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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Talking To Other Stars About 2019 Free Agency Plans

Jul 18, 2018 5:50 PM

While Kawhi Leonard has been silent with the media, Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star said on the Back To Back Podcast on Wednesday that he has been in conversations with other impending 2019 free agents about possibly playing together.

"One thing I was told last night is that Kawhi Leonard had already been planning out his free agency for next year and he had already been in contact with other star players in the league and saying 'Hey, where might you want to play with me? What are we looking at?'

"It wasn't just L.A. he was talking about," added Arthur. "Brooklyn was maybe somewhere. They're going to have a ton of cap space. That might have been a possibility.

"So Kawhi has already been thinking ahead to pairing up and playing at a highest level."

The 2019 free agent class includes Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.

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Knicks Waive Troy Williams

Jul 16, 2018 2:51 PM

The New York Knicks have waived Troy Williams.

Williams' contract with the Knicks wasn't fully guaranteed. A portion of his contract would have been guaranteed on August 1st and another would have been guaranteed if Williams remained on the roster on Opening Night.

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Knicks Interested In Willie Reed

Jul 12, 2018 11:41 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in Willie Reed.

Reed was suspended by the NBA for six games last season due to a domestic violence incident.

Reed was traded from Detroit to Chicago prior to the 2018 trade deadline. The Bulls subsequently waived Reed.

The Knicks still have their $3.4 million biannual exception available.

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Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks Haven't Opened Extension Talks

Jul 11, 2018 11:17 PM

The New York Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis haven't begun discussions on an extension.

Porzingis could sign a deal worth as much as $157 million over five years.

If the Knicks wait to extend Porzingis, they would have an additional $10 million in cap space.

"We'll continue to stay in touch with Kristaps," Scott Perry said in Las Vegas on Tuesday, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "He's part of our long-term plan. But, we'll get all that figured out at the appropriate time in terms of when we get into that negotiation. We're comfortable with were at with him and we'll work together with he and his representation to figure something out." 

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David Fizdale: We Will Get The Right Type Of Free Agents To Go With These Talented Kids

Jul 9, 2018 10:01 AM

David Fizdale talked about what he believes will turnaround the New York Knicks.

"Staying with the process of it," said Fizdale. "Not getting overzealous and trying to hit a home run or do something that deep down inside we probably know is not a home run. And just being patient with our development, the way we build our culture from the ground up. Doing it the right way, not skipping any steps, treating each other well inside the walls of the organization with what the Knicks stand for. Feeling proud about the name ‘Knicks’ and really trying hard to hammer that down.

"With time, people will see that it is a different New York Knicks. The recruitment will take off. We will get the right type of free agents in to go along with these talented kids."

Fizdale is frequent communication with Kristaps Porzingis and will visit him in Latvia this summer.

"Yeah, we talked. We WhatsApp all the time and check in on each other. And my wife and I are flying out in two weeks to go spend a week with him and his family."

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Knicks Sign Mitchell Robinson To Three-Year, $4.8M Deal

Jul 8, 2018 7:46 PM

The New York Knicks have agreed to sign Mitchell Robinson to a three-year deal worth $4.8 million. The third year of the deal is not fully guaranteed.

The Knicks selected Robinson No. 36 in the 2018 NBA draft.

New York was so high on Robinson they considered trading up a few spots to make sure they could select him.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired a second round pick at No. 39 with the intention of selecting Robinson.

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Knicks Interested In Playing Kristaps Porzingis Minutes At Small Forward

Jul 5, 2018 11:18 PM

While the New York Knicks have played some small lineups with Kristaps Porzingis at center and his preference is to play power forward, David Fizdale envisions the possibility of playing him at small forward as well.

“Anthony Davis, you name him, he’s that,” Fizdale said. “It’s that dynamic guy who can outrun everybody but you can’t put a small on him. You put somebody too big on him he can pull him away from the rim. Defensively, he can guard everybody.”

Fizdale told Porzingis about his interest in playing him at the 3.

“In our conversations I just told him, ‘I don’t have a position for you. Are you cool with that?’ ” Fizdale said. “He’s like, ‘Absolutely.’ He’s like, ‘I don’t like being put in a box.’

