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The Loud Mouths talk Knicks drama, Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting with the team brass and Carmelo's break up

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On Friday, Phil Jackson dismissed the notion that his treatment of and the drama surrounding the Carmelo Anthony situation would impact his reputation or hurt the Knicks' chances with forthcoming free agents.

Prior to that happening, though, Kristaps Porzingis had reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting. Following Jackson's comments, Michelle Roberts of the NBPA released a statement calling Jackson's remarks about Anthony "inappropriate."

At 21 years old, Porzingis may have jumped the gun by being insubordinate. There are other ways to express a feeling or send a message. Nevertheless, what the young gun did was bold. In a way, his actions were an opportunity to stand up for Anthony.

On the other hand, such an absence should also be a message that Porzingis won't tolerate or put up with the same type of disregard, as he emerges as the Knicks' next big star. Porzingis is still playing out his rookie scale contract, but perhaps he's trying to put New York on notice that they're already on the clock with him as well.

Given Jackson's continued failures, there's not much time to waste before turning things around. The executive has already wasted the first two years of Porzingis' NBA career, failing to make strides toward a more competitive or positive environment.

Perhaps sensing his own window of opportunity to win in New York was closing, Anthony (after initially resisting involvement) gave the front office his feedback and promised to be more active in the recruiting process last offseason. As Anthony was getting older, New York hoped to make one last push toward creating a team that could support him and earn some more victories. That clearly didn't work out as planned, but Anthony and his team had some obvious distractions in the way over the course of the campaign. 

Wth Porzingis displeased with the state of disarray and an extended summer hiatus to Latvia reportedly on its way, one could assume he won't be jumping at the chance to make enthusiastic recruiting pitches to prospective free agents this offseason. That would put his own reputation on the line with his peers. How can Porzingis, in good faith, endorse Jackson or the organization as a whole, if no progress has been made and there's no clear vision for what's next entirely in place? 

Jackson was adamant about his ability to recruit free agents, but it appears he was wrong or misguided (once again) about his continued disregard for Anthony not having a negative effect. If the Knicks are going to sell free agents (young or old) on a vision of building around Porzingis for the future, they'll probably need to ensure he's on board and clear on it first. 

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

RJ Barrett has some good company vouching for his character. 

Steve Nash, the 18-year-old guard's godfather, believes that Barrett has more than just the skills to succeed with the Knicks, but also the perfect personality to thrive under the spotlight in New York. 

"I think he'll be an exciting player for Knicks fans. He's able to handle that type of stuff (of being in New York) because he's been at Duke but he's also been one of the top, if not the No. 1 kid, since he's been 13, 14 years old. So he's able to handle it," Nash told Stefan Bondy of the Daily News on Tuesday. "And then to have Zion sort of eclipse him in the draft and in the public view this season, and then to watch the way he's handled it and the way he's been - he's never pointed a finger, he never made an excuse."

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Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving 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...

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Durant's manager, Rich Kleiman, told Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay that contrary to other reports the Warriors forward is "100 percent undecided" on where he is playing next year. 

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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

It seems like any significant trade talks for Anthony Davis are on hold for now.

Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin plans to visit with Davis in Los Angeles in the coming weeks to talk to him about remaining with the franchise.

Speaking on a conference call to introduce new general manager Trajan Langdon on Tuesday, Griffin reiterated that he's optimistic Davis will want to stay in New Orleans.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson has been named to the NBA's second All Rookie team.

Robinson's 2.4 blocks per game were the most for a rookie who played at least 35 games since Tim Duncan blocked 2.5 shots per game in 1997-98. He reached that per-game block number while playing 20.6 minutes per night.

The 21-year-old set franchise rookie records for total blocks (161) and blocks per game. He blocked at least two shots in 29 straight games - longest streak for a Knicks rookie and second longest in NBA history for a rookie behind Manute Bol's 45 straight games. Robinson is the 21st Knick to be named to an All-Rookie team.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina has reportedly switched agents amid trade rumors, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Ntilikina, who has been included in rumors involving a potential Anthony Davis trade to a deal for another draft pick, signed with French agent Bouna Ndiaye after parting ways with his previous agents at CAA.

