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What Will Jackson's legacy be? 00:04:16
The Daily News Live panel debate whether or not Thursday's NBA draft will make or break Phil Jackson's legacy at the helm of the Knicks.

Knicks president Phil Jackson said in an interview with MSG Network that the Knicks are receiving calls and listening to trade proposals for Kristaps Porzingis

"As much as we love this guy, we have to do what's best for the club," Jackson said of the power forward. 

When asked what's best for the club, Jackson said "the future."

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(Brad Penner)

Duke SG Luke Kennard thinks he can work well in the Knicks' triangle offense after his workout with the team last week, per NY Daily News' Daniel Popper

Kennard confirmed he worked out for the Knicks at NBA Draft Media Day Wednesday. The triangle was a point of emphasis in the "very structured" workout, and Kennard thinks he can flourish in it.

"You can make multiple reads in it, and I'm strong in that category," he said. "I was able to do that at Duke in different ways, and I liked it. I think it's a good thing."

President Phil Jackson, head coach Jeff Hornace

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Phil Jackson hasn't fixed the Knicks' woes in recent years. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Phil Jackson hasn't fixed the Knicks' woes in recent years. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Knicks have failed trade Kristaps Porzingis prior to the NBA draft. 

Elsewhere, the Mets lose to the Dodgers again, The Rangers lose Oscar Lindberg in the expansion draft and the Yankees end their seven-game losing streak  

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NBA Draft Media Day in Manhattan 00:01:37
Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn.

Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn. 

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Rapaport reacts to trade rumors 00:08:10
Actor and Knicks fan Michael Rapaport joins Loud Mouths to react to the rumor that Phil Jackson is considering trading Kristaps Porzingis.

Actor and Knicks fan Michael Rapaport reacts to the trade rumors swirling around Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis on Loud Mouths...

 

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 (Greg M. Cooper)
(Greg M. Cooper)

The Knicks have Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell Jr., the son of Mets director of player relations Donovan Mitchell, on their radar for the 2017 NBA Draft, per Marc Berman of NY Post. 

Knicks president Phil Jackson flew out to watch Mitchell, Jr. at Creative Artists Agency's pro day in L.A., along with Kentucky PG De'Aaron Fox.

The elder Mitchell, who played seven seasons in the Astros' farm system, is ecstatic to see the potential of his son being a lottery pick. 

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North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Pitt Panthers at PNC Arena. (Rob Kinnan)
North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Pitt Panthers at PNC Arena. (Rob Kinnan)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The NBA Draft is an event that leads to speculation and rumors galore, but no one could have predicted the talk of Phil Jackson considering trades for Kristaps Porzingis.

He's officially sent the basketball world into a frenzy. With that in mind, a plethora of potentially surprising outcomes are on the table for the Knicks leading into Thursday. Here's a look at four more prospects they could consider.

Dennis Smith Jr.

The Knicks have certainly done their research and continued to watch Smith Jr. closely, and rightfully so. At eighth overall, the top notch point guards in this draft could very well be off the board and this young gun is seemingly just a cut below the rest of the best.

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(Joe Camporeale)

French prospect, PG Frank Ntilikina, met with the Knicks Wednesday morning, according to Adam Zagoria.

Ntilikina met with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills, and head coach Jeff Hornacek. There were no specifics to the conversation the two sides had. Ntilikina said that the team wanted to meet with him in person, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 18-year-old, who flew to New York yesterday for the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday, said he'd fit in the Knicks system.

"The system there is a good system for me," Ntilikina said, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "I think I could play in it. The organization is very good."

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JRSportBrief: Trading Porzingis? 00:01:45
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why it would be crazy for Phil Jackson to trade away Kristaps Porzingis.

Knicks president Phil Jackson has not ruled out the possibility of trading F Kristaps Porzingis, and many teams are interested, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In talks with the Suns about Porzingis, the Knicks have expressed interest in acquiring either Devin Booker or Marquese Chriss and the fourth overall pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft, according to Yahoo! Sports, though Phoenix is not interested in dealing either Booker or Chriss.

