Mar 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

As fears grow over whether or not the Knicks can sign Kevin Durant in free agency this summer, they could pursue Hornets guard Kemba Walker. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks, Mavericks and Lakers are going to be very interested in Walker if the Hornets decide not to at least give him a fifth year in a super max contract worth $221 million. 

Wojnarowski notes that the Hornets could be shifting toward a rebuild if they decide against re-signing Walker. 

 

SNY's Ian Begley reported over the weekend that opposing execs believes that if Walker were not to return to Charlotte, the Knicks would not be a likely outcome for the point guard. 

The Knicks would certainly have reason to be interested in Walker, even before the Durant injury, with reports of Kyrie Irving leaning toward joining the Nets. 

The Knicks also plan to be aggressive in pursuing Kawhi Leonard, as Begley reported, and at least still seem to be in the mix to make a trade for Pelicans center Anthony Davis, although New Orleans has not been enamored with any offer by the Knicks. 

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May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball during practice for the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball during practice for the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has declined his player option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes.

The Knicks, who have enough salary cap space to sign two free agents to max deals, are planning an "aggressive" pursuit of Leonard, according to SNY's Ian Begley, however Leonard, according to Haynes, is "seriously considering" re-signing with the NBA champion Raptors.

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Mar 21, 2019; Des Moines, IA, United States; Michigan Wolverines forward Ignas Brazdeikis (13) celebrates with guard Zavier Simpson (3) and forward Isaiah Livers (4) during the second half against the Montana Grizzlies in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports (Jeffrey Becker)
Mar 21, 2019; Des Moines, IA, United States; Michigan Wolverines forward Ignas Brazdeikis (13) celebrates with guard Zavier Simpson (3) and forward Isaiah Livers (4) during the second half against the Montana Grizzlies in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports (Jeffrey Becker)

In case you missed it on at the NBA Draft on Thursday, the New York Knicks made a splash. They drafted a Canadian sharpshooter with no shortage of confidence and expectations to make an immediate impact to the organization.

Oh, and they drafted RJ Barrett, too.

The Knicks' second-round pick, Ignas "Iggy" Brazdeikis, may not have received all the attention that his countryman Barrett has garnered, but that doesn't mean Knicks fans shouldn't know his name. In fact, his coaches say it won't be long before everyone in New York knows exactly who Brazdeikis is.

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Las Vegas Summer League is just two weeks away, and with it comes a chance for Knicks fans to take in their newly-upgraded young core for the first time.

At Thursday's NBA Draft, New York selected R.J. Barrett with the third overall pick, then Ignas Brazdeikis in the second round. These two rookies will be making their debut in the blue-and-orange, and we'll see some returning faces there to show off their offseason improvements. As always, the team will bring in some undrafted rookies and vagabond free agents to seek out a diamond in the rough.

Here is how the Knicks' Summer League roster appears to be shaping up in what will surely be a fun overlap with free agency come July.

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Ignas Brazdeikis was asked on Friday to describe his game. His answer is probably something that will endear him to the Knick fan base. 

"I'm a relentless player. I don't fear anyone or anything. I don't back down from anyone either," Brazdeikis, the Knicks' second-round pick, said. "I'm very confident in my abilities as well. I go as hard as I can every single game to help the team win. I'm aggressive. I feel like I l know who I am as a basketball player."

The Knicks traded up in the second round to select Brazdeikis, a 20-year-old freshman forward from Michigan. They sent cash and the 55th pick to Sacramento in exchange for the 47th pick. 

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Get to know RJ Barrett 00:01:31
The Knicks' third overall draft pick RJ Barrett talks about his personalities on and off the court with SNY's NBA Insider Ian Begley.

RJ Barrett was officially introduced as a Knick on Friday.

Speaking with SNY Insider Ian Begley, Barrett talked about what life's been like since finding out he'd be going to New York as the third-overall pick, his on-the-court mentality, and more.

"It's been a lot to take in," said Barrett. "A lot of excitement, a lot of celebration, so it's been fun."

