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Thursday, April 18, 2019

New York Knicks News

SNY: If Knicks land Durant and Irving, who could be their supporting cast?

I’m really only doing this so that we could start a new discussion thread. But anyhow, David Vertsberger had the following article on SNY.tv and I think it is a bit off on the realities of the Knicks’ cap space. The discussion is about who the Knicks should add to the team if they get Durant and Kyrie Irving. Now, do note, the Knicks currently don’t even technically have room to sign Durant and Irving to their max contracts, but they can get there fairly easily. But if that were to happen, that would be it for the Knicks’ cap …continue reading

ESPN.com: Dallas Mavericks agree to trade with New York Knicks for Kristaps Porzingis

From ESPN.com: The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a trade with the New York Knicks for All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. The trade also includes the Knicks sending Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Mavericks in return for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan, league sources told Wojnarowski. The deal may also include draft assets, sources said. The Mavs are working to acquire a first-round pick to include in the deal, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. They owe their own protected first-rounder to the Atlanta Hawks as part of …continue reading

ESPN.com: Knicks waive Joakim Noah, will clear cap space for 2019

Ian Begley and Adrian Wojnarowski report: After waiving Joakim Noah on Saturday, the New York Knicks will use the stretch provision on the remaining year of his contract to clear salary-cap space in an effort to pursue top free agents in the summer of 2019, league sources told ESPN. Using the stretch provision reduces Noah’s cap hit of $19.3 million in 2019-20 to $6.4 million, saving the team $12.9 million toward the cap. Stretching his contract, though, will cost the Knicks $6.4 million in cap space in the summers of 2020 and 2021. In addition: If the Knicks, as expected, …continue reading

ESPN.com: Sources: Mario Hezonja agrees with Knicks on one-year, $6.5M deal

Woj and Ian Begley report: Free-agent forward Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN. The Knicks are hopeful that Hezonja, 23, will fulfill the potential to become the complete player that made him the fifth overall pick by the Magic in the 2015 NBA draft. On the pro side of things, Hezonja showed some real signs of turning his career around after Orlando embarsssingly turned down his fourth year team option. I was interested in seeing him sign with the Knicks, so in a vaccuum, it’s a great risk on a …continue reading

Knicks Don’t Hire Mark Jackson! David Fizdale Hired to be the New Knicks Head Coach

According to Woj, the Knicks have agreed to a four-year deal with David Fizdale. Fizdale is a very popular coach among the players in the NBA and when he was the coach in Memphis, he ran a modern offense (while still paying attention to their team defense), so hopefully this works out. The main thing is, though, that he is not Mark Jackson. So I am pumped.

ESPN.com: Sources: Knicks dismiss Jeff Hornacek; candidates include David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson

From Woj: The New York Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday morning, league sources told ESPN. Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry informed Hornacek of his firing upon the team’s return to suburban New York following a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks beat the Cavaliers 110-98. Hornacek had one year left on his contract. Kurt Rambis, associate head coach under Hornacek, was also dismissed. Talk about burying the lede! Our long national nightmare of Kurt Rambis is finally over!! Seriously, though, as pumped as I am to finally be free of Rambis, it is …continue reading

NY Post: The Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek rebellion is growing quickly

From Marc Berman, who sure seemed to have a direct line to Steve Mills back during Phil’s tenure with the Knicks (as Berman went from being over-the-top in his praise of Jackson to eventually picking away at Jackson constantly, right in line with Mills’ growing dissatisfaction with Phil): As Hornacek’s Knicks stint winds down to perhaps its final seven games, players may be displaying a level of rebellion that could be expected when led by a coach they know may not be back next season. The feeling around the league is Hornacek won’t be brought back by Steve Mills and …continue reading