Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving is one of the prizes of free agency, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...


June 28, 9:30 AM:

With the Lakers able to fit one max free agent under the cap now that they've completed the Anthony Davis trade, Kyrie Irving remains at the top of their list along with Kawhi Leonard, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times, who says the Lakers are "swinging for the fences."

June 12, 8:13 PM:

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving has decided to part ways with agent Jeff Wechsler, who has represented him since his rookie season. He is expected to partner with Roc Nation, which, of course, was founded by New York native Jay-Z. Interestingly enough, though, Roc Nation's president Michael Yormark is the twin brother of Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and Caris LeVert is another Roc Nation client.

Reports circulated earlier in the day that Irving will opt out of his current contract with the Celtics. Now, just 18 days from when free agents can begin meeting with teams, Irving has changed his representation.

June 12, 11:56 AM:

It looks like Irving has made his decision. 

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Irving will not opt back into his $21.3 million deal for next season with the Celtics. He will now become a free agent, where NBA teams including Boston can sign him to a new deal. 

This move was an expected one from Irving. He had an option date on Thursday.

The Nets are currently the most likely destination for Irving, per SNY Ian Begley's sources.

June 4, 7:46 PM:

According to ESPN's Stephen A. SmithKyrie Irving has "given every indication" to the Brooklyn Nets that he prefers to go there instead of the New York Knicks. SNY's Anthony Puccio reported on May 25 that there was mutual interest between Irving and the Nets.

May 14, 4:05 PM:

After Marc Stein said (with the caveat that it was "third-hand stuff") that he heard that Durant and Irving would look just as hard at the Nets as the Knicks, Stephen A. Smith (during his show) interjected and said the following:

"I heard that about Kyrie, not about KD. Kyrie and his folks -- his folks are trying to convince him to look heavily at the Nets."

Smith then reiterated what he said earlier this week -- there is a "95 percent chance" Durant and Irving sign with the Knicks. 

 

May 14, 10:57 AM:

After a frustrating season, Terry Rozier shed some light Tuesday on what it's like to play with Kyrie Irving while admitting that it was "very difficult" to adjust to his role with Irving back in the mix.

"He's a great guy, great leader," Rozier said on ESPN's "Get Up!" "You just have to adjust to his style. Whatever Kyrie wants done, he's gonna show it. That's what he wants done. You have to adjust to his style of play and how he goes about every game and every day."

May 13, 12:01 PM:

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, there is a '95 percent' chance that Irving and Kevin Durant come to New York, with the only thing casting any doubt would be a change of heart from Durant. Smith also said he got a text from someone close to Irving's family which said, "There's no way in hell he's going to LA." Recent rumors have suggested Irving could be open to a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers.

May 11 1:02 PM:

Bill Simmons of The Ringer said on his podcast Friday that he "heard a rumor" that the reason the Lakers' negotiation with Ty Lue deteriorated was because of his fractured relationship with Irving, not because of his contract. 

Simmons admits he does not know if it is true, but Irving being linked to the Lakers has gained some steam in recent days. ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on ESPN Radio that an Irving reunion with James should not be discounted. 

"I would've said that this is impossible for many months. But as time passes here and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers coach, I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting - that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open," Windhorst said. "… It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think it's on Kyrie's radar, it's on Kyrie's board. He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers."

May 9, 6:44 PM: Stadium's Jeff Goodman released an article on Thursday that has an anonymous Celtics player that had some things to say about Irving. 

"Everyone respects his talent," the player said earlier in the season, "but he's hard to play with. It's all about him."

A Cavs source also told Goodman that Irving "doesn't want to listen to anybody." If Irving does leave the Celtics, the Knicks will need to keep these accounts in mind.

May 9, 1:48 PM: As Irving beings to weigh his offseason decision, his teammates are here sticking up for him. Marcus Smart was asked by reporters if Irving was a "divisive leader," and Smart didn't hold back in his response. 

"That's just a bulls--t statement to say (Kyrie Irving's) leadership killed this team," Smart told CLNS's Scott Souza. "There are four other guys out there. There are 13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything. To just blame it on one guy is bulls--t."

Smart added that he looks at the All-Star point guard "as a brother."

