Knicks Morning News (2019.01.29)

  • [NYDN] The Knicks won’t even lie to us anymore
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM)

    The Knicks I knew would have had the courtesy to lie to us.

    The Knicks, not so long ago, would have the plan all laid out by the time the news broke, cap figures and trade packages and marching orders ready to fly.

    Not a word of it would have been true, at least in the sense that’s realistic in…

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale seems uninterested in Anthony Davis, says Knicks will stick to their ‘plan’
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 4:05:00 PM)

    David Fizdale claimed he was too busy watching film to hear about Anthony Davis’ request for a trade, and then quickly fell into the robotic company line Knicks fans have been hearing ad nauseum for years.

    The Knicks aren’t outwardly interested in one of the top-five players in the league, who…

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks, Lakers Expected To Make Offer For Anthony Davis
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 3:43:42 PM)

    The Knicks and Lakers are each preparing to make an offer to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. The Lakers’ front office met earlier today to discuss potential offers as well as mapping out the franchise’s plans. LeBron James and Davis share an agent and speculation about Davis’ preference will […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Anthony Davis Notes: Knicks, Dominos, Reactions
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 3:19:11 PM)

    Anthony Davis wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and the Lakers with LeBron James stand out as the likeliest option given that both Davis and James are represented by agent Rich Paul. The Knicks don’t qualify as a contender but they have the lure of New York City and will always be included […]

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Roundup: Boston Celtics End the Nets’ Six-Game Winning Streak
    (Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:30:12 AM)

    The Knicks also lost on the road, falling at Charlotte for their 10th defeat in a row.

  • [NYTimes] Joe Harris: Walking Down Your Street and Pushing the Nets Up the Standings
    (Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:13:06 AM)

    An unsung guard who could be mistaken for a barista is the epitome of an unsung, surging team that player by player has made Brooklyn its home on and off the court.

  • [NYTimes] Anthony Davis Wants Out of New Orleans, and the Lakers May Be His Destination
    (Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:20:09 AM)

    Rich Paul, who represents Davis, confirmed that he had notified New Orleans that Davis wants to be moved and will not sign a contract extension

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina’s groin strain comes at worst possible time
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 8:52:29 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Frank Ntilikina had finally gotten his chance to start at point guard. And it’s been lost for now. Ntilikina’s groin injury suffered in the first half Sunday against Miami could shelve him for as much as two weeks, according to coach David Fizdale. With starter Emmanuel Mudiay out two to three weeks…

  • [NYPost] Kemba Walker goes off in fourth quarter as Knicks’ skid hits 10
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 4:38:03 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The last time the Knicks were here, they pulled out an overtime thriller. That was last month but seems like last century. The Knicks have won just one game since. After going toe-to-toe with the Hornets for three quarters, using G-Leaguer Kadeem Allen for 18 minutes, the Knicks performed their ritual fourth-quarter…

  • [NYPost] The two ways Knicks could trade for Anthony Davis are both right
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 10:18:30 AM)

    If it were only this simple, the answer would be an easy one. You trade Kristaps Porzingis for Anthony Davis. In a minute. In a second. Today. Yesterday, if that’s possible. Unicorn for Unibrow? Yes. You pull the trigger on that one if you are the Knicks. Anthony Davis is one of the five best…

  • [NYPost] Knicks plot Anthony Davis push: Will Porzingis or draft pick be centerpiece?
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 8:06:33 AM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Knicks struck out on landing Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard and sat out the recent Jimmy Butler sweepstakes. They won’t sit out this Anthony Davis derby, according to a source. “They are going to look at it,” an NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said. The source said the Knicks…

  • [SNY Knicks] Would Zion Williamson be the best draft prospect suited for Knicks?
    (Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:11:49 AM)

    There are three Duke freshmen, including Zion Williamson, who could be top-five picks in the NBA draft. But perhaps the Knicks might be better off picking a top prospect from a mid-major school.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Monday’s 101-92 loss to the Hornets
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 9:22:35 PM)

    The Knicks’ losing streak reached 10 games after they fell apart in the fourth quarter in a 101-92 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina sidelined with groin injury
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 5:54:01 PM)

    Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina could miss 1-2 weeks after he strained his groin in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Heat.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks bring nine-game losing skid to Charlotte
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 6:23:43 PM)

    The Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks are in two different kinds of races entering Monday night’s matchup.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks trade target Anthony Davis: NY preparing offer, Celtics not high on list
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 3:26:43 PM)

    Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors…

  • [SNY Knicks] Here are Knicks’ odds to trade for Pelicans’ Anthony Davis
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 12:45:58 PM)

    The Knicks are expected to be suitors for Anthony Davis, but what are the chances they actually land the Pelicans’ All-Star?

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony Davis requests trade, with Knicks set to be ‘aggressive’
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 8:40:40 AM)

    Davis, who has told the Pelicans he will not sign a contract extension, is under contract through the 2019-20 season before being eligible for free agency.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have reportedly explored trading ‘nearly everyone’
    (Monday, January 28, 2019 10:35:35 AM)

    The Knicks are planning to be active at the trade deadline and there are very few who appear to be off-limits.

  • 5 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2019.01.29)”

    Been thinking about it since the news broke…
    I know in the offseason, Boston has undeniably good assets to offer the Pels for AD- if they let Kyrie go. But right now, shouldn’t a package of Kanter, THJ and this year’s 1st get it done? They would get an expiring, a young secondary scorer, and a top 4 pick that may very well be Zion.

    If I trade AD, I’m asking for multiple 1st rounders and KP. Pelicans are under no obligation to trade Davis. They still have an off season to grab a free agent that changes AD’s mind.

    This is one of those rare cases where hometown-rookie hype matches the production. Robinson, despite his inability to discern a blocked shot from a goaltend, is easily one of the best players of the 2018 Draft and has nowhere to go but up. He is our Jarrett Allen, and that is a huge compliment.
    On my board, he’d be a top-5 pick largely because he’s been productive in these limited minutes and we get to watch him every night. Recency, proximity, endowment… there are lots of biases at play when we start talking about what our players are worth on the market.

    So that doesn’t mean he’d be a top-5 pick if all 30 teams were allowed to re-draft. I don’t think he’s more than a blip on the radar for most teams. There are about 400 NBA players to track and I don’t think he’s played enough to warrant a high lottery pick from most teams. They’d still “play it safe” with a guy who’s all upside and intrigue and that nonsense.

    That said, there’s no way New Orleans is about to trade a perennial MVP candidate and All-NBA 1st Teamer for a 14% shot at Zion and a rookie who’s played >30 minutes just once in his career. I’m as bullish as anyone, but as totes showed above, there’s a real tendency to be delusional about the value of our assets.

    I bet there are some coaches who’d love to steal Robinson away from us, but no one in their right mind would look at him and see him as a viable trade centerpiece for Davis. I think that he’s a much better haul than, say, Brandon Ingram, but we’re talking about perception, not production. (At least with Ingram, we have multiple seasons of underachieving to inform us. Robinson is a JaVale McGee-sized black box right now.)

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