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Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks

May 20, 2015 6:17 PM

With the lottery complete, we can now begin to have a realistic idea of which players will end up with which teams. The following three mocks are the first projections from ESPN's Chad Ford, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Aran Smith of NBADraft.

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1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Mario Hezonja
9. CHA: Devin Booker 
10. MIA: Stanley Johnson
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Trey Lyles
13. PHX: Frank Kaminsky
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

Draft Express
1. MIN: Karl Anthony-Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Mario Hezonja
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Kristaps Porzingis
9. CHA: Stanley Johnson
10. MIA: Kelly Oubre
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Frank Kaminsky 
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

NBADraft.net
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Justise Winslow
7. DEN: Mario Hezonja
8. DET: Stanley Johnson
9. CHA: Trey Lyles
10. MIA: Myles Turner
11. IND: Willie Cauley-Stein
12. UTA: Sam Dekker
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

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Knicks Expected To Make No. 4 Pick 'Very Available'

May 19, 2015 9:19 PM

With the New York Knicks sliding down from No. 2 to No. 4, their pick is expected to be "very available" in potential trade discussions.

The Knicks were hoping, like most teams in the lottery, for a top-2 pick to draft either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.

With the Knicks still built around Carmelo Anthony and not owning their first round pick in 2016, they aren't interested in an extended rebuilding period.

Two of D'Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay and Justise Winslow are expected to be available at No. 4.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

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Marc Gasol Expected To Receive Free Agency Pitch From Spurs, Lakers, Knicks, Mavs

May 19, 2015 1:42 PM

The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks all are developing proposals to present to Marc Gasol on July 1, according sources.

Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting 49.4 percent from the field in 81 games this season.

"He's the best player at his position in the league," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "You make preparations if it goes in a direction you're not happy about. You're not going to lose sleep at night. It's not going to do any good. He's going to do what he's going to do. Not in the next two weeks are we going to send him a big thing of flowers and it's going to change his mind. [By then], the cement is dry.

"We'll make our last, 'Hey, this is what's important to us. What's important to you?' Things of that nature. But I've got to think his mind is 99 percent made up."

Michael Wallace/ESPN

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Karl-Anthony Towns Eyes Playing For Knicks' Franchise He Grew Up Watching

May 19, 2015 1:31 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns could end up with the New York Knicks depending on how the NBA draft lottery goes on Tuesday.

Towns, 19, grew up watching the Knicks.

“I’ve always been a Knicks fan,” Towns said. “I never was able to afford passes to the games. We were able to afford cable and got the MSG channel so I could watch every Knick game. It made me more of a fan because I could watch every big game.

“My best friend was a Nets fan so it made for a cool rivalry. My favorite player for the Knicks is a tie between Walt Frazier and Patrick Ewing, but I liked Patrick Ewing a lot. But I’ve never been to a Knicks game. I could never afford to go there.”

Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in just 21.1 minutes per game for a deep Kentucky team that advanced to the 2015 Final Four.

“It would be an honor and a privilege to play for the Knicks organization,” Towns said. “But wherever the chips fall, the chips fall. I just can’t wait to play basketball at the next level.”

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Knicks Have Received 437 Games From Nine Potential Lotto Picks Since 2002

May 18, 2015 12:54 PM

The New York Knicks have an all-important lottery pick and there remains a chance of the franchise keeping the player that will be selected, which would actually run counter to their history.

The Knicks, however, could be interested in trading away the pick if it falls outside the top-2.

Dating back to the 2002 NBA Draft when they included Nene in their deal with Marcus Camby for Antonio McDyess, a number of their lottery picks have been traded in advance.

The Knicks kept Mike Sweetney and Channing Frye in 2003 and 2005, respectively, but the LaMarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah picks were dealt in advance in the Eddy Curry deal, as were the Gordon Hayward and Dario Saric picks. The Noah pick was technically a swap with the Bulls that resulted in Wilson Chandler.

Sweetney was included in the Curry trade, while Frye was traded in 2007 for Zach Randolph.

Danilo Gallinari was drafted in 2008 and traded in February of 2011 in the Carmelo Anthony trade, while Jordan Hill was traded in his rookie season in 2010 to clear extra cap space.

In total, the Knicks have only yielded 437 games from their nine potential lottery picks since 2002.

The Knicks have already traded away their first round pick in 2016 to the Raptors, which was already part of a pick swap with the Nuggets.

View the Knicks' Lottery History.

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Knicks Intrigued By Frank Kaminsky

May 15, 2015 8:34 PM

Frank Kaminsky believes he impressed Phil Jackson during an interview on Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine.

Kaminsky is projected to go closer to No. 10 in the draft, well beyond the New York Knicks' draft slot as they can select no worse than fifth.

“I’m 22 years old and I get treated like I’m 65 going into the NBA,’’ Kaminsky said.

The Knicks could conceivably trade down to pick up Kaminsky and another asset.

