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Execs Expect Kobe Bryant To Have Limited NBA Options If He Leaves Lakers In 2016

Oct 8, 2015 2:01 PM

If Kobe Bryant decides to continue his career in the NBA and is unable to agree upon a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league insiders say his available options are likely to be slim.

One executive mentioned the New York Knicks and another brought up the Los Angeles Clippers as teams possibly interested in signing Bryant.

"The problem that Kobe has that's different from anybody else is that he doesn't really have any allies in the league," an executive said. "He's only known the Lakers, and he destroys everything in his path. I'm not naming names, but some of his former coaches are probably not going to speak fondly of him. [But] you really limit yourself of places that he could possibly go. I don't know of anybody who in their right mind would say getting him in their organization would be a great idea."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Report: Matt Barnes Attacked Derek Fisher For Dating Ex-Wife

Oct 7, 2015 4:32 PM

Matt Barnes allegedly attacked Derek Fisher after he discovered the New York Knicks' coach is in a romantic relationship with his estranged wife.

Fisher has been dating Gloria Govan for "a few months." Fisher filed for divorce from his wife Candace in March.

When Barnes learned that Fisher was at his former home with Gloria, he drove 95 miles to LA to “beat the s–t” out of Fisher, according to sources.

“Derek was in Gloria’s backyard with about 10 people having a bonfire on Saturday,” said a source. “Derek’s separated from his wife and there’s a relationship with [Gloria].”

Barnes and Fisher were once teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Barnes was in Santa Barbara [at Memphis Grizzlies training camp] and heard that Fisher was in his house. He went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher.”

A source close to Fisher confirmed the fight but said, “Matt came after Derek but he only had a few scratches … Derek’s not going to press charges, he’s going to let it go.”

The Knicks tweeted on Monday that Fisher was “not at practice due to personal reasons — expected back tomorrow.” 

Ian Mohr/New York Post

Tags: Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA

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Rambis: Kristaps Porzingis Has Elements Of Nowitzki, Pau Gasol

Oct 5, 2015 4:32 PM

Kurt Rambis said Kristaps Porzingis has elements of Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol in his game, but he needs time to develop.

"He might be a combination of both of them because he can do so many things," said Rambis, who ran the Knicks on Monday with Derek Fisher away from the team for personal reasons. "You guys haven't seen it yet and probably all of it won't come out for three, four, five years either. He's got to grow up, mature, develop, get stronger, get used to the NBA game.

"He already understands basketball. He already knows what to do. He's an unselfish ball player. He makes really good decisions. It wasn't like he's a blank slate coming in here. He knows how to play. He's going to be fun to work with."

Rambis said the coaching staff still hasn't decided whether to start Porzingis or bring him off the bench.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Carmelo Anthony Says 'Hell No' On Ever Requesting Trade From Knicks

Oct 5, 2015 1:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony was asked if he'd ever request a trade from the New York Knicks.

"Hell no," said Anthony.

Anthony said he's bought into Phil Jackson's vision for the Knicks.

Anthony owns a no-trade clause in his new deal, giving him the power to veto any proposed deal.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat

Oct 1, 2015 1:17 PM

Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.


Smith also said he's heard the New York Knicks could be in play for Durant.

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony: Championship For Knicks Remains Big-Picture Goal

Sep 30, 2015 5:41 PM

The New York Knicks struggled last season both with and without Carmelo Anthony and they will need several things to go right to compete for a playoff spot.

But Anthony says the goal remains to win a championship.

"We're competing," Anthony said after practice on Wednesday. "People might not believe that, but we're definitely competing for that. That's always going to be the goal. Whether we get there or not depends on us and what we're doing. That's always our big-picture goal."


"Rebuilding for us is based on the fact that we don't have a certain caliber of player on our roster, quote unquote, other than Carmelo," Derek Fisher said. "So people assume that we're rebuilding. But was Atlanta rebuilding last year when they didn't have a quote-unquote player on their roster? So it just depends on who your team is.

"We think that our group as we figure some things out, will be more competitive than maybe what people think. But rebuilding doesn't necessarily mean we're not trying to win right now."

