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The summer of 2010 was going to be the Knicks' summer. 

Finally. 

After years -- make that decades -- of bloated payroll and anemic win totals, things were going to change. The change started in 2008 with the hiring of former Pacers exec Donnie Walsh, who made it his top priority to clear cap space, something the Knicks had never done in the era of free agency. He dealt Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph, the team's two top scorers, in the season's first month, with the focus firmly on the summer of 2010, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amaré Stoudemire would all be free agents. The big-ticket guys always talked about how much they loved playing in Madison Square Garden -- now one, or even two, of them could make the World's Most Famous arena their home for max money.

Well, we all know what happened next.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

As Kristaps Porzingis lifted his new Mavericks threads during Monday's introductory press conference in Dallas, it was the official end to a crazy few days that saw the 7-foot-3 Latvian go from the Knicks' franchise star, to a disgruntled one looking for a new beginning, to the centerpiece in a shocking blockbuster deal.

The deal went down so fast that all the details surrounding the evolution of trading New York's franchise cornerstone were left merky. That is until The New York Times' Marc Stein did some digging to solve some of the questions Knicks fans may still have. 

Possibly the biggest question is whether or not the Knicks got the best deal for the 23-year-old Porzingis, who is almost a year out since he tore his ACL last season. It turns out New York was quietly poking around the league with Porzingis' name in trade packages for most of last month. They were looking to see if teams would part ways with their presumed untouchable players, like Jazz PG Donovan Mitchell and Kings PG De'Aaron Fox, but nothing came of it. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Scott Thompson
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic looks to pass around New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic looks to pass around New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' roster is in a limbo after the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Upon Thursday's blockbuster trade with the Mavericks that also sent Tim Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas, the players the Knicks received -- Dennis Smith Jr.DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews -- won't be cleared and in New York in time for Friday's game against the Celtics.

And considering Emmanuel Mudiay is dealing with a shoulder injury and Frank Ntilikina suffered a groin injury, who actually will play for the Knicks?

Tags: Courtney Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Mills Confirms Porzingis news 00:01:05
New York Knicks president Steve Mills said on a conference call that Kristaps Porzingis said he didn't want to be a Knick anymore.

When news broke earlier Thursday that Kristaps Porzingis was unhappy with how the Knicks' new direction was headed and no longer wanted to be a part of it, many believed the Knicks wouldn't give in. 

But that's exactly what they did when they sent Porzingis, along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick and a 2023 top-10 protected first-round pick.

So why did the Knicks decide to grant Porzingis' wish? They had all the control with the Latvian a restricted free agent, no no-trade clause in his contract, and the fact that he still has yet to play since his torn ACL last February, making his value much lower than it may have been in the past...

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The Knicks must have reason to believe Kevin Durant is coming to New York.

That's the only conclusion to draw from Thursday's shocking trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.

After Porzingis and his brother, Janis, who is also his agent, met with the front office and expressed frustration with the direction of the franchise, the Knicks quickly sent him to Dallas along with some long-term contracts for a package headlined by second-year guard Dennis Smith, Jr. and two future first-round picks...

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The Unicorn is out 00:01:26
The Knicks are trading Porzingis to the Mavericks. The news broke shortly after Porzingis met with the team and voiced his displeasure.

The Knicks have agreed to a trade that will send Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Mavericks, the team announced on Thursday.

In return, the Knicks will receive Dennis Smith Jr., two future first-round picks, and the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews.

In an official statement released by the Knicks, GM Scott Perry confirmed that Porzingis did indeed request a trade, and the team granted his wish...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Danny Abriano
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Very few players on the Knicks' current roster appear to be safe from a potential trade. 

According to Marc Berman of The Post, the Knicks have explored trading "nearly everyone" on their roster with the exception of Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

It was previously reported the Knicks were actively shopping Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Kevin Knox, Kristaps Porzingis, Mitchell Robinson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Yes, July 1 is still more than five months away. Hell, we haven't even hit the All-Star break yet. But it's never too early to start thinking about free agency. Here in New York City, the Mecca of Basketball (that's right), this summer is crucial for the local teams.

This year projects to have arguably the best NBA free agent class ever with players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson all -- in one way or another -- able to hit the open market. With hundreds of other players available this offseason and a league salary cap set to rise to $109 million for the 2019-20 season, even in the dead of winter all eyes are on summer '19.

