Knicks Morning News (2019.06.24)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Atlantic Notes: Harris, Green, Nets, Knicks
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:31:42 PM)

    With free agency set to open in just one week, star forward Tobias Harris is planning to conduct meetings across the country in his first two days on the open market, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (Twitter link). Harris, who’s expected to command a maximum-salary deal, will be one of […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks free-agent target Kawhi Leonard opts out, to ‘seriously’ consider Raptors
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 7:43:51 PM)

    Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has declined his player option to become an unrestricted free agent and is “seriously considering” re-signing with the NBA champions.

  • [SNY Knicks] Former coaches explain what second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis brings to the Knicks
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 12:47:22 PM)

    In case you missed it on at the NBA Draft on Thursday, the New York Knicks made a splash. They drafted a Canadian sharpshooter with no shortage of confidence and expectations to make an immediate impact to the organization.

  • [SNY Knicks] Previewing the Knicks’ Summer League roster
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 9:38:35 AM)

    Las Vegas Summer League is just two weeks away, and with it comes a chance for Knicks fans to take in their newly-upgraded young core for the first time.

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett gets chills watching new Knicks reality
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 7:53:42 PM)

    RJ Barrett’s first introduction here was overshadowed. The encore was not. A day after the Knicks selected him in the NBA draft, the club’s Twitter account captured Barrett slowly walking onto the Madison Square Garden floor. Moments later, the lights flickered, bringing the third-overall pick to a halt, and his attention to the jumbotron. “Ladies…

  • [NYPost] Kawhi Leonard opts out, though Raptors are still alive
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 4:12:30 PM)

    This Kawhi Leonard move was expected. His next might not be. The NBA Finals MVP will become an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 2019-20 player option worth $21.3 million, according to Yahoo Sports. Many viewed his one season in Toronto as a pit stop following his arrival from the Spurs, making a…

  • [NYPost] Ignas Brazdeikis is Knicks’ other one-and-done NBA draft stud
    (Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:57:42 PM)

    RJ Barrett drew all the attention and the headlines, and justifiably so. The Knicks’ first-round pick out of Duke was at one time considered the best prospect in the draft and set the ACC freshman scoring record (860 points). But Barrett wasn’t the only one-and-done prospect the Knicks selected Thursday night. Second-round pick Ignas Brazdeikis…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.06.23)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Durant, Wilkes, Draft, Cavanaugh
    (Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:14:39 PM)

    The Knicks will do their homework on Kevin Durant before committing to a max offer, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. The team will request access to Durant’s medical records and will evaluate his long-term chances for a full recovery from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in the NBA Finals. New York’s […]

  • [NYPost] The Mets are playing with dubious magic
    (Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:34:06 PM)

    It isn’t the best policy to fire folks on the fly once a season is under way. It is, in truth, an indictment that no matter how carefully planned a season might be, how meticulously blueprinted it was, something has gone wrong. That’s never a good thing. Logically, rationally, we know there is no such…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks may have already made their summer splash
    (Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:40:03 AM)

    The Knicks have a new rookie trio to add to their 2018-19 version. If this threesome has as much promise, the Knicks will be ecstatic. Thursday night and into Friday morning, the Knicks added the leading scorers from three blue-blood college programs — Duke, Michigan and UCLA. RJ Barrett, Ignas Brazdeikis and Kris Wilkes, meet…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.06.22)

  • [YahooSports] Kendrick Perkins calls Kristaps Porzingis ‘a diva to the max,’ says Knicks trade was right decision
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 8:03:20 PM)

    If you’re looking for a major Kristaps Porzingis fan, Kendrick Perkins is not that guy. In a discussion about the New York Knicks on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Friday, the former NBA player revealed his true feelings about Porzingis, who was traded from the Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks in January. The Knicks have the most cap room of any team this summer – but will they land the top free agents who’d fill it?

  • [Sports Illustrated] NBA Rumors: Warriors, Nets, Knicks, Clippers ‘Significant Considerations’ for Kevin Durant
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 10:02:50 AM)

    Catch up on the latest post-draft NBA free agency and rumors.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: ‘A lot to take in’ for RJ Barrett since joining the Knicks
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 7:34:28 PM)

    RJ Barrett was officially introduced as a Knick on Friday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest updates from Knicks Summer League: Zak Irvin will play with Knicks’ Summer League team
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 9:11:33 PM)

    Knicks fans will get an early look at some of the team’s young talent during the Summer League schedule.