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Knicks fans will get an early look at some of the team's young talent during the Summer League schedule. Here are the latest news and notes concerning the Knicks' summer schedule ...


June 21, 9:03 PM:

Sources have told SNY Insider Ian Begley that Zak Irvin has commited to playing with the Knicks Summer League team. 

A 6-foot-6 guard, Irvin played last season with the Westchester Knicks, averaging 11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds.

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Knicks president Steve Mills didn't want to talk about free agency during the introductory press conference for Knicks rookies RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis.

"Today is not the day to talk about free agency," Mills said. "We're here to celebrate and enjoy having these guys join our team."

But when he was asked what the Knicks' message to their fans is at the moment, Mills preached patience.

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RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis met with the NY media. Hear what RJ responded when asked if he was ready to 'carry the Knicks'

Thursday night's Knicks draft picks RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis were introduced to the New York media on Friday, while Steve Mills, Scott Perry, and David Fizdale also fielded questions. Here are the key quotes...


Is Barrett ready to "carry" the franchise?

"Carry? I wouldn't say carry -- I'd say it's gonna be a great group of guys that are gonna be together. We're all excited to play for coach Fizdale, this is the biggest stage. So yeah, I'm excited to be here. I'm excited to play. But I haven't even played a game yet, so how are you gonna ask me a question like that?" It should be noted that Barrett laughed when delivering the final line...

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Louisville Cardinals forward VJ King shoots the ball past Florida State Seminoles guard Braian Angola during the second half of the game at Donald L. Tucker Center. (Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports)
Louisville Cardinals forward VJ King shoots the ball past Florida State Seminoles guard Braian Angola during the second half of the game at Donald L. Tucker Center. (Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports)

After drafting Duke's RJ Barrett third overall and Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis 47th overall in Thursday's NBA draft, the Knicks continued to make moves by signing several undrafted free agents.

New York signed UCLA forward Kris Wilkes to a two-way deal and also agreed to terms with Louisville forward V.J. King and Shaw University guard Amir Hinton, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed.

King, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound junior, averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 32 games for the Cardinals, while Hinton, a 6-foot-5 guard, led all of Division II in scoring, averaging 29.4 points per game as a junior.

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RJ Barrett's personality was on display as he spoke to the media after being drafted third overall by the Knicks. He's ready to play at MSG.

About an hour after the Knicks took him with the third pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, RJ Barrett delivered a straightforward message to the city. 

"New Yorkers, I'm here. I love you. Let's try to get back to that championship way," Barrett said late Thursday. 

After all of the last-minute workouts with other players, New York made the expected move in taking Barrett with the third overall pick. 

 

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Knicks GM welcomes RJ Barrett 00:01:46
New York Knicks GM Scott Perry explains why the team was happy to hold onto their 3rd pick in the NBA Draft so they could select RJ Barrett.

The Knicks stayed at No. 3 and selected RJ Barrett out of Duke -- a move many saw the team doing. 

Of course, GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills kept their phone lines open to see if there was a good trade package to potentially move down in the Draft. But during a conference call with New York media after the pick, Perry said they knew the talent level was different at the top of the prospect list. 

Barrett was ranked very highly by the Knicks, and staying at No. 3 was the best move in their eyes for the team. 

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Feb 13, 2019; Berkeley, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Kris Wilkes (13) takes a three-point shot as California Golden Bears guard Matt Bradley (20) defends in the second half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Feb 13, 2019; Berkeley, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Kris Wilkes (13) takes a three-point shot as California Golden Bears guard Matt Bradley (20) defends in the second half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

The Knicks were not done making moves once the NBA Draft was over. 

The franchise also signed UCLA F Kris Wilkes to a two-way contract, first reported by Tim Bontemps of ESPN and confirmed by SNY's Ian Begley. 

Wilkes is a lanky 6-foot-8 wing who has a mix of athleticism and jump-shooting ability. 

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The Knicks traded up from the 55th to 47th pick to select Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis.

