He’s respected around the league,’’ Hardaway said. "He does bring that type of vibe and character around the team that makes you want to go out there and compete each and every day for him. That’s what we love about him." Hardaway should be one of the top scoring options for the Knicks this season after posting eighth-round fantasy value last season, but might have a hard time finding others to agree with his thoughts on the Knicks making the playoffs this year. "I see my team making the playoffs with coach Fiz and his new style of play and his attention to detail and holding everyone accountable. I feel we can get there."
Aug 18 - 8:02 PM


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