  • [SNY Knicks] Patient Knicks remain in running for top free agents — but here’s the plan if they don’t land them
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 2:21:59 PM)

    The Knicks have preached patience, but what does that mean in terms of free agency?

  • [SNY Knicks] 7 key quotes from RJ Barrett’s Knicks presser, including thoughts from Steve Mills, Scott Perry
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 1:00:51 PM)

    Thursday night’s Knicks draft picks RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis were introduced to the New York media on Friday, while Steve Mills, Scott Perry, and David Fizdale also fielded questions. Here are the key quotes…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks add Louisville’s V.J. King, Shaw’s Amir Hinton as undrafted free agents
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 10:43:16 AM)

    After drafting Duke’s RJ Barrett third overall and Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis 47th overall in Thursday’s NBA draft, the Knicks continued to make moves by signing several undrafted free agents.

  • [SNY Knicks] With Knicks planning aggressive pursuit of free agent Kawhi Leonard, here’s what we know about their chances
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 11:22:10 AM)

    We know that the Knicks will still have interest in Kevin Durant, who is expected to miss next season as he rehabs from an Achilles injury. They are also going to be aggressive in their pursuit of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett watched the NBA Finals with the Knicks’ president
    (Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:29:47 AM)

    When RJ Barrett visited the Knicks for his workout June 10, the Duke product spent more time than the usual draft prospect, even getting invited to team president Steve Mills’ home to watch the NBA Finals. Until now, Barrett was a rabid Raptors fan, growing up in a Toronto suburb for part of his childhood….

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ braintrust must realize fanbase’s patience isn’t infinite
    (Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:13:31 AM)

    The occasion was to introduce the Knicks’ two selections from Thursday’s NBA draft. First-round pick RJ Barrett and second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis held up their Knicks jerseys, took the customary photos and spoke briefly about how hard they’re going to work to make the franchise a winner. “It was a great step forward for our basketball…

  • [NYPost] The path RJ Barrett took to become the Knicks’ latest savior
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 11:57:51 PM)

    RJ Barrett’s back faces the rim. A chest presses against him. The scoreboard hints at overtime. Some fans tag along with the clock, counting the final seconds. Some chant “De-fense.” Barrett breaks left. He quickly crosses over to his right, then throws the ball between his legs back to his dominant hand. The defender is…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ RJ Barrett welcomes Rangers’ top pick Kaapo Kakko to New York
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 5:05:45 PM)

    The kids are already playing nice. Moments after the Rangers picked Finnish power forward Kaapo Kakko with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft, he was welcomed to town by none other than RJ Barrett. “Sup, Kaapo, It’s RJ Barrett. Welcome to the family! I’m excited to start this journey together. Go…

  • [NYPost] There won’t be a wait for an RJ Barrett-Zion Williamson Summer League battle
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 2:16:26 PM)

    The RJ Barrett-versus-Zion Williams buddy battle for NBA Rookie of the Year starts as early as possible when the Knicks face the Pelicans to open the Las Vegas Summer League on July 5. Vegas knows how to put on a show. Barrett said at his introductory Garden press conference Friday that the Rookie of the…

  • [NYPost] NBA free agency landscape could lead Knicks to bigger Kawhi push
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 11:44:53 AM)

    The Knicks believe they fared excellently in Thursday’s NBA draft, but head into the next step of free agency on June 30 with more caution and recasting expectations. The landscape has changed with Kevin Durant’s Achilles tear that will put him out next season and Kyrie Irving’s recent yen for Brooklyn. It has shifted some…

  • [NYPost] NBA draft grades 2019: Breaking down all 60 picks team-by-team
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 10:07:56 AM)

    The NBA draft featured plenty of trades, a few big surprises and its usual array of entertaining suits. The Post’s Zach Braziller was there to take it all in and he presents his grades for the festive evening: Atlanta Hawks No. 4: De’Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia No. 10: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke No. 34: Bruno…

  • [NYPost] Stephen A. Smith goes full fanboy after Knicks take RJ Barrett
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 7:05:36 AM)

    Stephen A. Smith is in full fanboy mode. Smith, an outspoken Knicks fan who was previously distraught about the results of the draft lottery, raved in typically loud fashion Thursday night after the team selected former Duke star RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick. “OK. We did it. We drafted RJ Barrett,” the bombastic…

  • [NBA] Knicks Acquire Draft Rights to Ignas Brazdeikis
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 8:50:24 AM)

    NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2019) – The New York Knicks have acquired the draft rights to Ignas Brazdeikis, the 47th overall

  • [ESPN] Zion-Barrett meeting set to start summer league
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 4:49:19 PM)

    Former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett are slated to make their NBA summer league debuts against each other.