Ndiaye, according to Basket USA's Jonathan Demay, represents several other NBA players, including Nicholas Batum, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Kevin Durant is growing tired of the narrative surrounding him.

The Warriors forward has been sidelined with a calf strain but Golden State has still managed to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers without him. 

Their success has reignited the theme that Durant rode the Warriors' coattails to two NBA Finals championships, despite being the MVP in both those Finals victories

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

RJ Barrett's high school coach, Kevin Boyle, knows NBA talent well. He's coached Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, D'Angelo Russell and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at the high school level.

So when Boyle talks about one of his player's NBA potential, his words hold weight; he's not some high school coach blindly pumping up his alumni.

With that in mind, here's what Boyle thinks about Barrett, who played for him at Monteverde Academy in Florida.

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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)

Kevin Boyle coached Kyrie Irving at Saint Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. He hasn't talked to Irving about his pending free agency but he believes he'll sign with the Knicks this summer.

"I think there's a good chance in my opinion that Kyrie ends up there," Boyle said in an interview with SNY.tv's Ian Begley, stressing that he was speaking as a fan and not as someone who had inside information on Irving's plans. "…. In my gut, I would think that would work best for him and I would think that (the Knicks) have a really strong chance of that happening. But I have not spoken directly to him and I don't know that to be a fact."

If Irving signs with the Knicks, Boyle -- who also coached RJ Barrett -- thinks Barrett can fit in well with the All Star point guard.

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

With the NBA draft lottery in the rearview mirror for Knicks fans, there's little for the anxious masses to look forward to until the draft in late June. This period is sure to be filled with trade machine playing, cap number crunching and rumor mill surfing.

In the meantime, there's plenty for New York faithful to tune into in the playoffs. Besides the terrific basketball, many key players still battling it out in the conference finals could don the blue and orange come next season. Here are the impending free agents to watch as this postseason winds down.

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UCF's Tacko Fall blocks a Zion Williamson shot in the NCAA Tournament. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
UCF's Tacko Fall blocks a Zion Williamson shot in the NCAA Tournament. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)

Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-7 UCF product who was introduced to most of the nation during the Knights' game against Duke in the NCAA Tournament, had a strong showing at the NBA Combine in Chicago. And he now might be of interest to the Knicks.

Fall had been scheduled to work out with the Knicks on Monday, but that workout has been rescheduled due to a travel issue, according to SNY's Ian Begley. The New York Post first reported that Fall is on the Knicks' "radar" as a possible second-round pick in the NBA Draft. The Knicks, who hold the No. 3 overall selection, own the No. 55 pick, the sixth-to-last pick in the draft.

Fall's 7-foot-7 measurement in shoes, 8-foot-2 1/4 wingspan and 10-foot-2 1/2 standing reach all set combine records. By all accounts, Fall performed well in combine scrimmages. And Fall wasn't originally invited to the combine, only earning an invite after impressing in the G League Elite Camp.

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

The Knicks will reportedly explore the idea of trading former top-10 pick Frank Ntilikina for another draft pick, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Ntilikina, the last first-round pick under the Phil Jackson regime, has averaged just 5.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 121 games since the Knicks drafted him eighth overall two years ago.

Over the past couple of weeks, he and several other Knicks players have been included in trade rumors amid the Knicks' potential interest in Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

One former member of the Knicks' front office and coaching staff thinks the Knicks would be making a mistake if they didn't select RJ Barrett at No. 3 in the NBA Draft -- assuming he's on the board.

"They better pick him if he's there,'' Brendan Suhr, the Knicks' director of player personnel and assistant coach from 2004-07, told the New York Post. "RJ has potential to be as good a scoring guard as we've had come into the league in the last 10 years. He's very versatile, with a mentality to score. He's dominated every level, dominated at the FIBA [International Basketball Federation] level. And he's got great size. He's a winner, comes from great basketball and athletic family. You're getting a great kid. He's the strongest candidate for that pick.''

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Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

If the Knicks are unable to sign Kyrie Irving and need to move to a contingency plan, perhaps they should look at restricted free agent Terry Rozier

The 25-year-old point guard, who has emerged as a key figure on the Celtics over the last two seasons, has shown he is capable of being a starting point guard in the league when filling in for an injured Irving. 