New York's teams are expected to be big players in free agency, with both the Knicks and Nets possessing ample salary cap space and the ambition to exponentially improve. But which NYC franchise has the advantage when it comes to attracting the best talent? Quintessential New York or the "Coolest City in America?" (At least according to GQ, never mind that Brooklyn is actually a borough). Do players want to restore a storied franchise or be the face of a new movement? Midtown steakhouse or Smorgasburg?

Let's take a look at some of the major factors that will either attract or deter free agents and, thus, determine the future of hoops in the Big Apple.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Allen, Joakim Noah, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Yes, July 1 is still more than five months away. Hell, we haven't even hit the All-Star break yet. But it's never too early to start thinking about free agency. Here in New York City, the Mecca of Basketball (that's right), this summer is crucial for the local teams.

This year projects to have arguably the best NBA free agent class ever with players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson all -- in one way or another -- able to hit the open market. With hundreds of other players available this offseason and a league salary cap set to rise to $109 million for the 2019-20 season, even in the dead of winter all eyes are on summer '19.

New York's teams are expected to be big players in free agency, with both the Knicks and Nets possessing ample salary cap space and the ambition to exponentially improve. But which NYC franchise has the advantage when it comes to attracting the best talent? Quintessential New York or the "Coolest City in America?" (At least according to GQ, never mind that Brooklyn is actually a borough). Do players want to restore a storied franchise or be the face of a new movement? Midtown steakhouse or Smorgasburg?

Let's take a look at some of the major factors that will either attract or deter free agents and, thus, determine the future of hoops in the Big Apple.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Allen, Joakim Noah, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks are gearing up to clear cap space for this summer. 

Per Marc Stein of The New York Times, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee are both indeed on the trading block and the Knicks are hoping to move them by the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

Hardaway and Lee are both under contract for next season and moving them without taking any money on would give them the cap space to pursue a top free agent, such as Kevin Durant. 

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks are in full-on tank mode, which is working. Trading Tim Hardaway Jr. and/or Courtney Lee could help their quest to clear more cap space for the summer of 2019, but there might be an issue.

According to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, the Knicks "have been adamant about not attaching assets" to either Hardaway or Lee in order to help facilitate a trade.

Vorkunov notes, however, that the pressure of the trading deadline -- on Feb. 7 -- could potentially make an interested team blink...

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Most NBA rookies, even the great ones, hit a wall at some point. Kevin Knox got that out of the way early.

Three games into his rookie season with the Knicks, Knox suffered an ankle sprain that sidelined him for two weeks. Upon returning, he struggled in all areas of the game, as he felt his way into a consistent role.

Now, with those early growing pains out of the way, Knox has turned a corner. At the changing of the calendar year, he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for a December campaign, in which he averaged 17.1 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range.

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Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Knicks may have caught only a couple hours of sleep on their flight to London Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the hotel beds when they landed at 10:30 a.m. They were ready to hit the London streets.

The team has an agenda for their trip to Europe to face the Wizards on Thursday, and head coach David Fizdale made it a point to include some tourist time for his squad.

"We'll try to do it in a way that doesn't have them on their feet a lot," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "But they gotta see all of that. They gotta experience it. The whole beauty of this is learning about new culture, new food, new everything. You gotta open up your mind...

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Courtney Lee is not bothered with the Knicks 2-13 record over their last 15 games and is taking an optimistic approach to the development of the Knicks' young talent.

"Being in this league for a while you understand that's the best direction to go in, especially having a young core," Lee said in a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. "And then just to look at the record it's not what anybody wanted it to be right now, so one thing you can do to take a positive out of that is just developing the young guys. If you put yourself first, it's very difficult. But I understand it's for the betterment of the team."

Lee has not played over the last three games. His last appearence was Dec. 27 in the Knicks 112-96 loss at the Milwaukee Bucks where he scored nine points in 23 minutes of action. 

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Nov 14, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) forward R.J. Barrett (5) and forward Javin DeLaurier (12) react to a three pointer during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 84-46. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Nov 14, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) forward R.J. Barrett (5) and forward Javin DeLaurier (12) react to a three pointer during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 84-46. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

The Knicks Tank has been in full effect over the last month as the team has greatly increased its odds to land one of the Top 3 picks in the NBA Draft.  

Since a three-game winning streak that had them at 7-14 on Nov. 25, the Knicks have come crashing back to Earth, going 2-12 as their record has dropped to 9-26.