  • [ESPN] Barrett gets ‘Welcome to New York’ moment
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 1:56:17 PM)

    In the days and weeks leading up to Thursday’s NBA draft, RJ Barrett repeatedly professed his desire to be a member of the New York Knicks. Friday afternoon, he learned exactly what that meant.

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.06.21)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Trade With Kings, Select Brazdeikis
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 12:16:29 AM)

    JUNE 21: The deal is now official, per a press release from the Kings. JUNE 20: The Knicks acquired the No. 47 pick from the Kings and selected University of Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. Sacramento received the No. 55 pick in the draft and cash, Steve Popper of Newsday […]

  • [NYPost] Where RJ Barrett’s love of Knicks first came from
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 1:36:00 AM)

    These stories don’t get much better than this: The late maternal grandfather came from Jamaica to Brooklyn and cheered for Patrick Ewing and … well let his son-in-law tell it. “I used to sit and watch the Knick games every time I went over, especially when I was courting my wife,” Rowan Barrett told The…

  • [NYPost] When the Knicks knew they were going to draft RJ Barrett
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:35:49 PM)

    General manager Scott Perry knew RJ Barrett eventually would be a Knick when he visited their Tarrytown campus June 10 and wowed them. “He came in and won our building over,’’ Perry said on a conference call Thursday night after Barrett officially became a Knick with the third pick in the NBA draft at Barclays…

  • [NYPost] Knicks move up in NBA draft to pick Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:18:03 PM)

    The Knicks made a draft-night trade and moved up in the second round, but it was not to unload Frank Ntilikina. The Knicks swapped picks for cash considerations with Sacramento, moving from 55 to 47 to select Michigan lefty swingman Ignas Brazdeikis. Brazdeikis was born in Lithuania but grew up in Canada, meaning the Knicks…

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett’s first night with Knicks couldn’t have been better
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:36:15 PM)

    Well, this was certainly a different kind of draft-night moment. At 7:51 p.m. Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, walked to the podium at Barclays Center. This is when some of the best YouTube moments of all have been born: the hometown team makes a pick, the hometown fans take a moment to absorb that pick….

  • [NYPost] ESPN trolls Knicks’ futility on its NBA draft broadcast
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:41:49 PM)

    ESPN and a former Nets executive had a little fun with the Knicks on draft night. Before the Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the third overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night at Barclays Center, ESPN flashed former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Mark’s “Team Needs” across its ticker. Instead of point guard or…

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett pick sends Knicks fans into unfamiliar frenzy
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:39:02 PM)

    RJ Barrett has achieved the impossible — he’s made Knicks fans happy. Unlike four years ago when the Knicks used the fourth overall pick to draft Kristaps Porzingis, who was mercilessly booed by the Barclays Center crowd, the Knicks fans in Brooklyn Thursday night erupted — including Spike Lee — when Duke’s star freshman was…

  • [NYPost] Knicks take RJ Barrett with No. 3 pick in NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:51:44 PM)

    RJ Barrett is trading in his flashy pink draft-night suit for the orange and blue. Barrett got his wish Thursday and fulfilled his late grandfather Noel’s prediction that one day he would be a Knick. The Knicks, as expected, took the Duke star with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft at Barclays Center….

