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Earlier this week, several teams were holding out hope that the NBA season could resume in some form. 

No one knows at this point if playing games this summer will be an option amid the coronavirus crisis. It depends on factors that are impossible to project. 

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Knicks are headed for another season out of the playoff picture and another year in the lottery. The team has a sizable collection of veterans, however, the franchise's focus should center on their young core of recent draft picks.

The team is in for another massive rebuild, and there is a lot to look at for new president of basketball operations Leon Rose. Though much is made of who the Knicks can pursue in free agency or the draft, the focus right now should be the evaluation of New York's prospects already on the team.

There is talent, but there are major questions. Is Kevin Knox a lost cause? Is Damyean Dotson a keeper? Can you build around RJ Barrett? Here's a look at the Knicks' top prospects based on their value...

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One possession after shooting an airball on a 3-pointer, RJ Barrett had the ball in his hands, Knicks up one, with 20 seconds to go. He drove left on PJ Tucker and finished over him, giving New York a 3-point lead with 8 seconds to play. 

Barrett's bucket and Frank Ntilikina's defense against Russell Westbrook on the game's final play sealed a surprising win for New York

It also underscored one of the most important qualities Barrett's showed in his rookie season: a seemingly unshakeable confidence. 

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Leon Rose officially took over as Knicks team president on Monday. Here's a look at a few important decisions he'll face in the near future:

1) Get prepared for the 2020 NBA Draft

Hiring a coach, of course, is one of the biggest decisions Rose will make as team president. But bringing in/retaining the right front office executives and scouting staff is just as imperative.

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Mitchell Robinson (Adam Hunger)
Mitchell Robinson (Adam Hunger)

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Knicks coach Mike Miller believes Mitchell Robinson is playing the best basketball of his career lately. But Miller has no plans to insert Robinson into the starting lineup.

Here's why: "How well Mitch is playing. It's that simple," Miller said on Saturday. "We were looking at it, if there comes a time we need to change it then we'll change it, but right now he's playing the best basketball of his career.

"We got into the decision the other night, should we go ahead and start him now or keep him in his role. We kept him in his role and then started him in the third quarter and he put together another good game. Taj (Gibson) has gotten us off to great starts. Sometimes it's a matchup… But for the most part it's because Mitchell is so effective in the role that he's playing. We just haven't been put in a situation where we think it's time to change it."

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Nov 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles up court during the first quarter at against the Philadelphia 76ers Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles up court during the first quarter at against the Philadelphia 76ers Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Knicks will be without point guard Frank Ntilikina in Philadelphia against 76ers, the second half off a back-to-back for New York.

Ntilikina missed Monday and Wednesday's losses to the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets, respectively, due to a sore groin, and the Knicks announced on Thursday that he'll once again be sidelined in Philadelphia. 

In his third NBA season, Ntilikina is averaging 5.9 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds, shooting 38.5 percent from the floor.

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The Knicks' record fell to 17-41 with the team's 107-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. 

And while starters like RJ Barrett and Julius Randle struggled to get into any kind of rhythm, the Knicks received a strong contribution from their bench.

In particular, Allonzo Trier, who has struggled to even see time on the floor this season, played a key role.

In 16 minutes of the bench, Trier scored 15 points on a very efficient 6-of-8 shooting night. He played 16 minutes (the most he's recorded since December 23rd when he played 19 minutes against the Wizards), and was a key piece of the Knicks' fourth-quarter comeback effort that ultimately came up short.

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The Knicks trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, and their late-game effort came up short in a 107-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Hornets ended an evenly-played first half on an 11-1 run to take a 56-46 lead into the break. The Hornets, who led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, took an 85-75 lead into the fourth, but the Knicks refused to go down without a fight. New York, playing with a different lineup than many would have expected down the stretch, cut the Charlotte lead down to two points with around three minutes to play, but the comeback effort came up short down the stretch. 

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The Knicks begin the second half of their 2019-20 season on Friday night (though it's really more of the final third of the season, with 27 games left on the calendar), and the hot topic around the team continues to be the balance of developing young players versus playing veterans. 

