New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) defends Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) defends Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his $8.1 million trade kicker in order to help facilitate a trade to the Rockets, according to ESPN.

A clause in Anthony's contract stipulates that his salary goes up 15 percent if he's traded. Waiving that clause would potentially make it easier for a trade partner to match contracts.

Annthony does not seek a return to the Knicks next season and has no interest in discussing a future with the team, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported earlier this week.

Anthony "has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," Wojnarowski said on ESPN.

Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are still looking to make a push for the All-Star and believe Anthony is "interested" in considering Portland as a potential option. Lillard told Rip City Radio that he thinks Anthony coming to the Blazers is a "real possibility."

On Monday, Knicks president Steve Mills said the veteran forward will not be bought out but did not rule out the possibility of a future without him.

"I think we will be a good developing team if Carmelo is part of the team. We'll be a good developing team if he isn't. We'll be in constant communication with Carmelo and his camp, and we'll come to some resolution that works well for both us."

Mills had said the team was going to to "slow down and regroup" regarding a potential trade of Anthony after hiring new GM Scott Perry last week.

"We've been in contact with his reps and other teams," Mills said, adding that "If there's an opportunity that works for Melo and works for us" the team will consider trading him.


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If this isn't a sign that Anthony is desperate to get the heck out of New York, well...I don't know what is. The soon to be ex-Knicks star is ready to throw $8 million down the drain to pack his bags west, go to a contender, and avoid being in headlines for the wrong reasons.

This could very well be Anthony's last max contract of his career. His window to win a championship or even get to the NBA Finals is closing soon. This could be his last chance to do it while being a pivotal part of the team. He's got beaten up with injuries the last few years and at 33 years old, his 28 PPG are over.

Expect a deal to definitely get done now with the Rockets. $21 million will be easier for them to mix and match than if he didn't waiver the kicker, which would've made it around $28 million. The question still remains, though, if any team will take on Ryan Anderson's contract to make it a three-team deal. Either way, with this news, a trade seems to be on the horizon soon.

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What will the Knicks do? 00:00:49
SNY's Taylor Rooks and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic set the scene at the NBA Draft, and drop a final prediction on what the Knicks will do.

With the 2018 NBA Draft upon us, let's take a tour through the final NBA mock drafts around the sports media landscape to see who the Knicks might be taking with the 9th pick. 

ESPN, NY PostNY Daily NewsThe AthleticKevin Knox, Kentucky, F

The most popular Knicks selection is Knox...

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Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

It is a big night for Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry as they make their first NBA Draft picks. Each pick from here on out will be crucial in the development of this young Knicks squad, and looking at New York's past selection, Mills and Perry better hope their choice works out. 

Let's take a look at the Knicks' past first-rounder and how they panned out at Madison Square Garden (it is worth noting the Knicks didn't have a first-round pick in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016)...

2009, No. 8 overall: Arizona PF Jordan Hill

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Picks on Knicks 00:01:11
Mikal Bridges, Michael Porter Jr, Kevin Knox, and Lonnie Walker talk about the potential of playing for the Knicks and coach David Fizdale.

While much of the talk leading up to the Knicks' pick in the NBA Draft has centered around Kentucky's Kevin Knox, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, and Alabama's Collin Sexton, Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV could be an option as well.

The 6-foot-4 Walker worked out for the Knicks and a league source said the team was very "intrigued with his two-way abilities."

"It was a great workout, they were very happy," Walker said Wednesday. "I had some film with the head coach [David Fizdale] and we went back and forth about it. It was very positive. They were happy to see how mentally tough I was and my athleticism and aggression while I was playing so it was all positive energy."

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Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)
Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)

Head coach David Fizdale met Wednesday with Harlem native Mohamed Bamba, but the Knicks are unlikely to trade up to get the 7-foot shot-blocking sensation, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Multiple reports indicated Memphis is looking to trade the No. 4 pick. Bamba is currently projected to go No. 5 to Dallas, per ESPN.com.