Jackson had said trading Porzingis was "off the table" already this offseason, but clearly that isn't the case. According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Porzingis' brother, Janis, says the New York star wants to stay with the Knicks and will play out his contract. If he is traded, though, he will explore free agency.

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Who will the Knicks draft at 8? 00:00:46
SNY.tv scours the web to see who the Knicks will select in the NBA Draft with the No. 8 overall pick.

Louisville prospect, PG Donovan Mitchell, is scheduled to workout for the Knicks Wednesday, per ESPN's Ian Begley. 

The workout, which was moved from Tuesday, will likely be the last one held by the Knicks before the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday. 

The Knicks like Mitchell because of his athleticism and defensive skillset. Playing for a high-profile team in Louisville, they also believe he will be able to handle playing in the Big Apple. 

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JRSportBrief: Malik Monk 00:01:22
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR looks at Malik Monk as a possibility for the New York Knicks in the NBA Draft.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Malik Monk's draft stock has steadily risen, especially as the Philadelphia 76ers, who own the No. 3 pick, are among the teams to consider the former Kentucky guard. As he began to work out in New York as part of his draft preparation last month, the youngster coyly said he was hoping he wouldn't necessarily get the opportunity to play for the Knicks, optimistic a team would draft him before No. 8.

But after attending his local pro day at the end of May, a recent mock from DraftExpress has Monk falling right into the New York's lap.

Tags: Derrick Rose, Keith Schlosser
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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant joins the show to discuss how much he has changed since coming into the league, the impact his mom has on his life, and his love of music.

Durant touched on a variety of topics including:

  • His role with the Warriors, "I just tried to figure out what my role was from Day 1. It took me some time to figure it out. But, I wasn't coming in there to be the vocal leader. That's Draymond's [Green] job. I wasn't coming in there to be the face of the organization or team. That's Steph's [Curry] job. I was just coming in there just trying to be me and add to what they have already."
  • About respect, "I care more about respect in my game. As far as personality wise, I don't. If you don't respect how I play, that's what gets me."
  • His pre game routine, "I listened to Frank Ocean all year. That kinda like relaxed me a lot. That was kinda the soundtrack to my season. That whole Frank Ocean album…2 Chainz kinda brings me to where I need to be, so you got to level out and be right in the middle."

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General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

The Knicks may have a big crush on international guard Frank Ntilikina, but their date will have to be indefinitely postponed. Already proving he knows how to win, the 18-year old is in the midst of leading his Strabourg club into the French League Final. Such a commitment to likely to prevent him from working out for NBA teams prior to the draft, according to the New York Post.

But that doesn't mean the curiosity still isn't there. There's so much to like and even more to be intrigued over when it comes to Ntilikina. As the draft's youngest prospect, he has great upside. His versatile skill set would also provide the Knicks with many things they desperately need, especially coming from the point guard position. The fact that unaware teams may not get a closer look before the draft could work in New York's favor.

Regardless of his position, Ntilikina is in a class of his own due to his defensive prowess. At 6'5", he's physically strong and has the ability to hold his own defending both guard positions. Phil Jackson has been known to favor taller point guards over the years, and Ntilikina undoubtedly fits the bill. His man-to-man ball pressure quickly smothers an opposing player. Ntilikina keeps his cool relatively well, but still has the agility necessary to pick up the pace and chase an opposing ball-handler down the floor as well. Not only is he quick, but his instincts are already matured due to his experience playing abroad. Ntilikina isn't one to get fooled off the dribble.

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Goodbye Porzingis? 00:01:29
The DNL guys debate the likelihood that the Knicks would trade Kristaps Porzingis and why they would make such a drastic move.

JRSportBrief: Malik Monk 00:01:22
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR looks at Malik Monk as a possibility for the New York Knicks in the NBA Draft.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

As Thursday's NBA Draft inches closer, the anticipation surrounding what the Knicks will do with the eighth overall pick and beyond only continues to grow. They have a number of pressing needs to address, but there are an abundance of ways to do that. 

Here's a look at just a few of the prospects the Knicks could consider come draft time...

