Knicks Morning News (2019.02.06)

  • [FOXsports] Griffin scores 29, Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 10:24:04 PM)

    Griffin scores 29, Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss

  • [NYDN] Knicks did not believe Kristaps Porzingis was a franchise star and were shopping him for a month before sitdown that lasted 2-3 minutes
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:10:00 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis provided a list of four desired destinations when he requested a trade in a shotgun meeting, but the Knicks had already quietly negotiated a deal after shopping the Latvian for a month.

    These details were revealed on Tuesday by the New York Times, which portrayed both Porzingis…

  • [NYDN] Knicks hope DeAndre Jordan can recruit buddy Kevin Durant to Garden
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 5:20:00 PM)

    The Knicks acquired something else while trading Kristaps Porzingis: a conduit and recruiter to Kevin Durant.

    New York’s line on DeAndre Jordan is they hope he can mentor their young centers, but, as the Daily News has learned, the Knicks also view him as an asset in their pursuit of Durant.

    Jordan,…

  • [NYDN] Bondy: Anthony Davis leads off Knicks trade deadline questions
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:55:00 PM)

    Assets and priorities have changed dramatically since the last time we took the temperature of the Knicks’ trade deadline options. With no Kristaps Porzingis, new expiring contracts and a boatload of cap space heading into the summer, the Knicks will have two days to try to recoup more from their…

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis’ brother, Janis, reportedly wanted bigger role with Knicks
    (Wednesday, February 06, 2019 12:09:51 AM)

    More details come out surrounding Kristaps Porzingis’ older brother, Janis, and his relationship with the team.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Takeaways from Tuesday’s 105-92 loss to Pistons
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 10:12:11 PM)

    Led by PF Blake Griffin, the Pistons took down the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, 105-92, for the team’s 14th straight loss.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be in the NBA Slam Dunk contest
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 8:21:47 PM)

    New Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be back in the NBA Slam Dunk contest for the second straight year after finishing third as a rookie.

  • [SNY Knicks] New report details craziness surrounding Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis trade
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 5:50:48 PM)

    Monday marked the official end to a crazy few days that saw Kristaps Porzingis go from the Knicks’ franchise star, to a disgruntled one looking for a new beginning, to the centerpiece in a shocking blockbuster deal.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks play final game before trade deadline, host Pistons at 7:30 p.m.
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 6:30:32 PM)

    In their final game before Thursday’s trade deadline, the Knicks (10-42) host the Pistons and will attempt to snap a 14-game home losing streak, which is a franchise record.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks trade target Anthony Davis: Lakers have made their ‘best offer’
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:37:49 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] Knicks leaning toward keeping DeAndre Jordan, which could help them recruit Kevin Durant
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:14:12 AM)

    New York is shining a spotlight on its remaining assets to pursue one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world.

  • [NYPost] Knicks playing it safe with Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:18:49 PM)

    It looks like the Knicks will have to wait until after the All-Star break to get Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay back in the lineup. Coach David Fizdale said the team is erring on the side of caution with youngsters Ntilikina (sore groin) and Mudiay (strained left shoulder). “I think it’s either going to be…

  • [NYPost] Mitchell Robinson gives Knicks fans reason to cheer — right now
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:28:18 PM)

    It doesn’t matter how on board you may be with whatever it is the Knicks are doing. It doesn’t matter how often you may have declared your belief in the process (or whatever this week’s updated version of that process is). Doesn’t matter how much you buy in to the total rebuild the Knicks have…

  • [NYPost] Knicks drop 14th straight as Enes Kanter sits in final game before deadline
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 5:11:09 PM)

    Good thing Enes Kanter already kissed the court. In what may have been his final game for the Knicks, with the trade deadline coming Thursday at 3 p.m., Kanter didn’t get off the bench, and the team continued its tankathon with a 105-92 loss to the Pistons on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. “We…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis’ brother wanted a bigger role with Knicks
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 4:28:27 PM)

    DALLAS — Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is off to a flying start in dealing with Janis Porzingis, Kristaps Porzingis’ influential brother/agent who paved the way for his departure from New York. During Monday’s introductory press conference here, Carlisle gave a shout-out to Janis and Porzingis’ personal physiotherapist from the Spanish League, Manolo Valdivieso, who has…

  • [NYPost] Wesley Matthews starting may be for trade-deadline purposes
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 4:05:16 PM)

    Wesley Matthews may not be a Knick for long, but he’s getting a shot in the starting lineup. Matthews, who could be on the move again as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline approaches, got the start at forward for the Knicks on Tuesday night against the Pistons. The 32-year-old veteran, acquired last week in the blockbuster…

  • [NYPost] How pro sports teams get to the top by racing to the bottom
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 3:58:25 PM)

    Every time the Knicks step onto the court these days, it’s clear — their strategy isn’t based on trying to win games this season. Their strategy is completely about the future. They won’t use the word, but everyone knows what they are doing. It’s called tanking. The issue of tanking has become one of the…

  • [NYPost] Courtney Lee understands Knicks’ Porzingis purge, and why he was part of it
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:44:49 PM)

