Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors...


June 12, 3:54 PM:

The Anthony Davis sweepstakes has already started, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is hearing the Celtics and Lakers are already engaged in trade talks with the Pelicans.

Those two teams will likely be the Knicks' top competition for Davis' talents next season. Rich Paul, his agent, did mention that the Celtics would likely get him as a rental for one season.

However, Woj adds that Boston's desire in Davis hasn't changed. They still believe acquiring him would be their best shot at signing Kyrie Irving to a new deal. 

June 12, 11:29 AM:

Davis' agent. Rich Paul, spoke about why the Knicks are a desirable long-term option.

"The only difference is they don't have as many championships as the Lakers," Paul said, according to SI. "They got a tradition. It's a big market. ... Not that it's only big markets. They have cap space, flexibility, they're able to absorb more than one star. What's wrong with that?"

June 12, 9:26 AM:

Rich Paul said that if his client is traded to the Celtics this summer it would be as a rental. 

"(The Celtics) can trade for him but it it'll be for one year," Paul said. "In the event that he decides to walk away and you (gave) away assets? Don't blame Rich Paul."

Paul went on to compare the Lakers to Jennifer Lopez and waxed poetic about the Knicks.

June 11, 7:25 PM:

As the Davis trade rumors ramp up again, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin was asked on Tuesday if he envisions making a deal centering around Davis before the NBA Draft on June 20. 

"I don't anticipate anything of major significance other than the meeting with Zion [Williamson] and his family," he said, per The Times-Picayune. "I never anticipate that. I'm open-minded. I think we all are. There's a point at which we act. 

"If things evolve in such a way that it's time for us to make a decision relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will. But we're not in a hurry to do anything. We don't feel there is a time sensitivity to anything we're talking about. That includes AD's desire to stay or not stay. It's not something there'a shot clock on."

June 10, 5:55 PM:

Davis has narrowed his list of preferred teams to two: the Knicks and Lakers, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

While Davis appears to have eliminated the Celtics and Nets as potential trade partners with the Pelicans, he has not provided New Orleans EVP of Basketball Operations David Griffin with a formal list, Charania notes.

June 10, 12:27 PM:

Griffin has started providing interested teams with the framework he will require in order to trade Davis, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

According to Wojnarowski, the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, and Clippers are among the teams who have recently spoken with the Pelicans, with Griffin not sounding "convinced" that any deal could get done without involving a third team.

The Pelicans prefer to have a trade done before the NBA Draft on June 20 and are seeking a combination of assets that include "an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks," according to Wojnarowski. 

June 4, 1:00 PM: 

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported earlier that Davis' stance wasn't going to change, and he has some new info that confirms that.

 

Pelicans EVP David Griffin is ready to listen to trade proposals from teams, as his objective to convince Davis to stay seems to have failed. Charania says Griffin has already begun the process of finding the right trade candidate, and the Knicks' front office will definitely be on that phone line. 

May 29, 5:11 PM:

Another tidbit of information regarding Davis came from The Athletic's Shams Charania today. He reported with talks continuing between Pelicans EVP David Griffin and Davis' agent Rich Paul, the All-Star center's stance is "highly unlikely" to have changed. He still wants to be moved. 

Griffin and Davis reportedly met today, where Griffin likely gave his last effort to pitch Davis about how the Pelicans can turn for the best. The addition of Zion Williamson was most likely in that pitch as well.

May 29, 10:34 AM:

While the expectation remains that Davis will not rescind his trade request, he'll be meeting with Pelicans EVP David Griffin on Wednesday, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

Griffin recently spoke about why he thinks New Orleans should be appealing to Davis for the long-term, and it's fair to believe he'll be pushing that idea in person on Wednesday. 

May 17, 4:09 PM:

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson told Fletcher Mackel of WDSU News that the reported "To the Lakers, over my dead body" statement is "totally absurd" and "completely untrue."

Mackel also added that the Pelicans front office believes this latest allegation is "coming from the same people who said Zion may not want to come to New Orleans."