"I was told late [Wednesday] night [the Knicks] have not yet asked Bamba's people to get his medical information," Wojnarowski said Thursday morning on ESPN's 'Get Up!' "That's a steep price to move up that high in the draft to No. 4. You're going to have to give up a lot. You're probably going to have to give up a future first [-round pick]. You're going to be digging into his medicals right now. They did talk to him yesterday and that goes on the week of."

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) defends against New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) defends against New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks C Kyle O'Quinn is looking for more this offseason, as he opted out of his contract to play in New York for the 2018-19 season, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

O'Quinn, a Queens native, was set to make $4.2 million with the Knicks next season. However, after posting 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and shooting 58 percent from the field in his bench role, he will search for a better deal in free agency. 

The 28-year-old is one of two Knicks that had a player option for this upcoming season. Starting center Enes Kanter still has a decision to make on his $18 million player option that must come by the end of June. 

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Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

NEW YORK -- Of all the prospects in this year's NBA Draft, it's possible that nobody has a greater appreciation for Madison Square Garden and New York City than Villanova wing and potential Knicks target Mikal Bridges.

After all, Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at the Garden and in the Big Apple.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats...

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The Knicks will pick... 00:00:23
ESPN Knicks reporter Ian Begley makes his prediction of who the Knicks will pick Thursday night with the ninth selection in the NBA Draft.

NEW YORK -- Kevin Knox is intrigued by the idea of playing for the Knicks and compared his experience at Kentucky to potentially playing in the Big Apple.

"It's kind of where everything happens, Madison Square Garden, so I think this is a big stage, great opportunity to be here," the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward said Wednesday on the eve of the NBA Draft.

He added in reference to the huge media contingents covering the respective teams: "Kentucky is basically the New York Knicks of college basketball."

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Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

NEW YORK -- Michael Porter Jr. hasn't worked out for any NBA teams because of his back and hip ailments, but met with Knicks brass in Chicago and said they are intrigued by his talent.

"They were there and I talked to them for a brief moment after the workout," Porter Jr. told SNY.tv at NBA Draft media day on Wednesday in midtown Manhattan.

"They like me, obviously," the 6-foot-10 Porter added. "I think they were looking to maybe move up. Honestly, they just showed interest in me, but I don't know too [many] details."

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Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) Bradley Beal (3) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) Bradley Beal (3) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Knicks will be traveling overseas next season for a regular season game in London against the Wizards, the NBA announced on Wednesday. 

The game, which is the ninth regular season game in London, will take place on January 17, 2019 at The O2 Arena. This is the third time the Knicks have played in London, as they played games in 2013 and 2015. 

With another game in London, the NBA is continuing its initiative to bring their league to a global audience. NBA senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Benjamin Morel, said the London game has become a highly anticipated event every season. 

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(Geoff Burke)

NBA draft prospect Trae Young said he got "a good feel and vibe" with the Knicks when he met coach David Fizdale and members of the team's front office.

"For sure, I definitely enjoyed meeting him as well," Young said on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Sports Channel with Adam Schein on Tuesday. "It was great to meet coach Fizdale and going out to dinner to meet the whole front office."

The Knicks have the ninth overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

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Breaking down the Big3 league 00:02:53
Ice Cube and Gary Payton discuss year two of the Big3 league and a potential one-on-one game between James Dolan and Charles Oakley.

Ice Cube and Gary Payton discuss year two of the Big3 league and a potential one-on-one game between James Dolan and Charles Oakley.

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Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks and current MSG Network color commentator, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, knows exactly what New York needs to do in the Draft on Thursday. 

Frazier would likely wish the Knicks had the position to select Arizona C Deandre Ayton, who he worked alongside on Monday promoting the newest version of Puma Clyde sneakers at a pop-up shop across from Barclays Center. But Ayton is the probable first overall selection to the Suns. 

That doesn't mean Frazier can't dream about uniting two unicorns in Ayton and Kristaps Porzingis...

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Kevin Knox (5) Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Kevin Knox (5) Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

With only two days until the 2018 NBA Draft, the Knicks are locking up their draft board as they pinpoint the potential prospects they want to select with their No. 9 overall pick. 

Rumors that have been swirling around leading up to the draft have placed players like SF Mikal Bridges and PG Trae Young among the top candidates to be selected by New York.

