Knicks Morning News (2019.06.27)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Wonâ??t Tender QO To Emmanuel Mudiay Or Luke Kornet
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:46:55 PM)

    The Knicks, setting themselves up to have the maximum amount of cap space available once free agency begins, will not extend qualifying offers to former first-round pick Emmanuel Mudiay or big man Luke Kornet, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter links). Both Mudiay and Kornet will be unrestricted free agents. Haynes adds that the decision on […]

  • [YahooSports] Don Nelson says suggestion to trade Patrick Ewing for Shaq cost him Knicks job
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:00:27 PM)

    Nelson says it’s because he told owner James Dolan and the rest of management to trade Knicks’ icon Patrick Ewing for Shaquille O’Neal. Nelson, now living happily in Hawaii, was on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” this week and talked about what went down. Gumbel: “Did you really suggest trading Patrick Ewing?

  • [YahooSports] Report: Mutual interest between Knicks, Julius Randle
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:47:52 PM)

    The Knicks priority this summer is big game hunting: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, maybe Kyrie Irving (if one of those first two come). Whether they land a superstar or not — and right now “not” seems the more likely outcome, reading the tea leaves around the league — they will need to round out the roster with good players to fit next to rookie R.J. Barrett and young prospects such as Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson. Enter Julius Randle.

  • [NYTimes]
    Marc Gasol: Exercises player option

    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:04:00 PM)

    Marc Gasol: Gasol will exercise his $25.6 million player option to remain with the Raptors, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

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  • [NYTimes]
    Kevin Durant: Officially testing free agency

    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:41:00 AM)

    Kevin Durant: Durant (Achilles) declined his $31.5 million player option Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

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  • [NYPost] How Reggie Miller influenced new Knick Kris Wilkes
    (Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:51:41 AM)

    There are no lovers of the Pacers’ former Knicks-killer Reggie Miller in these parts, but the club’s newest addition, Kris Wilkes, makes for one. Wilkes, the 6-foot-8 swingman sniper who signed a two-way free-agent contract with the Knicks after he went undrafted, grew up in Indianapolis idolizing Miller. He patterned his game after Miller’s and,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks legend shows support for Kevin Durant
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:18:50 PM)

    This could be a Knicks blessing — or curse. Charles Oakley posted an undated photo to Instagram of him and Kevin Durant on Wednesday, just hours after Durant opted out of his contract with the Warriors to become an unrestricted free agent. “I see you out and about in my city. Wishing (Durant’s Instagram handle)…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ secret negotiating weapon is on Kawhi Leonard’s feet
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:59:05 PM)

    When the Knicks meet with free agent Kawhi Leonard in a bid to lure the NBA Finals MVP to New York, there may be more for him to consider in addition to basketball. Though it’s true for Kevin Durant and all free agents the Knicks plan to recruit, the club hopes to underline the business…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ first Kevin Durant recruiter is losing faith now
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:34:55 PM)

    Ex-Knick Enes Kanter has made his prediction in the Kevin Durant saga, and it’s not one his former employers will want to hear. “If I were him, don’t get me wrong I love New York, I love the Knicks, I love the fans, MSG and everything it’s cool,” Kanter said Wednesday on the Colin Cowherd…

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Knicks will not extend qualifying offers to Emmanuel Mudiay, Luke Kornet
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:40:28 PM)

    The Knicks appear to be freeing up as much cap space as possible for the upcoming free agency frenzy.

  • [SNY Knicks] Why Enes Kanter believes Kevin Durant won’t be signing with the Knicks
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:30:26 PM)

    Former Knicks center Enes Kanter was once one of the biggest Kevin Durant-to-New York supporters.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Knicks ‘keeping an eye on’ Celtics RFA Terry Rozier
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:01:25 PM)

    The Knicks are ‘keeping an eye on’ Celtics restricted free agent Terry Rozier in case Boston rescinds his rights as free agency nears.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks will reportedly meet soon with free agents Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:09:03 PM)

    The Knicks will reportedly meet with both Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard when free agency begins Sunday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest updates from Knicks Summer League: EMU guard joins squad
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:46:26 PM)

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

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ odds to land free agent Kevin Durant still behind one other team
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:28:45 PM)

    The Knicks may have good odds to land Kevin Durant, but there is still one team in front.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Multiple NBA teams have interest in pairing free agents Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:20:26 PM)

    Multiple teams have expressed interest in pairing Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler together in free agency this summer, per league sources.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks target Kevin Durant becomes unrestricted free agent: Here’s all you need to know so far about his market
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:11:03 PM)

    Kevin Durant is officially a free agent, as he has declined his $31.5 million option to return to the Warriors next season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks target Kevin Durant: KD declines option, becomes unrestricted free agent
    (Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:38:29 AM)

    Warriors star Kevin Durant is one of the prizes of free agency, but the idea that he could join the Knicks this summer took a hit when he suffered an Achilles injury that could keep him out for the entire 2019-20 season. Here’s the latest…