Knicks Morning News (2019.07.07)

  • [SNY Knicks] Trading for Russell Westbrook alone doesn’t make much sense for the Knicks
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 9:33:08 PM)

    Unless they want to renege on agreements with their new free agents, the Knicks can’t complete a trade for Russell Westbrook prior to December 15. They only have $4 million in cap space, not close to enough to absorb the $38.5 million he’s scheduled to make next season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ RJ Barrett not overreacting to shooting struggles in Summer League debut
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 8:38:43 PM)

    RJ Barrett isn’t going to make too much of his shooting in the Knicks’ first Summer League game.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dennis Smith Jr. enters the season with playoff expectations for the Knicks
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 8:18:01 PM)

    LAS VEGAS – Dennis Smith Jr. is entering his first full season as a Knick and his third in the NBA. He sees it as an important year for him.

  • [SNY Knicks] Julius Randle pumped up about Knicks: ‘We’ve got dogs’
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 12:29:16 PM)

    The Knicks’ biggest free agent signing, Julius Randle, believes there’s reason to be optimistic about this year’s team.

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. has been changing his shot this offseason
    (Sunday, July 07, 2019 1:36:45 AM)

    LAS VEGAS — The Kristaps Porzingis trade netted cap space that didn’t ultimately net a superstar joining the squad. But it netted young point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who revealed Saturday he has spent his first Knicks offseason in North Carolina working diligently with assistant coach Keith Smart on changing the mechanics of his shot….

  • [NYPost] Dust has settled which means one thing: NBA power rankings
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 11:56:32 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — There’s a new world order in the NBA. Figuring out that order is another beast. After Kawhi Leonard picked the Clippers late Friday night, and made it a stunner by ensuring that Paul George joined him there in a trade from the Thunder, the major free-agency sweepstakes are complete. The number of…

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett taking his Knicks debut dud in stride
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 6:07:43 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — The earthquake may have been the best part of RJ Barrett’s opening NBA night. The game being called in the fourth quarter amid precautionary concerns about the swaying scoreboard overshadowed Barrett’s dud-of-a-debut. Forcing many attempts, the lefty Duke product shot 4-for-18 — 1-for-8 from beyond the 3-point stripe — to tally 10…

  • [NYPost] USWNT’s Alex Morgan is wrong about her tea-sipping critics
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 2:53:31 PM)

    I feel by pointing this out that Alex Morgan will understand I’m only doing what she would expect me to do: treat her exactly as I would a man. The U.S. Women’s national team plays the Netherlands on Sunday in the final step toward defending its Women’s World Cup championship. The team has been besieged…

  • [NYPost] Russell Westbrook to the Knicks wouldn’t work right now
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 1:31:03 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — If on-the-block Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is traded before the season starts, the Knicks will not be a good match assets-wise. With Saturday’s moratorium to make their six free-agent signings official, the Knicks will no longer have the cap space to absorb Westbrook’s supermax contract, which has him slated to make…

  • [NYPost] Zion Williamson’s NBA Summer League comes to a sad end
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 12:34:19 PM)

    The Zion Williamson Show is taking a summer hiatus The Pelicans’ No. 1-overall pick in this year’s NBA draft will sit out the rest of NBA Summer League after bruising his left knee on Friday against the Knicks. “Zion will move forward from this incident without issue,” Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David…

  • [NYPost] Kawhi Leonard’s call to Kevin Durant nearly changed everything
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 9:05:36 AM)

    For all the helicopters that tracked Kawhi Leonard’s every move, his free-agency remained a mystery until news broke Saturday morning that he’d be teaming up with Paul George in Clippers land. Now, details are beginning to trickle out. Leonard called Kevin Durant, before free agency opened on July 30, to see whether Durant had any…

  • [NYPost] Julius Randle: Joining the Knicks is a ‘dream come true’
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 7:37:09 AM)

    LAS VEGAS — Julius Randle wanted the Knicks as much as they wanted him. He believed the chance to play for “a starving fan base’’ in a city considered the best to win was too much to pass up. The centerpiece of the Knicks’ six-player, free-agent frenzy dropped by the Knicks’ summer-league opener against the…

  • [NBA] New York Knicks Sign Second-Round Draft Pick Ignas Brazdeikis
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 3:12:23 PM)

    NEW YORK, NY (July 6, 2019) – The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed forward Ignas Brazdeikis to a

  • [NBA] 2019 Knicks Summer League Matchups
    (Saturday, July 06, 2019 3:38:18 PM)