Sources confirmed to SNY Insider Ian Begley that the Knicks sent the 55th overall pick and cash considerations to the Kings in order to move up. The Kings selected Brazdeikis with the 47th pick since the trade had not yet been finalized, but the deal was made official later in the night.

Listed at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, Brazdeikis played one season at Michigan. With the Wolverines, Brazdeikis averaged 14.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game.

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SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley breaks down the big night for RJ Barrett and also answers the question of what's next for the Knicks.

With the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Knicks selected Duke G RJ Barrett in a move everyone was expecting. 

The Draft went according to plan, with the Pelicans taking Barrett's Blue Devils teammate Zion Williamson and the Grizzlies nabbing Ja Morant at No. 2. That saw Barrett fall into the Knicks' laps, and they jumped on the opportunity to add the dynamic guard to their roster. 

Barrett has expressed his desire to play for New York next season. The Knicks were the only team that he worked out for, and that was done by design.

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Knicks fans were super excited to hear that RJ Barrett is headed to the Garden. They definitely feel like the Knicks won the trade.

The Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick, and he was immediately showered with cheers in Barclays Center as he made his way to the stage. 

Knicks fans are ecstatic that Barrett will don the blue and orange next season, and they let us know exactly how they felt after the pick was made...

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The first three picks fell into place the way most people thought they would, and the Knicks selected RJ Barrett, the player they had seemingly targeted throughout the draft process, with the third-overall pick.

Players and fans alike seemed to all be in agreement with the selection. Here's a look at some of the reaction to Barrett becoming the newest member of the Knicks ...

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RJ Barrett is going to be a Knick. 

SNY's Ian Begley is hearing from a source that the Knicks don't expect any surprises, and they will remain at No. 3 to select Barrett. The Athletic's Shams Charania also reported that the first three picks of the Draft are set with Zion Williamson going to the Pelicans first overall, and Ja Morant to the Grizzlies at No. 2.

Begley has been reporting all week that Barrett is the Knicks' man if they didn't get rid of the No. 3 pick in a potential trade-down scenario. The only workout he had with any team this offseason was with the Knicks, as he has aspirations to begin his career in New York. 

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Jun 13, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Golden State Warriors in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Jun 13, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Golden State Warriors in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

After the Knicks get through the draft on Thursday night, their attention will turn fully to free agency.

We know that the Knicks will still have interest in Kevin Durant, who is expected to miss next season as he rehabs from an Achilles injury.

They are also going to be aggressive in their pursuit of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

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Top 5: Knicks Best Draft Steals 00:01:19
As the New York Knicks get ready for Thursday's NBA Draft, SNY looks at the biggest steals for the Knicks in their draft history.

As the Knicks prepare to use their two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft tonight at Barclays Center, here's a look back at their Top 5 Draft steals in franchise history...

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Feb 26, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils center Marques Bolden (20) looks to pass while being defended by Virginia Tech Hokies forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) in the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Thomas Shroyer)
Feb 26, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils center Marques Bolden (20) looks to pass while being defended by Virginia Tech Hokies forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) in the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Thomas Shroyer)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

We know that the Knicks are settled on taking RJ Barrett at the No. 3 pick if he's available, but what will they do with their second round pick?

New York owns the No. 55 pick in the second round, and has worked out several prospects who would fall in that range. Below are a look at a few prospects who the Knicks may look at with their late second-round selection:

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North Carolina Tar Heels guard Coby White dribbles the ball against the Auburn Tigers in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Coby White dribbles the ball against the Auburn Tigers in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks held a private workout with UNC guard Coby White on Thursday, hours before the NBA draft, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed.

While the Knicks are "locked in" on selecting Duke's RJ Barrett with the third pick, according to Begley, they have held pre-draft workouts with White and Vanderbilt's Darius Garland in the days leading up to the draft.

White, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound point guard, averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 35 games for the Tar Heels as a freshman last season.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)

Something worth noting for the Knicks as Thursday's NBA Draft approaches: teams in touch with the Memphis Grizzlies recently are under the impression that they would need to be presented with an incredibly strong offer to trade the No. 2 pick, per SNY sources.

