Knicks Morning News (2019.01.28)

  • [FOXsports] Ellington scores 19 as Heat beat Knicks 106-97
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:31:21 PM)

    Wayne Ellington scores 19 as Miami Heat knock off lowly New York Knicks 106-97

  • [NYDN] Frank Ntilikina leaves with groin strain, further clouding Knicks’ point guard picture
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:25:00 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina’s troubling season turned worse Sunday after the Frenchman strained his groin during the Knicks’ 106-97 loss to the Heat.

    Ntilikina was starting his second consecutive game at point guard – a result of Emmanuel Mudiay straining his shoulder – and managed six points and four assists…

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Burke, Kanter, Ntilikina, Trade Deadline
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:59:36 PM)

    Trey Burke is back in the Knicks‘ rotation, but it looks like a temporary situation until he either gets traded or Emmanuel Mudiay returns from a strained shoulder, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Burke, who began the season as the starting point guard, poured in 25 points Friday, but doesn’t appear to […]

  • [Sports Illustrated] Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. Suffers Scary Knee Injury vs. Knicks
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:47:15 PM)

    The Heat announced Derrick Jones Jr. will be re-evaluated tomorrow after suffering a knee injury.

  • [Sports Illustrated] Watch: Carmelo Anthony Attends Knicks vs. Heat, Receives Standing Ovation
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:39:54 PM)

    Anthony was sitting courtside for Dwyane Wade’s second-to-last game in New York.

  • [TheRinger] Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. Suffers Scary Knee Injury vs. Knicks
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:47:15 PM)

    The Heat announced Derrick Jones Jr. will be re-evaluated tomorrow after suffering a knee injury.

  • [TheRinger] Watch: Carmelo Anthony Attends Knicks vs. Heat, Receives Standing Ovation
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:39:54 PM)

    Anthony was sitting courtside for Dwyane Wade’s second-to-last game in New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Sunday’s 106-97 loss to the Heat
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:03:04 PM)

    The Knicks’ losing streak reached nine games with a 106-97 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Carmelo Anthony receives standing ovation at MSG
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:37:23 PM)

    Former Knicks and current Bulls forward Carmelo Anthony received a standing ovation during a stoppage of play in Sunday’s Knicks-Heat game at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] With deadline soon, does Trey Burke want Knicks to trade him?
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:37:07 PM)

    Knicks PG Trey Burke — a pending free agent — said in early-December that he wanted to re-sign with the Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] On eight-game losing streak, Knicks face Heat on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:02:17 AM)

    Both teams were off Saturday after playing Friday, when the Heat posted a 100-94 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and the visiting Knicks continued their months-long skid by falling to the Brooklyn Nets, 109-99.

  • [NYPost] As losses pile up, Fizdale gets needed hug from his old friends
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:23:32 PM)

    Whenever David Fizdale is around the Miami Heat, it’s like fraternity brothers at a college reunion with all the back-slapping, high-fiving and hugging that takes place. Such was the scene Sunday night at the Garden before the Knicks played the Heat for the second time this season. Whether it was coaching staff or the media…

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. breaks silence on Fizdale’s contract comment
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:57:41 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. responded to coach David Fizdale’s odd financial comment made Friday in which he mentioned Hardaway’s contract figures when explaining his playing rotations. Asked if he was bothered by Fizdale mentioning his big salary in that context, Hardaway said Sunday, “No reaction to it. It’s a public thing. Everyone knows what I make….

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox hits rookie wall as starting experiment flops
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 6:57:25 PM)

    The one thing you can’t accuse rookie lottery pick Kevin Knox of is helping the Knicks win. While his scoring statistics aren’t poor for a rookie despite shooting 37 percent, his entry into the starting lineup has not worked. And now he appears to have slammed into the rookie wall, shooting 24.3 percent in his…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fade late as MSG misery continues amid ‘Let’s Go Heat’ chants
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 5:20:50 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony’s presence as a baseline spectator couldn’t snap the Knicks from their usual late-fourth-quarter woes and horrendous Garden losing streak. Anthony should be used to seeing the Knicks lose here. The Knicks have forgotten how to win at home. After coming back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie with 3:10…

  • [NYPost] Melo sits courtside after Wade gives insight into friend’s future
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:05:01 PM)

    Exiled Carmelo Anthony sat baseline by the Miami bench Sunday at the Garden to watch his Heat buddy, Dwyane Wade. Anthony said he hopes to be more than a spectator in this arena sometime soon. It was a night when Anthony and Wade received louder Garden cheers than any Knicks player. Anthony, wearing a black…

  • [ESPN] Melo on pending move: I just want to be happy
    (Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:41:12 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony, speaking during an appearance to see friend Dwyane Wade play against the Knicks, said he hopes to play in Madison Square Garden at least one more time.