Interim head coach Mike Miller was asked about that subject once again on Friday prior to the Knicks' tip-off with the Indiana Pacers, and he reiterated that has no plans to play younger players more minutes solely because the team is out of contention.

"I talk to (GM Scott Perry) every day. We talk about personnel, we talk about player development, we talk about everything, every day. Multiple times, sometimes. We are in agreement, as we go through this, that we are high-level trying to develop players. And as we do that, the approach that we're taking is that their minutes are quality minutes," Miller said. "They're bringing value to the team when they're out there. We think that's helping them develop and moving them forward. 

"Again, we're looking at development in a lot of different ways and not saying it's just about, you just need 25 minutes a game to develop. I think there's more to it, there's more ways that we can help these guys grow then doing that. They're getting experience and they're getting opportunities and they're learning. We're seeing growth."

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A few post-trade deadline notes: 

News of the Knicks agreeing in principle with new team president Leon Rose broke hours before Thursday's trade deadline. It's unclear how, if at all, that impacted the Knicks' approach at the deadline. But the firing of ex-team president Steve Mills certainly changed their thinking. 

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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After recently passing the halfway point of the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks find themselves tied for the third worst record (12-32) in the NBA after 44 games. The franchise is headed for their seventh consecutive losing season and sixth consecutive season with at least 50 losses.

After losing out on star free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, the Knicks front office attempted to save face by adding mid-tier free agents such as Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, and Bobby Portis. The result of mixing numerous veterans to a young core has not worked as planned. The Knicks have a multitude of questions to ask as they play out the second half of another lost season. Here are the five most important.

Is Marcus Morris a part of the team's future?

Two seasons ago, the Memphis Grizzlies signed swingman Tyreke Evans to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. Coming off of multiple injuries, Evans' deal was a bargain and the former Rookie of the Year excelled immediately. Though Memphis struggled as a team, Evans posted 19.9 points along with a career-high 39.9 percent from three. 

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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Allonzo Trier began last season as an undrafted free agent. He ended it with a $7 million contract. Trier's path as a rookie was a testament to his talent and timing: the 24-year-old took advantage of the playing time he earned on a Knicks team committed to developing its young players. 

This season, Trier has been mostly out of the rotation, behind a glut of guards on New York's roster. 

He's appeared in 19 of the Knicks' 42 games, averaging 6.3 points per game in 12 minutes. 

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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After practice on Wednesday, RJ Barrett was shooting free throws while Knicks assistant coach Keith Bogans rebounded for him. He celebrated after he made his last attempt on Wednesday, as the Knicks front office looked on. 

"Before I leave every practice I've got to make 10 or 15 in a row before I get off the court," Barrett said. 

The extra shooting seems to be paying off. 

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As the Knicks continue to figure out their point guard rotation this season, Mike Miller made his first adjustment to the starting lineup since taking over as head coach.

Elfrid Payton got the nod at the one spot for the Knicks Saturday night when they faced the Bucks at Madison Square Garden, a spot that for a majority of the season had gone to Frank Ntilikina.

Ironically enough, Payton had actually won the starting spot in training camp to start the season, but got injured just a few games in, leading to Ntilikina being inserted into the lineup thereafter.

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Ahead of their matchup with the Kings in Sacramento Friday night, the Knicks put out their injury report, which included Wayne Ellington being ruled out for the game.

Ellington has been ruled out with a sore left Achilles that is bothering the guard. 

Additionally, Dennis Smith Jr., who's been dealing with an illness this week, is probable to play.

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With the team's record dropping to 4-18 after an embarrassing 37-point home loss to the Denver Nuggets, it was utterly predictable when the New York Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale in a Friday afternoon news dump. 

Just as predictable was the resounding chorus that cropped up in wake of the move, declaring that Fizdale was not the problem in New York. 

Unquestionably, that is true. 

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Allonzo Trier (Noah K. Murray)
Allonzo Trier (Noah K. Murray)

Allonzo Trier finally found his way back into the Knicks' lineup in their blowout against the Bucks on Sunday night after posted DNPs in the previous two. And unfortunately for him, that has been common of late. 