May 17, 11:47 AM:

According to ESPN's Jackie McMullan, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has directed GM David Griffin to avoid trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers. She reportedly told him, "To the Lakers, over my dead body."

However, SNY Insider Ian Begley reported that an executive said that he and other executives see the possibility of Davis, Irving and LeBron playing together in LA as "very realistic." AD would certainly be open to re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could succeed here, Begley also reported

May 10, 6:17 PM:

According to The Athletic's David Aldridge, if the Celtics decide to trade for Davis, the All-Star would still consider re-signing with Boston even if Kyrie Irving leaves, but the odds of Davis doing that in such a scenario would be much lower than if Irving stayed.

Feb. 16, 12:25 PM:

With All-Star Weekend underway in Charlotte, Davis told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy he is "focused on winning on this point of my career and wherever that may be." So why would he want the Knicks to be on his desired list?

"It's a great franchise," Davis said. "Playing in obviously the Garden, the city. But obviously Milwaukee is on that list, too."

Davis said "Big market, small market" it doesn't matter to him as long as winning is involved. And that includes the Celtics, who Davis said "were never not on my list."

Feb. 7, 8:20 PM:

Davis will play the remainder of the season for the Pelicans, general manager Dell Demps said in a statement on Thursday. Dell said a number of factors contributed to the decision and New Orleans looks forward to seeing Davis in a Pelicans uniform again soon.

"Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games," Dell said. "Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies. We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans."

Feb. 7, 11:53 AM:

Talks between the Lakers and Pelicans for Davis are dormant, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who says there is no expectation the two sides will even speak before the 3 p.m. deadline. 

Feb. 7, 9:36 AM:

As the deadline approaches at 3 p.m., it's still possible the Pelicans will move Davis, but Marc Berman of the New York Post outlines two reasons why it makes sense for them to wait until the summer to trade Davis.

First, Berman cites sources who believe that for a trade package with the Knicks to be acceptable, their upcoming Draft pick would have to be No. 1 or No. 2 -- something that won't be known for months.

The second reason for the Pelicans to wait is the fact that the Celtics can't trade for Davis until the summer. But one flaw with that logic is that Davis is reportedly uninterested in signing with the Celtics long-term. 

Tick tock.

Feb. 6, 9:50 PM:

As the trade deadline slowly comes to a close, the Knicks are reportedly on "equal footing" with the Lakers in terms of Davis' interest of a landing spot, per The New York Times Marc Stein. Stein says the Clippers and Bucks are also in the running. 

The Lakers have been the front runner to land Davis, sending multiple trade packages to Pelicans' GM Dell Demps. However, Demps hasn't returned calls to Magic Johnson in LA, and there doesn't seem to be anything being worked on between both sides. If the Knicks are on the same level as the Lakers, though, then this trade deadline could get interesting in its final hours. 

What the Knicks would be able to give up in a trade is unknown after they dumped the contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee along with Kristaps Porzingis. There is the disgruntled Enes Kanter on the books as well as expiring contracts in Wesley Johnson and DeAndre Jordan, and they have two fututre first-round picks from Dallas along with their own this year. 

Feb. 6 1:28 PM:

The New Orleans Pelicans still have not responded to the Los Angeles Lakers' most recent trade proposal for Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Lakers were still engaging in talks with the Pelicans but would not bid against themselves. The Los Angeles Times, however, said that the Lakers have moved on from negotations and have submitted their best offer. 

Feb. 5, 2:37 PM:

Because of "outrageous" demands by the Pelicans, the Lakers have pulled out of the Davis trade sweepstakes for now, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Turner notes that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson told the Pelicans on Tuesday morning that they had made their best offer and would be moving on. 

Reporting from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was less forceful, with him saying the Lakers are still open to engaging the Pelicans, but won't bid against themselves.

Feb. 4, 3:09 PM:

The Lakers have gotten "more serious" in discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who is reporting that Los Angeles offered a new package that "includes multiple young players, multiple draft picks and Pelicans salary cap relief."

Feb. 4, 1:55 PM:

The Pelicans have reportedly been given the names of "a handful" of teams, beyond the Knicks and Lakers, that Anthony Davis would be willing to sign a long-term deal with if traded, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Celtics aren't one of them. The Bucks and Clippers, however, are on the list.

