Have the Knicks found their second star to pair with Kristaps Porzingis? And will taking a flier on a kid who hadn't played organized ball in over a year be a stroke of genius?
Here are five takeaways from the Knicks' Summer League...
Kevin Knox looks like a star
The Knicks announced they have waived F Troy Williams on Monday. Williams had just completed the Summer League with New York in Las Vegas.
Had to waive or trade a player to satisfy roster rules, it was Williams who got the boot. The 6-foot-7 forward came to the Knicks last year on a 10-day contract. He would sign yet another one as they were impressed with his play.
The 23-year-old played in 17 games with the Knicks, averaging 7.5 points over 17.1 minutes per game.
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It's supposed to be a simple question: Where are you from?
We're asked that question countless times throughout our lives and the answer isn't meant to change. But when Knicks C Enes Kanter receives that question, he doesn't have an easy answer anymore.
"People ask me now where I am from and I don't know what I am supposed to say," Kanter said...
These Jimmy Butler rumors aren't going away anytime soon.
The star, rumored to be disgruntled with his situation in Minnesota, has reportedly turned down a 4-year, $110 million contract extension with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News. Butler can become a free agent next season and the Knicks are expected to pursue his signature.
Butler was an All-Star last year, his first season with the Timberwolves. He averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 35 percent from three.
Butler fueled the fire earlier this week by liking an Instagram comment calling for him and Kyrie Irving, who can also become a free agent next season, to join the Knicks. But he also liked an Instagram post earlier this week of him in a Spurs jersey.
Knicks' first-rounder Kevin Knox has been taking the NBA world by storm. Well, at least the NBA Summer League for now.
Knox has shined in his first games as a Knick, and to his former college teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, it doesn't come as a surprise. These two Kentucky Wildcats were both lottery picks, with Gilgeous-Alexander going to the Clippers.
Having ran the point for Kentucky, Gilgeous-Alexander knows what Knox is capable of on the floor. And there is more to what Knicks fans have seen so far from the 6-foot-9 forward.
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Knicks' second-rounder C Mitchell Robinson shined in New York's Summer League finale on Friday night.
Robinson had another double-double on his stat line by the end of the contest against the Pelicans, as he collected 14 points and 12 rebounds. He also had another solid defensive performance with 5 blocks.
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Kevin Durant made a surprise appearance here at the Nike Peach Jam on Friday. Whether he ever makes an appearance in Knicks colors remains to be seen, but former New York point guard Greg Anthony believes the team will be attractive to free agents in 2019.
"Listen, there's going to be a lot of A-list guys that are going to be available, and just like with the Lakers, New York is an incredible environment," Anthony told SNY.tv. "If you can be a star there, I'm sure those guys are all going to take that stuff into consideration."
Anthony is here supporting his son Cole Anthony, a New York prep star who will take his talents to a national high school powerhouse this year before going to college in 2019. A 6-foot-3 point guard, Cole is a projected future pro down the road...
Everything the Knicks have done this summer has been with two eyes on next summer. All the decision-makers in the organization have been consistent with that message.
But that doesn't mean the Knicks' roster for next season is already locked in, despite the team having 16 players under contract already. GM Scott Perry insists that the team's options are always open.
"We always will keep our options open. But we're not going to sign someone for the sake of signing him," Perry said...
In the Knicks 82-75 Summer League loss to the Celtics, second-round pick Mitchell Robinson stole the show.
Robinson scored a team-high 17 points on 8-10 from the field with 12 rebounds and 6 blocks. He also added three steals while being responsible for a litany of highlights.
The Louisiana native has impressed through the first four games considering this is the first organized basketball since the McDonalds All-American game over a year ago.
Could Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving be teaming up on the Knicks in 2019?
Butler liked an instagram comment calling for him and Irving to join the Knicks. He also liked an instagram post earlier this week of him in a Spurs jersey.
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The Knicks will go after Kevin Durant if he elects free agency in the summer of 2019, and ESPN's Zach Lowe put some interesting pieces in place.
"People who have spent years around Durant can't say for sure what he wants from the game," Lowe writes. "It's unclear if he knows. Some of those people predict, if you force them, that he will one day leave Golden State for a team that can be truly his."
Lowe goes on to note that Durant's business manager is from New York and that Knicks GM Scott Perry was an executive with the SuperSonics when they drafted Durant and "remains close with him."
Many athletes around the world have FIFA World Cup fever, but none other than Knicks teammates Frank Ntilikina and Mario Hezonja. They even have a side bet on the final match.
Ntilikina's France and Hezonja's Croatia have made it to the final, and both players want to make things even more interesting. A Knicks fan took to Twitter to propose a bet where the loser of the match has to wear an entire outfit with the opposing team's flag design on it through Manhattan for a day with cameras following.