While the Knicks have not yet been heavily linked to Rozier, he was still asked about envisioning playing in New York during an apperance on "Jalen and Jacoby" earlier this week. 

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

Perhaps winning the third pick in the NBA Draft could actually help the Knicks' chances of signing free agent Kevin Durant

A video produced by the sports network Overtime from at least a year ago recently resurfaced via the TheKnickofTime podcast that showed the Warriors forward watching tape of top high school prospects and singing praises for guard RJ Barrett, whom the Knicks are expected to take with the third pick in the draft on June 20. 

"Kid I've been hearing a lot about," Durant said. "I haven't gotten a chance to watch him as much. I know he's a lefty out of Canada, I think. He's another one of those 6-7 wings who probably do everything, that can guard one through four that can play a long time in the NBA, especially in the NBA today."

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Since the Knicks were given the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, only Patrick Ewing and Isiah Thomas have said something about missing out on the top selection and Zion Williamson

That is until team president Steve Mills spoke up at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on Friday. 

Though he didn't talk for long, Mills said the team is excited to use their No. 3 pick to further their rebuilding process...

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

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


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Knicks team president Steve Mills spoke for the first time since his team was awarded the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and he says he's excited about the opportunity despite not getting the top selection. 

"We're excited about where we are," Mills told The Post's Marc Berman. "We know we'll get a good player at 3. So it's something we're excited about and look forward to."

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the Knicks failed to land the number one pick in Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, the attention quickly shifted back to whether or not the team could swing a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

According to a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily news, the Pelicans "are not high on Kevin Knox," according to a source.

Earlier this week, SNY Insider Ian Begley reported that the Pelicans had been "quietly gathering some intel on Knox recently," and while information gathering isn't anything new or out of the ordinary within league circles, it could have signaled that the Pelicans would want Knox included as part of any trade package.

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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...


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."

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks fans cheer against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks fans cheer against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Former Knick David Lee believes the key to success in New York is for everyone - the organization, fans and media - to take a patient approach. 

"Everybody, whether it be the fans or the media in New York, want to get everything done overnight," Lee said in an interview on Anthony Donahue's podcast, 33rd and 7th. 

"You saw it the other night (during the NBA Draft Lottery) with the Zion Williamson situation.

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Charles Oakley has NY advice 00:00:07
Knicks legend Charles Oakley says that if NBA free agents want to be happy in New York, they should talk to him first.

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Former Knicks great Charles Oakley hopes free agents who are interested in joining the Knicks reach out to him for guidance.

"What do I tell free agents? They need to be talk to me, No. 1, if they want to be happy in New York," Oakley said at CC Sabathia's celebrity softball event on Thursday. "They need to talk to me."

When asked specifically about Kevin Durant, Oakley said, "If he comes to New York, I wish he'd reach out and talk to me, have a dinner or something."

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Apr 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) drives to the basket against Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Goins (25) during the first half in the semifinals of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Apr 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) drives to the basket against Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Goins (25) during the first half in the semifinals of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

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Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver met with the Knicks on Wednesday morning in Chicago, one of ten prospects to talk to New York's management/coaches at the NBA Draft Combine.

Most people who are paid to analyze the NBA Draft see Culver as outside of this year's top three prospects.

When asked about making teams in the top three who might pass on him regret the decision, Culver smiled.

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Reddish, Morant prep for draft 00:00:49
Some of the top NBA Draft prospects are in Chicago ahead of the NBA Draft. Morant and Reddish talked to the media today.

As the NBA Combine kicked off in Chicago, some of the top prospects in this year's draft class were on hand to tackle the national media for the first time. And, as one would expect, there were large crowds surrounding Ja Morant and Cam Reddish

Morant is the top point guard in the Draft, and reports have stated that the Grizzlies will take him with the No. 2 overall pick come June 20. As for Reddish, he could go anywhere from No. 3 to the Knicks to No. 6 in the Suns depending on how high he ranks on teams' draft boards. 

But both players believe they are ready to make a major impact on whatever franchise calls their name on Draft night...

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

It appears the Grizzlies want Murray State's Ja Morant at No. 2 overall in the NBA Draft, and that suits RJ Barrett just fine.