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA

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Emmanuel Mudiay Denies Saying He Was Happy Not To Be Picked By Knicks

Sep 28, 2015 12:51 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay has denied telling anyone he was happy not to be drafted by the New York Knicks.

“It’s not true, I didn’t say that,” Mudiay said. “But, I think one time someone asked me, ‘How would you like to play in the triangle offense?’ I said ‘I don’t know how I would fit in that system,’ and I think that’s when they ran with it.

“So, I mean, the Knicks took their choice, they took (Kristaps) Porzingis and I wish him the best. But I can care less about the Knicks right now because that’s not who I’m playing for. I’ve just got to focus on who my team is, and that’s the Denver Nuggets.”

Mudiay had an impressive performance in Summer League.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA

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Kristaps Porzingis Studying Usain Bolt To Improve Running Technique

Sep 25, 2015 12:33 PM

Kristaps Porzingis has been studying film of Usain Bolt in order to improve his running technique.

Porzingis was the New York Knicks' first round pick at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Knicks Sign DaJuan Summers

Sep 21, 2015 10:57 AM

DaJuan Summers has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.

Summers was a second round pick in 2009 out of Georgetown.

Summers last played in the NBA during the 12-13 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Summers was a participant in the 2014 Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets and played last season in Spain.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: DaJuan Summers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis: I'm Not Shawn Bradley

Sep 16, 2015 7:14 PM

Kristaps Porzingis was asked to respond to a comment made by Phil Jackson before the draft comparing him to Shawn Bradley.

"That's what Phil does to get guys to work hard. That fired me up. I'm not Shawn Bradley."


Porzingis also said he was happy to oblige when the New York Knicks asked him to skip EuroBasket.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA

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Knicks Sign Darion Atkins, Wesley Saunders
Darion Atkins was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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Carmelo Anthony Could Be Dealt If Knicks Struggle In 15-16
Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause and a trade kicker in his deal.

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Knicks Sign Travis Trice To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Travis Trice went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2015 and gives the Knicks depth at point guard.

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Knicks Only Have 4 Of 17 Players From 14-15 Camp
Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway and Cleanthony Early are the only four players still on the Knicks' roster.

Charley Rosen/ESPN

Knicks, Cavs Interested In Trading For Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is entering the final season of his current contract with the Clippers.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Kristaps Porzingis 'Might Almost Be Too Tall' For Basketball
Kristaps Porzingis is 7'3 and Jackson expects him to add 10 pounds of muscle before the start of the season.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Andrea Bargnani Was 'Malingerer', Had 'Bad Effect On Team'
Andrea Bargnani signed with the Nets this offseason.

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA
Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Darion Atkins Agrees To Sign With Knicks
Darion Atkins was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year at Virginia last season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Knicks Finalizing Two-Year Deal
Thanasis Antetokounmpo spent last season playing with the Knicks' D-League team.

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Kevin Seraphin Agrees To One-Year, $2.8M Deal With Knicks
Kevin Seraphin will receive the Knicks' room exception.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Sasha Vujacic Signing One-Year Deal With Knicks
Sasha Vujacic's one-year contract with the Knicks was completed on Friday, league sources tell RealGM.

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Ricky Ledo Waived By Knicks
Ricky Ledo averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 19.4 minutes in 12 games with New York last season.

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Lou Amundson Signs With Knicks
Lou Amundson averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 41 games for the Knicks in 2014-15.

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Carlos Boozer Receives Interest From Knicks
Phil Jackson would still like the Knicks to sign a big man.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Tried To Negotiate With Maurice Ndour After His Agreement With Mavs
The Mavs offered Maurice Ndour a fully guaranteed deal for more than the $600,000 rookie free-agent minimum, with a second year partially guaranteed.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Allan Houston Looking For New Knicks' D-League Coach
Craig Hodges will not be brought back as head coach of the New York Knicks' D-League team.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Wesley Saunders Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Wesley Saunders of Harvard has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks, league sources told RealGM.

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Maurice NDour Signs With Mavericks
Maurice Ndour played in the Summer League with the New York Knicks, but the Mavericks offered more guaranteed money.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks Have Competition In Signing Maurice Ndour
Maurice Ndour opened eyes in Vegas by averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in five games.

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