Feb. 2, 10:00 AM:

The Lakers offered the Pelicans a package of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but have not offered a package that includes multiple first-round picks or salary cap relief. 

Feb. 1, 8:00 PM:

Davis' father said on Friday that he does not want his son playing for the Boston Celtics. He added that this is his opinion only, and can't speak for his son.

"Boston... I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas... NO LOYALTY... guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him... anyone can print that," Anthony Davis Sr. said via text to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Feb. 1, 2:34 PM: 

Davis addressed reporters on Friday and said that he has not given the Pelicans a timeline or destination for a trade, but explained that he requested one because it's "my time" to start winning at the highest level. 

Davis added that whatever happens and wherever he ends up, he still wants to play this year. 

Feb. 1, 12:20 PM:

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports the Lakers remain Davis' top preferred destination and adds that the Knicks are also a preferred landing spot whereas the Celtics are not. The Knicks also pushed to make a deal with the Pelicans centering around Kristaps Porzingis before making the trade with Mavericks. 

Jan. 31, 2:42 PM:

After being unable to get Pelicans GM Dell Demps to answer their calls regarding Davis, the Lakers have connected with him, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The Lakers have presented the Pelicans with five different offers for Davis, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, who notes the team is waiting to hear back and has no plans to outbid the Celtics if the Davis saga reaches the offseason. 

Jan. 31, 11:52 AM:

Because Kristaps Porzingis has not yet proven to be healthy after ACL surgery, the Knicks will be "unlikely" to include him in any trade package for Davis at the moment, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN. That would mean any package with Porzingis in it would need to be a sign-and-trade after the season -- something Porzingis (who will be a restricted free agent) would be "reluctant" to agree to. 

Meanwhile, while he's taking calls from other teams, Pelicans GM Dell Demps has still not returned the Lakers' call about Davis, and the team sees "no reason" to trade Davis to the Lakers before the Feb. 7 deadline on what would be a schedule dictated by Los Angeles.

Jan. 30, 8:58 AM:

As rumors swirl and teams -- including the Knicks -- reportedly prepare offers for Davis, Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "not picking up his phone," reports ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Jan. 29 6:24 PM:

Davis is "open" to heading to New York to play for the Knicks, per Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. 

The Pelicans All-Star was also fined $50,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands. The statements were made by Davis' agent, Rich Paul, in an attempt to undermine his client's contractual relationship with the Pelicans. 

Jan. 29, 4:40 PM:

The Bucks have entered the Davis sweepstakes and have offered the Pelicans any players on their roster not named Giannis Antetokounmpo, per reporter Gery Woelfel. Milwaukee is still in the middle of a rebuild, with Khris Middleton expected to opt out of his 2019 option. 

Jan. 29, 9:13 AM:

The Pelicans will need to be overwhelmed by an offer to trade Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Wojnarowski adds that Davis and his agent are expected to soon make it clear that Davis (signed through the 2019-20 season) prefers to land with the Lakers (where he would sign an extension) and would be a rental player for any other acquiring team.

According to Wojnarowski, Davis' agent leaking the Lakers as the preferred destination would be "an attempt to depress offers in the marketplace, a way to perhaps make the Lakers' trade package more appealing."

Aside from the Lakers and Knicks, the Bucks and Raptors are expected to make offers to the Pelicans for Davis, reports Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer

Jan. 28, 3:26 PM:

The Knicks and Lakers are preparing offers to acquire Davis, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, who says the Celtics aren't a "top target" for Davis and the 76ers currently have no plans to pursue him.

Because of the above, Haynes says the Knicks "may be the premier Eastern Conference threat" to land Davis.