“I know they run the triangle and I think I can do well in that system,’’ Kaminsky said of the Knicks. “But the organization has to make the decision, not me. New York is a great place, storied history. I wouldn’t mind it at all. Carmelo Anthony is obviously one of the superstars — one of the best in my generation. To play alongside him would be a cool thing.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Phil Jackson Unhappy By Return Of Isiah Thomas To MSG

May 15, 2015 8:26 PM

Phil Jackson has expressed concern over the presence of Isiah Thomas at Madison Square Garden.

Thomas was recently hired as president of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas continues to have a close relationship with James Dolan.

There has been speculation that Thomas could eventually replace Jackson to run the New York Knicks again.

“He’s not happy about it but what can he do about it,” said one Garden official, who requested anonymity. “This is just the start of it.”

The WNBA Board of Governors has yet to approve Thomas’ ownership and a person familiar with the process believes it will be rejected.

Jackson has little experience when it comes to running the draft and free agency and the feeling is that Dolan will again use Thomas as a consultant.

“He’s an excellent judge of talent and I’m confident that he will put all of his energy and experience into making the Liberty a perennially competitive and successful team,” Dolan said in a statement last week.

Jackson is entering the second year of a five-year deal to run the Knicks.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Knicks Expect Thanasis Antetokounmpo To Be On 15-16 Roster

May 11, 2015 12:17 PM

The New York Knicks have told Thanasis Antetokounmpo's representatives that they project him as being on their 15-man roster next season.

Antetokounmpo is the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo decided to turn down a two-year, $550,000 deal overseas last summer to play for the Knicks’ D-League team, which paid him $25,000.

A conversation with Jackson helped convince Antetokounmpo to choose a future in the NBA over immediate financial gains.

"That was major," Antetokounmpo said.

Agent Tim Lotsos said the Knicks have indicated that they want to sign Antetokounmpo to an NBA contract and give him a spot on the roster.

“There is nothing on paper yet, but those are the intentions,” the agent said.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Isiah Thomas Denies Discussing Potential Knicks' Job With Dolan
Isiah Thomas denied that running the Knicks again as his "end game."

Marc Berman/New York Post

Woj: James Dolan Obsessed With Isiah Thomas, Redeeming Him
Isiah Thomas was previously president of the Knicks and has remained close to James Dolan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Isiah Thomas Hired As President Of WNBA's New York Liberty
Isiah Thomas will also have an ownership stake in the team.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Knicks Have Towns, Okafor, Mudiay, Russell, Winslow As Top-5
Karl Anthony-Towns would currently be the Knicks' pick if they won the lottery.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Elton Brand To Consider Knicks After Nearly Signing Deal Last Offseason
Elton Brand received interest from the Knicks last offseason and nearly signed with the team after speaking to Phil Jackson.

Marc Berman/New York Post

LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers
The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Phil Jackson: Getting 2-3 Players With Talent Changes Direction Quickly
While Phil Jackson's challenge last summer was to re-sign Carmelo Anthony, he must decide what to do with a high lottery pick this year.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Carmelo Wants Knicks To Keep Lottery Pick
Carmelo Anthony explained that the Knicks have enough cap space to sign veterans in free agency.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Greg Monroe Expects Sit Down With Knicks At Appropriate Time
Greg Monroe is expected to receive interest from the Knicks in free agency.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Ricky Ledo Signs With Knicks For Remainder Of Season
Ricky Ledo was previously on a 10-day contract with the Knicks.

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Chris Copeland, Wife Stabbed Outside Manhattan Nightclub
Chris Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen, and his wife, Katrine Saltara, was stabbed in the arm and slashed across the breast and backside.

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Knicks Prepared To Re-Sign Andrea Bargnani If He'll Accept Vet's Minimum
The Knicks will consider bringing Andrea Bargnani back because of his offensive talent, but aren't planning to use their cap space to do so.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Won't Solicit Offers For First Round Pick
Steve Mills said the Knicks have already received two calls from teams interested in their first round pick.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Westchester Fires Kevin Whitted As Head Coach
Kevin Whitted and Craig Hodges had tension throughout the season running the triangle offense with the second-worst record in the D-League.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Ricky Ledo Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Knicks
Ricky Ledo has played in five games with the Knicks.

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Alexey Shved Sidelined 2-3 Weeks With Incomplete Fractured Rib
Alexey Shved will be reevaluated in approximately 2-3 weeks.

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Marc Gasol Hasn't Begun Considering Free Agency
Marc Gasol will be one of the most highly coveted free agents in the offseason and will receive interest from the Knicks.

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Knicks To Sign Ricky Ledo To 10-Day Contract
The Knicks will sign Ricky Ledo to a 10-day contract.

Mike Fisher/Fox Sports

Andrea Bargnani, Knicks Have Mutual Interest On Return
Ettore Messina believes that Andrea Bargnani is perfectly suited for Phil Jackson's triangle offense, noting that he's more effective in the high post.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Knicks' Season Project 'Went Awry'
Phil Jackson expects to re-sign some players who are not under contract for next season.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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