After their Christmas Day loss to the Bucks -- their fifth-straight -- the Knicks find themselves tied in the loss column with the Suns and Cavaliers (both at 8-26) for the worst record in the NBA. That puts them just a half game back of being in the No. 1 spot for the Draft Lottery...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Danny Abriano
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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker drives to the basket past New York Knicks center Enes Kanter during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker drives to the basket past New York Knicks center Enes Kanter during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks fell apart in the third quarter and lost to the lowly Phoenix Suns 128-110 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Despite leading 66-59 at halftime, the Knicks made just two field goals during a 21-4 Phoenix run that turned a 79-79 game into a 100-83 deficit. The Knicks were outscored 41-27 in the third quarter.

2. Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six assists while Courtney Lee, starting in place of the injured Tim Hardaway Jr., scored 12 points. Kevin Knox scored 13 points in the first quarter but just four points the rest of the way.

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers 110-99 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. While four of five Knicks starters finished in double figures, they couldn't find a way to stop Indiana's Victor Oladipo, who scored a game-high 26 points. 

2. Enes Kanter recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 and Emmanuel Mudiay 18 for New York, which has lost six of its last seven games.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Courtney Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Knicks fall against Wizards 00:00:42
The Knicks fell short against the Wizards, losing 110-107. There were some good moments in the 1st half, but not so great in the 2nd.

The Knicks' late comeback bid fell short as they lost to the Washington Wizards 110-107 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. New York, which led by nine at halftime, trailed 107-92 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. But after Noah Vonleh's layup capped a 12-0 run, Washington's John Wall iced the game with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

2. After their three-game winning streak, the Knicks have lost three of four games and allowed at least 110 points in each game. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Washington Wizards
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Apr 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee will make his season debut Saturday when the Milwaukee Bucks visit Madison Square Garden.

Head coach David Fizdale said Lee was "probable" for the matchup with the Bucks after returning to practice just about a week ago. The guard, who is in his 10th year in the league, has missed the first 23 games of the 2018-2019 season due to a persistent neck injury.

"One thing I know is we definitely don't have veterans, so having a veteran in the mix now, especially since we haven't had Lance [Thomas], we just really miss that presence," Fizdale said Friday after practice. "So I've just got to figure out how I'm going to work him into the rotation."

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Knicks veteran G Courtney Lee has finally been cleared to practice, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Lee, who has been dealing with a neck injury since the start of preseason, was re-evaluated on Friday and the results were obviously good. The 33-year-old has been practicing on a limited basis, but can now be a full participant immediately. 

As of now, Lee will likely be day-to-day as the Knicks evaluate his performance during full practices. 

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Kristaps Porzingis is not the only one who is making progress. 

Knicks guard Courtney Lee also began doing contact drills on Monday as he inches closer to returning to the court as he recovers from a neck strain. 

Lee initially injured his neck in the preseason and has yet to play this season.

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been a month since the David Fizdale Era has begun in Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks are 2-6. Though it isn't the best of starts, it is what most expected from this team going through their rebuilding stage. 

Here are some takeaways from the Knicks' first few games, and what to expect moving forward...

Fizdale has bought into the youth movement

Tags: Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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The 2018-19 season is going to be a transitional one for the Knicks.With a brand-new coach in David Fizdale and a highly touted rookie in Kevin Knox, there is plenty of reason for a long-suffering fanbase to be hopeful for the future. But there's also a lot of uncertainty.

Kristaps Porzingis is rehabbing a torn left ACL, and it remains to be seen when he'll play - or how good he'll look when he does. Second-year guard Frank Ntilikina showed promise in his rookie campaign, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, but he still has a long way to go.

After waiving Joakim Noah's onerous contract with the stretch provision, Scott Perry and Steve Mills will go into 2019 free agency armed with enough cap space to lure a big name. In the meantime, the Knicks can choose one of two paths: Go for broke and make a dark-horse playoff run, or embrace the tank for one more year and add to their collection of young players. Each approach would have its advantages and its drawbacks...

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Courtney Lee is just hoping to help the Knicks in any way he can.

The veteran guard, who was finally able to practice at full speed Sunday, knows that missing the entire preseason with a strained neck doesn't help his chances of playing in Wednesday's opener against the Hawks. Though, coach David Fizdale called the 33-year-old's practice "very encouraging."