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    22 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2019.01.28)”

    1. So Anthony Davis has officially asked for a trade, per Woj. That’s going to be very interesting.

      The Celtics can’t trade for him now, so that’s a very telling sign that Davis probbaly doesn’t want to go to Boston anyway. It really should put the Lakers in the front seat, but they would have to build the trade in a way where it allows for them to keep one max slot for next summer, which is possible but would require them to part with possibly all of Ball, Kuzma and Ingram.

    2. Davis is actually doing New Orleans and himself a favor. If he waited for his free agency to come up, then New Orleans would get less for him in a trade. And this way he might get out earlier.

      It actually works to trade KP and THJ for AD. I want to keep KP, but I would do the trade.

    3. Oh yeah, if I could trade KP for AD and throw THJ in there as well, sure. But would you do it for KP, and this year’s #1 unprotected?

      Did Davis give a list of teams he’d go to? Would he even consider the Knicks?

    4. Masai Ujiri is going to sell out in order to pair Lowry with Leonard and Davis. Boston’s hands are tied unless they offer Irving, and New Orleans wouldn’t agree because Kyrie would definitely be leaving in the summer.

      I could see something like Anunoby, Siakim, Valanciunas, Norman Powell, and a 2021 unprotected 1RP for Anthony Davis and Wesley Johnson. The other team I’d watch in this? Portland because they can offer McCollum (signed through 2021) and Nurkic (signed through 2022), this year’s first, and a 2021 1st. It’s the kind of “pre agency” move teams in less desired markets like OKC and Toronto made to put themselves in position to get a premier talent.

      The Pelicans would be inclined to do business with anybody but the Lakers, and it’s not like teams are falling over themselves to get a chance at Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. The Lakers have to offer the house, but I don’t think the house gets it done. Portland, Toronto, and maybe Dallas and Brooklyn should all have their offers considered before New Orleans does business with the Lakers.

    5. Davis only said that he wants to be traded for a team that contends right away, which well, discounts the Knicks. He still has one more year in his deal after this one so he’s very good value even for a team that’s not an immediate contender, but the price should be so high that it will scare away teams that can’t reliably think they’ll re-sign him.

    6. Davis is actually doing New Orleans and himself a favor. If he waited for his free agency to come up, then New Orleans would get less for him in a trade. And this way he might get out earlier.

      This is why I’m confused at the largely owner-fueled outrage about “pre-agency.” Do these guys really not understand the massive favor being done? If New Orleans had it their way, would they really let a generational talent walk for nothing?

    7. If I’m the Raptors, I’m going all in and offering anything the Pelicans ask for. Pairing Kawhi and Davis is the best chance they’ll ever have at having a shot at GSW, and also furthers their chance at keeping Kawhi. It would hurt to trade away Siakam because he’s so good, but the other pieces are not that important and Davis + Kawhi is truly a fantastic pairing. A Lowry / Green / Leonard / Ibaka / Davis lineup would be insanely good.

    8. Siakam, Wright, OG, Valanciunas or Ibaka to make money work, and a first is honestly a pretty solid package that I have to think Toronto would be willing to offer.

    9. KP + Lee + any combination of our young guys (say, Knox and Mitch) would also get it done under the cap, so long as we’re fantasizing. (Not that he’s coming here under any circumstance.) This one’s gonna be fascinating. The timing of it knocks Boston out of the mix, unless Ainge calls up the Pels and makes a godfather offer that he swears he’ll stick with this summer. The Lakers’ young guys don’t look as promising as they once did, and also is a LeBron + AD + scrubs roster enough to play with Golden State? (Okay, maybe it is; the assets are the bigger issue.) Rich Paul says AD wants to go to a place where he can compete for a title over the long haul, so the team that gets him needs to have:

      1)Enough trade assets to make it worth New Orleans’ while to trade him now rather than waiting for Boston’s hands to be untied;
      2)Enough remaining talent after any realistic trade that would allow AD to compete for a title, rather than replicating the New Orleans roster mess in a new location; and
      3)Be in a place he actually wants to play.

