SNY.com: Sources: Knicks open to trading for an undesirable contract to acquire an asset

From Ian Begley:

A note on the offseason: several teams said the Knicks are open to using their cap space to take on undesirable contracts via trade, SNY has learned.

The Knicks would presumably acquire another draft pick and young player in this kind of trade. New York has the No. 8, No. 27 and No. 38 picks in the draft.

The idea of taking a bad contract into cap space could be one of several avenues the Knicks are considering this offseason. Depending on what they decide to do with the contract options for Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock, New York could have more than $60 million in cap room in the offseason.

The Knicks, who told teams recently they’d be open to taking on a bad contract, have not made decisions on any players with options yet.

Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please.

NY Post: Knicks favor Killian Hayes as second NBA Draft point guard after LaMelo Ball

Marc Berman of the NY Post reports:

It doesn’t mean the Knicks will pick him if he falls to No. 8 in the NBA Draft, but Killian Hayes currently has a narrow edge as the team’s second point guard on the board after LaMelo Ball, according to NBA sources.

Hayes, the 19-year-old left-hander who played in Germany last season, is considered to have a more supreme skill set than the other lottery-projected point guards such as Tyrese Haliburton, Kira Lewis, Cole Anthony, RJ Hampton, Theo Maledon and Tyrese Maxey.

It should be noted the NBA has just relaxed player workout rules, allowing allowing 4 1/2-hour in-person workouts/interviews/medical evaluations, so a turn of affairs can still be in order before Nov. 18. Four team officials are permitted at a Hayes workout.

The Knicks had gone into last season with an eye on drafting a point guard of the future but they are not stuck on that idea since president Leon Rose took charge in March. For instance, if forward Obi Toppin falls to No. 8, they certainly would pounce. Small forward Isaac Okoro also has intrigue.

Hayes has agreed to do a limited number of private, in-person workouts with one team. The Knicks probably will be granted an audience, according to a source.

A live, in-person workout for Hayes is considered important since he didn’t benefit from the exposure of the NCAA.

I’d be fine with Hayes. I like the idea of trading down more, though.

The Athletic: Let’s fire up the trade machine for the Knicks and see what we can pull off

Mike Vorkunov had John Hollinger on for an excellent discussion for The Athletic (subscription required and recommended) about possible Knick trades.

I adore this take by Hollinger, when Vorkunov noted that he thinks that the Knicks should try to get into the 30s this year as “how many times can the Knicks play that game?” (“That game” being intentionally losing – I dunno, Mike, maybe more than the one time that they did it?). Hollinger replied, “Let me clarify: I see no harm in winning games next season. The Knicks don’t have any reason to aspire to overt awfulness, especially given the flattened lottery odds and the fact that the Knicks can probably do plenty of losing without making any extra special effort.

My point is more that they should be maximizing odds of having a legitimately good team three years down the road. If they manage to go 36-46 or something next season, that’s nice, but in the big picture it’s completely irrelevant. What matters a lot more is if they can be a 50-win team three years from now. Given this franchise’s history, I think it’s fair to worry that they’ll lose sight of the long-term goal if they sniff any short-term quasi-success.”

Awesome.

Less awesome is this deal involving Mitch:

Robinson, the No. 8 pick, the No. 38 pick and Bullock for the No. 2 pick, Poole, Looney and the better of Minnesota or Golden State pick in 2021 (top-seven protected, except that if both are in top seven, they get the lesser of the two picks, and if one is top seven and the other is outside top 20, the Knicks may defer to Golden State’s 2022 unprotected first-round pick instead)

I get the argument, but noooooooo thank you.

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I think that Spo is one of the best coaches I’ve ever seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled out some sort of crazy scheme to get a game or two, but I also think that the Lakers’ two best players are just particularly bad matchups for the Heat (and most NBA teams) that I think that the Lakers will take this in five or six games.

If the Lakers do take it in five or six, it’ll be fascinating to see who wins MVP between Bron and the Brow.

NY Post: Angry James Dolan cuts check for Malliotakis campaign after Max Rose trash-talk

From Jon Levine:

Hell hath no fury like James Dolan scorned.

The controversial Knicks boss is pouring cash into the effort to help GOP Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis beat incumbent Democratic Staten Island Rep. Max Rose — all because Rose recently trash-talked his ownership of the perennially losing New York Knicks.

“Max Rose thinks he can make our team and my ownership his political platform,” Dolan wrote in a personal email to friends last week that was obtained by The Post. “I need to let him know that we will not stand for this. The best way to do this is to help his opponent. He is in a tight race for the US Congress in Staten Island. … Please join me in helping Nicole defeat Max Rose for Congress.

“It will help send a strong message to all NY politicians that the Knicks will not be their political ticket to reelection. The most you can donate is $2,800,” Dolan added. “I cannot do this alone due to the limit on campaign contributions.”

But he sure is trying.

A $50,000 check from MSG Sports was cut Tuesday to “The Governing Majority Fund,” a PAC run by former Reps. John Faso and Jeff Denham, Dolan confirmed. The PAC’s mission is to help Republicans take back the House.

“Faso said Dolan got pissed off at Max Rose because he said something about the Knicks being a sh–ty team and then Dolan turned around and wrote a $50,000 check to his PAC,” a source close to Faso told The Post.

James Dolan is the gift that keeps on giving.