"I mean I missed the whole preseason, so it wouldn't be one of those things that if I didn't play I'd be bitter about it," Lee reportedly said after practice. "It's just being smart and cautious of the injury that I did have. If he does throw me out there I'll be ready."

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis is frustrated. 

The Latvian big man has been forced to watch along this entire preseason as his teammates get ready for the 2018-19 campaign. Porzingis is still rehabbing after his ACL surgery eight months ago, and though his progress hasn't hit a setback, he is growing tired of the same slow pace.

"He's feeling better every day, but it's still that frustrating slow drip for him," Fizdale told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Amid reports indicating that Courtney Lee is seeking to be traded to a contender, the 32-year-old told ESPN that he does not want to be traded and is happy to remain with the team.

The New York Post reported, citing sources, that Lee is preferring to go to a playoff team or contender if the Knicks opts to trade him.

The Knicks have sought suitors for the 32-year-old in an effort to trade him and free up cap space for the 2019 season, per the New York Post. The 76ers have interest in Lee, who was close to being traded to Philadelphia in 2016 before he nixed the deal. 

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Leonard wants out of San Antonio 00:04:51
The Loud Mouths and Michael Rapaport discuss the report of Kawhi Leonard's alleged desire to leave the Spurs and join the Lakers.

With reports swirling that Spurs F Kawhi Leonard wants to play elsewhere next season, the fit with the Knicks sounds enticing. 

For one, the Knicks were interested in going after Leonard when he becomes a free agent in 2019, per The Post's Marc Berman. However, now that Leonard wants to leave San Antonio a season early, they may not be the right fit because of one reason: Kristaps Porzingis

To acquire a player with Leonard's caliber, an even return would need to be in place for the Spurs. That means Porzingis would likely be mentioned in any deal if the Knicks wished to be a contender for Leonard. 

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Luke Kornet led the Knicks with a career-high 23 points, as they captured a 110-98 win over the Cavs in their final game of the 2017-18 season. >> Box Score

Kornet shot 9-for-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also had three rebounds, two assists, and a block for the night. 

Frank Ntilikina continued his hot play to end the season with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting as well as four rebounds and four assists. Trey Burke totaled 19 points with nine assists and five boards. 

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Cavaliers forwards Kevin Love and LeBron James each scored over 20 points, as Cleveland cruised to a 123-109 win over the Knicks. >> Box Score

James recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 assists, while Love shot an even 50 percent from the field (9-for-18) for a game-high 28 points on the night. 

The Cavaliers' bench also contributed as former Knick J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson had 16 points apiece, and Larry Nance Jr. tallied 10 points. 

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Courtney Lee has joined the conversation in whether or not his head coach, Jeff Hornacek, deserves the blame for the Knicks' horrendous season this year. 

His answer? He decided to ask the media in question form what they think.

"For what, injuries? For Tim (Hardaway) having a stress fracture? For (Kristaps Porzingis) going down?" Lee told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "How you blame coach for that? That's a question for you, can you answer that on the record?"

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Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Knicks will be without Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter for Tuesday night's game against the Magic, reports Ian Begley of ESPN. 

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Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jake Brown | Twitter | As the Knicks season slowly and painfully winds down, it's time to start thinking about what this team needs to do in the offseason. The first decision is simple for them -- fire Jeff Hornacek.

The next move will be to replace Hornacek with someone who hopefully won't be getting replaced anytime soon. I recently broke down possible options for the Knicks at head coach.

After replacing Hornacek, it's time for the Knicks to figure out what they are doing with the current roster before they plan on who they are going to select with their top 10 pick in the NBA Draft in June. Many of those decisions begin with what they are going to do with their overcrowded backcourt situation. Here's where the Knicks should start...

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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

At this point in the season, the Knicks are beginning to give minutes to their young guys for evaluation, and what their potential could hold for the future of the franchise. For 2017 second-round pick Damyean Dotson, those minutes have been very few. 

Dotson, a Houston product, has been on the bench the past two games with a right foot injury, and it very well may be the worst time for an ailment to keep him off the court. New York wants to see how their young prospects can perform under the big lights, and Dotson wants nothing more than to show the front office what he can do. 

"Eventually I'll get my time on the court and I can show what I can do," Dotson told Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

With the Knicks' disappointing season coming to an end, the only positive thing for fans to look forward to is the NBA Draft in June. 