May 9, 1:30 PM:

Two days after Caesars gave the Nets the best odds to sign Irving (see below), Odds Shark released odds that gave the Knicks the best odds:

Knicks +200
Nets +300
Celtics +325
Lakers +500
Clippers +800
Mavericks +1000
Raptors +1200

Irving, whose Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night, spoke after the game about his future and gave no indication what he was planning to do. 

May 7, 2:29 PM:

While the Knicks have been the New York team linked to Irving the most, the Nets have a better shot to land him, according to odds released by Caesars

Those odds list the Nets at +250, the Knicks at +300, the Celtics at +350, the Lakers at +750, and Clippers at +1000.

May 7, 10:30 AM:

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose believes Irving's tenure in Boston is coming to an end, with the Celtics on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs.

"Now, the [Celtics] chosen to give the ball to Kyrie to take them home," Rose said on "Get Up". "He's shown that he can't be the best player on a contending team. And I agree with you, he's done in Boston. You ready for this? His teammates will help him pack. They can't wait for him to leave." 

May 1, 1:12 PM:

During an interview with the New York Times' Marc Stein, Jared Dudley was asked about the Nets' big offseason and specifically Irving. Irving could stay with the Celtics, but there's been buzz that he could bounce and team up with Kevin Durant on a team like the Knicks. 

But Dudley believes Brooklyn will also be considered, saying, "I would be shocked if the Nets don't get a sit-down."

April 12, 11:28 AM:

Celtics president Danny Ainge said nothing that has transpired this season has changed his thinking that he wants to lock Irving up to a long-term deal, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, adding he thinks the Celtics beginning their playoff run may help Irving remember how close Boston was to making the NBA Finals last season.

"I don't think free agency is wearing on him," Ainge said. "I think that not being able to live up to expectations as a team is wearing on him more than that. But I feel like he's in a good place. And ending the season and starting the playoffs I feel like his mind is in a fresher place than it was a few weeks ago, and I'm looking forward to great things with Kyrie."

Though Irving had previously walked back his preseason intentions of re-signing a long-term deal with the Celtics by saying "Ask me July 1," Irving said this week he felt a lot of the questions he dealt with throughout this season were "a lot of bulls---.

"All you guys (media), all the questions -- everything that comes with it is just so irrelevant to what I do on the court and how hard I work every single day," Irving told reporters this week.

April 8, 7:38 PM:

Irving will reportedly grant an interview with the Lakers, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, when he hits free agency. Not only would the Lakers be competing with the Knicks to land Irving, but it would give him a chance to reunite with LeBron James.

Irving demanded a trade from the Cavaliers because of James' leadership prior to the 2017-18 season, however it wasn't until this past January when, amid the Celtics' struggles, Irving called James to apologize and reconcile.

March 11, 3:06 PM:

In a wide-ranging interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Irving apologized for the way he's handled himself at times.

Irving, whose actions in the locker room and on the bench with the Celtics have led to fodder about his future, said he wants to take responsibility.

"I just want to make sure this locker room understands who I am and what I represent," Irving said, among many other things.  

March 4, 7:32 PM:

Irving has become more and more "disengaged and detached from those around the team," The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor wrote, and that feeling began last month amid the increasing rumors that Irving would leave Boston to go to the Knicks this summer.

Before a Knicks-Celtics game in February, Irving notoriously walked back his October comments, when he expressed his desire to re-sign a long-term deal with Boston, by telling reporters, "I don't owe anybody s---" and saying "Ask me July 1" about his impending free agency.

Feb. 20, 12:27 PM:

During a television interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Irving addressed what it's like to have everyone talking about him and his impending free agency, describing it as a "distraction." 

"The talks don't stop. The talks follow the great players in the league, and I'm appreciative and grateful to be one of those great players in our league now," Irving said. "I've worked my way to get here, and honestly, all that goes with the free-agent talk is really a distraction.

"A lot of people don't realize on the outside that a lot of things that are said get into locker rooms. A lot of things that are put in headlines get into locker rooms. (The) media has broken up locker rooms, it's been done before. Like where, you say something and it's misinterpreted, and instead of addressing it with the person or individual like human interaction, you read it on your phone. You read it on a text - somebody says that, 'Hey, did you see what this person said about you?' and it's your teammate. And you're like, 'Wait, I didn't hear that.' Then you hold back, don't say anything to him and throughout the season it ends up coming out again.