  • [NYPost] Warriors floating costly Kevin Durant trade scenario
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:04:37 AM)

    Kevin Durant may have a different path to the Knicks. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Warriors are floating the idea of signing the injured forward and then later looking to trade him in a move that would potentially benefit both Durant and Golden State. The Warriors are the only team in the league that…

  • [NYPost] Coby White’s Knicks workout adds more drama to NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:45:30 AM)

    The Knicks are making the NBA draft look interesting from the outside. On Thursday, the team brought in North Carolina’s Coby White for a private workout at its facility, per ESPN.com. White, who averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists in his lone season at UNC, has been regularly projected to go in the bottom half…

  • [SNY Knicks] Emotional RJ Barrett embraces Knicks and New York at NBA Draft
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 1:47:56 AM)

    The Knicks made their selection of RJ Barrett official and their new forward is ready for the spotlight of New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks GM Scott Perry admits RJ Barrett ‘made us really comfortable at No. 3’
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00:01 PM)

    The Knicks stayed at No. 3 and selected RJ Barrett out of Duke — a move many saw the team doing. And GM Scott Perry explains why he was the right man for them in the first round.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks sign UCLA F Kris Wilkes to two-way deal
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 1:18:17 AM)

    The Knicks were not done adding players once the NBA Draft ended.

  • [SNY Knicks] Get to know Knicks second-round NBA Draft pick Ignas Brazdeikis
    (Friday, June 21, 2019 12:16:55 AM)

    The Knicks traded up from the 55th to 47th pick to select Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select Duke G RJ Barrett with No. 3 overall pick in 2019 NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:51:38 PM)

    With the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Knicks selected Duke G RJ Barrett in a move everyone was expecting.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Fans react to Knicks selecting RJ Barrett
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:13:14 PM)

    The Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick, and he was immediately showered with cheers in Barclays Center as he made his way to the stage.

  • [SNY Knicks] Teammates, fans react to Knicks picking RJ Barrett in NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:34:54 PM)

    The first three picks fell into place the way most people thought they would, and the Knicks selected RJ Barrett, the player they had seemingly targeted throughout the draft process, with the third-overall pick.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks not expecting ‘any surprises,’ will remain at No. 3 to select RJ Barrett
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:50:34 PM)

    RJ Barrett is going to be a Knick. SNY’s Ian Begley is hearing from a source that the Knicks don’t expect any surprises, and they will remain at No. 3 to select Barrett.

  • [SNY Knicks] With Knicks planning aggressive pursuit of free agent Kawhi Leonard, here’s what we know about their chances
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:22:05 PM)

    We know that the Knicks will still have interest in Kevin Durant, who is expected to miss next season as he rehabs from an Achilles injury. They are also going to be aggressive in their pursuit of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Here are the Knicks Top 5 NBA Draft steals
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:19:15 PM)

    As the Knicks prepare to use their two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft tonight at Barclays Center, here’s a look back at their Top 5 Draft steals in franchise history.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks could target these 5 prospects with second-round pick
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:51:46 PM)

    We know that the Knicks are settled on taking RJ Barrett at the No. 3 pick if he’s available, but what will they do with their second round pick?

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks hold workout with UNC’s Coby White ahead of NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:29:15 AM)

    The Knicks held a private workout with UNC guard Coby White on Thursday, hours before the NBA draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Grizzlies would need to be blown away to trade No. 2 draft pick; Knicks locked in on RJ Barrett
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:11:15 AM)

    This is all relevant to the Knicks, of course, because they have the No. 3 pick, right after the Grizzlies. And teams have reportedly been calling Memphis about trades for the No. 2 pick.

  • CBS Sports: 2019 NBA Draft: New York Knicks select Duke’s RJ Barrett with No. 3 overall pick

    By Kyle Boone

    The New York Knicks have selected Duke one-and-done star RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.

    As a freshman last season, Barrett led the Blue Devils in scoring and set a new ACC freshman scoring record with 860 total points while averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

    Barrett had long been linked to the Knicks when the lottery was sorted out in May, so Barrett falling to No. 3 was not a surprise. Initially, his teammate, Zion Williamson, was considered to be the target for New York going into the lottery, but they wound up at No. 3 despite the best lottery odds and with the other Duke star from last year’s 32-win team as a result.

    Don’t let the circumstances fool you, though: he is more than a consolation. Coming out of high school, Barrett was ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit and entered 2018-19 as the preseason favorite to be drafted first overall in 2019. He has a pedigree that includes being a McDonald’s All-American, a consensus First Team All-American, Mr. Basketball USA, the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and a gold medalist at the FIBA U19 World Cup with Canada. The list goes on.

    As soon as they got the #3 pick, we all knew it would be Barrett and I’m fine with it. He’s easily one of the most polished rookies they’ve had in years.

    He might become a star. That’d be awesome.

    Let’s see what other hijinks the Knicks can get up to tonight.