Trier's name hasn't come up a lot for the Knicks, and that is probably due to the fact that he has only played in two of the last 10 games. He had six straight DNPs before David Fizdale played him for seven minutes against the Raptors on Nov. 27. 

In fact, Trier has only played in 10 of the Knicks' 21 games this season, and the logjam in the backcourt is the main reason why. 

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Dec 2, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports  (Michael McLoone)
Dec 2, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Knicks never led in Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks and dropped their seventh straight game, 132-88. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Milwaukee jumped out to a 33-15 lead after the first quarter and coasted the rest of the way to a victory. Khris Middleton's three-pointer on the first position of the game set the tone, and the Knicks were never closer on the scoreboard than they were at the opening tip-off.

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The Knicks held the lead after one quarter, but Toronto dominated the rest of the way en route to a 126-98 victory on Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) RJ Barrett took the court in his hometown of Toronto for the first time as an NBA player, showing some love for his hometown with his footwear. The rookie did not have a very efficient night from the floor, shooting just 5-of-17 from the floor overall, but he chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

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The Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday after last week's two-game road trip and lost 108-87 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Taken by the Cavs just one spot in front of the Knicks' pick in the 2018 NBA draft, No. 8 overall selection Collin Sexton showed the Knicks what they missed out on. Sexton dropped a game-high 31 points -- also a season- and career-best scoring output -- shooting 10 of 16 from the field and going 5 for 8 on three-pointers to fuel Cleveland past New York. With the No. 9 overall pick, of course, the Knicks selected small forward Kevin Knox, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

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The Knicks held on to beat the Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night in their most impressive overall performance of the season. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) The Knicks seemed to find a rhythm offensively against the Mavs, as their hot shooting saw them out to a 12-point lead late in the third quarter. The Mavs answered back, though, and with 5:44 to go the game was tied at 92-92. But thanks to some timely offense and some smothering defense, the Knicks built their lead back up to 99-92 with under three to play. Down the stretch, the Knicks made just enough of their free throws to maintain a three-point lead, and with under 30 seconds to go, a Luka Doncic three with a foot on the halfcourt logo was off the mark, and the Knicks went on to win the game.

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The Knicks held on to beat the Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night in their most impressive overall performance of the season. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) The Knicks seemed to find a rhythm offensively against the Mavs, as their hot shooting saw them out to a 12-point lead late in the third quarter. The Mavs answered back, though, and with 5:44 to go the game was tied at 92-92. But thanks to some timely offense and some smothering defense, the Knicks built their lead back up to 99-92 with under three to play. Down the stretch, the Knicks made just enough of their free throws to maintain a three-point lead, and with under 30 seconds to go, a Luka Doncic three with a foot on the halfcourt logo was off the mark, and the Knicks went on to win the game.

 

2) Questions have been asked all season long about who on the team could step up to take over the reins as the team's starting point guard, and it's beginning to look more and more like Frank Ntilikina is the answer. The third-year guard once again showed an improved jump shot, as he went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Ntilikina looked comfortable running the offense, played strong defense, and ended the night with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

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Oct 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Justin Robinson (5) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Justin Robinson (5) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Through the past two games, Knicks head coach David Fizdale has given Frank Ntilikina the start at point guard. And it doesn't look like he has a choice yet again against the Pistons on Wednedsay night. 

Elfrid Payton has been dealing with a hamstring injury, and he has already been ruled out during this two-game road trip in Detroit and Dallas. Also, Dennis Smith Jr. has yet to return as he continues to be with his family following the passing of his stepmother. 

So Ntilikina should get the start against the Pistons. But, no matter the loss of the other point guards in the system, how long should Fizdale keep him in that role? 

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Knicks PG Elfrid Payton will miss Wednesday's game against the Pistons and Friday's game against the Mavericks as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury, the team said Tuesday.

Payton has missed the Knicks' last three games -- against Orlando on Oct. 30, against the Celtics on Friday, and Kings on Sunday. 