However, Kentucky PF Kevin Knox has gained some traction since his joint workout for the Knicks -- so much so that his father, Kevin Knox Sr., believes the Knicks are definitely considering the 6-foot-9 forward with their first-round choice. 

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Mar 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) during the practice day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Mar 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) during the practice day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In their latest mock draft, ESPN sees Oklahoma PG Trae Young going to the Knicks at No. 9 overall.

Young, known for his ability to score from virtually anywhere on the floor, comes out of Oklahoma with Freshman of the Year honors after leading the NCAA in points (27.4) and assists (8.7). Though ESPN's Kevin Pelton believe he has defense needs work, his offensive capabilities makes him too enticing for the Knicks as he falls down the draft board. 

"I've alerady passed a couple of times on Young, the third-ranked prospect in my projections," Pelton wrote. "But this point in the draft, however, any concerns about how he'll hold up defensively are more than outweighed by Young's massive offensive potential. Mikal Bridges is the only other player I'd consider here, and Young is an easy choice over him."

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Knicks C Enes Kanter learned Monday that his father, Dr. Mehmet Kanter, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, per Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman.

There has reportedly been an arrest warrant issued for Dr. Kanter, and when he returns to Istanbul, he is likely to be brought into custody. It is unknown what exactly he is being charged with, but Kanter believes it is the latest comeback from his government for his public criticism of the Turkish government, more specifically of president Recep Erdogan.

Because of his public comments, Kanter has not been in contact with his family overseas. But, even with the sentencing of his father, Kanter isn't going to stop being a voice for those back home.

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Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks are projected to take Kentucky small forward Kevin Knox in the latest ESPN mock draft, which previously had them taking Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.

Knox recently worked out for the Knicks and impressed the team's brass.

The 6-8 Knox, only 18, is a scoring wing who is among the latest one-and-dones at Kentucky. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game en route to SEC co-Freshman of the Year honors.

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Mar 3, 2018; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Mar 3, 2018; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

In NY Post's latest NBA mock draft, the Knicks get lucky: talented Missouri F Michael Porter Jr. falls to them at no. 9, where Scott Perry and Steve Mills can't pass up the potential.

Before the collegiate season began, Porter Jr. was expected to be a top pick in this year's draft but the one-and-done star didn't get a chance to shine at Missouri due to a back injury limiting him to a total of just three games...

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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. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, and the disgruntled Spurs forward reportedly has the Knicks on his wish list.

"People close to Leonard" have expressed a desire for him to play for the Knicks, reports Ian Begley of ESPN

Leonard has also been linked to the Lakers and Clippers -- who he has near the top of his list, and the Celtics -- who would be interested in engaging the Spurs if they make Leonard available, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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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)

Knicks fans continue to sift through every vague update they can find on the health of star Kristaps Porzingis. The player himself spoke about his timetable while catching ACB basketball in Spain. 

The answer, as it has been since he tore his ACL against the Bucks in February, is that there is no answer yet. Porzingis doesn't have an exact date that he should be ready.

"I have to be smart. And I have a team that will help me figure that out," Porzingis told a Spanish television station, via Ian Begley of ESPN.

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Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks Draft target Michael Porter, Jr. has cancelled his second Pro Day -- which was to take place on Friday -- due to a hip injury.

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry had been set to travel to Chicago to meet with the Missouri freshman, a league source told SNY contributor Adam Zagoria last week.

While the injury may scare off some teams, an NBA executive told Zagoria that he doesn't think Porter will fall to the Knicks at No. 9.

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Knicks SG Damyean Dotson loves what he has seen so far from new head coach David Fizdale. 

Fizdale was brought in by GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills to change the culture of the team. Though the season hasn't started yet, Dotson can already feel a change. 

"Coach is a great guy," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "He knows what he is talking about. Very detailed and makes sure everyone is on the same page, feedling off each other and together. He's big into making sure we come together, play together and believe in each other. That we produce, play hard and scrappy. All the things that you want a coach to do. He inherited that mindset from [Pat] RIley and [Erik] Spoelstra. He has instilled a great culture in himself and wants to put that into our team."