    DALLAS — While sources suggest Tim Hardaway Jr. was shocked and disappointed to be dealt from the Knicks again, Courtney Lee can’t complain. In fact, Lee, 33, thinks the Knicks did the right thing. The veteran shooting guard now gets to play again, and in meaningful games with the Mavericks — 24-28 and four games…

  • [NYPost] The stud guards Knicks couldn’t get for Kristaps Porzingis
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:31:54 AM)

    The Knicks got what they wanted from the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. But it doesn’t sound like that’s all they were hoping for when they started shopping, according to a New York Times report. While the Knicks say they are happy with their haul of Dennis Smith Jr., a pair of veterans, two…

  • [NYPost] Lakers, Celtics getting desperate in Anthony Davis sweepstakes
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 6:03:12 AM)

    Anthony Davis wants the Lakers, but the trade offers have been underwhelming. Davis does not want the Celtics and Boston is ready to go all-in this offseason, when they are able to trade for the prolific big man. ESPN.com reported on the latest drama in the high-stakes situation with Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline hanging…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Inside the Porzingis Deal, and How the Knicks Did Better Than You Think
    (Wednesday, February 06, 2019 8:00:03 AM)

    Let’s dig into the biggest curiosities surrounding the departure of the Knicks beloved No. 6.

  • [NYTimes] Pistons Hand Knicks Their 14th Straight Loss
    (Wednesday, February 06, 2019 3:53:11 AM)

    It was also a franchise-record 15th consecutive loss at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks, who never held a lead in the game.

  • [NYTimes] Relationship Advice From Two Who Have Withstood the Test of Time and Rhyme
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:22:49 PM)

    Walt Frazier and Mike Breen have worked together for 20 years as Knicks commentators. Their secret for all couples? Listen to each other.

  • [NYTimes] The Knicks Were Broken From the Start
    (Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:59:04 AM)

    Losing Kristaps Porzingis in a trade last week was just the culmination of a season on a downward slide.

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    19 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2019.02.06)”

    1. I really like what the Sixers have done. The picks might hurt, as specially the Miami unprotected 2021 is a great asset, but Harris fits their team so damn well. Provides spacing for Butler and Simmons to work, won’t clash with Embiid inside and gives them another strong rebounder and 3 point shooter. There’s a real chance they’re the best team in the east now if they get a couple of extra guys in the buyout period.

      The Clippers are also very well positioned, if they didn’t want to re-sign Harris anyway, it’s a pretty good haul.

    2. This goes back to what we were discussing yesterday about Harris. You don’t want to give him a max contract as your top guy or even your number two guy, but paying him that much on a team that has all this other talent, that’s something you can win with.

    3. Reddick is 34 and Butler is 8/5 to go postal at any moment he gets his shorts in a knot. I’d be careful with him on a super max deal….. but the starting 5 looks terrific.

    4. They need wings, but without Chandler, they can’t swing a Matthews trade. Would have to wait for a buyout.

    5. That Philly trade is crazy. Their starting line-up is loaded but they have no depth at all. I’m sure they’ll be major players on buyout market after the deadline.

      Sounds like Marc Gasol is on his way out of Memphis, apparently he was emptying his locker last night. Rumor is he’s headed to Charlotte.

    6. Right after he had a good game against the Knicks, the Pistons cut bait on Reggie Bullock for a fairly small return. Odd. He is a free agent, but I assumed that A. They wanted to keep him long term and B. They were trying to make the playoffs in the shitty East.

    7. I would jump on a Matthews for Zaire Smith trade.

      Philly wouldn’t do that and the contracts don’t fit.

    8. The thing that confused me about the Sixers offseason is that they didn’t try to bring in any guys on vet minimum deals. Couldn’t they have promised a pretty significant role to, say, Noah Vonleh? I remember us all discussing during the last offseason, “Why didn’t the Sixers bother to replace the two buyout guys who ended up playing major roles for them last year?” Brand just seemed to say, “Eh, you don’t need a bench.”

    9. Wow, what a stunning photograph from last night’s Laker game. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!

    10. Yikes that seems like a terrible trade for the Sixers. Harris is nice but he’s an unrestricted FA! He’s a good shooter and an ok ball handler but how many dudes do you need who need/want the ball in their hands? I mean wouldn’t you want Wes Matthews, who is not quite as good a shooter maybe but a much better defender than Harris, and wouldn’t have cost you all that treasure?! Or even Reggie Bullock?

      I mean they are swinging for the fences which is fine, but if they flame out in the second round, it is very possible that both Butler and Harris leave, and what would they have to show for all the assets Hinkie accumulated?

      Yikes.

    11. Just feels weird for them to give up so much for the privilege of massively overpaying Tobias Harris. Because you have to figure the Nets will throw big money at him and Philly will definitely feel pressure to keep him after blowing all those assets on him.

    12. Brian- what am I looking at in that photo other than your unquestioned command of HTML?

      See where Lebron is sitting and where his teammates are sitting?

    13. See where Lebron is sitting and where his teammates are sitting?

      He should stop eating burritos at halftime

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