"That's not the way life is supposed to go. It's a unique position, but I'm appreciative that I can have this understanding now. It's fun, but at the same time, goodness, it's energy-taxing."

Feb. 14, 12:47 PM:

The Celtics believe Klutch Sports, whose staff includes Anthony Davis' agent Rich Paul, spread rumors about Irving's potential interest in the Knicks after their blockbuster Porzingis trade cleared enough cap space for New York to land two max free agents, according to the New York Post's Justin Terranova.

Although the Celtics were interested in trading for Davis, they believe Paul's camp spread rumors to convince Davis' current team, the New Orleans Pelicans, that it wouldn't receive a significant trade offer in the offseason should Davis not want to sign a long-term deal with Boston.

Feb. 8, 12:05 PM:

Although Irving walked back his intentions to re-sign with Boston by saying "Ask me July 1" last Friday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he believes the "engagement is still on."

"The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie's announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage," Ainge said Friday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "And I think that it's more like an engagement. And we're going to get married on July 1st. ... In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we're still engaged but we really can't make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st."

Feb. 6, 10:26 AM:

The Celtics remain "cautiously optimistic" that Irving will re-sign with them after the season, though comments Irving recently made about being undecided as well as the looming threat of the Knicks have "shaken" the Celtics, reports Zach Lowe of ESPN

Lowe notes that others around the league are far less confident about Irving remaining in Boston.

Feb. 1, 12:01 PM:

Irving walked back his comments from October about planning to stay with the Celtics, saying before a game against the Knicks that "At the end of the day, I'm going to do what's best for my career. ... I don't owe anybody s--t."

"Ask me July 1," Irving said about where he might end up when he hits free agency.

In October, Irving said he planned to re-sign a long-term deal with the Celtics, saying he wanted his No. 11 hanging in the rafters.

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks the ball over Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks the ball over Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Knicks battled back in the fourth quarter and defeated the Kings 103-101, giving them consecutive wins for the first time this season. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) The Knicks struggled form the floor on the offensive end and struggled to defend the three-point shot for most of Friday night. Entering the fourth quarter, the Kings held an 80-72 lead, having controlled most of the action. In the fourth, though, the Knicks fought back, thanks in part to Damyean Dotson, who knocked down a pair of threes to help bring the Knicks within two points at 85-83.

With 5:22 to go, Marcus Morris hit a jumper and was fouled, tying the game at 93-93. On the next possession, Elfrid Payton hit a floater to give the Knicks their first lead since 2-0. Thanks to a 12-2 lead, the Knicks led by four with a minute and a half to play. Ultimately, the Knicks held on for the win, outscoring the Kings 30-21 in the fourth.

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

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; ESPN announcers Dave Pasch (right), Jeff Van Gundy (center), and Mark Jackson (left) prior to the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors
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Mar 18, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; ESPN announcers Dave Pasch (right), Jeff Van Gundy (center), and Mark Jackson (left) prior to the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

While the Knicks want interim head coach Mike Miller to finish out the season, the team has Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Tom Thibodeau among the names on their "short list" to replace Miller in-season if necessary, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

SNY's Ian Begley reported earlier this week that Jackson and Jason Kidd have support within the Knicks, but noted that there are members of the organization who remain wary about the potential of hiring Jackson.

Thibodeau, who was a Knicks assistant coach from 1996-2004, has been mentioned as a potential candidate before, including in 2016, when Begley reported that owner James Dolan was "intrigued" by the idea of hiring him.

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The NBA released a statement on Thursday evening saying that David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus, "suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier (Thursday) for which he underwent emergency surgery."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family," the statement concluded.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Stern collapsed while at Brasserie 8 1/2 in Manhattan and was then rushed to the hospital for surgery. 

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

Marcus Morris has arguably been the Knicks best player so far this season, as the veteran wing is leading the team in scoring with 19.0 points per game.

He signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the team over the summer, and will become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15.

Morris' value around the league could return a first-round pick for the Knicks, and with the team's record at 5-20, they could start to move veterans on short-term contracts.