    Knicks Morning News (2019.06.20)

  • [NYDN] NBA draft profile: Knicks target Darius Garland of Vanderbilt
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:57:00 AM)

    With the top two picks in the 2019 NBA draft seemingly set in stone, a dozen or so players are vying to be selected in the remaining eight spots of the top 10.

    Darius Garland, a freshman guard from Vanderbilt, is projected as a lock for that group. Despite only playing in five games during his…

  • [Hoops Rumors] Draft Rumors: Knicks, Barrett, Herro, Porter, More
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:10:02 PM)

    Although they brought in Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland for a last-minute workout today, the Knicks remain locked in on selecting Duke forward R.J. Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). With just over 24 hours to go until the 2019 NBA draft, rumors continue to trickle in about […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Rumors: Paul, Davis, Free Agency, Ntilikina
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:04:22 PM)

    Conflicting reports on the dynamics between Chris Paul and James Harden surfaced on Tuesday, with one report describing their relationship as “unsalvagable,” while GM Daryl Morey declared that everything is fine in Houston. Regardless on exactly where things stand, the Rockets may be stuck with the pairing for the foreseeable future. There’s “not a team […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks NBA Draft target RJ Barrett ready for challenge of playing in New York
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:23:30 PM)

    If the Knicks draft him, RJ Barrett knows he’d be responsible for helping turn around a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the last 19 years. And he’s OK with that.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Ian Begley breaks down the Knicks’ offseason outlook
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:30:35 PM)

    The Knicks have the tools to reshape their roster and build a contender.

  • [SNY Knicks] Darius Garland thinks Knicks are serious about considering him at No. 3 in NBA Draft
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:25:00 PM)

    Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland said his solo workout with the Knicks on Wednesday went well and he got no indication that the club wouldn’t consider taking him with the No. 3 pick.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: The 5 Worst Duke Draft Picks
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:15:41 PM)

    With the Knicks projected to take Duke’s R.J. Barrett with the third-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, here’s a look at some of the most notable names to come out of Duke who never panned out in the NBA.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks reportedly declined Rockets on potential Chris Paul trade
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:18:54 PM)

    With the rumors swirling around Chris Paul leaving the Rockets, teams that could absorb his contract like the Knicks were immediately brought up.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ NBA Draft Tracker: Ja Morant a lock at No. 2 after Grizzlies trade
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:57:46 AM)

    NBA Draft season is upon us, and the Knicks were awarded the No. 3 overall pick following the NBA Draft Lottery. As June 20 approaches to them being on the clock, here is the latest about the top prospects in this year’s Draft class as it pertains to the Knicks…

  • [NYTimes] Knicks NBA Draft target RJ Barrett ready for challenge of playing in New York
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:23:30 PM)

    If the Knicks draft him, RJ Barrett knows he’d be responsible for helping turn around a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the last 19 years. And he’s OK with that.

  • [NYTimes] WATCH: Ian Begley breaks down the Knicks’ offseason outlook
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:30:35 PM)

    The Knicks have the tools to reshape their roster and build a contender.

  • [NYTimes] Darius Garland thinks Knicks are serious about considering him at No. 3 in NBA Draft
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:25:00 PM)

    Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland said his solo workout with the Knicks on Wednesday went well and he got no indication that the club wouldn’t consider taking him with the No. 3 pick.

  • [NYTimes] WATCH: The 5 Worst Duke Draft Picks
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:15:41 PM)

    With the Knicks projected to take Duke’s R.J. Barrett with the third-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, here’s a look at some of the most notable names to come out of Duke who never panned out in the NBA.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks reportedly declined Rockets on potential Chris Paul trade
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:18:54 PM)

    With the rumors swirling around Chris Paul leaving the Rockets, teams that could absorb his contract like the Knicks were immediately brought up.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ NBA Draft Tracker: Ja Morant a lock at No. 2 after Grizzlies trade
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:57:46 AM)

    NBA Draft season is upon us, and the Knicks were awarded the No. 3 overall pick following the NBA Draft Lottery. As June 20 approaches to them being on the clock, here is the latest about the top prospects in this year’s Draft class as it pertains to the Knicks…

  • [NYPost] NBA mock draft 3.0: Who will Knicks take? When will intrigue really begin?
    (Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:29:07 AM)