MSG Networks, who airs the Knicks games, responded to the tweet saying they would be willing to do so. Ntilikina then picked up the bet, and sent the wager to Hezonja...
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Knicks legend Charles Oakley has reportedly been arrested for cheating in a Las Vegas casino, according to TMZ.
Oakley was allegedly seen trying to pull back a $100 chip from a betting table in the Cosmopolitan casino after realizing he was going to lose. He was subsequently arrested and is now being charged with committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment.
The casino is saying they have security footage of the 54-year-old trying to cheat. If convicted, Oakley could faced up to six years in prison...
Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.
The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up.
The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring.
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During his first interview as an Indiana Pacer, former Knick Kyle O'Quinn took a shot at New York saying he "wanted to be a part of something bigger than next year's draft." That basically translates to O'Quinn believing the Knicks will tank this season.
But Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry didn't rebuttle O'Quinn's comments. Instead, they diverted when asked what to make of them.
"Kyle is Kyle," Mills told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's obviously -- it felt like it didn't come out the way he wanted it to come out, knowing Kyle. Kyle is talking, but I still love Kyle and have a lot of respect for him."
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New Knicks guard Mario Hezonja, who had encouraged fans to scream 'Mario Hezonja' when his native Croatia scores, celebrated their World Cup victory over England on Wednesday.
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Knicks draft pick Kevin Knox has been unleashing ferocious dunks and burying threes while dominating in the Summer League.
Here's what the experts have said about Knox, mixed with highlights of him being awesome...
There was no secret that former Knicks star F Carmelo Anthony and former head coach Mike D'Antoni didn't see eye to eye in New York. D'Antoni even said Anthony was the reason he quit his head coaching post with the Knicks before the 2012 season began.
But that was then, and right now, D'Antoni's Houston Rockets look like the favorite to land the 10-time All-Star.
Six years ago, D'Antoni indulged in his relationship with Anthony, and how the star forward gave the Knicks an ultimatum. It was either get rid of D'Antoni or Anthony wanted to be traded.
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Knicks rookie Kevin Knox continued his strong Summer League campaign on Tuesday with a game-high 29-point effort in the Knicks' loss to the Lakers.
Knox also had nine rebounds along with two assists in what was his third Summer League game.
The Knicks overcame a 25-point deficit in the second half thanks to a 28-3 run in the third quarter, but the Lakers pulled away in the final quarter and ran away with a 109-92 Summer League win on Tuesday night.
Kevin Knox scored 29 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had two assists in a team-high 33 minutes. Knox has impressed during Summer League, scoring 22 points in his first game and 19 in his second before turning in his best performance yet on Tuesday night.
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The amount of vitriol and hate going around for Carmelo Anthony this offseason is ridiculous.
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The Knicks head into their last game of the Las Vegas Summer League tonight against the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. -- their final game before heading into tournament play.
The Knicks won their first game, 91-89, over the Hawks before losing to the Jazz, 90-85, on Sunday.
Kevin Knox was the leading scorer for the Knicks in both games, with 22 and 19 points respectively.
Rookie F Kevin Knox is starting to win the hearts of Knicks fans with his great Summer League play. But one Knicks fan showing him some love got him excited.
ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke is a known Knicks fan, and seems to have taken a liking to the 18-year-old that was drafted ninth overall by the Knicks last month. Knox posted to his Instagram story Monday night, saying he had a conversation with Burke, who loves his game.
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Joakim Noah still has hope he will be in a Knicks jersey next season.
As the 6-foot-11 center walked barefoot through a parking lot in Malibu, California, he admitted he's not sure what the future with the Knicks holds for him at the moment. But he does love head coach David Fizdale.
"I don't know what's gonna happen, but Coach Fiz is cool man," Noah told TMZ.
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Kyle O'Quinn, who recently agreed to a one-year deal with the Pacers, threw shade at the Knicks on his way out the door.
"I wanted to play for something more than next year's Draft," O'Quinn said upon joining the Pacers, according to Charlie Clifford of WISH-TV.
The 28-year-old O'Quinn, who averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 77 games with the Knicks last season, opted out of his $4.25 million player option at the end of the season. New York initially showed interest in bringing back O'Quinn, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, but that interest waned.
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The Knicks have announced their preseason schedule which features five games including two on the road and three at home.
The team opens the preseason on October 1st against the Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
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Knicks fans may want to rethink their booing of Kevin Knox on Draft night after what he has shown in his first taste of the NBA.
Knox has lit up the Summer League Las Vegas court in his first two contest against the Hawks and Jazz, and he's generating tons of praise. One NBA executive who was very blunt in his scouting report of the 18-year-old.
"He's f--king really good," the anonymous executive told The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov. "A real stud."