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Oct 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Television broadcast analyst Jeff Van Gundy walks on the court before a game between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Television broadcast analyst Jeff Van Gundy walks on the court before a game between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

With David Fizdale's firing by the Knicks last Friday, the team is now looking for the next head coach to get the franchise back on track.

SNY's Ian Begley has listed some potential candidates to replace Fizdale, and three of those names - Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau, and Mark Jackson - have also been reported as being on the team's short list, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Van Gundy, of course, has prior experience with the Knicks, working with the team as an assistant from 1989 to 1995-96, when he became the team's head coach. 

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Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports  (Stan Szeto)
Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak by holding on for a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks came out of the gates strong against the Warriors, who are without superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. New York jumped out to a 10-point lead after one, and they pushed their lead up to 18 points at the half. Early in the third, the Knicks led by as many as 22 points, but the Warriors' defense helped them get back in the game, cutting the Knicks lead to five points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and then tied the game at 89-89 with eight and a half minutes to play.

With the game tied 103-103 with two minutes to go, Marcus Morris came up clutch, knocking down free throws to give the Knicks the lead, followed by a jumper to extend the lead. Thanks mainly to Morris, the Knicks were up by three in the final seconds, but D'Angelo Russell knocked down a three to send the game to overtime. 

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Dec 2, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) drives to the basket with a pick set by Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) against Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports  (Michael McLoone)
Dec 2, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) drives to the basket with a pick set by Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) against Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

As the Knicks continue their four-game road trip on the West Coast, they do so without Dennis Smith Jr.

The point guard is out for Wednesday's 10:30 p.m. ET game against the Golden State Warriors due to illness.

The 22-year-old Smith is averaging 5.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 17.2 minutes through 17 games.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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A day after their impromptu press conference earlier this season, Knicks president Steve Mills and others with management had a conversation with owner James Dolan.

The Knicks were 2-8 at the time, and management came away from that conversation thinking that their jobs would be safe if the Knicks showed progress. New York has gone 2-12 since that conversation, showing minimal progress in that span.

That's not a good sign for Mills.

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Seven players in Knicks history have their numbers hanging from the rafters of Madison Square Garden. 

Carmelo Anthony would love to be the eighth.

Before his Trail Blazers handed the Knicks their 20th loss of the season on Tuesday night, Anthony was asked if he would like his number retired by the franchise he called his for seven seasons.

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Nov 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) reacts after a three point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) reacts after a three point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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The Knicks are 4-20. So it's safe to say that, outside of RJ Barrett, no player will be off limits as teams discuss potential trades over the next two months.

As of last week, New York was looking at several different players who may be available in an attempt to improve its roster.

But the club also could start to move some of the veterans they've signed to short-term deals.

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Carmelo Anthony had to wait into November to land back with an NBA team, but on Tuesday night he took on the Knicks for the first time as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 35-year-old may have been playing with some extra adrenaline, as he struggled with his shot, particularly in the first half.

He was aggressive early, attacking the rim and finding space for his jumper, but he never got into an offensive groove in the first half, finishing the first 24 minutes with four points on just 1-of-6 shooting. He missed his only three-point attempt, but did get to the line four times, knocking down two.

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The Knicks learned that any time is Dame Time, as the point guard went off in Portland to lead the Blazers to a blowout 115-87 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) New York did a good job of keeping last week's Western Conference Player of the Week Carmelo Anthony at bay on Tuesday night. The former Knick finished with 16 points amid struggling with his shot -- Anthony went 5-13 from the field. 

But the Knicks forgot that Portland was Damian Lillard's town, and the star point guard made sure they knew it. The four-time All-Star was electric from beyond the arc, hitting 8 of 12 three-point shots and overall shooting 60 percent from the field to finish with 31 points in the win. Lillard still managed to dish out six assists in between lighting it up from three-point range.

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Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller was thrust into his new role less than a full day before having to face the Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. And the Knicks actually came just a Julius Randle made free throw away from tying the game and sending it to overtime.

Since then, Miller and the team have traveled to the West Coast to begin a four-game road trip, which has given the new coach time to implement some of his own tactics.

"Without divulging anything as we go into it, we were working on some things," Miller told reporters on Tuesday at Knicks practice. "Working on the things we need to do, really get a good feel and continue to work on the consistency of how we play possession to possession. That's what our focus is."