    Zion Williamson is a huge talent, but hardly the only intrigue or storyline in Thursday’s NBA draft at Barclays Center. Will the Knicks hold onto the third pick, and if so, will they take RJ Barrett as expected or Darius Garland? After the Pelicans got the No. 4 pick in the Anthony Davis deal, do…

  • [NYPost] How potential Nets target Tobias Harris is viewing free agency
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:27:28 PM)

    Tobias Harris turned down an $80 million contract extension last summer to bet on himself. Now, the Long Island native is set to cash in. The question is will it be to come to his hometown Nets, to stay in Philadelphia or to go elsewhere? One way or another, Harris — who was at Steve…

  • [NYPost] Cam Reddish is the forgotten Duke star and that’s fine with him
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:43:55 PM)

    Across the room, the mob was waiting for Zion Williamson. The expected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft was due at the Grand Hyatt ballroom any second, but the jockeying for position began long before that. Nearby, a group about the same size waited for RJ Barrett, Williamson’s teammate at Duke and the…

  • [NYPost] How Jarrett Culver’s family gave him an advantage on court
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:36:03 PM)

    Jarrett Culver is just hours away from completing his journey to the NBA, but his development started with a familial rivalry. Fresh from leading Texas Tech to the national championship game, Culver is one of the best two-way players in the draft, and could be a top-5 pick. The 20-year-old credits much of his success…

  • [NYPost] The only way Knicks can mess up this pick is if they overthink it
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:01:23 PM)

    There have been few recent nights like the one awaiting the Knicks Thursday night. There have been so few times across the past 20 years when the Knicks have only good things awaiting them on any night of the calendar, June or January or any night in between. Thursday is one of those nights. Thursday,…

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett reveals the personal reason he wants to be a Knick
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:03:15 PM)

    Duke star RJ Barrett has said for weeks his hope is to play for the Knicks. On the eve of the NBA draft, he explained one more reason why. “It would mean a lot,’’ Barrett said during Wednesday’s draft press conference. “My late grandfather, rest in peace, he was the biggest Knicks fan. He always…

  • [NYPost] Rockets tried dumping Chris Paul onto Knicks
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:47:56 PM)

    As the Chris Paul-James Harden feud tears up the Rockets, the Knicks refused an offer from Houston for Chris Paul, per The Ringer. Trading Paul, who is in the second year of a massive four-year $160 million deal, would open up much needed cap space for the Rockets — as well as alleviate the reported…

  • [NYPost] Zion Williamson gives Knicks huge RJ Barrett NBA draft endorsement
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:20:39 PM)

    Zion Williamson won’t be a Knick barring stunning upheaval at the top of Thursday night’s NBA draft, but the Duke phenom is certain they won’t be disappointed if they select his close friend and one-and-done former college teammate RJ Barrett. “He’s cold-blooded,” the almost-certain No. 1 pick said on Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt in…

  • [NYPost] Darius Garland sneaks into Knicks’ NBA draft conversation after strong workout
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:33:14 AM)

    Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland said he believes the Knicks wouldn’t have invited him down Wednesday if they weren’t considering drafting him. “If they called me to work out, I believe so,’’ Garland said in the lobby of the Midtown Grand Hyatt hotel where the draft prospects are staying. Garland, who played five games at…

  • [NYPost] Kevin Durant confidant gives peek into free agency mindset
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:01:27 AM)

    Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury occurred nine days ago in Toronto. His surgery to repair the rupture occurred one week ago in New York. ESPN’s Jay Williams, a Durant friend and a partner with Durant’s manager Rich Kleiman on “The Boardroom,” told The Post it’s too early for the Warriors superstar to figure out what the…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.06.19)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Atlantic Notes: Morris, Kawhi, Knicks, Sixers
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:44:52 PM)

    Marcus Morris is not ruling out coming back to Boston next year, Yahoo Sports contributor Keith Smith hears (Twitter link). The combo forward enjoyed his time on the Celtics and believes he’ll have a major role on the team if he returns. While a re-signing remains a possibility, Morris intends to test the free agent market […]

  • [Newsday] Atlantic Notes: Morris, Kawhi, Knicks, Sixers
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:44:52 PM)

    Marcus Morris is not ruling out coming back to Boston next year, Yahoo Sports contributor Keith Smith hears (Twitter link). The combo forward enjoyed his time on the Celtics and believes he’ll have a major role on the team if he returns. While a re-signing remains a possibility, Morris intends to test the free agent market […]

  • [NYDN] NBA draft profile: Knicks target Ja Morant of Murray State
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:51:00 PM)

    Ja Morant, a sophomore guard from Murray State, has gone from lightly-recruited out of high school to a guaranteed top-five pick of the 2019 NBA draft.  