Barrett prefers to slip past Memphis and end up with either the Knicks at No. 3 or the Lakers at No. 4, according to the New York Post

On Wednesday, ESPN reported Memphis has begun informing other parties that the team is locked in on Morant with the second pick.

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Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The NBA championship trophy and rings are seen during the ring ceremony and banner raising ceremony before a game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports  (Rick Osentoski)
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The NBA championship trophy and rings are seen during the ring ceremony and banner raising ceremony before a game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The growing optimism that the Knicks will land Kevin Durant and a second max free agent this summer is being reflected in their odds to win the NBA Title next season.

In the most recent odds released by Caesars, the Knicks (+1200) are tied with the Clippers and Rockets for the third-best odds of any NBA team.

The only teams ahead of the Knicks are the Warriors (+200) and Bucks (+400).

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Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett speaks in a press conference during practice for the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett speaks in a press conference during practice for the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Duke forward RJ Barrett is projected to be the No. 3 pick in next month's NBA draft to the Knicks. 

Asked what he feels he needs to do to improve at the next level, he kept it simple:

"Everything," Barrett told The Athletic's Shams Charania. "No one is perfect in one area of the game, so just continue to work on everything and be a complete player."

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Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

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Zion Williamson was excited about the prospect of playing for the Knicks before Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery.

That, coupled with the ever-present amateur body language readers on social media, led to speculation on Wednesday that Williamson wasn't happy about the possibility of landing with the Pelicans.

The speculation was even talked about among some opposing executives on Wednesday.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

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Duke's RJ Barrett will reportedly be there for the Knicks at No. 3 on draft night.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Grizzlies, barring something unforeseen, "appear to have locked in" on selecting Murray State's Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The report states that Memphis has begun informing other parties of its decision.

If Memphis takes Morant at No. 2, that would leave Barrett available for the Knicks at No. 3.

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Mar 30, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isiah Thomas during a halftime show against the Portland Trail Blazers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Mar 30, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isiah Thomas during a halftime show against the Portland Trail Blazers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Hall of Fame guard and former Knicks president Isiah Thomas believes New York has a chance to turn things around quickly this summer.

"They're positioned well for free agency because they have cap space and they can go out and pitch themselves," Thomas said at an event to announce a partnership between his Cheurlin champagne company and the NBPA. "...They're positioned to have a great summer. But it depends on luck. If they're lucky enough, it can become a great summer."

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Only Pelicans executive VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin - and maybe a select few others close to him - knows exactly what New Orleans wants in a potential Anthony Davis trade.

Griffin reiterated on Tuesday that he's committed to trying to keep Davis in New Orleans. Landing the No. 1 overall pick in June gives him another potential selling point for Davis, but the smart money says he will still want to leave New Orleans. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported as much shortly after the Lottery.

So, assuming New Orleans has to deal Davis this summer, which teams can make the best offers? And how can the Knicks push themselves to the front of that group?

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Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson (21) during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson (21) during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

Knicks SG Damyean Dotson underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed on Wednesday. 

Before he underwent surgery, the expectation was that Dotson would be sidelined for roughly two months due to the shoulder ailment, per sources. Dotson is not expected to miss time next year and the belief is he'll be ready for the start of training camp, as The Athletic reports.

Head coach David Fizdale is leading the Knicks' rebuilding process, and his development of his young core was seen through Dotson among others this season. He gave him 27.5 minutes per game on the hardwood compared to 10.8 in his rookie season, and it paid off.

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Knicks fans react to Lottery 00:00:59
Live through Knicks fans angst leading up to the draw and after when they found out they?d get the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft.

There was an 86 percent chance the Knicks and their fans were going to be disappointed after the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.

And while total disaster didn't strike -- the Knicks got the No. 3 pick -- they will not be able to select Zion Williamson

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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

One of the biggest questions for the Knicks in the aftermath of Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery? How does landing the No. 3 pick -- and New Orleans landing the top pick -- impact New York's chances of trading for Anthony Davis?

From a New Orleans perspective, Pelicans lead executive David Griffin seemed hopeful that the No. 1 pick would help entice Davis to stay in the Big Easy.