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) inspects the ball before a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) inspects the ball before a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Carmelo Anthony will face off against the Knicks tonight for the third time since he was traded from the franchise in 2017. 

A divorce seemed inevitable back in the 2017 offseason, but there was at least one last-ditch effort from the Knicks to keep Anthony at Madison Square Garden. 

One high-ranking Knicks official visited Anthony in person prior to the trade to Oklahoma City to ask him to reconsider his stance and stay with the Knicks, per SNY sources. 

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Nov 5, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon on the bench against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 5, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon on the bench against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Charles Barkley has never been shy when it comes to taking it to the Knicks, so it should come as no surprise that he's warning a potential coaching candidate to stay away from them before the team even begins its search for a full-time David Fizdale replacement.

"Somebody is gonna give her a chance," Barkley told TMZ Sports. "I don't think she should take that job. Don't take a bad job."

If the Knicks move on from interim head coach Mike Miller after the season -- or at some point during it -- Hammon would make sense as a candidate, SNY's Ian Begley wrote shortly after Fizdale's firing.

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Mar 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing looks on against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing looks on against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Former Knick and current Georgetown men's basketball head coach Patrick Ewing has joined the list of people expressing their displeasure at the team firing David Fizdale last week.

On his SiriusXM weekly radio show, "Center Court with Patrick Ewing," the Basketball Hall of Famer mentioned how much respect he had for Fizdale and wanted to let him know that he felt for him.

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Dec 6, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) dribble up court during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 136-113. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Dec 6, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) dribble up court during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 136-113. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

Carmelo Anthony knows what it takes to compete with the Knicks. There is tremendous pressure from a rabid fanbase and the New York media alike, which can be daunting for any NBA player. 

It's the reason why he believes Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant didn't sign with them this summer. 

"Not everybody can deal with (playing with the Knicks)," Anthony told reporters. "Not even a star, but role players. Not too many people can deal with what comes with that. I don't want to say pressure, but everything that comes along with wearing the Knicks across the chest."

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Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Two days after the New York Knicks fired David Fizdale, the organization thanked the former head coach for his time and he how represented the franchise during the year-plus stint at the helm.

The Knicks, who fired Fizdale amid a 4-18 start to 2019-20 after a 17-65 result in 2018-19, shared the following statement with beat reporters such as SNY's Ian Begley.

"The New York Knicks organization would like to thank David Fizdale for his leadership and professionalism over the past two seasons," the Knicks said in the statement. "He represented the organization with nothing but class. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

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Marcus Morris called a players' only meeting on Friday before practice, and hours before David Fizdale was fired.

"I just called that meeting so we can, as players, talk it out and decide which direction we're trying to go in. At the end of the day, guys stood up, guys said their piece. I think it was a great meeting," he said Saturday.

Added Julius Randle: "It was what we needed. Nobody's going to turn this around for us except us. We just have to keep doing what we were doing (Saturday) and we're going to win." 

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale talks with center Julius Randle (30) against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale talks with center Julius Randle (30) against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After losing to the Pacers 104-103 on a missed free throw attempt with 0.1 seconds to play, a number of Knicks players answered questions on their former head coach David Fizdale.

Here's what some of them had to say after the game:

MARCUS MORRIS

After the Knicks fell to the Pacers on Saturday night, a number of players, including Morris, took the time to speak about their former head coach: "It was tough. Fiz was my guy. We had a great relationship off the court. He was very influential in my decision in free agency. But at the end of the day, it's a business. I know Fiz understands that. We talked afterwards, we talked during the season. If something like that happens, his big thing was you just have to keep going, you still have to work, don't feel sorry for him, and things like that."

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As noted on Friday, the spotlight is on Knicks president Steve Mills in the wake of David Fizdale's firing. 

We detailed here where things stood with Mills and general manager Scott Perry prior to the Fizdale firing. 

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) reacts during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) reacts during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With a chance to send things into overtime on Saturday night with two free throws attempts, Julius Randle missed the second shot to hand the Knicks their 19th loss of the season. But with the night he was having shooting, it shouldn't come as a surprise.

Looking at Randle's performance as a whole in the loss to the Pacers, it was a solid night for the power forward: 16 points, a team-high 12 rebounds--a whopping seven of which came on offense--and three assists. 