Jan. 28, 11:28 AM:

Davis' trade request caught Pelicans officials by surprise, and it is "far from guaranteed" that they will trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline, reports Jake Fischer of SI

Jan. 28, 10:44 AM:

If the Knicks are willing to include their upcoming unprotected first round draft pick in a deal, they would be "in the game" for Davis, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Jan. 28, 8:40 AM:

The Knicks plan to be "aggressive" in their pursuit of Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who said Kristaps Porzingis could be a piece they look to trade. However, Wojnarowski noted that Porzingis "may not be open" to re-signing with the Pelicans, and said that if that is the case, the Knicks' "best chance" to get Davis could be to land the number one pick in the Draft (potentially Zion Williamson) and offer it to the Pelicans. 

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Former Net Jared Dudley has never been afraid to speak his mind. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admire that about him. 

But Knicks fans definitely won't like what he just said about them.

Obviously this offseason, the Knicks failed to sign the duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Instead, the two All-Stars found their way to Brooklyn instead of Manhattan to play for the Nets. 

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Last season, David Fizdale introduced Kevin Knox to LeBron James after a Lakers-Knicks game at the Garden.

James and Knox spoke for several minutes in the hallway outside of the visitors' locker room at MSG. James' message that day has stayed with Knox as he navigates life in the NBA's biggest market.

"One of the biggest things that he said was really just staying locked in throughout the whole season, through ups and downs. Social media is going to try to bring you down. There's going to be times when they're going to hype you up. He was just telling me to stay level-headed," Knox said in a Q&A on Twitter for the league's "NBA Together" program during the coronavirus crisis. "Because there are times when he doesn't have great games. He was telling me that he's not really worried about what people are saying.

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As new Knicks president Leon Rose takes over, he'll have to go through a hard evaluation of the team's current roster and see which pieces he likes and dislikes. 

Among that list is Julius Randle: a young, talented power forward who signed a two-year deal with a third-year club option last offseason to highlight the Knicks' free agent signees. Unlike his other free-agent counterparts, Randle had that extra year for the 2020-21 season guaranteed. 

But that doesn't necessarily mean the Knicks want to keep him around. 

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Due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Basketball Players Association has told agents to anticipate a large reduction in BRI (Basketball Related Income) for 2021, SNY's Ian Begley reports.

However, the salary cap for the subsequent season is expected to be calculated "fairly" and it should not be triggered based off a 2020 springboard number.

According to Begley, that means that the salary cap this summer and next summer is unlikely to drop significantly from current projections. The 2020 cap is currently projected at $115 million, per ESPN. The messaging from the union suggests that the NBPA and the NBA will work together to avoid a significant drop in the cap in the wake of a BRI reduction. Cap expert Albert Nahmad explores the different options to come to such an agreement here

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The Knicks weren't able to land any high-profile free agents this past summer, which led to now ex-team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry signing a group of veterans to short, expendable deals. 

Now, with a new vision in the front office with Leon Rose acting as the team's president, those players -- and even some others -- might be on the chopping block. 

In this new series, we'll look at whether or not the Knicks should let these players stay -- or let them walk. We'll kick it off with C Bobby Portis...

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In this edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Ian Begley thinks RJ Barrett can hit his high ceiling, says the Nets could make a Finals run next year, and more!

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Both the NBA and NBPA have been working together on potentially using blood-testing devices that could detect coronavirus within 15 minutes, which could be the key to allowing the season to resume, says ESPN's Baxter Holmes

These tests are said to be able to deliver accurate results within five to 13 minutes.

The Washington Post reported that Abbott Laboratories has been mass-producing these "diabetes-like tests," that have already been shipping across the states to help detect the virus.

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While the NBA is still trying to figure out if it will be concluding the 2019-20 season, the NBA Draft is also a matter of importance. 

Normal circumstances would see the draft process being ramped up for teams that don't see the playoffs in sight, and could land that No. 1 overall pick in the draft lottery. But, of course, these aren't normal circumstances and doing the proper evaluations and scouting of NCAA and international prospects must have a different approach. 

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the league has decided to follow suit with the NFL in that respect. Teams will reportedly be given guidelines that allow virtual meetings with prospects, however there will be no in-person workouts or live video workouts either. 

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Here's our weekly Knicks mailbag with SNY's NBA Insider Ian Begley...


@Jdazz6: I would like to know if the Knicks do not retain Coach Miller, who's the most realistic replacement as coach? And of those options, who would be the best at developing these young players?