"It's the same situation," Griffin said. "We want to create an environment players are attracted to. We feel very strongly Anthony in totality will be attracted to what we can build and what we can offer. It's the same for all players. We're going to stand for something. We hope that repeats itself."

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May 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; NBA top prospect Zion Williamson (middle left) is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery at the Hilton Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
May 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; NBA top prospect Zion Williamson (middle left) is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery at the Hilton Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson was on hand in Chicago for the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. And just how he has always been since his first game at Duke, Williamson was all smiles when he joined ESPN's crew to talk about what team he might be going to once the Lottery was 

When all the cards were shown to the masses, it was the New Orleans Pelicans that came out with the No. 1 pick in a wild drawing of teams. And it appears Williamson wasn't the biggest fan of that. 

ESPN's Marc. J. Spears was first to say that the 6-foot-7 forward was "quickly whisked out of the room" following the Pelicans' winning the Lottery. A source told him that Williamson was "rooting to go to New York."

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Knicks get the 3rd pick 00:01:26
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley explains what the #3 pick means for the Knicks, and what it means in relation to a potential Anthony Davis trade.

The results of Tuesday's NBA Lottery weren't a disaster for the Knicks, but they certainly weren't ideal. 

New York finished with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, earning the chance to select a top college player or to try to trade the pick for an established star. 

R.J. Barrett, who could be on the board when the Knicks select on June 20, will meet with New York on Wednesday in Chicago ahead of the NBA Draft Combine, per SNY's Adam Zagoria.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina
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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yes, the Knicks didn't land the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. And while fans mourn their loss of Zion Williamson to the Pelicans -- the team that did land the first pick -- the gears shift to a very important free agency period for New York. 

In all reality, free agency has always been the Knicks' top priority enter this offseason. The No. 1 pick would have been amazing, but filling those two max free agent slots are more important for the team's rebuiliding process. 

And they have become even more crucial now. 

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks didn't get the No. 1 pick on Tuesday night at the NBA Draft Lottery. That isn't a disaster -- they have the No. 3 pick and can either land Ja Morant or RJ Barrett (or trade the pick as part of a package for Anthony Davis).

New York could have fallen to No. 4 or No. 5. Getting the No. 3 pick is good. But the New York back pages treated it as a tragedy.

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Knicks fans react to Lottery 00:00:59
Live through Knicks fans angst leading up to the draw and after when they found out they?d get the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft.

The Knicks' dreams of drafting Zion Williamson went out the door on Tuesday when they drew the No. 3 pick during the NBA Draft Lottery.

Of course, it was just another chapter of heartbreak for Knicks fans and another opportunity for those on social media to rib Knicks fans for getting their hopes up. 

Here are just some highlights to the reaction of the Knicks getting the third pick in the NBA Draft:

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Ja Morant talks NBA future 00:00:51
Ja Morant talks to reporters following the NBA Draft Lottery about the chip on his shoulder, and his plans to make an impact in the NBA

With the Knicks drawing the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, they will likely land either Murray State guard Ja Morant or Duke guard R.J. Barrett

Morant was in attendance at the NBA Draft Lottery and spoke with reporters on how he plans to make an impact on whichever NBA team selects him. 

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Patrick Ewing on Knicks pick 00:00:39
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing talks about representing the team at the NBA Draft Lottery, where the Knicks got the 3rd pick in the draft.

Knicks fans were let down on Tuesday night when it was revealed they will have the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

So that means Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson won't be wearing blue and orange next season. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost. 

Patrick Ewing, who represented the Knicks on the dais in Chicago, thinks the fans should be happy with who team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry decide to choose come June 20. 

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Would Knicks trade #1 pick? 00:01:33
New York Knicks could possibly get the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. SNY's Ian Begley reports there is 'no consensus' they would trade it.

Anthony Davis would certainly consider re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could be successful in New York, per SNY sources familiar with the matter. And here's how a Davis to New York trade could work:

Since the goal would likely be to pair Davis with two other stars, the Knicks would first sign their two max free agents in early July, using nearly all of their $70-plus million in cap space.

They would then have to send out roughly $21.6 million in salary to satisfy NBA trade rules in a swap for Davis, who is making $27 million in 2019.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson
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Would Knicks trade #1 pick? 00:01:33
New York Knicks could possibly get the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. SNY's Ian Begley reports there is 'no consensus' they would trade it.