“I’m not going to put him in a position to fail. I’m not going to throw him in a situation where he’s going against some brute out there and get beat to death. At the same time, our league doesn’t really have a lot of those guys anymore. He gives me a lot of flexibility to move him four, to five and even some three.”

Fizdale said he’s already thought of a lineup with 6-9 rookie Kevin Knox at shooting guard, Porzingis at small forward, 7-1 Luke Kornett at power forward and 7-1 rookie Mitchell Robinson at center.

“Put a whole bunch of wingspan with Kevin at the two and see how teams deal with that at the rim and with our length,” Fizdale said. “I can’t lock him into nothing.”

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Isaiah Hicks Likely To Sign Two-Way Deal With Knicks

Jul 3, 2018 10:26 AM

Isaiah Hicks is expected to sign a two-way contract with the New York Knicks.

Hicks went undrafted in 2017 out of North Carolina and spent the 17-18 season with the Knicks on a two-way contract.

Hicks spent training camp in 2017 with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Knicks Agree To One-Year, $6.5M Deal With Mario Hezonja

Jul 1, 2018 9:19 PM

Mario Hezonja has agreed upon a one-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $6.5 million.

The Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers also pursued Hezonja.

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Knicks Agree To Sign Luke Kornet To One-Year, $1.6M Deal

Jul 1, 2018 11:14 AM

The New York Knicks have agreed to re-sign Luke Korney on a one-year deal for $1.6 million.

Kornet was a one a two-way contract last year with the Knicks.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Wilson Chandler, Courtney Lee, Kent Bazemore Available In Trade Talks
The Nuggets, Knicks and Hawks are exploring trade scenarios involving their wings.

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MSG Considering Spinning Knicks, Rangers Into Separate Company
The Knicks are believed to be worth an estimated $3.6 billion.

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Enes Kanter Exercises $18.6M Player Option With Knicks
Enes Kanter was acquired by the Knicks last offseason in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

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Celtics Remain Very Confident In Re-Signing Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving has been linked with both the Knicks and Nets.

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Knicks Believe Relationship With Kristaps Porzingis Has Been Repaired
Kristaps Porzingis is eligible for a five-year extension worth more than $150 million.

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Enes Kanter Expected To Receive Interest From Five Teams If He Becomes Free Agent
Enes Kanter has yet to decide whether he will pick up his $18.6 million player option.

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Knicks Tender Qualifying Offers to Isaiah Hicks, Luke Kornet
Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet were two-way players last season for the Knicks.

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Knicks Sign Allonzo Trier To Two-Way Contract
Allonzo Trier went undrafted out of Arizona.

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

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Grizzlies Holding Trade Talks With Multiple Teams On No. 4 Pick
The Grizzlies would like to trade back rather than trading out of the lottery altogether.

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Kyle O'Quinn Declines $4.2M Player Option With Knicks
The Knicks signed Kyle O'Quinn to a four-year, $16 million deal in 2015.

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Knicks Explore Trading Up To Select Mohamed Bamba
The Knicks met with Mohamed Bamba in-person in New York on Wednesday.

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Knicks Hire Kaleb Canales As Assistant Coach
Kaleb Canales has been with the Mavericks since 2013.

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Kawhi Leonard Has Lakers Atop Trade List
Kristaps Porzingis would like to play in Los Angeles.

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Knicks Hire Pat Sullivan As Assistant Coach
Pat Sullivan previously worked with Scott Perry when they were both with the Pistons.

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Royal Ivey Finalizing Deal To Join Knicks As Assistant Coach
Royal Ivey played high school basketball in Queens.

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Ron Baker Exercises $4.5M Player Option With Knicks
Ron Baker signed a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Knicks last offseason.

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Hawks, Suns Interested In Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley played for the veteran's minimum of $2.3 million last season.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks In Talks To Hire Pat Sullivan As Assistant Coach
Pat Sullivan has coached with the Clippers over the past two seasons.

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Knicks In Talks To Hire Jud Buechler As Assistant Coach
Jud Buechler has coached as an assistant under Luke Walton with the Lakers.

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