But Randle had a very rough night shooting in this one, going 6-18 from the field on shots that included numerous missed layups.

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller coaches against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller coaches against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Just a day after David Fizdale was fired as their head coach, the Knicks still had a game to play against the Indiana Pacers, and although they put up a valiant effort, it wasn't enough to come away with the win.

Down 104-98 with 5:17 to play, the Knicks played astounding defense and managed to shut out the Pacers the rest of the way. But unfortunately for New York, they weren't able to get anything going on offense, scoring just five points in that span on 1-14 shooting. 

The game came down to a pair of free throws from Julius Randle after he was fouled with 0.1 seconds remaining and the Knicks down two. After hitting the first one, Randle flicked his wrist a bit to hard and the ball bounced off the back rim and out, ending the game 104-103 in Mike Miller's first outing as interim head coach.

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The Knicks fought valiantly, but a last-second free throw miss saw the team fall to the Pacers 104-103 on Saturday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) In Mike Miller's debut as the team's interim coach, the Knicks came out of the gates playing well. Marcus Morris and RJ Barrett each scored an early four points, leading to a 14-7 Knicks' lead midway through the quarter. Miller said before the game that he wanted to see more ball movement, and that was the case early on. The Pacers fought back though, led by TJ Warren (25 points)and Domantis Sabonis (19 points).

Early in the fourth quarter, the Pacers pushed their lead to 92-81, but the Knicks didn't let the game get out of hand. New York went on a 14-4 run, spurred on by Elfrid Payton, to get back within one point. Later, the scored stayed put at 104-100 for a long stretch, until Morris hit a floater to bring the Knicks within two points with under two to go.

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Before and after their game Saturday night against the Pacers, Knicks players spoke to the media and reacted to the firing of David Fizdale on Friday afternoon.

Here's what a few of them had to say:

RJ BARRETT

"I appreciate everything coach Fizdale and coach (Keith) Smart have done for me. They were the first ones to give me a chance in the league so I appreciate them. I spoke to coach Fizdale. Wished me the best.''

Barrett added that he spoke with management after the firing, but kept the details to himself: "Oh that's private. I can't talk about what management told me."

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As Mike Miller prepares for his first game as Knicks interim head coach on Saturday night, he met with the media for the first time since David Fizdale was fired.

Here are the biggest takeaways from what Miller had to say before Saturday's tipoff with the Pacers:

Thanking the team

Miller, who spent four seasons at the helm of the Westchester Knicks of the G League before making the jump to an assistant with Fizdale this season, started his press conference by thanking Fizdale and the Knicks.

"I would like to thank Coach Fiz for the opportunity to be a part of his staff and to work with such a great group of coaches," said Miller. "I'm very appreciative there, and [I] would like to thank the entire Knicks organization. I've been here, as you know, this is my fifth year working for the Knicks, and I'm very appreciative to the entire organization for giving me the opportunity to start and work my way up into the organization." 

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(Jerome Miron)

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

Porzingis is still a big-time contributor for the Mavericks alongside Luka Doncic, but he's continuing to shoot at a poor clip. In three games this week, the 7-foot-3 Latvia native shot just 37.8 percent from the floor, and 35.3 percent from downtown.

The big man scored just seven points on Tuesday against the Pelicans, and was just 2-for-11 from the field. He rebounded nicely on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, but his inconsistency has been worth noting.

The Mavericks host the Kings on Sunday.

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

We're basically a week away from the unofficial start to the trade season. On Dec. 15, players who signed contracts as free agents can be moved. 

As that date approaches, the Knicks (4-18) are keeping an eye on potential moves that would improve the team, per SNY sources familiar with the matter. 

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On Friday, the New York Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale just 22 games into his second season. Unhappy with the 4-18 start to the year, management decided it was time to move in another direction.

What that direction ends up being is anybody's guess, but in the meantime they pegged Mike Miller as interim head coach. That name might not have the punch of a Mark Jackson or Becky Hammon, but Miller may turn out to be exactly what the Knicks need, and should be considered as more of a contender for the vacancy than a stopgap.

Miller hails from the G League, where he coached the Westchester Knicks - New York's affiliate - for four seasons. In that stretch he made the playoffs three times and amassed a .540 regular season win percentage.