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina
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Kyrie Irving talks free agency 00:00:30
With Kyrie Irving set to become a free agent in 2019, here are five reasons why that could be good news for the New York Knicks.

Maybe seeing All-Star PG Kyrie Irving in a Knicks uniform isn't fantasy after all.

The Celtics superstar said Tuesday that he won't be signing an extension with the team this offseason, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, per the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

"Contractually, financially, it just doesn't make any sense (to sign an extension with the Celtics)," he told reporters on Tuesday...

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Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Former TCU wing Kenrich Williams will take part in a group workout with the Knicks on Wednesday, a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-7 Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season at TCU, while making 40 percent of his three-pointers.

Williams, 23, is currently projected as the No. 58 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com, but his stock is rising. The Knicks own the No. 36 pick as well as No. 9.

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry will travel to Chicago on Friday to meet with Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. is expected to meet in Chicago with all of the top teams in the draft lottery, the league source said. He held his Pro Day last Friday in Chicago, and Knicks scouts Walker Russell and Fred Cofield attended, per a league source.

Porter Jr. missed most of his only season at Missouri after having microdiscectomy surgery of the L3-L4 spinal discs in November, but he could turn out to be one of the best pros in this Draft.

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UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday shoots against Southern California Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin during the first half at Galen Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday shoots against Southern California Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin during the first half at Galen Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will host a workout with UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday next Monday, according to SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.

Holiday has dinner Tuesday night with the Clippers in advance of a workout Wednesday, a league source told Zagoria. 

Holiday, who averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists as a junior for the Bruins, is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard, Aaron Holiday averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 assists as a freshman and 12.3 points and 4.4 assists as a sophomore.

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LeBron James (23) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

With Cavaliers F LeBron James thinking about whether or not to enter free agency yet again this offseason, former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst, Reggie Miller, believes the Knicks could be a viable option. 

James must notify the Cavs by June 29 that he wants to stay with them next year at a price of $35 million, or take his talents elsewhere for the 2018-19 season. Teams have already been discussed like the 76ers and Lakers as potential destinations for James. 

However, the Knicks remain an option as well. Miller believes New York could land James if they pick up some other pieces in the offseason as well.

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Knicks to pick Walker at No. 9? 00:00:34
SNY takes a look at former University of Miami guard, and one of the top prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft, Lonnie Walker.

The Knicks will host a private workout for Miami guard Lonnie Walker on Wednesday, reports SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.

Walker was named to the ACC All-Freshman team after averaging 11.5 points, 1.9 assists, and shot 41.5 percent from the field last season. 

The Knicks like the potential the 19-year-old has based off his athleticism. His assistant coach at Miami, Chris Caputo, said Walker's skills on and off the court make him worth of a top 10 pick. 

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IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A former Knicks coach is mentoring a player who could be one of their future guards.

Rick Pitino, the Long Island native who coached the Knicks in the late 1980s, has been helping Anfernee Simons with the NBA Draft process.

The 6-foot-3 Simons is a point guard who was named after former NBA star and new University of Memphis coach Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. He initially committed to Louisville when Pitino was the coach, but then decommitted after the FBI investigation into college basketball ensnared Louisville last fall, ultimately costing Pitino his job there.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) 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 center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks C Enes Kanter seems to believe LeBron James must play in New York to be the greatest of all time.

"If you want to be the one and only GOAT then you gotta win in New York," Kanter told SNY's Taylor Rooks. "You want to be king of New York that bad, then come and prove it"

Within minutes of the Warriors' NBA Finals-clinching game four win, various NBA players quickly sent out tweets imploring James to join their team. Kanter was one of them.

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Feb 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers last offseason, the Knicks were one of the teams he preferred to be sent to. 

Of course, the Knicks were never a realistic landing spot due to their lack of assets, especially with Danny Ainge and the Celtics in on the bidding. So, he was sent to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2019 draft pick. 

But Irving's contract is up after next season and the Celtics are genuinely concerned that he might bolt in free agency, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports. The Knicks are a realistic destination...

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 (Adam Zagoria)
(Adam Zagoria)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Wendell Carter Jr. may not last until the Knicks pick at No. 9 in the NBA Draft on June 21, but the one-and-done forward from Duke wanted to work out for the franchise anyway.