Those teams believe the Grizzlies are happy with their draft position and the opportunity to select Murray State's Ja Morant, sources say. That scenario became all the more likely on Wednesday when Memphis agreed to trade Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz.

This is all relevant to the Knicks, of course, because they have the No. 3 pick, right after the Grizzlies. And teams have reportedly been calling Memphis about trades for the No. 2 pick.

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RJ Barrett talked to the media ahead of the NBA draft. He's ready to join the Knicks, with or without Kevin Durant.

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If the Knicks draft him, RJ Barrett knows he'd be responsible for helping turn around a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the last 19 years. And he's OK with that.

"I feel like that would be a challenge that I'm willing to accept," Barrett said on Wednesday at the NBA's media availability for projected lottery picks.

The Knicks have met with Ja Morant and Cam Reddish, and worked out Darius Garland and Jarrett Culver. But the consensus among opposing execs is that they will take Barrett at No. 3 if they hold on to the pick. It's hard to say how likely a trade down is, but it would make sense for the Knicks to listen to offers until they are ready to make a pick.

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A crucial crossroads for Knicks 00:02:04
With a high draft pick and cap space, SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley asks if the Knicks are finally ready to take steps towards success.

The Knicks have the tools to reshape their roster and build a contender.

But will they be able to make it happen?

SNY Insider Ian Begley details what the Knicks can look to do this summer, starting with the NBA Draft and moving into free agency.

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Vanderbilt's Darius Garland said his solo workout with the Knicks on Wednesday went well and he got no indication that the club wouldn't consider taking him with the No. 3 pick.

"If they called me in for a workout I believe so," Garland said Wednesday when asked if he thought the Knicks may take him at three.

Obviously, the Knicks would have no reason to tip their hand a little more than 24 hours before Thursday's NBA Draft.

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Top 5: Worst Duke NBA Players 00:01:16
The New York Knicks could take Duke's RJ Barrett with the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft. Hopefully he pans out unlike these former Duke stars.

With the Knicks projected to take Duke's R.J. Barrett with the third-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, here's a look at some of the most notable names to come out of Duke who never panned out in the NBA.

Knicks fans are hoping that Barrett won't end up with the other players on this list.

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May 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) warms up before playing against the Golden State Warriors before game six of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
May 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) warms up before playing against the Golden State Warriors before game six of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

With the rumors swirling around Chris Paul leaving the Rockets, teams that could absorb his contract like the Knicks were immediately brought up. 

However, it doesn't look like New York will be Paul's new home. 

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor has heard from sources that the Rockets have actually reached out to the Knicks about Paul. But the Knicks "refused" to delve into a potential trade. 

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May 16, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Ja Morant after speaking to the media during day one of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest Multisport Complex. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
May 16, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Ja Morant after speaking to the media during day one of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest Multisport Complex. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

NBA Draft season is upon us, and the Knicks were awarded the No. 3 overall pick following the NBA Draft Lottery. As June 20 approaches to them being on the clock, here is the latest about the top prospects in this year's Draft class as it pertains to the Knicks...


June 19, 11:52 AM:

Ja Morant is basically a lock at the No. 2 pick, as the Grizzlies have traded their veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Jazz, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. In turn, it looks as if RJ Barrett could also be a lock for the Knicks at No. 3. 

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

It's logical to think that there are no players on the Knicks roster who are off limits when it comes to potential trades, but 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina is one player who members of the organization are open to listening to offers on, sources confirm.

Ntilikina has been a part of trade rumors for several months. It is unclear what the Knicks would be looking for in return for a Ntilikina deal, but the New York Post, which first reported the Knicks' willingness to move Ntilikina, says the club is looking for a late first or second-round pick. 

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Top 5: Best Duke NBA Players 00:01:09
The New York Knicks are projected to take Duke's RJ Barrett with the 3rd overall pick in the NBA Draft. Whose footsteps could he follow in?

With the Knicks projected to take Duke's R.J. Barrett with the third-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, now's the perfect time to look at the best Duke players in NBA history.