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(Chris Steppig)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The Knicks are in dire need of a skilled orchestrating floor general with an unselfish nature. Luckily for them, players with such a skill set are sprinkled all over the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Though the draft may be the most sensible way of securing their point guard of the future, it isn't the only opportunity this team will have. New York could opt to pay a premium, and target a more established free agent like Jrue Holiday this summer. They could flip Courtney Lee to the Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio, or put their faith in Austin Rivers following a potential Carmelo Anthony deal with the Clippers.

This organization has been known to do things that are considered off the beaten path, especially with Phil Jackson running basketball operations. Could they go rogue once again? That could certainly be the case as they target North Carolina's Justin Jackson.

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(Casey Sapio)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Lauri Markkanen's stock has been steadily rising as one of the better frontcourt players in this year's draft class. His skill set is definitely unique and well-favored in today's evolving NBA as a big man with terrific range. As a freshman, Markkanen not only logged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds, but also shot an impressive 49 percent from the field, 42 percent from deep, and 84 percent from the line.

But the Knicks need a point guard. As they look to make improvements across the roster this summer, finding a floor general of the future figures to be a priority.

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De'Aarron Fox has emerged as a possible pick for the Knicks. (Charles Rex Arbogast)
De'Aarron Fox has emerged as a possible pick for the Knicks. (Charles Rex Arbogast)

Knicks and Nets prepping for the draft: With the NBA draft just two days away, the Knicks and Nets are preparing their first-round pick selections. The Knicks will have the eighth pick in the first round, and the Nets will have the 22nd and 27th. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, a Jets legend passes away, and the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury for the remainder of the season. 

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GEICO SportsNite: De'Aaron Fox 00:01:26
Justine Ward talks to De'Aaron Fox at his documentary screening to learn his thoughts about potentially being drafted by the Knicks.

SNY's Justine Ward talks to De'Aaron Fox at his documentary screening to learn his thoughts about potentially being drafted by the Knicks.

 

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North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Pitt Panthers at PNC Arena. (Rob Kinnan)
North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Pitt Panthers at PNC Arena. (Rob Kinnan)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

About 3 1/2 months ago, there was talk of NC State's Dennis Smith, Jr. standing tall as a top-five pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Regarded as a special prospect in this point guard-heavy draft, Smith Jr.'s stock has wavered as that of others has risen. 

The fact of the matter is this: there are so many talented floor generals in this draft that quality players are simply bound to slip through the cracks a little bit. This means the Knicks will likely be able to come away with the player they need, despite having fallen to eighth overall.

Smith averaged an impressive 6.2 assists during his freshman year and was often able to find his teammates in transition. His speed allows him to attack the defense and penetrate, all while giving his teammates enough time to spread the floor and expose the defense as Smith finds them for high-percentage looks. Unfortunately, sometimes such explosiveness can lead to overzealous play.

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Can Knicks build through draft? 00:01:30
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why the Knicks can't trust Phil Jackson as the NBA Draft approaches.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why the Knicks can't trust Phil Jackson as the NBA Draft approaches.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Pacers F Paul George has reportedly told the team he plans to leave as a free agent after the 2017-18 season, according to the Associated Press.

The Pacers have already spoken to the Cavaliers about a potential George trade, according to ESPN. The Lakers are also a possible destination for George, according to the NY Post.

The Cavaliers -- along with the Celtics and others -- have reportedly been interested in Carmelo Anthony, who the Knicks intend to trade this summer.

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Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) controls the ball during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Silvio O. Conte Forum. (Greg M. Cooper)
Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) controls the ball during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Silvio O. Conte Forum. (Greg M. Cooper)

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell will work out with the Knicks on Tuesday and meet with team president Phil Jackson after, reports Ian Begly of ESPN.

The Knicks, who have the eighth overall pick in the draft, are said to be especially interested in Mitchell's skills and versatility as a defensive player, according to ESPN.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recently said he believes Mitchell would be a good fit with the Knicks.