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Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) passes the ball against Boston Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye (37) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) passes the ball against Boston Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye (37) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks shooting guard Wayne Ellington is out for Saturday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers with a sore left Achilles, the team announced.

Ellington has appeared in 18 of the team's 22 games this season, but is averaging just over 14 minutes per game in his first year with the Knicks. He's in the midst of the worst year of his 11-season NBA career, averaging career lows in field goal, free throw, and three-point percentage, and has reached double-figures in points just twice.

Allonzo Trier, who fell out of the rotation during the second half of November, has appeared in the last two games and could see more minutes in Ellington's absence. Damyean Dotson should also get more of an increased role when the Knicks tip-off against the Pacers at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

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Nov 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Nov 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

After a 37-point drubbing at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks are in bad shape. They've lost eight consecutive games, and they've lost by at least 28 points in three of their last five contests.

After the Knicks struck out on superstar free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they added several mid-tier veterans. With hopes of being competitive while retaining cap flexibility in the future, the Knicks signed five different players to two-year contracts. 

All five deals featured a team option or a partial guarantee in the second year. That makes those five players essentially expiring contracts in the trade market. Add in a one-year deal for Marcus Morris, and the Knicks have six veterans who will likely enter the free agent market this summer.

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On Friday, the Knicks parted ways with head coach David Fizdale and turned the reins over to Mike Miller on an interim basis.

Miller had been an assistant under Fizdale since the beginning of this season, but he hadn't had any NBA exposure prior to this year. 

Here's everything fans need to know about the Knicks' new interim head coach:

- Miller, 55, is a native of Monmouth, Ill. After graduating from Monmouth High School, he played college hoops at East Texas State, helping the team win a Lone Star Conference title in 1984. He graduated in 1987.

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich can often be tight-lipped with the media, though there are always certain topics that he feels the need to speak out on.

David Fizdale's firing fell into that category.

Popovich met with reporters on Friday, after the news broke about Fizdale's firing, and without being asked, defended the former Knicks head coach.

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

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

Unquestionably, that is true. 

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Mar 14, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Retired NBA player Metta World Peace smiles before the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Mar 14, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Retired NBA player Metta World Peace smiles before the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Retired NBA player Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, tweeted out his interest in becoming the head coach for the Knicks on Friday afternoon.

"If the @nyknicks is available, I definitely want to head coach there," World Peace said. "I will absolutely bring that street mentality to the garden...This would be epic for all people like me. Straight from the jungles to win a title in NYC."

World Peace, 40, was born and raised in Queens, NY and attended St. John's University from 1997-1999. He played 17 seasons in the NBA from 1999-2014 and then from 2015-2017, including a brief stint with the Knicks during the 2013-14 season. He was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 while with the Indiana Pacers, and won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.

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The Knicks made the firing of David Fizdale official on Friday evening, naming assistant Mike Miller as the team's interim head coach.

Miller, 55, has been an assistant with the Knicks this season after spending the previous four seasons as the head coach of the team's G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks. 

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David Fizdale is out. Here we take a look at potential candidates for the job -- assuming that their interim head coach doesn't coach well enough to do the job. It also assumes that team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are the execs who hire the next full-time coach (here's a look at why that may not be the case). 

Anyway, assuming Mills and Perry are making the call, below is a look at some potential candidates: 

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

The Knicks have parted ways with head coach David Fizdale. Now, the focus turns to Knicks president Steve Mills

Mills and Knicks general manager Scott Perry hired Fizdale after an extensive coaching search in 2018. 

The plan then was for Mills, Perry and Fizdale to build a winning culture in New York by developing young players and attracting stars. 

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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale watches play against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale watches play against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

The Knicks have fired head coach David Fizdale, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

At 4-18, the club is on pace for the worst season in franchise history and has lost eight consecutive games.

New York fired Fizdale on Friday, a day after a 37-point loss to the Denver Nuggets. In their previous game, the Knicks had lost by 44 points to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks have gotten off to a rough start this season and currently sit at the bottom of the eastern conference at 4-18. With their recent struggles added to what was a brutal free agency for the team this offseason, head coach David Fizdale has found himself in the hot seat.