The 6-foot-10 Carter Jr. is projected to go to Orlando at No. 6, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft, but he's well aware of the Knicks' storied history.

"The Garden is a very historic place," he said Friday after his workout with the Knicks. "A lot of different things have happened there. Playing for Duke, Coach K got his 1,000th win [there]. I already have a few memories there so to come here and play in the Garden, that would just be an honor."

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Mar 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Xavier Musketeers forward Kerem Kanter (11) addresses the media during a press conference the day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Mar 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Xavier Musketeers forward Kerem Kanter (11) addresses the media during a press conference the day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

Kerem Kanter, brother of Knicks C Enes Kanter, has worked out for the team ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft. Kerem is projected to be a second-round pick if he's drafted.

Kerem, 23, played for Xavier in his senior season after playing his first three years at Green Bay. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. He stands at 6'10" and is a skilled big man, though may not have the defensive prowess or athleticism to make it at the NBA level...

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

In 2010, Knicks fans hoped that the team would sign LeBron James and another star during the infamous free agency. James did sign with other stars, of course, but in Miami, not New York. 

This summer, James is set to be a free agent once more. And, once more, Knicks fans are hoping he might choose to sign with the team. He will sign with the Knicks, if you're inclined to believe ex-Knick Kenyon Martin. Oh, and Paul George too.

"I think LeBron is coming to the Knicks. LeBron and Paul George," Martin said...

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale's assistant coaches are set, with the team hiring Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, and Royal Ivey.

Ivey spent the past two seasons working as an assistant for the Thunder. He had received interest from other teams as well, including the 76ers. 

The 36-year-old has ties to Fizdale having played with the Hawks while Fizdale was an assistant under Mike Woodson. He is also a Queens native, playing his high school ball at Cardozo High School. 

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Former Villanova forward Mikal Bridges talks about the prospect of playing with Kristaps Porzingis in New York.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mikal Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at Madison Square Garden.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats.

"The Garden's a special place," Bridges said Thursday after working out for the Knicks at their facility. "I love the Garden. I had my best games in college at the Garden this year...The Garden, a lot of great things happen at the Garden. It's beautiful, I love it."

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Mar 25, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) reacts during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game of the Midwest regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Mar 25, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) reacts during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game of the Midwest regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Knicks continue to bring in top prospects ahead of the NBA Draft, with Duke C Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to visit and workout for New York this week, per ESPN's Ian Begley. 

Along with Marvin Bagley III, Carter was a standout in his freshman season at Duke last year. He averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. 

Begley reports the Knicks are high on Carter, however, it isn't likely that he will make it down to their No. 9 pick...

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Knicks new head coach David Fizdale had many suitors this offseason. He could have taken the head coach position for the Hawks, Suns, Hornets, and Magic if he so desired. 

But the Knicks' tradition was the main selling point for Fizdale, and he is hoping his team can add to that this season. 

Fizdale considers himself a basketball history buff, and when it comes to New York, he knows it all...

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As the Knicks ramp up workouts with potential lottery picks, they will host Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, Kentucky's Kevin Knox, and Texas A&M's Robert Williams in the coming days and weeks.

The 6-foot-4 Walker IV is currently projected to go No. 13 to the Clippers, the 6-10 Williams is predicted to go No. 14 to the Nuggets and the 6-8 Knox is projected at No. 15 to the Wizards, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft.

The Knicks, who pick at No. 9, have already worked out Oklahoma's Trae Young and will also work out Villanova's Mikal Bridges.

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SNY takes a look at former Villanova forward and one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, Mikal Bridges.

Villanova SF Mikal Bridges will work out for the Knicks on Thursday as the team continues looking at players it might take at No. 9 in the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges worked out for the Hornets and the Bulls this week, and he told ESPNChicago.com he will also work out for the Knicks and Sixers.

The Knicks have long been intrigued with Bridges -- a two-way player with a 7-foot-2 wingspan who helped Villanova win its second NCAA championship in three years. He could be a more attractive option to the wing-starved Knicks than a guard such as Trae Youngwho worked out on Tuesday.