The 25-year-old Payton has started at point guard multiple times this season, with Frank Ntilikina and Allonzo Trier also getting starts -- though Trier was paired in the backcourt with RJ Barrett and wasn't technically acting as a point guard. 

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Knicks starting point guard Elfird Payton has been ruled out for Wednesday night's road game against the Magic with a strained right hamstring. 

Payton, who exited Monday night's game against the Bulls after suffering the injury, traveled with the Knicks to Orlando in hopes of playing, but now has officially been ruled out.

Payton has averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 assists per game through four games in a Knicks uniform.

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In the NBA, teams usually get the day off after playing two consecutive games. But the Knicks lost in Brooklyn on Friday and were embarrassed at home by Boston on Saturday, so they lost the luxury of an off day on Sunday. 

"Coach Fiz was on our tails yesterday," Bobby Portis said. "We were supposed to have an off-day….We came in and still put the work in."

The work wasn't apparent early on Monday against Chicago. But a key adjustment in the second half - and some timely shooting from Portis - helped New York rebound from a 18-point deficit to win for the first time this season. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Oct 28, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

While the Knicks were losing to the Celtics on Saturday night, fans at The Garden were chanting "WE WANT FRANK!" as a plead for Frank Ntilikina to get more minutes in head coach David Fizdale's lineup. 

The main reason that chant occurred in the first place was due to Dennis Smith Jr.'s early struggles with the Knicks this season. Smith is 1-for-11 from the field with three total points over 26 total minutes of play this year.

Well, Jazz star PG Donovan Mitchell doesn't want to hear it. 

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Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Here's how David Fizdale assessed what he saw from Julius Randle on Friday night: 

"He's pressing. I thought he was really pressing. He's one of our horses. I think a lot of it was just he was so hyped up for the game," Fizdale said. 

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David Fizdale says he has to watch the film of Wednesday's 120-111 loss to the Spurs before he decides who will start at point guard for the Knicks on Friday.

But it sounded like Elfrid Payton had earned the job.

"Elfrid absolutely put his foot forward, took it to heart and ramped up the competition," Fizdale said after the Knicks lost in San Antonio. "Like I said, I'm going to keep an open mind of this and whoever fights their way out of the pile, that's who's going to get the nod."

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Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

SAN ANTONIO - All the players battling for the Knicks' starting point guard spot will be coming off the bench to start the season. 

David Fizdale is going with a starting lineup of RJ Barrett, Allonzo Trier, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, and Bobby Portis to start the season.

"I just like that combination of RJ and Allonzo Trier together," Fizdale said before tipoff of the Knicks' season-opener against the Spurs.

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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Knicks may have to change their lineups for opening night due to Mitchell Robinson's ankle injury.

Robinson sprained his right ankle in practice on Monday and is questionable for the Knicks' regular-season opener against the Spurs on Wednesday.

Prior to the injury, RJ Barrett, Marcus Morris and Julius Randle were expected to start against San Antonio. That may remain the case, but if Robinson can't play, Randle could slide to center. The Knicks could also start Bobby Portis at center in place of Robinson. Taj Gibson is another option, but he is currently questionable with a sore right calf.

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Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks onto the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks onto the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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No decision on PG 

David Fizdale plans to name his starting lineup on Wednesday prior to the season opener against San Antonio. He said that scrimmages during the Knicks' final practices on Monday and Tuesday will factor in to who he chooses to start at point guard.

Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton are competing for the position.

Smith Jr. missed nearly 10 days of training camp/preseason and showed some rust in the Knicks' final two preseason games. Fizdale said Smith Jr. has made shots during scrimmages, and the idea that he's a bit out of rhythm will factor in to Fizdale's decision on the starting point guard.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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If you've seen LeBron James' comments on the NBA-China controversy (and the reaction to those comments), you know that the ripple effects of Daryl Morey's tweet in support of demonstrators in Hong Kong will be felt for some time. 

There's plenty to unpack with this story: free speech issues, the NBA -- and many other companies -- conducting business with a country that critics say has a history of oppressing dissent, and the potential financial fallout for the league and its players from losing revenue from the business they do in China. 