    In his breakout second season with the Racers, Morant averaged 24.5 points and 10 assists per game. Morant was stellar during the NCAA tournament…

  • [NYPost] Mike Krzyzewski: RJ Barrett could be a ‘star’ for Knicks
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:20:09 AM)

    The great Coach K has broken his silence on RJ Barrett’s potential arrival with the Knicks. “RJ will flourish here in New York,’’ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said on his SiriusXM show that he hosted Tuesday in New York. “He wants to be here. He is so mature. He just turned 19 last Friday, but…

  • [NYPost] Ja Morant is ready to play at Garden, however he ends up there
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:02:25 PM)

    Ja Morant, who had never visited New York until a couple of weeks ago, was part of a panel at a Madison Avenue electronics store Tuesday, taking questions from fans. One mentioned a list of exploits that have occurred at the Garden across the years, including 61-point games by Kobe Bryant and James Harden. “What…

  • [NYPost] How Frank Ntilikina is spending potential final days with Knicks
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:02:56 PM)

    It’s fitting Frank Ntilikina’s final days as a Knick may be spent holed up in Dallas, where he could have started his NBA career. With Thursday’s draft night approaching, Ntilikina could still be on the move as the Knicks are extremely open to trading him for another draft pick – either a late first-rounder or…

  • [ESPN] Source: Knicks reject Hawks’ offer for No. 3 pick
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:37:23 PM)

    The Knicks have declined a recent trade offer that would have sent the No. 3 overall draft pick to the Hawks in exchange for the eighth and 10th picks, a source told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

  • [NYTimes] Source: Knicks reject Hawks’ offer for No. 3 pick
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:37:23 PM)

    The Knicks have declined a recent trade offer that would have sent the No. 3 overall draft pick to the Hawks in exchange for the eighth and 10th picks, a source told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Knicks will listen to trade offers for Frank Ntilikina
    (Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:31:17 AM)

    It’s logical to think that there are no players on the Knicks roster who are off limits when it comes to potential trades, but 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina is one player who members of the organization are open to listening to offers on, sources confirm.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: The Top 5 Duke players in NBA history
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:24:34 PM)

    With the Knicks projected to take Duke’s R.J. Barrett with the third-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, now’s the perfect time to look at the best Duke players in NBA history.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Celtics and Rockets have discussed Clint Capela trade
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:42:37 PM)

    If Al Horford is on his way out of Boston, could Clint Capela be on his way in?

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Cam Reddish talks possibility of joining Knicks ahead of NBA Draft
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:17:41 PM)

    Former Duke star Cam Reddish caught up with SNY’s Ian Begley this week in New York City.

  • [SNY Knicks] Al Horford won’t return to Celtics: report
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:59:13 PM)

    Al Horford is reportedly set to hit the free agent market.

  • [SNY Knicks] Mike Krzyzewski explains why RJ Barrett is perfect for Knicks
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:26:12 PM)

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski points to several different reasons why RJ Barrett will succeed in New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] Could Knicks target disgruntled Rockets PG Chris Paul in trade?
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:21:55 PM)

    There is turmoil in Houston between the Rockets two superstars in SG James Harden and PG Chris Paul, so much so that the latter has demanded a trade, per Yahoo! Sports Vincent Goodwill.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have listened to offers to trade down in NBA Draft
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 3:49:25 PM)

    The Knicks have a workout scheduled with Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland on Wednesday, the day before the NBA Draft, league sources confirm to SNY.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to work out Vanderbilt PG Darius Garland, in ‘serious consideration’ at No. 3
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:03:25 PM)

    With just two days until the Knicks are on the clock at No. 3 overall, one would think New York is set with their plan come Thursday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] RJ Barrett has been working on these two facets of his game ahead of NBA Draft
    (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:44:33 AM)

    RJ Barrett has been training for several weeks ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft. And the workouts, with trainer Drew Hanlen, have prioritized two area’s of Barrett’s game…