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SNY takes a look at one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, guard Trae Young.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, considered by some the second coming of Stephen Curry, had his first private workout with the Knicks on Tuesday and said he would love to play at Madison Square Garden.

It remains unclear if the 6-foot-2 floor general will be around for the Knicks when they pick at No. 9 in the Draft, but he ended up working out for them first.

"I wanted to come here and get a workout in," said Young, who led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game and assists at 8.7 per game. "They really wanted me to work out for them. I'm not doing too many workouts but I wanted to do this one."

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The Knicks are reportedly close to finalizing a deal to make Royal Ivey an assistant coach on David Fizdale's staff next season, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

Ivey has spent the past two seasons working as an assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had received interest from other teams as well, including the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The 36-year-old has ties to Fizdale having played with the Hawks while Fizdale was an assistant under Mike Woodson. He is also a Queens native, playing his high school ball at Cardozo High School. 

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Dec 30, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Dec 30, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

Knicks G Frank Ntilikina was the second-youngest player in last year's NBA Draft, and he's younger than projected lottery picks DeAndre Ayton, Mo Bamba, Mikal Bridges and others. 

While those players are preparing for the draft, Ntilkina already has a season of NBA basketball under his belt and has been able to focus on hitting the gym like crazy this offseason.

"I've added some weight and muscle," Ntilikina said...

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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)

Knicks GM Scott Perry hasn't given a concrete timeframe for when star Kristaps Porzingis will be able to return from ACL surgery but has given an update on when he thinks he'll be updated.

Perry, speaking on the In The Key podcast with BJ Armstrong, said he hopes to have a more specific timetable on Porzingis in September. The Latvian will be out until at least early-December, and owner James Dolan admitted in April that they have no clue when he'll return...

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young will have a private workout with the Knicks, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv. Last month, SNY.tv reported that Young was expected to work out for the Knicks.

"Of course," Rayford Young, the player's father, said then.

The Knicks own the No. 9 pick in the June 21 NBA Draft at Barclays Center, and ESPN.com currently projects Young going No. 6 to Orlando.

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Knicks SG Ron Baker will stay in New York next season as he picked up his player option, according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

Baker played in just 29 games last season after suffering a dislocated right shoulder and torn labrum that ended his year. He played 13.3 minutes during his short time on the court, where he averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 assists per game.

Baker signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks before the start of last season. He is set to make $4.54 million next season. 

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Mark Jackson may not have won the race to become the Knicks' 29th head coach in team history. But he thinks New York made a great choice in the end. 

The former Knicks turned ESPN analyst was one of the top candidate for the Knicks' job this offseason. However, the team decided to go with former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, a choice Jackson said was "outstanding."

"Nah. The only things for me, they have an outstanding coach in Fizdale, quality guys, class guys running it in [team president] Steve (Mills) and [GM] Scott (Perry), and I wish them nothing but the very best," Jackson told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It was a heck of an opportunity, and I wish them nothing but the very best."

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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)

Knicks F Michael Beasley, who is an unrestricted free agent, has been generating interest from a few teams around the league, per The Post's Marc Berman. 

Beasley may have been with the Knicks' new head coach David Fizdale at their Tarrytown complex last week, but it isn't certain that the 6-foot-9 forward will be coached by him next season. Fizdale is high on Beasley, a player that he coached with the Heat from 2008-10 and 2013-15. 

Other teams around the league are high on Beasley as well. The Hawks and Suns, who both have enough cap room to sign him, are reportedly interested in the versatile forward. For the Hawks specifically, Beasley owns an Atlanta home and could be interested in making it permanent next year. 

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With their No. 9 pick in this year's NBA Draft, rumors have been stirring that the Knicks will look for a versatile small forward to add to their young corps. 

If the rumors are true, Villanova's Mikal Bridges and Michigan State's Miles Bridges should be on the Knicks' radar come the end of June. But, with similar playing styles and elite athleticism, what of the Bridges should the Knicks take?

For NBA scouting consultant Ryan Blake, Mikal edges out Miles with his ability to defend both inside and out on the perimeter...

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