It's way too early to predict how much revenue the league may lose in the aftermath of last week's events. But the lost revenue -- if it's high enough -- will have a tangible impact on the Knicks. 

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Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) shoots against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) shoots against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets this summer, Knicks fans naturally felt spurned, having held out hope that the 10-time All-Star would bring the magic back to Madison Square Garden.

But what about Allonzo Trier? The second-year Knicks guard has a relationship with Durant that dates back to Trier's days as a high schooler in Oklahoma City, when Durant was a member of the Thunder.

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Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) shoots against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) shoots against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets this summer, Knicks fans naturally felt spurned, having held out hope that the 10-time All-Star would bring the magic back to Madison Square Garden.

But what about Allonzo Trier? The second-year Knicks guard has a relationship with Durant that dates back to Trier's days as a high schooler in Oklahoma City, when Durant was a member of the Thunder.

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David Fizdale plans to use Julius Randle all over the floor this season. 

"I'm gonna have him handling pick-and-roll. I'm gonna have him setting pick-and-rolls. He'll post and (isolate) and I'll run pindowns for him, cross-screens and pindowns. For a guy like that with that kind of talent I wanna move him around and utilize the skillset from different parts of the floor," Fizdale said Wednesday. 

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Last week in New Jersey, several Knicks were in attendance for the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, a four-day event that the league and the NBPA put together to help rookies adjust to life as a pro athlete. Players listened to experts, ex-players and their peers discuss topics ranging from sexual health to social media.

"At the core of what we're doing is, 'How are you the best professional you can be? And how are you clear and concise in what your decision-making process is?" says Greg Taylor, the NBA's Head of Player Development. 

Second-year Knicks Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier were among the players in attendance this year. Rookies RJ Barrett and Iggy Brazdeikis were there as well. 

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Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

With all the second-tier free-agent signees the Knicks brought in this offseason, the Magic's Aaron Gordon has one that he hopes thrives in particular. 

Elfrid Payton was sort of a under-the-radar signee with the likes of Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, and Bobby Portis joining the team as well. The Knicks already have Dennis Smith Jr. as well as Allonzo Trier, whose looking to follow up his stellar rookie season. And Frank Ntilikina is still looking to show the Knicks he was worthy of their first-round selection two years ago.

So it will be a battle to get solid minutes on the floor, let alone start for another former first-rounder in Payton. But Gordon, who was drafted just six picks ahead of Payton to the same Magic team, knows exactly what the point guard can bring to New York this season.

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Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Allonzo Trier impressed in nearly every category in his first year as a Knick, and the organization saw enough through his first season to pick up his $3.5 million option for year two. But like any rookie, his first season highlighted areas calling for improvement.

His shooting became the primary area of refinement, but it wasn't the mechanics. Instead, it was the volume.

"The more I get off and I shoot at a high percentage, then it'll be good for us," Trier told Mike Vorkunov of the Athletic. "Not only myself, but as a basketball team. So that's one thing I've been focused on doing."

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Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Bobby Portis has a lofty goal for his first season with the Knicks. 

The former first-round pick is hopeful the Knicks will win hardware as a team despite being big underdogs heading into 2019, but he's got a personal agenda as well. 

"I envision myself being a Sixth Man of the Year candidate," Portis told the New York Post." Last year I was in the running at the beginning of the season, playing well. That's in the back of my mind for sure. Naysayers will say I'm crazy. I feel it's going to come for me one day for sure. I play my role really well."

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Ignas Brazdeikis was the 47th pick in the NBA Draft, so the casual fan may have been surprised to see him knocking down threes, executing spin moves and finishing around the rim in the Summer League.

But those that know Brazdeikis well weren't.

"He's always been able to score," Andrew Saulez, Brazdeikis' coach at Holy Trinity High School, says. "…. Some of the stuff that you saw at Michigan and at Summer League, the buckets that he gets at weird angles, using the glass, getting into the lane, spinning and scoring -- he's been doing that since Grade 6 or 7."