The Knicks currently own the ninth seed in this year's draft, and speculation has already rien on who they should go after. For head coach, Jeff Hornacek, who may not have a say in the decision as his future is up in the air, knows exactly what the team needs. 

"If you look around at the top teams in the league, they have multiple guys in the 6-7, 6-8 range with length," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "We have a lot of guys in the 6-5ish range. [We] just got to get bigger at some of those spots...You talk about that 6-7, 6-8 guy, everybody in the league wants that guy. You don't see those guys all over the place."

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Whether Jeff Hornacek returns the Knicks next season is irrelevant. At the moment, he's still the head coach and in his eyes, he believes one thing the club is sorely lacking is a genuine small forward.

"I think if you look around at the top teams that are in the league they have multiple guys that are in the 6-7, 6-8 range with length," Hornacek said. "We had a lot of guys that are in the 6-5ish range. Just to get bigger at some of those spots and just continue to work on the chemistry."

Due to the lack of options, the Knicks have often used Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee, natural shooting guards, at small forward. In doing so, the club has given up precious height and overall size advantages.

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Knicks SG Courtney Lee will miss Tuesday night's game against the Trail Blazers due to personal reasons, the team announced.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

With the NBA trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Knicks should be sellers, not buyers.

Following Sunday's loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks are 23-31, and sit four games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 8 seed in the East. It looks like the Knicks will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season dating to their 2013 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the second round.

"I would definitely try to just acquire as many as assets for the future as I could," longtime NBA agent Keith Glass told SNY.tv in reference to the Knicks.

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Adam Zagoria
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Knicks are still to blame for their 99-96 loss to the Hawks on Sunday, but one confusing play certainly gave the Hawks an advantage in the fourth quarter. 

With a little under four minutes to play and the Knicks just 89-86, Hawks guard Kent Bazemore took a three-point shot for the tie, and though he missed, Tim Hardaway Jr. fouled him which results in three free throw attempts. But Bazemore was only awarded two of them.

After missing his second foul shot in a row, the Knicks took the rebound and ran up the court without any referee interference. Head coach Jeff Hornacek called a play that saw Kristaps Porzingis get fed the ball in the low post just as Hardaway sprinted toward the pain, where he dunked home a pass from Porzingis with Bazemore fouling him for an and-one opportunity...

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Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis voiced his frustrations after New York blew a four-point lead with 1:07 remaining in Sunday's 99-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.

"I can't even process that we lost," Porzingis said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "I can't believe it. It was our game. It was 100 percent our game. Stuff happened quick and boom it was over. ... We're just not there yet as a team. We keep losing these games."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Amid reports that other teams believe the Knicks should be sellers as the NBA trade deadline nears, forward Kristaps Porzingis said he is focused on leading the current group of players to the postseason.

"I have a great relationship with a lot of these guys and every year it's like that and every year a lot of new guys come in," Porzingis said on Monday, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "It's changing and it's changing quick so we've got to understand that part of it.

"It's a business, anything can happen. The situation is what it is and stuff happens. We'll see what happens."

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

With the NBA trade deadline a few days away, many teams are pondering whether or not they should buy or sell including the Knicks. 

As of now, the Knicks sit 10th in the East at 22-28 on the season. Many teams are in the same spot as they could make trades to give themselves a playoff push, or focus on rebuilding next season. So what should the Knicks do?

Jake Brown | Twitter | It feels like the Knicks should be more than four games out of the playoffs the way their season has slipped away. While they are still alive to make it, it sure doesn't feel like it. The Knicks should 100 percent be sellers with the trade deadline 10 days away. They should be listening to offers for any player outside Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Enes Kanter. I don't think Frank Ntilikina is untouchable if it means you're going to get a star player in return in a package. I don't think Willy Hernangomez is untouchable, either...

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Knicks SG Courtney Lee has garnered trade rumors, and despite the trade deadline a few days away (Feb. 8), he is still focused on playing in New York. 

When the Knicks dealt for Tim Hardaway Jr., many believed Lee would be shopped before the season even started. Instead, Knicks new front office in team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry wanted Lee to continue his role with the team, and be more aggressive on the offensive end. It was the message that was sent by former team president Phil Jackson during his exit meeting following the 2016 season as well.