If the Knicks win the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night -- and a chance to draft Zion Williamson -- they will shift their focus toward a potential trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

However, SNY's Ian Begley doesn't believe there is a consensus that the Knicks would include the No. 1 pick in a Davis deal. 

Any trade for Davis could potentially involve the Knicks' top pick and more, and the Pelicans recently gathered intel on Kevin Knox, according to Begley

Davis, 26, is under contract through the 2020-21 season, earning $27.1 million next season and $28.7 million in 2020-21. 

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Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches the Indiana Pacers shoot a free throw during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches the Indiana Pacers shoot a free throw during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving can be a free agent after the season, 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...


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:

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Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

It's no secret the Knicks covet free-agent-to-be Kyrie Iriving, who reportedly has reciprocated the interest

But the Knicks also remain interested in a pair of Irving's Boston teammates that will also be free agents this summer: Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier

According to NBC Sports Boston, the Knicks' interest in Rozier picked up last year during the playoffs, when the guard helped carry the Celtics within one game of the NBA Finals despite Irving's absence.

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Mar 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing coaches against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half of a quarterfinal game of the Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing coaches against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half of a quarterfinal game of the Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Patrick Ewing knows all about fortuitous lottery outcomes. 

The Knicks won the 1985 lottery and selected the former Georgetown star -- and current Hoyas coach -- with the top pick. While tall tales detailing frozen envelopes that guaranteed the Knicks with the top pick that year exist, Ewing laughed off such a premise Tuesday during his appearance on The Dan Patrick Show

Then Patrick asked -- mostly in jest -- if he and the Knicks worked up a plan to secure the top pick this time around. 

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May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks General Manager Scott Perry during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks General Manager Scott Perry during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

With the Knicks entering Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery with a 14 percent chance of securing the No. 1 overall pick, the team already has plenty to occupy itself with before worrying about where other teams are selecting. 

They will, however, be keeping an eye on whether the Mavericks earn a top five pick. If Dallas -- which has the eighth-best lottery odds (six percent chance at the top selection) -- drops below fifth, the Knicks can pick up a pair of first round picks. 

The first would be an unprotected first-rounder in 2021, followed by a 2023 first round pick that is top 10 protected. 

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Moments after the original NBA Draft Lottery, back when the basketball gods or conspiracy or whatever you want to believe gifted Patrick Ewing to the Knicks, Dave DeBusschere talked about how antsy he got before it all played out. 

"I couldn't listen to the commissioner; I was very nervous," the then-Knicks exec said on the television broadcast. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony McCarron
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May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks General Manager Scott Perry during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks General Manager Scott Perry during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Knicks GM Scott Perry says the team is prepared for any and all possibilities heading into the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. 

"Whatever is in the cards for us (Tuesday), we'll be more than able and willing to handle that and execute the draft position that we have," Perry said Monday in an interview on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo Show. 

The Knicks, Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns each have a 14 percent chance of landing the top pick on Tuesday night. All three clubs also have a 40 percent chance of landing a top-three pick and a 52 percent chance of landing a top-four pick. The Knicks will pick no lower than fifth since they finished with the league's worst record (17-65). 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson
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Could NY land Zion and Kawhi? 00:01:23
New York Knicks have a lot of cap room and a top 5 draft pick, could we possibly see both Kawhi Leonard and Zion Williamson at MSG?

The Knicks have a lot of cap room and a top-five pick in the NBA draft.

Sure, this year's free-agent class will also feature Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

But would it be possible for New York to land both Kawhi Leonard and Zion Williamson?

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Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv | Twitter

Knicks GM Scott Perry was asked about free agency on Monday on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo Show. The Knicks have enough cap space to sign two max free agents. Kevin Durant will be a top target. During the regular season, multiple players who played with Durant in the past and currently play with him in Golden State told friends that they expect him to sign with the Knicks, per sources. The Knicks, along with every other team with enough cap space to pay him, would love to sign Kawhi Leonard.

Perry didn't feed into the Durant/Leonard hype during his interview on Monday, as you'd expect.

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