SNY's Ian Begley reported earlier this week that one member of the organization said late last month that he expected management to fire Fizdale soon. This came after the Knicks were blown out by the Bucks 133-88. Since then, the Knicks were blown out again 129-92--this time on their home floor by the Nuggets.

"I don't think about that stuff, I don't think about it at all" Fizdale said, when asked if he thinks he'll be given the time to turn things around for the Knicks. "I go into everyday as 'I come in here, I see 17 guys that I've got to make better and I see a team in Indiana that we've got to try and go out and beat,' and I take it day-by-day that way."

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Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Nicoll)
Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Nicoll)

The Knicks are sitting not so comfortably at the bottom of the eastern conference and are in the midst of the worst five-year stretch in franchise history, but don't expect NBA commissioner Adam Silver to step in to help them any time soon.

Speaking to WFAN on Thursday, the commissioner didn't leave any doubts concerning his stance on potentially interfering with the Knicks.

"I wouldn't. It's not my role," Silver said. "Of course, I work for 30 teams. And the 29 other teams want to beat that team. That's not to say me getting involved (would be good) and that I'm in any better position to know what to do. We set the rules. And then we try to have a level playing field for the teams to compete."

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For the first time in franchise history, the Knicks have lost back-to-back games by 30-plus points.

Thursday's 129-92 loss at home to the Denver Nuggets was the fifth game this season that the team has trailed by 30 or more in a game, with three of those games coming at home. 

Perhaps the biggest issue for the Knicks came on the defensive end, as they allowed the Nuggets to shoot a lofty 21-39 (.538) from three-point range on the night.

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The Knicks lost their second straight game in blowout fashion, as the Nuggets came into Madison Square Garden on Thursday and left with a 129-92 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) The Knicks led by six points with five and a half minutes to go in the first quarter, and while that opening stretch was a noticeable improvement over their last game against the Bucks, things were all downhill from there. The Knicks struggled particularly in defending the three-pointer, as Denver found open shot after shot from beyond the arc. Overall, the Nuggets shot 21-39 (.538) from beyond the arc. This was the fifth game this season that Knicks have trailed by 30-plus points, with three of them coming at home. 

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Carmelo Anthony (Chuck Cook)
Carmelo Anthony (Chuck Cook)

Carmelo Anthony has seemingly silenced any and all doubters since making his return to the NBA this season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

After being named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Anthony has now had his contract fully guaranteed by the Blazers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The Blazers officially announced Anthony's signing on November 19, signing him to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract at the time.

Wojnarowski notes that the Blazers had until early January to make a decision on guaranteeing the contract, but it looks like they've seen enough from the former Knick to want him around for at least the rest of the season.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

As the Knicks (4-17) prepare to host the Denver Nuggets (13-5) Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York, here are several notes from Wednesday's practice.

With seven straight losses, the Knicks continue to search for their first win since Nov. 18's 123-105 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they should get a big boost in the lineup.

Marcus Morris should return for the Knicks against Denver after missing two games with a neck injury (more on that below). New York should also have Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina vs. the Nuggets.

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

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

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Rap artist ”Fat Joe" reacts during the second half of a game between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Rap artist ”Fat Joe" reacts during the second half of a game between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's been months since they made their decision, but Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant continue to catch flak for choosing the Nets over the Knicks. This time, the shot comes from rapper and New York's own Fat Joe.

Speaking with Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, Joe said that the two NBA All-Stars didn't want to deal with the pressure of being a Knick, yet still wanted to play in New York. The alternative, then, was to go to Brooklyn.

"You got to understand a lot of players, and I'll call them out: Kyrie, Durant. They didn't want that New York Knick pressure," Joe said. "They didn't want that media attention. They didn't want Sports Illustrated being right in the backyard. They didn't want that, so they said, 'Alright, we want New York, but let's do the lesser of the drama. Let's go to Brooklyn.'"

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Jan 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett reacts from the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 114-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett reacts from the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 114-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Former Celtics great Kevin Garnett wasn't surprised that Kyrie Irving left Boston in the offseason to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. 

"No," Garnett said during an interview in New York to promote the film, 'Uncut Gems,' which stars Garnett and Adam Sandler and will be released on Christmas. 

Garnett explained why he wasn't shocked that Irving didn't want to re-sign with the Celtics. 

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