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New Knicks head coach David Fizdale said point guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke will "fight it out" to see who starts, adding he sees each of them having a role with the team in the 2018-19 season.
"I'm going to let them fight it out for who starts," Fizdale said on NBATV, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, "but I see all of them serving a purpose for the way I like to play."
Fizdale said he and the Knicks' coaching staff have been working with Mudiay on "some technical stuff," including his shot, but believes he has an explosive physical presence as a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard.
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The Knicks announced they reached a multi-year deal with second-round center Mitchell Robinson.
Though terms of the deal were undisclosed, the New York Post's Marc Berman reports it will include two guaranteed years with options for Years Nos. 3 and 4, and could be worth as much as $1.6 million.
Robinson, the No. 36 pick, got his first game action in over a year on Saturday in the Knicks' first Summer League contest against the Hawks. He decided to train for the NBA Draft instead of enrolling at Western Kentucky. Robinson posted nine points, eight rebounds, and four blocks in the team's win.
The 7-foot-1 Robinson was known to be a very athletic player, but his skills were raw and he was considered a project at the NBA level. However, Begley notes the Knicks have been impressed with his "comfort level and aggressive nature" during his workouts in Las Vegas.
Knicks first-round draft pick Kevin Knox scored 22 points and had eight rebounds to lead New York to a 91-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League.
Damyean Dotson had 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists, while Troy Williams scored 17 points offf the bench. Mitchell Robinson had nine points and eight rebounds.
Alonzo Trier scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had three steals and four assists.
Knicks first-round draft pick Kevin Knox impressed on Saturday afternoon when he dunked in a Summer League game against the Hawks.
Knicks G Emmanuel Mudiay is practicing with the summer league team but won't take part in any games. He just wants to improve under new coach David Fizdale.
Mudiay scored 8.8 points on 36 percent shooting with 3.9 assists in 22.4 minutes per game in 22 games with the Knicks after being acquired from the Nuggets. The 22-year-old is focused on getting better.
"Just trying to pick up on some of the stuff that he's teaching," Mudiay said...
The future of the Knicks will be tested during the Las Vegas Summer League, and the stakes couldn't be higher for this young talent that GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills hope carry the team out of the dumps in the near future.
For draft picks, this is a chance to showcase why they were taken in the lottery. And for others on the roster, this is a chance to get rewarded with a contract if they can ball out. Even new head coach David Fizdale gets to display his expertise for the first time.
So, with the Knicks first game against the Hawks slated for this Saturday at 5:30 p.m., here are some players to watch in Vegas over the next couple weeks...
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Branded the Croatian JR Smith, the NBA career for Mario Hezonja hasn't gone quite to plan since being drafted No. 5 overall by the Magic in 2015.
The Magic decided against bringing Hezonja back to Orlando this summer and the Knicks promptly signed him to a one-year, $6.5 million deal. Knicks GM Scott Perry was working in the Magic front office when they drafted Hezonja and he is confident in the 23-year-old's ability.
"With Mario, we're adding another young, athletic and driven player," Perry said...
The Knicks have signed C Luke Kornet, the team announced on Friday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the New York Post had reported that Kornet agreed to a one-year deal.
Kornet, whose deal is worth $1.6 million, was a restricted free agent after playing in 20 games with the Knicks last season.
He went undrafted in the 2017 draft and joined the Knicks during Summer League on a two-way contract. He made his NBA debut on February 8, 2018.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to get rid of Carmelo Anthony after just one season. Anthony and the Thunder will part ways some time this summer according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes after Anthony opted into his $27.9 million player option.
The Thunder are expected to trade Anthony, use their stretch provision, or orchestrate a buyout.
The small forward was traded on September 25th, 2017 from the Knicks to the Thunder in exchange for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter, and a 2018 second round pick that was used to select Mitchell Robinson.
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Former Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Indiana Pacers on Friday, a league source confirmed to SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.
The 28-year-old O'Quinn, who averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 77 games with New York last season, opted out of his $4.25 million player option at the end of the season.
New York initially showed interest in bringing back O'Quinn, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, however that interest waned in recent days.
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Knicks head coach David Fizdale opened up the possibility of Kristaps Porzingis playing at small forward, which could give New York one of the tallest starting fives in NBA history.
Fizdale met with Porzingis in Latvia and told him, "I don't have a position for you," and said Porzingis was open to taking advantage of his versatility.
"Our league doesn't really have a lot of those type of guys anymore," Fizdale told reporters. "He gives me a lot of flexibility to move him to power forward, to center and even some small forward."
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The Knicks are banking on David Fizdale having a strong relationship with star player Kristaps Porzingis to have any chance at the team being successful, but Fizdale already jokes that the 22-year old will get sick of him-- fast.