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Malik Monk passes the ball away from Wichita State Shockers forward Rashard Kelly during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Malik Monk passes the ball away from Wichita State Shockers forward Rashard Kelly during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The Knicks have the luxury of two formidable building blocks in Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. As it currently stands, Carmelo Anthony is still in town and his no-trade clause will make him difficult to move, if Phil Jackson's continued critiques of his star haven't turned teams off already. The frontcourt represents some assurance for New York. Unfortunately, the backcourt doesn't boast the same amount of stability.

The Knicks desperately need a point guard. Their team has lacked intelligent and unselfish floor generals to rely on dating back to their Atlantic Division title in 2012-13. Luckily enough, they'll have their pick of the litter for such a player, even at the eighth spot.

Among those expected to be available, Malik Monk has more notoriety as a well known NCAA stud. He has great speed and is more of an explosive scorer. He'd bring excitement to the bright lights of the Big Apple, but isn't as natural of a facilitator. It remains to be seen if he can be the player the Knicks need.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose prior to the game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. (Erik Williams/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose prior to the game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. (Erik Williams/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks PG Derrick Rose wants to stay in New York next season, and is willing to take a pay cut, per Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman. 

Rose, who underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in April, is back on the free agency block this offseason. According to his agent, B.J. Armstrong, he doesn't want to leave the Big Apple. 

"Derrick loves New York and wants to be there," Armstrong said. "We've expressed that tot hem and been very consistent about it. Whether it happens is on them; all we can do is be clear."

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(Kyle Terada)

Warriors PG Shaun Livingston, who made $5.7 million this season in the final year of a three-year contract, is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Livingston, 31, averaged 5.1 points, 1.8 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 76 games with the Warriors this season.

The Knicks, again in rebuilding mode, are expected to trade Carmelo Anthony and perhaps some of their other veterans this summer.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller)

If Phi Jackson and the Knicks are unable to find a trade partner for Carmelo Anthony, New York could decide to use the stretch provision on the star forward, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

The new collective bargaining agreement kicks in on July 1, and still contains the stretch provision clause. This clause involves waiving a player and spreading his cap hit out past the seasons in which he is under contract.

Anthony has two years and $54.1 million remaining on his five-year deal with New York. If Jackson were to cut Anthony between July 1 and August 31, under the stretch provision, the $54.1 million would be spread evenly onto the cap over the next five seasons.

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Malik Monk (Thomas Joseph/USA TODAY Sports)
Malik Monk (Thomas Joseph/USA TODAY Sports)

Kentucky SG Malik Monk worked out for the Knicks earlier this week, with much of the workout revolving around the triangle offense, he confirmed to Ian Begley of ESPN

Monk, who also had dinner with Phil Jackson, said he would fit well with the Knicks due to the 'constant motion' of the triangle.

Monk averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 45 percent and 40 percent from beyond the arc.

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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Former Knicks PG Pablo Prigioni has taken a head coaching job with Baskonia, which plays in the Euro League in Spain, according to SB Nation.

The Knicks had been interested in hiring Prigioni as an assistant coach, according to a reprt in Sportando last month.

The 40-year-old Prigioni played with the Knicks from 2012 to 2015 before finishing his career with the Rockets and Clippers.

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North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) takes a brother during the first half against Miami Hurricanes at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell)
North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) takes a brother during the first half against Miami Hurricanes at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell)

The Knicks will attend a private workout on Thursday for North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr., reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

Smith, Jr. was expected to work out for the Knicks on last Wednesday, but the workout did not take place, Begley reported.

It is unclear why Smith Jr. did not work out for the Knicks, but he was in New York and did meet with team president Phil Jackson, per Adam Zagoria

Smith Jr. averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in his only season with NC State. The ACC Freshman of the Year is projected by many to be a top pick, and may not be there when New York makes its first selection at No. 8...

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

North Carolina's top scoring threat, Justin Jackson, said his workout with the Knicks Tuesday was entirely different than the rest he has participated in, per NY Post's Marc Berman

Jackson, who played a vital role in UNC's championship run this past season, had six workouts prior to his visit with the Knicks. This one was unique. 

"It was more teaching than all the other ones," Jackson said. "With the triangle and the other types of offenses they run, I would say it was a little more mental than physical."