The most realistic replacement at coach is a tough one to answer. I'd think that the Knicks could get any of the following coaches if money isn't a mitigating factor: Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Woodson. Usually, money isn't a holdup when the Knicks are pursuing a coach. Steve Kerr is one recent exception to that rule.

Also, I see John Calipari as a less realistic option because of the money it would likely take to lure him from Kentucky. He's also publicly said he's not interested in the job. But because of his relationship with Knicks president Leon Rose, I'm not taking him off of my list of candidates until Rose hires someone else.

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As we all know, the Charles Oakley feud with James Dolan continues on, with the two most recently seeing their mediation canceled due to Dolan testing positive for coronavirus. But the feud itself still remains top of mind for some former players, including Chris Childs.

Childs played five seasons with the Knicks, including the tail end of Oakley's career with New York. So, while talking on CBS Sports Radio with Damon Amendolara, Childs was asked how he felt about the whole situation. In his answer, he made sure to voice his frustrations with not just Dolan, but Latrell Sprewell too. 

"To this day, we talk a lot and how they treated him when they threw him out the arena affected the way how I think about management," Childs said. "I enjoyed Steve Mills, talked with him on occasion. But the way that Dolan has treated the fans, ex-players, and having a photo op after having Oakley thrown out and have Sprewell at the game sitting by him and [Larry Johnson] at the game. That was just so disrespectful to not only Oak, but to me as well."

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There was a time when Lauri Markkanen caught the Knicks' eye. After a recent report, they might be able to bring that interest back. 

According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley, Markkanen is telling the Bulls that he'd rather play somewhere else if their rebuilding plan doesn't happen sooner. 

Chicago has been rebuilding for some time, and Markkanen was part of that effort when he was drafted seventh overall by the Timberwolves, with his rights then being traded to the Bulls shortly after. Then, the Knicks took Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick.

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The intra-city rivalry between the Knicks and Nets took off briefly last summer when the Nets usurped the Knicks' throne as the most attractive team to play for in New York. 

Brooklyn managed to sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and earn respect for the progress the organization has made, from an afterthought to a potential superstar destination. 

The rivalry, though, has been non-existent with Durant out for the season, Irving playing just 20 games, and the Knicks being, well, the Knicks. 

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The NBA, Knicks and the Nets partnered with the China Consul General to donate 1 million surgical masks to New York's first responders, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. 

Cuomo thanked the entities for their donation. 

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There's no telling when the NBA season could resume, and there have even been reports about the league potentially canceling the remaining games on the schedule.

But for now, the NBA is getting creative to give fans some form of live sports to watch. 

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA, Players Association, and ESPN are in talks to televise a H-O-R-S-E competition "involving several high-profile players." Wojnarowski notes that the players would likely be participating from their own home gyms, as to comply with current social distancing measures.

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Earlier this week, several teams were holding out hope that the NBA season could resume in some form. 

No one knows at this point if playing games this summer will be an option amid the coronavirus crisis. It depends on factors that are impossible to project. 

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Less than a month after the NBA suspended play, the league is reportedly "angling" to set up a deal to end the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SNY's Ian Begley reported that several agents had said they were planning for such as scenario, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Friday that now the league and players union are in "talks" and there's a "significant amount of pessimism."

"I've talked to both sides of this issue, and it is clear that the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down," Windhorst said.

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The Knicks parted ways with David Fizdale in early-December, and the Nets followed suit by letting Kenny Atkinson go in early-March. But which team offers the better job?

On this edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Maria Marino discuss which organization they think offers more for whoever steps in next ...

 

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Nets GM Sean Marks said on Wednesday that Brooklyn's coaching search is on hold while the NBA season is suspended. 

The Knicks are taking the same approach, heeding an unofficial moratorium on any personnel moves while the season is on hold, people in touch with the team told SNY. 

That means no action taken on a potential coaching search, those people say. Those in touch with the team also say that there is no movement at the moment on any front office transactions, confirming a New York Post report. 

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Knicks president Leon Rose, interim head coach Mike Miller and several players offered a thank you to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus crisis in a video posted Thursday. 