"They broke down all the analytic stats and said, 'You've always been consistent. We want you to kind of step out of your comfort zone, and be aggressive, try to make plays on both ends of the court," Lee told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "That's what I'm trying to do...

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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

It was a night the Knicks desperately needed their All-Star to perform. Instead, he didn't even suit up. 

Named an All-Star reserve last night, Kristaps Porzingis sat out of the Knicks-Warriors matchup with a sore ankle. The Warriors -- who added two All-Star reserves in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to go along with starters Stephen Curry (who is the West's captain) and Kevin Durant -- pulled away late on their home floor, 123-112.

The Knicks got off to another hot start in the first quarter, eventually finishing with a 10-point lead. However, the Warriors crawled there way back into things as per usual, but New York ran into the locker room with a lead. It was one that SG Courtney Lee knew should have been bigger...

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Michael Beasley scored a team-high 21 points, but the Knicks came up short in a 123-112 loss to the Warriors in Oakland on Tuesday night. 

Playing without Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O'Quinn, New York came out of the gate surprisingly well against the defending national champions and held the Warriors to 21 first-quarter points at Oracle Arena. 

Courtney Lee started the game 5-for-5 from the field and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Knicks lead by as many as 10 points in the second quarter. However, the third and fourth quarters were another story, as Golden State picked up its defense in the second half.

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Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek doesn't want to hear about Courtney Lee's late techincal foul costing his team the game. They shouldn't have been in that position in the first place. 

The Knicks looked lackadaisical throughout the 105-99 loss to the Grizzlies Wednesday night. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that New York started showing some life, and giving Memphis something to worry about. However, Lee was hit with a tech after exchanging words with rookei Dillon Brooks before at jumpball with 17.8 seconds left. The Knicks were down three at that point, but the technical killed any hope of them completing the comeback. 

Hornacek didn't want to talk about the technical foul and whether it was appropriate to call it after the game. Instead, he pointed at his team's lack of drive from the beginning, which in his mind, led to the bad loss. ..

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek doesn't want to hear about Courtney Lee's late techincal foul costing his team the game. They shouldn't have been in that position in the first place. 

The Knicks looked lackadaisical throughout the 105-99 loss to the Grizzlies Wednesday night. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that New York started showing some life, and giving Memphis something to worry about. However, Lee was hit with a tech after exchanging words with rookei Dillon Brooks before at jumpball with 17.8 seconds left. The Knicks were down three at that point, but the technical killed any hope of them completing the comeback. 

Hornacek didn't want to talk about the technical foul and whether it was appropriate to call it after the game. Instead, he pointed at his team's lack of drive from the beginning, which in his mind, led to the bad loss. ..

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 (Justin Ford)
(Justin Ford)

Knicks SG Courtney Lee believes he was the latest victim of bad refereeing after a questionable technical foul cost the Knicks' comeback late in Memphis. 

Crew chief Derrick Stafford hit Lee with a tech at 17.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter with the Knicks down just three before a jump ball. Lee and Grizzlies' rookie Dillon Brooks were exchanging words, but the 10-year veteran swears nothing explicit was said. However, Stafford hit only Lee with the foul, which ended the Knicks' hope to finish their comeback. 

"I'm at a loss for words," Lee told The Daily News' Frank Isola. "I wasn't expecting to get a tech."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis knocks away a pass intended for Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis knocks away a pass intended for Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 29 points while Jarrett Jack hit a go-ahead jumper in the final minute to lead the Knicks to a 100-96 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at American Airlines Center.

Jack broke a 94-94 tie by hitting an 11-foot runner with 31 seconds left, and the Knicks maintained the lead when J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining. Courtney Lee hit all four of his free-throw attempts in the final seconds as New York improved to 7-13 on the road.

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New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks lose another game on the road as they fall 119-107 to the Spurs, pushing their record below .500. This is their fourth consecutive loss. 

Michael Beasley led the Knicks in scoring with 23 points on an efficient 9 of 13 from the field and Courtney Lee continued his recent scoring form with 18 points.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 7 rebounds and 6 blocks, before fouling out for the first time this season. Frank Ntilikina had 9 points with 11 assists and 3 steals against compatriot Tony Parker. << Box score

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Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Dunn scored 17 points, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, and the surging Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on Wednesday night.

Chicago trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, but shut down New York down the stretch of its ninth win in 11 games. The Knicks managed just three points in the final 5 1/2 minutes. >> Read more

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