Fizdale is going to visit Porzingis in Latvia soon and says he has so many things he wants to show him.
"He's going to get tired of me by two of those days over there," Fizdale said...
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Knicks F Mitchell Robinson hasn't played organized basketball for 14 months, but even that hasn't made it easier for head coach David Fizdale to contain his excitement.
The Knicks drafted Robinson in the second round (No. 36 overall) and came under light criticism due to the fact that the player decided to skip college basketball. Robinson decided to use the time to train.
"Man, is he athletic," Fizdale said...
The Knicks have reached a multi-year deal with their 2018 first-rounder Kevin Knox, the team announced Thursday. As team policy states, the details of the deal were not disclosed.
Knox, who is currently in Las Vegas with the Knicks' summer league team, is expected to revitalize the wing position for New York which lacked last season after the departure of Carmelo Anthony. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged a team-high 15.6 points while also collecting 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists during his freshman year at Kentucky last season.
The 18-year-old has made it known that Rookie of the Year is what he will strive for next season...
Knicks new head coach David Fizdale is already taking Frank Ntilikina under his wing. And the first order of business for the Knicks 2017 first-rounder is to get some to be more selfish with the ball.
Normally the point guard position is expected to do the exact opposite. But Fizdale believes Ntilikina is too passive in his game, which is why he brought him to his hotel room on Wednesday for a private film session to look at summer league practice from the day before.
"He's a good basketball player," Fizdale told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "It's going to be a process with him of constantly emphasizing aggression and always be in 'Go mode' and don't be concerned as much about taking care of everybody and that his aggression will draw defenders to help him take care of everybody...."
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After a hectic NBA free agency weekend, LeBron James is finally going to the Western Conference as he signed a max deal with the Lakers. And with that, the Eastern Conference can exhale a sigh of much-needed relief.
Knicks new head coach David Fizdale did even more than that.
"Hal-le-lu-jah," Fizdale told Newsday's Al Iannazzone after the team's first summer league practice. "Look, I'll take it. That's all I can say."
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With LeBron James going to the Lakers, the Eastern Conference is now wide open. The Celtics and 76ers are the two favorites, but after that, the rest of the playoff spots areup for grabs. One of those spots likely isn't going to be the Knicks this season as they wait for Kristaps Porzingis to return from a torn ACL. But they could strike in the summer of 2019.
Next summer could be the beginning of the Knicks' return to relevance in a conference that anyone can win. The team will have plenty of cap space to go get not only one superstar, but two. The names that should be atop their list that could be a reality? Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
With the Knicks signing F Mario Hezonja on Sunday, it seems the return of F Michael Beasley isn't in play any longer.
For one, Hezonja's $6.5 million came out of the Knicks' $8.6 million mid-level exception. To get Beasley back, it was expected the Knicks would have to cough up the entire mid-level exception.
Instead, they get Hezonja -- a forward that has the ability to play both the 3 and 4 on the floor. But can Hezonja's versatilty make him a viable replacment to Beasley, who was a critical piece of the Knicks a season ago?
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The Knicks have signed PF Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Hicks is coming off a rookie season where he spent time with both the G-League Westchester and New York Knicks. For the 18 games he played with New York, the 23-year-old averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds.
The North Carolina product started in all but one of his 37 games for the G-League Knicks. There, he averaged 15.6 points and 8.0 rebounds.
LeBron James will probably never be a Knick, but maybe Kevin Durant will.
The Knicks are planning their 2019 offseason around Durant, reports Zach Lowe of ESPN, who says New York has made Durant their target "100 percent."
Durant, 29, has a player option with the Warriors for the 2019-20 season worth $31.5 million, but it will be stunning if he doesn't opt out. And if he does, the Knicks could pounce.
The Knicks' newest addition in SF Mario Hezonja could have gone to a contender like the Trail Blazers for next season. Instead, he chose the team he used to root for as a kid.
But was fulfilling a childhood dream the only motive for the 23-year-old to join New York's youth movement? Hezonja may have hinted to the main reason why he chose the Knicks in his deal-confirming tweet, as he made sure to mention the opportunity to play for new head coach David Fizdale.
Hezonja reportedly turned down multi-year contracts with other ballclubs to sign his one-year deal with the Knicks, per The Athletic's Michael Scotto. Playing for Fizdale is the rumored selling point to landing the Croatian forward.
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LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Klutch Sports Group announced.
James, who declined his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, was also heavily targeted by the Rockets and 76ers before he chose to take his talents to Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old James, who had won the Eastern Conference in eight straight seasons -- four with the Miami Heat and four with the Cavaliers -- will head to the Western Conference for the first time in his 15-year career, as he will have to compete with the Rockets, who boast James Harden and Chris Paul, and the Golden State Warriors, who have won three of the past four NBA championships.