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It sounds like the Knicks could be keeping close tabs on another Atlantic Division team to find their next general manager.

According to a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, new Knicks president Leon Rose has been keeping an eye on current Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand.

The Knicks, of course, still have Scott Perry in place as their current GM, but with a new team president, they could be looking to move on.

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If the NBA can play games in the summer -- a big if -- one potential hurdle will be the scheduling of the NBA Draft. 

Several agents pointed out that having the draft any later than July would be difficult because it would push the decision date for draft-eligible players close to the beginning of the fall semester. 

This would make the timing of decisions difficult for both the player and the school the player is potentially leaving. College coaches would have to plan for the upcoming season without knowing whether a draft-eligible player will return or not. They would also have to operate during a significant portion of the recruiting calendar with that uncertainty. 

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No one can predict how the coronavirus will impact the United States - and the world - in the coming weeks and months. 

So it's way too soon to make any predictions or assertions about when the NBA might resume its season. 

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One of the most pressing questions for the Knicks under new team president Leon Rose is: What do you do at point guard?

Rose inherits Frank Ntilikina, Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. as his lead guards, along with two-way player Kadeem Allen. Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale said last week that he thought it was important for New York to find a point guard who was a threat from the perimeter. Others currently in the organization share those thoughts. 

The Knicks have a team option on Payton for next season, and have Ntilikina and Smith under contract for next season. The club is projected to have three draft picks in the Top 36 picks of the 2020 NBA Draft, so they could target a point guard there. 

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The NBA continues to work vigorously to figure out what the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season could look like once they're allowed to resume play and there are several options.

According to The Post's Marc Berman, executives "still cling to hope" that a 16-team playoff that is played at one site with no fans can occur. 

What about the regular season? Berman is hearing that a "five-to-seven-game" regular season is what's being suggested before the playoffs were to begin. Then, the 2020-21 season will start near Christmas. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Killer 3’s coach Charles Oakley coaches his team against the Ball Hogs during a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports (Alonzo Adams)
Jul 21, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Killer 3’s coach Charles Oakley coaches his team against the Ball Hogs during a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports (Alonzo Adams)

Knicks owner James Dolan, who recently tested positive for coronavirus, is no longer required to participate in what was to be a telephone mediation with Charles Oakley, according to court documents.

Instead, the mediation will go forward on Tuesday with counsel only. 

Recently, Knicks legend Patrick Ewing weighed in on the bad blood between Dolan and Oakley, which has existed for more than three years.

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Stephon Marbury (Noah K. Murray)
Stephon Marbury (Noah K. Murray)

Former Knick Stephon Marbury is looking to give back to the city he called home growing up and for five seasons during his NBA career.

According to The Post, Marbury has "made arrangements" to have 10 million N95 masks brought to New York City for medical professionals and first responders who are on the front lines combating coronavirus. The masks have been hard to come by, and retailers have been charging $7.50 per mask. Marbury is saying he's getting them for $2.75 each from a supplier in China. 

"At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn," Marbury said. "This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York."

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Maurice Harkless
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We don't know when NBA free agency will take place. But we know that the Knicks will have several decisions to make when it gets here. 

Among them is what to do with veteran wing Maurice Harkless

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On the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's Maria Marino believes the Nets will become New York's favorite team, has hope for Frank Ntilikina, and more!

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James Dolan

The Knicks released a statement on Saturday night explaining that team owner James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus.

"The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus," reads the statement. "He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations."

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Dolan, 64, is self-isolating with his family in the Hamptons.

On March 18, the Knicks announced that all of their players were asymptomatic and therefore had not been tested for the virus.

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SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley checks in with the latest on the Knicks front, explaining that the team is indeed looking to upgrade shooting at the point guard position, why Christian Wood is a name for fans to keep in mind, and how players like Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, and Dennis Smith Jr. are doing what they can to help amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Though they may try to skip steps to playoff contention, the New York Knicks are in the developmental stage. One of the key players in New York's rebuild is forward Kevin Knox

In his second year in the league, Knox's growth and development as a player has stalled. With one more season before he's up for a rookie extension and two more seasons before he would become a free agent, it's important for the Knicks to crystallize what Knox's role and future would be in New York. 