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(Joe Camporeale)

French PG Frank Ntilikina has been on the Knicks' radar in the upcoming NBA draft, and the interest is mutual, according to Stefan Bondy of NY Daily News. 

The youngest prospect in the draft at 18, Ntilikina thinks New York could be a place he can thrive in the NBA.

"I watch a lot of their games and I know how they play with their triangle offense with Phil Jackson as the president, and I know the players," Ntilikina said. "I think it would be a good thing for me."

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(William Perlman)

Knicks owner, James Dolantold Fox 5 Monday that whenever he is asked about the Knicks, he responds by saying, "Ask Phil." 

Dolan continued by saying he has no involvement in the moves his team makes. Rather, he leaves that duty to Knicks president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills.   

This isn't the first time Dolan has made comments like these. He told The Michael Kay Show that he "literally turned over the entire basketball operations to Phil and to Steve (Mills)." 

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Vanderbilt center, Luke Kornet, got a taste of the triangle offense in his workout with the Knicks last week, per ESPN's Ian Begley. 

The 7-foot-1 draft prospect said the workout focused on where he would fit into the triangle scheme. 

"We spent about half the workout doing 5-on-0 stuff with the triangle and different actions and attention-to-detail stuff," Kornet said. "We actually spent a good amount of time in terms of working different types of actions out of the triangle." 

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek ran the workout as president Phil Jackson, associate head coach Kurt Rambis and other staff members looked on. 

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The Knicks will workout former Duke guard Luke Kennard.  (Mary Altaffer/AP)
The Knicks will workout former Duke guard Luke Kennard. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Ten days before the NBA Draft, the Knicks are preparing to workout Donovan Mitchell, Luke Kennard, and Malik Monk. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees and the Mets won on Sunday, and Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes. 

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As the Knicks and other NBA teams watch from home while the NBA Finals continues, offseason scouting has officially begun. This is not only an opportunity to see who is excelling, but to find potential diamonds in the rough. Which forthcoming free agents are flying under the radar and may thrive in an elevated role?

This year, one could make the argument that Golden State swingman Ian Clark will get paid big bucks. Matthew Dellavedova cashed in on a lucrative contract after winning with the Cavaliers last summer. There's no doubt players with winning pedigrees are so important to developing a positive culture. The Knicks are lucky that a seldom-used player from the 2015 Warriors' championship winning team fell into their laps following the Derrick Rose trade.

Rose should be expected to take his talents elsewhere this summer, but Justin Holiday will be a priority for New York. Previously considered an afterthought of the deal, Holiday could emerge as the Knicks' bigger takeaway. Finally getting the playing time he craved in Golden State, Holiday became one of the league's more dependable 3 and D guys this past season.

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JRSportBrief: Warrior perfection 00:01:31
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

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Former Knick Rasheed Wallace joins the show for the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks.

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JRSportBrief: NYC tough? 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes. 

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 (Nelson Chenault)
(Nelson Chenault)

The Knicks continue to keep a close eye on top draft prospect, Kentucky PG De'Aaron Fox, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. 

Knicks personnel, along with Phil Jackson, were in attendance to watch Fox and other prospects at a Pro Day in Los Angeles Saturday. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was also in the Knicks camp.

Fox is predicted to be taken in the top five at the June 22 draft at the Barclays Center. With the Knicks owning the eighth overall pick, it is highly unlikely Fox falls into their hands. However, young guard is keen on playing with Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis.

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GEICO SportsNite: KP's workouts 00:00:22
Kristaps Porzingis posts videos on Twitter of his offseason workouts.

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis posted workout videos to his Twitter account as he continued his offseason training.

Porzingis, 21, trained earlier this offseason by boxing.

"I'll be doing a little bit of something I haven't done before that's not attached to basketball maybe that will help my game," Porzingis told reporters. "I'll experiment a bit over the summer."

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Knicks pursuing another pick? 00:02:33
The DNL panel discusses the trade rumors surrounding the New York Knicks and one of Portland's 2017 first-round draft picks.

