Knicks Morning News (2019.03.05)

  • [NYDN] Knicks mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The sky is also blue
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 10:05:00 PM)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There, officially, go the Knicks playoff hopes!

    Buddy Hield scored 28 points and Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best game with Sacramento as the Kings beat the woeful Knicks 115-108 on Monday night.

    Harry Giles added 17 points for the Kings before getting…

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis returns to Knicks town a changed man
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 5:30:00 PM)

    All signs point to Kristaps Porzingis already being happier with Dallas.

    All season Porzingis didn’t travel with the Knicks on the road and the front office claimed he stopped attending practices toward the end of his tenure. But with the Mavericks, Porzingis is clearly more comfortable.

    “He is…

  • [FOXsports] Barnes has best game with Kings in 115-108 win over Knicks
    (Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:58:59 AM)

    Barnes has best game with Kings in 115-108 win over Knicks

  • [NYTimes] Nets 127, Mavericks 88: Nets Roar Back After Three-Game Losing Streak
    (Tuesday, March 05, 2019 4:25:36 AM)

    DeMarre Carroll led the way with 22 points as the Nets easily beat the Dallas Mavericks.

  • [NYTimes] Aaron Gordon is Ready for Stardom. The Magic Remain a Question Mark.
    (Tuesday, March 05, 2019 5:42:51 AM)

    Gordon is the shining centerpiece of a struggling team with championship dreams. This season has been his breakthrough, but the Magic are not there yet.

  • [NYPost] The Knicks are again the worst team in the NBA
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 7:47:35 PM)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Knicks didn’t play horribly Monday, but they became the NBA’s worst team again nevertheless. Coupled with the Suns’ upset victory over the Bucks, the Knicks dropped a 115-108 decision to the resurgent Kings at Golden 1 Center to fall to 13-51. That is now the NBA’s worst record as the Suns…

  • [NYPost] The Mavericks future Nowitzki sees for engaged Porzinigis
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 6:40:22 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis was sitting on the bench at Barclays Center on Monday night watching his new teammates absorb a 127-88 loss to the Nets. The former Knick isn’t going to be doing much else anytime soon. Seldom has a guy who wasn’t in uniform caused such a fuss. Porzingis looked good in a purple shirt,…

  • [NYPost] Kyrie Irving’s Celtics drama should be a red flag for Knicks
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 2:40:34 PM)

    We have committed to heart the best-case scenario for which the Knicks are wishing upon a star to rejoin the land of the basketball living. It is a simple, three-part plan that goes something like this: 1. Win (or at least place) in the draft lottery, meaning that if you don’t get Zion Williamson you…

  • [NYPost] How Knicks GM’s draft gem helps explain their Kevin Knox faith
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 10:10:49 AM)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Knicks GM Scott Perry hit a home run with one recent Kentucky lottery pick. Too bad he plays for Sacramento. The Knicks will get their first view Monday of Sacramento’s new-and-improved point guard De’Aaron Fox, who has overcome a rocky rookie season to lead the resurgent Kings to a 31-31 record. The speedy…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Monday’s 115-108 loss to the Kings
    (Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:36:57 AM)

    The Knicks moved into sole possession of last place in the NBA after they lost to the Sacramento Kings 115-108 on Monday at Golden 1 Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ David Fizdale hopeful about DeAndre Jordan’s return
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 8:56:21 PM)

    Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he is hopeful center DeAndre Jordan will return from a sprained left ankle for Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks target Kyrie Irving: Knicks rumors triggered detachment
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 7:32:11 PM)

    Kyrie Irving can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam. Here are the latest rumors…

  • [SNY Knicks] Last-place Knicks continue West Coast trip against Kings
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 5:18:45 PM)

    The Knicks play the second game of a three-game West Coast road trip when they face the Sacramento Kings on Monday at 10 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Mike Krzyzewski says Zion Williamson in final step of 4-phase recovery plan
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 4:02:53 PM)

    Zion Williamson is close to completing his rehabilitation program from a Grade 1 knee sprain, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters Monday.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Former Knicks star returns to New York to face Nets
    (Monday, March 04, 2019 12:25:38 PM)

    The Mavericks are in town for the first time since the blockbuster trade with the Knicks.

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    Trier has increased his 3PAs a little bit over the past few games and his 3PT% has actually increased. His upside is likely capped by his age, but 20 PTS/36 with a 60% TS doesn’t seem totally out of the question. On a team with two max guys starved for production from the rest of the roster, he could play a pretty big role.

    DSJ didn’t have a great, or even good, game last night, but he does do some basic point guard things that we really haven’t seen since a 2-3 week period in 2011-2012. It’s refreshing and damning.

    DSJ didn’t have a great, or even good, game last night, but he does do some basic point guard things that we really haven’t seen since a 2-3 week period in 2011-2012. It’s refreshing and damning.

    It really says a lot about what this team values in players, right? I agree, DSJ, like, simply looking for guys is a shocking occurrence. He hasn’t even been particularly good, but he at least he’s been bad while doing things point guards are supposed to do!

    And yes, I’ve been saying that if they get into a position where they actually do acquire KD, AD and Irving, then they sort of “need” to make sure that Trier is the one guy that they keep (under the assumption that New Orleans would insist on MitchRob in an AD deal). He would fit in well as a supporting player to a few max guys. If he shot more threes, he’d be an even better fit.

    Could we include Trier in an AD trade, or would his contract make that too complicated?

    I’d say we need to keep at least one of Trier or Dotson, who’s be good complementary pieces in different ways.

    Could we include Trier in an AD trade, or would his contract make that too complicated?

    So long as they pick up his option, he’d be an easy guy to trade.

    And yes, Dotson would also be a guy who would fit in well with a star system, due to his shooting abilities and defensive skills.

    By the way, if the Knicks seriously, for some bizarre reason, want to go KD and then no other second max free agent and then just re-sign Deandre Jordan and sign other cheaper guys….well…that would not be a good idea. It’d be like that famous Breaking Bad episode. It’d be a half-measure. Now, Jordan for a room exception after signing Durant and Irving? Sure, but I don’t see how he’d possibly take it. It’d be a whole lot of risk based on an under the table agreement to re-sign him longer term with the MLE next season. Not a lot of players would be willing to take that risk.

    As an aside, how awesome is it that the Knicks are actually realistic landing spots for two of the top players in the league (including one of the very best players of this generation)? I love your weird ass way of thinking, KD! This should not be happening, but it really looks like it will happen! It’s hilariously awesome!

    I’m amazed how easily we’ve all accepted this as a real possibility – maybe even probability.

    You saw it on Bill Simmons’ face as soon as the Knicks did the KP deal. All over the league, it was the same reaction, “You only do that deal if you are pretty darn sure that you have KD and another guy coming next year.”

    Before the KP deal, I didn’t believe it would happen, but after the deal, it would now be a major blow if it didn’t happen.

    Reading the above, it occurs to me that maybe they trade KP for some of the reasons I infer Boston traded Thomas, namely that his medical outlook was as good as is being let on.

    I think it would be disappointing if we got only KD and DJ. But if DJ is instrumental in getting KD, that’s worth it. DJ is still a good player and KD would be the best Knick since… ever?

    We would still have $20 mill to sign someone. Add Vonleh, Rubio, and a high pick onto the team and you have a very good team. That’s a success for a franchise that’s sucked for 2 decades.

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