It feels like a decade ago that Knox was being christened New York's latest savior after a splashy Summer League showing in 2018. While he piled up the points, Knox shot 35.1 percent from the field. That would be a hint at what Knox would really contribute in the NBA. The 6-foot-9 forward has yet to shoot at least 40 percent from the field in either of his two pro seasons in the NBA.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, members of the Knicks are doing whatever they can to help those in need. 

Knicks forwards Julius Randle and Bobby Portis are donating $180,000 worth of meals to help feed New Yorkers in need, while guard Dennis Smith Jr. is purchasing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Medical Center in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Smith is also purchasing 32 computers to help local students learn from home while schools are closed. 

Randle and Portis are making their donation to City Harvest, New York's private response to hunger and largest food rescue organization. Along with their meal donations, Portis and Randle are each contributing another $50,000 to support City Harvest's operations. Their combined contributions will help more than 370,000 New Yorkers in need.

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Over the years, there have been plenty of villains in the world of New York sports, from Reggie Miller to Chipper Jones, and many others.

On the debut edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Eamon McAnaney and contributor Jon Hein discuss who they would choose for their lists ...

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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)

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When Leon Rose officially took over as Knicks president on March 2, the plan was to use the final six weeks of the season to get to know coaches, players and execs. That, presumably, would help inform Rose as he reshaped New York's roster, coaching staff and front office in the offseason. 

Obviously, that plan was altered two weeks ago when the NBA suspended its season amid the coronavirus crisis.

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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)

Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley continued their feud on Tuesday with an over-the-phone mediation that was ordered by a federal appeals court. Oakley hasn't broken his conviction in trying to get back at Dolan for ordering he be thrown out of Madison Square Garden back in 2017. 

But if it were up to one of Oakley's former Knicks teammates in Patrick Ewing, this feud would've been done a long time ago. 

Ewing has been asked about it in the past, and he always said he holds Oakley in high standards while not wanting to discuss his personal matter. However, he does want the bug squashed soon.

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Just 22 games into his second season as Knicks head coach, David Fizdale was let go after the team got off to a dismal 4-18 start. 

In one season-plus as the team's head coach, Fizdale coached the Knicks to 21-83 record, leading to his dismissal. 

On Wednesday, Fizdale was a guest on ESPN Radio, and when asked if the Knicks had a true star on the team, he pointed to rookie RJ Barrett while also saying that the Knicks need better shooters in place to help talented youngsters like Barrett and Mitchell Robinson reach their full potential.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox II (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans (42) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox II (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans (42) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Calipari, who coached Kevin Knox during his time at Kentucky, spoke at length about the Knicks' second-year pro on Tuesday about his adjustment to the NBA, his work ethic, and more.

Calipari, who announced Tuesday that, through The Calipari Foundation, he would be donating groceries to 400 families during the coronavirus pandemic, also implored the Knicks to not give up on Knox too soon.

On the adjustment period for Knox given his age

"He was so young. Some guys are even younger than their chronological age, which is young. And guess what? He's one of those. He was the youngest player in that draft. And he was learning about himself. And i come back to: you've got to conquer yourself before you can conquer anybody else. Being in that league, I've never heard him complain one time. How about that? That he's accepting, 'I'm responsible for me. I am what my stats say I am. I'm responsible. And I've got a ways to go.'"

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It's no secret Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari is a very good friend of Knicks new team president Leon Rose -- their relationship spans over decades. So Calipari is the perfect person to discuss how Rose is going to transform the Knicks. 

Speaking to SNY's Ian Begley during a conference call, Calipari -- who announced Tuesday that, through The Calipari Foundation, he would be donating groceries to 400 families during the coronavirus pandemic -- elaborated on his good friend, saying that Rose is just the guy the Knicks need because of one crucial quality. 

"He's a gatherer," Calipari said. "And I believe that's what the Knicks need right now, a gatherer who can bring things together and make it a culture that players want to be in because they know, 'this is about all of us.'"