Brazdeikis averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists for New York in the Summer League. He also knocked down 11 of his 22 three-point attempts. It was only Summer League, so those who are penciling Brazdeikis in as Rookie of the Year are getting ahead of themselves.

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

We'll never know if the Knicks were interested in trading for Russell Westbrook. They never had the chance to make an offer. 

The Rockets and Thunder stunned the league on Thursday by agreeing to a deal that moved Westbrook to Houston in return for a package that included Chris Paul and first-round picks, per ESPN. 

The Knicks didn't have the money to match salaries in a Westbrook trade at the moment. They would have had to wait until Dec. 15 to include the free agents they signed the summer in a deal.

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Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeff Hanisch)
Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Knicks' pursuit of Marcus Morris has reportedly paid off. 

League sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley that Morris plans to sign a one-year deal with the Knicks worth roughly $15 million. 

Begley reported earlier on Thursday that the Knicks believed that obtaining Morris as a free agent and re-working Reggie Bullock's deal was a likely scenario, per SNY sources.

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The Knicks Summer League squad dropped Tuesday's game against Toronto by a final score of 85-73.

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) RJ Barrett scored 17 points for the Knicks, including five in the first quarter. He also showed off his ability as a playmaker in the open court, tallying six assists. He also added 10 rebounds, having his best overall game to date.

2) The Knicks were without Allonzo Trier in Tuesday's game. According to the game broadcast, Trier was dealing with an illness, causing the Knicks to sit him.

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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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. 

It would be incredibly damaging to the Knicks' relationships with agents if they reneged on free-agent agreements to acquire Westbrook, so you can forget about that option. 

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Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers makes it official: the Knicks have missed out on all of their top targets in free agency. But the biggest free agent they landed, Julius Randle, believes that fans will grow to appreciate the 2019-2020 team. 

"We've got dogs. We've got dudes who don't back down, who have killer mentalities. And that's what we need," Randle said on Friday night. "Getting back to the old school. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, all of those guys. Toughness. A fight breaking every night. So, we're excited about that. That's our identity of our team, not backing down from nobody."

Randle offered his thoughts on several topics in a chat with reporters in Las Vegas: 

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LAS VEGAS -- RJ Barrett didn't shoot the ball well in his Summer League debut, but Knicks Coach Jud Buechler had a simple message for the rookie after the game: don't stop shooting.

"There were ups and downs in the game for him, which you expect out of a rookie. We saw a lot of things we liked," Buechler said, via the Knicks, after Barrett missed 14 of his 18 shots in 25 minutes against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. "We will continue to encourage him to keep shooting and aren't worried about his shot not falling."

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The Knicks' Summer League debut against the Pelicans was stopped with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter due to an earthquake.

The west coast experienced a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, suspending play at Las Vegas' Tomas & Mack Center. The Pelicans had an 80-74 lead when play was stopped in the fourth quarter.

Both teams left their benches for their respective locker rooms, as the video board and sound speakers above the court swung back and forth. 

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Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Kevin Knox has worked on his strength, efficiency and passing, among other things, so far in the offseason. And he's eager to get on the court in Summer League following a few weeks of training.

"I just feel so much more comfortable on the court now. I just feel stronger, have a (better) head on my shoulders," Knox said of playing in Summer League after going through his first NBA season. "Just having a year underneath my belt, I can watch a lot of film of what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. I just feel a lot stronger, a lot better on the court, a lot more confident, and more of a leader so I'll be able to talk and help the other guys out."

Knox, 20, said he's spent time in the weight room to add strength to his frame. The 6-foot-9 forward weighed 215 pounds at the start of last season.

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New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past weeks, months and years, Knicks fans have grown accustomed to waiting. Waiting for one of their young pieces to blossom, for the NBA Draft Lottery, the NBA Draft and free agency. 

All of that waiting and things have not really changed. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are headed to the rival Brooklyn Nets, and New York's faithful will have to sit patiently through yet another losing season for yet another promise of a return to glory. 

However, the Knicks completed a flurry of signings before the calendar even flipped to July, filling out a roster of legitimate NBA players -- something they haven't often possessed lately.

 

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