Could Barrett be the next great Duke player at the NBA level?

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) reacts after scoring during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) reacts after scoring during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

If Al Horford is on his way out of Boston, could Clint Capela be on his way in?

Multiple outlets reported on Tuesday that contract talks have broken up between the Celtics and the five-time All Star Horford, meaning Boston could now be in the market for a big man, much the same as the Knicks after both teams missed out on Anthony Davis.

The Celtics may have found their answer.

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Former Duke star Cam Reddish talks with SNY's Ian Begley about this week's NBA Draft and possibility of playing for the Knicks

Former Duke star Cam Reddish caught up with SNY's Ian Begley this week in New York City ahead of the NBA Draft to talk about his meeting with the Knicks and what it would be like for him if he were to end up in New York.  

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May 8, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during game five of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
May 8, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during game five of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Al Horford is reportedly set to hit the free agent market.

The five-time All-Star will decline his $30 million option with the Celtics, and though there had previously been a thought that Horford would return to the Celtics on a more team-friendly deal, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald is now reporting that Horford will look elsewhere, likely for a four-year contract.

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Duke Blue Devils forward R.J. Barrett plays defense as Georgia Tech Yellowjackets guard Michael Devoe dribbles up court during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward R.J. Barrett plays defense as Georgia Tech Yellowjackets guard Michael Devoe dribbles up court during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks are currently poised to take RJ Barrett with the third overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, and many seem to think he's the perfect fit for New York. 

Add Mike Krzyzewski to that list. 

The Duke star's college coach was in New York to host his pre-draft SiriusXM show and explained why he believes Barrett will have success with the Knicks. 

 

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Apr 24, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) against the Utah Jazz in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 24, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) against the Utah Jazz in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

There is turmoil in Houston between the Rockets two superstars in SG James Harden and PG Chris Paul, so much so that the latter has demanded a trade, per Yahoo! Sports Vincent Goodwill.

Goodwill says Harden and Paul's relationship has been termed "unsalvageable," and after the Rockets fell to the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs, Harden had a "him or me" talk with ownership. 

"There's no respect at all, on either side," a source told Goodwill. "They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn't respect James' standing in the league, and James doesn't respect the work Chris has put in to this point."

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

The Knicks have a workout scheduled with Vanderbilt's Darius Garland on Wednesday, the day before the NBA Draft, league sources confirm to SNY.

Garland is one of the top point guards in the draft but is projected outside of the top three picks. ESPN, which first reported Garland's workout, says that he is in serious consideration for New York with the third pick.

It's worth noting, though, that the Knicks have worked out other prospects who will likely fall outside of the top three, including Duke's Cam Reddish and Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver. They have also met with the projected No. 2 pick Ja Morant.

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With just two days until the Knicks are on the clock at No. 3 overall, one would think New York is set with their plan come Thursday night. 

That is until a "last-minute workout" was scheduled for Wednesday with Vanderbilt PG Darius Garland, per ESPN's Jonathan Givony

Garland is a top-10 prospect that some can see going in the top five. Givony adds that the Knicks are in "serious consideration" of picking Garland at No. 3...

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Feb 9, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) shoots the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Feb 9, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) shoots the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

RJ Barrett has been training for several weeks ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. And the workouts, with trainer Drew Hanlen, have prioritized two area's of Barrett's game: shooting and the ability to shift directions off the dribble to elude defenders - aka wiggle.

Scouts mention those two areas when discussing things Barrett - who the Knicks will likely select at No. 3 on Thursday if he's on the board and Ja Morant is not - needs to improve upon at the next level.

In a phone interview last week, Hanlen discussed some of the things that Barrett's been working on ahead of the draft:

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)

The Knicks drafting RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick reportedly may not be that sure of a thing.

According to Marc Berman of The Post, the New Orleans Pelicans have had internal talks to trade up from their recently acquired No. 4 pick from the Los Angeles Lakers to the No. 2 pick so they could select Barrett after taking Zion Williamson with the first overall pick. 