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Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Referring to the Knicks as "dysfunctional," Stan Van Gundy -- who said he had no interest in coaching the team -- touched on his brother Jeff's potential interest in again being New York's head coach. 

"I'm not really interested in the New York Knicks, no," Stan Van Gundy said on ESPN Radio, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. "First of all there's a family history there. If anyone would be interested in that it -- and I'm not sure he is, either -- it would be my brother. And number two, I just -- I've said this, I'm different than a lot of coaches in looking at jobs. To me it's all about who you work for and who you work with. Everything I've seen over the last few years with that organization says that it's extremely dysfunctional."

Stan Van Gundy also said the Nets' job is better than the Knicks' job right now.

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The latest edition of SNY's "Out of Office Replies" has contributor Kazeem Famuyide talking about new Knicks president Leon Rose's biggest challenge, where he sees the Nets going with Kevin Durant working with Kyrie Irving next season, and even some wrestling content...

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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson has a very valid question: Is he the new record holder for highest field-goal percentage in NBA history? 

While the NBA is working hard to figure out how to resume play once it is safe to do, the Knicks still hold a 21-45 record and sit as a 12 seed in the Eastern Conference. Though games were obviously left on their schedule, a revised NBA season could just jump right into playoffs. 

If that's the case, Robinson would have ended his sophomore campaign with a 74.2 field goal percentage after making 253 of his 341 field goal attempts...

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Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In a memo sent on Thursday, the NBA has informed teams that they should shutter their facilities due to the coronavirus situation, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed.

Teams had been cautious during workouts with players prior to the ban. Several teams had limited workouts to 20 minutes per player. Some teams didn't want the coach working with the player to touch the ball the player was shooting with, instructing the player to use a shooting machine rather than having the coach rebound. With team facilities now closed, players will have to work out on their own while following the league guidelines around social distancing.

The NBA had recently informed teams that players were allowed to travel out of market, but that the preference of the league was that players remain in the cities they play.

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett
Knicks rookie RJ Barrett

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If this Knicks season is over, RJ Barrett will finish with averages of 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Those numbers may not put Barrett in the Rookie of the Year conversation, but they've left a strong impression with some NBA evaluators.

"Everyone is going to talk about Ja (Morant) and Zion (Williamson), for obvious reasons," one Western Conference executive said. "But I like RJ a lot. I think he can have a long, successful career in this league if he stays healthy."

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RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett

With every pro sports league shut down due to coronavirus concerns, the NBA announced on Wednesday that it will be unlocking all of its League Pass content until April 22. 

With full-length replays and classic games at every basketball fans' disposal, this is a perfect tool to use to hold you over until the league resumes play, which they're working on as we speak

So, until that happens, here are a few League Pass suggestions that Knicks fans in particular might want to relive, starting with this season:

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Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a press conference at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a press conference at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that he's holding out hope that a portion of the NBA season can be salvaged amid the coronavirus crisis.

"We're gonna try by every means we can to play basketball again," Silver said in an interview with ESPN. "But I say that the safety and health of our players is first, and our fans, which is why I don't want to speculate more on that.

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A general view of Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game (Adam Hunger)

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The NBA and NBPA defended the testing of their players for Covid-19 amid criticism from New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and others.

"There's nothing irresponsible -- if you've got that information [that you've been exposed] -- about trying to get the tests," NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. "The problem that more of us can't get the tests -- and I'm not apologetic about saying it -- in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed.

"We shouldn't be fighting about this now ... but once this is done and we get through it, and we will, let's figure out who screwed up and fix that."

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The Knicks released a statement on Wednesday night explaining that all of the players on the team are asymptomatic and therefore none have been tested for Covid-19.

The full statement reads: "We have been following the recommendations of local and national health officials and continue to monitor our players closely. As of now, with our players remaining asymptomatic, none of them have been tested for Covid-19. We will remain in close contact with health officials and the NBA."

One week ago, the Knicks played their final game before the NBA season was officially suspended, topping the Atlanta Hakws 136-131 in overtime. That same night, the NBA suspended the season as it was revealed that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

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