The Knicks have spoken with the Trailblazers about acquiring one of Portland's first-round picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

It was later reported by the NY Post that those talks have included Blazers F Moe Harkless.

The Blazers currently have the 15th, 20th, and 26th overall picks.

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Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley, left, attends the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze)
Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley, left, attends the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze)

Former Knick Charles Oakley's trial date stemming from his February incident at Madison Square Garden is scheduled for August 4, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Oakley recently told the USA Today For The Win podcast that James Dolan should have been suspended for his actions in the incident that resulted in the former forward being ejected from the Garden.

Oakley still faces charges of harassment, trespassing and assault after allegedly yelling insults at Knicks owner Dolan. He was banned from MSG for a short stint before Dolan and Oakley both met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. 

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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

It is no secret Knicks president Phil Jackson wants to trade away Carmelo Anthony this offseason, but the number behind it could turn off potential suitors, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. 

Begley mentions Anthony's 15 percent "trade kicker," which sits at $8.1 million. With it being added to his annual salary in trade scenarios, it affects how much a team would need to send out in a trade with the Knicks based on the current collective bargaining agreement. 

The trade kicker is time sensitive in a Melo trade. If he were to be traded before June 30, teams can spread out the $8.1 million evenly between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. If the trade occurs after July 1, the entire trade kicker must be paid next season.

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Who stays, Phil or Melo? 00:03:35
The DNL panel debates whether Carmelo Anthony will leave New York before Phil Jackson, or if they'll be stuck together again next season.

Carmeo Anthony's former teammates J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert believe Anthony wants to stay with the Knicks.

"Sometimes you feel like it's just unfinished business, and I feel like that's what it is with Melo," Shumpert said, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. "He don't want to leave on that note."

Shumpert added that he didn't think Knicks president Phil Jackson should've been as vocal as he has been about wanting to trade Anthony.

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 (Nelson Chenault)
(Nelson Chenault)

Former Kentucky guard, Isaiah Briscoetold zagsblog.com that his workout with the Knicks went "very well."

In his sophomore season, the 6-foot-3, 209 pound Briscoe averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.4 minutes per game. 

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had high praise for Briscoe after he declared for the NBA Draft saying, "Isaiah is a winner. Physically and mentally he's a pit bull with skills with the ball. We averaged nearly 30 wins a season over the last two years and Isaiah played a big part in all of them. Isaiah defends, he rebounds and he creates shots for others. I am so proud of his improvement over his time here and am looking forward to seeing his continued growth at the next level."

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( Adam Hunger)

The Pistons are open to trading the 12th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft in order to acquire more of a "win-now" player, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Knicks currently have the eighth overall pick.

Team president Phil Jackson has suggested the Knicks will trade Carmelo Anthony this offseason as they look to build for the future, so dealing other veterans as part of that effort makes sense.

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( Adam Hunger)

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks point guard, Mark Jackson, called Knicks president Phil Jackson a "failure," according to Marc Berman of the NY Post. 

Jackson didn't knock Phil's coaching prowess given his 11 championship rings, but he think he is ruining the Knicks, especially regarding the Carmelo Anthony fiasco.

"As a guy running the New York Knicks, he's done a poor job," Jackson said during an ABC conference call to promote the NBA Finals. "Look at the results. He's been a failure. Carmelo is an outstanding basketball player and handled himself remarkably. At the end of the day, he negotiated a no-trade clause, and he's going about it the wrong way forcing him out. [Anthony has] all the power and he's taking full advantage of it."

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Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson celebrates during the second half of the ACC Tournament final against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson celebrates during the second half of the ACC Tournament final against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Duke's Amile Jefferson was among six players to work out with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, according to Mike Vorkunov.

The Knicks also reportedly worked out South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, Florida guard Canyon Barry, Colorado guard Derrick White and Columbia's Luke Petrasek.

The 24-year-old Jefferson and 21-year-old Petrasek were the only two forwards who worked out with the Knicks. Jefferson, a 6-foot-9, 224-pound forward, averaged 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in his fifth season for the Blue Devils.

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