If such a deal were to happen, Murray State's Ja Morant would be the Knicks' best option at 3. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' odds to sign free agent to-be Kevin Durant have worsened, relatively speaking.

A week after they were favored to land Durant after he suffered what would become a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Knicks are now considered co-favorites with the Golden State Warriors at +150 to land Durant, according to Odds Shark.

The same sports book last week listed the Knicks at -175 odds and the Warriors at +210. 

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Top 5: Knicks bad lottery picks 00:00:59
The New York Knicks have had 11 lottery picks since it began in 1985. See who we believe are the 5 worst selections the Knicks have made.

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Will their selection become of one the best lottery picks in team history?

Or will it be a bust?

Here's a look at SNY's bottom five Knicks lottery picks, since its inception in 1985.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Barring an unforeseen change, Westchester Knicks G League coach Mike Miller is expected to join David Fizdale's staff next season, per SNY sources.

Miller was named G League coach of the year in 2017-18.

Assistant Howard Eisley left the Knicks recently to join Juwan Howard's staff at Michigan.

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RJ Barrett: His story so far 00:02:48
SNY tells the story of RJ Barrett's road from high school through college to the NBA Draft. Will his next stop be with the New York Knicks?

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About six weeks after Duke's loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, RJ Barrett was in California with Zion Williamson and trainer David Zenon. They were on the West Coast for something totally unrelated to college basketball, but the defeat was still on Barrett's mind. 

"He was saying, 'We should have had that game,'" Zenon says. "(My teammates and I) should have done this and we should have done that. He had four or five things that he listed that the players needed to do." 

As he reeled off the specific issues, it was clear how much the loss still bothered Barrett.

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

The Knicks did not land Anthony Davis, but perhaps they can make a run at another Pelicans center.

New York is reportedly a fan of Julius Randle, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman, and could pursue him when free agency begins in two weeks.

Randle, 24, will not exercise his $9 million player option with New Orleans so he can test free agency, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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Impact of Davis trade on Knicks 00:01:06
New York Knicks saw another domino fall with Anthony Davis heading to the Lakers. SNY's Ian Begley discusses the implications it will have.

Any designs the Knicks might have had of forming a superteam with Anthony Davis were destroyed Saturday evening with the news that the Pelicans were dealing the star to the Lakers for Lonzo BallBrandon IngramJosh Hart and three first-round picks, including this year's No. 4 overall pick.

So where do the Knicks go from here?

As SNY's Ian Begley has reported, the Knicks plan to aggressively pursue Kawhi Leonard, who just led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship and was named NBA Finals MVP. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks will have to move ahead without Anthony Davis

The Pelicans have agreed to trade the superstar to the Lakers for a monster haul which includes Lonzo BallBrandon IngramJosh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

SNY's Ian Begley previously reported that the Knicks had at least one conversation with the Pelicans about a potential Davis trade.

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Top 5: Best Knicks Lottery Picks 00:01:02
The New York Knicks have had 11 lottery picks since it began in 1985. See who we believe are the 5 best selections the Knicks have made.

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Will their selection become of one the best lottery picks in team history?

Here's a look at SNY's Top 5 Knicks lottery picks, since its inception in 1985.

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Top 5: Worst #3 NBA draft picks 00:00:57
The New York Knicks are hoping RJ Barrett, if taken at #3, develops into a better player than these other #3 overall picks

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. All eyes are on R.J. Barrett, but the Knicks are hoping to avoid making this list with whichever player they take.

Here's a look at SNY's 5 Worst No. 3 picks of the Draft Lottery era (since 1985.) 

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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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The Knicks have decided to pick up the $3.5 million option on Allonzo Trier's contract, SNY sources confirm. Trier, an undrafted guard out of Arizona, signed a two-way contract with New York after the 2019 draft which was converted to a traditional contract after his strong play as a rookie. 

New York still has ways to create enough cap space for two max free agents with the addition of Trier's $3.5 million for next season. 

The club plans to pursue max free agents, including Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, this offseason. 

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