      Toronto probably qualifies for the first two, but would he want to be there long-term?

    10. I posted this b4 but Sheridan a while ago said Knicks were 1 of 5 teams on Davis’ list.
      I’d rather trade KP than Mitch.
      Dang Celtics are gonna offer Tatum and Williams. We gotta offer KP and unprotected #1 (bye Zion).

      I wonder if Pels will go into rebuild or want to stay competitive. If rebuild, maybe Holiday will be available. Do you want him? What would you give up? Mitch/KP/Holiday/Frank would be an awesome defensive unit.

    11. If he wants to go to a team that contends right away, that’s not us. But in terms of dark horses, I wouldn’t rule out the Clippers. They are pretty good and would definitely be contenders if they got him and didn’t have to strip themselves bare to do it.

    12. The thing is that if Boston wants Davis now they have to convince the Pelicans to wait until the offseason, and why would the Pelicans do that unless every other offer is terrible? (And they shouldn’t be).

      I think it’s more likely that the Pels will be anxious to trade him now, to kickstart their rebuild as fast as possible. There’s no point in keeping him and not even going to the playoffs this year.

    13. Stratomatic "I'm tired of the Knicks paying lip service to DEFENSE. Get defenders & two-way players. Then play them! says:

      It’s extremely remote no matter what, but whether you agree or not, there is a 0% chance Davis would come to NY if KP is going out as part of the deal. It would probably have to include this year’s 1st rounder, Knox, and salary (maybe even Robinson).

    14. It’s extremely remote no matter what, but whether you agree or not, there is a 0% chance Davis would come to NY if KP is going out as part of the deal. It would probably have to include this year’s 1st rounder, Knox, and salary.

      The probability of another star wanting to join the Knicks if Davis is here skyrockets. Wouldn’t matter if KP were here. KD’s gotta like that. Kawhi’s people will push him to Knicks. The main problem is KP would fight a trade to NO. Would KP take the QO and risk losing tens of millions of dollars if he suffers another major injury? Would Pels call his bluff?

      BTW Enes expiring money could be real handy if Pels don’t want to take on long-term salary.

    15. If Toronto really wants AD, they have to keep Siakam and instead offer multiple unprotected 1RPs. You’re not winning a championship with Kawhi + AD alone (especially since they’re both somewhat injury-prone and you’ve gutted your bench to acquire AD)–Siakam is literally the second best player on the Raptors. So you need to sweeten the pot with more 1RPs, which hurts, but if you’re serious about competing you pull the trigger without blinking.

      0% chance he’s coming to the Knicks. Maybe in FA if KP looks like a superstar and our youth develops well. But he’s definitely not agitating for a trade to New York.

    16. Not sure why you need KP if you have AD.

      Embiid and AD would be a pretty spicy frontcourt. Not sure it’s optimal but I think they win the East.

    17. Siakam is awesome but I think New Orleans demands him in any deal with Toronto and if push comes to shove you have to do it, right? I’m a huge Siakam fan but the difference between a borderline all-star and an annual MVP candidate is still pretty large.

      Anunoby and Wright aren’t doing a ton for Toronto this year anyway, though I still like them as pieces going forward. So it’s really a Siakam + JVal/Ibaka for AD swap in terms of the implication on the 2018-2019 season. I think that undoubtedly makes Toronto significantly better.

    18. You can’t bet against Masai. But it isn’t good to bet against the weather in Santa Monica either.

    19. Raptors and Lakers are the only teams with the pieces to make it happen. Boston is fucked by the Rose rule (ha ha) or I’d consider them front-runners. We all know they’d find a way to turn Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and Gordon Hayward’s good leg with a couple nebulous firsts into a guy with a 9.0 BPM and anecdotally incredible defense.

      Toronto would at least have to give up Siakam, who is not AD but is an outstanding player and only improving. (Trading him could bite them a la James Harden to the Rockets, but whatever.)

      The Lakers would benefit most from a trade, as they have very few high-production assets. According to VORP, the trio of Ball, Kuz and Ingram have combined for 2.7 wins against replacement this year. They’d have to do some weird positionless basketball though, as they’d be pretty damn thin if they had to give up all three.

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