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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The New York Knicks' second-year guard Frank Ntilikina has been a hot topic in trade rumors this season, with his poor shooting from the floor and recent string of DNP-CD's only intensifying the murmurs. Ntilikina is still just 20 years old and a fantastic defender for his age, leaving many fans optimistic he can turn this season around and continue to improve into a solid NBA player. However, if the front office deems him too much of a project, they could entertain some offers. Here are five potential trades with the five rumored teams interested in Ntilikina.

Frank Ntilikina for Jonathan Isaac

The Orlando Magic have a serious hole at point guard, with DJ Augustin manning the starting unit and the struggling Jerian Grant as backup. They've long searched for a young franchise piece at the one, with Elfrid Payton once being the guy before dealing him to the Phoenix Suns. If they believe Ntilikina can step into that role, they could look to move Jonathan Isaac, a fellow second-year player and New York native. He'd make for an interesting pairing with Kristaps Porzingis as someone who could potentially switch and defend multiple positions while playing either forward spot. Orlando has a few too many frontcourt prospects, so balancing out its core a bit could be intriguing. An alternative is dealing Grant and a first-round pick, perhaps with some protections, for Ntilikina.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. has enjoyed a breakout season for the Knicks, taking on the scoring load with Kristaps Porzingis recovering from his torn ACL while rounding out his game in other areas.

His improving efficiency and playmaking makes his contract look more and more reasonable, and with a potential regression and monster free agency looming, the Knicks could be inclined to listen to offers for their stud shooting guard. Here are a few directions they could go in if they decide to trade Hardaway...

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina for Andrew Wiggins

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Apr 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee will make his season debut Saturday when the Milwaukee Bucks visit Madison Square Garden.

Head coach David Fizdale said Lee was "probable" for the matchup with the Bucks after returning to practice just about a week ago. The guard, who is in his 10th year in the league, has missed the first 23 games of the 2018-2019 season due to a persistent neck injury.

"One thing I know is we definitely don't have veterans, so having a veteran in the mix now, especially since we haven't had Lance [Thomas], we just really miss that presence," Fizdale said Friday after practice. "So I've just got to figure out how I'm going to work him into the rotation."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

There does not appear to be a miscommunication between David Fizdale and Kristaps Porzingis this time around. 

The Knicks star forward recently told GQ he was close to returning that he could "taste it," and on Sunday, Fizdale seemed to share that sentiment. 

The Knicks head coach spoke with much more optimism about Porzingis than he did two weeks ago and left the door open for the 23-year-old to return this season but cautioned that Porzingis is not cleared to practice just yet.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

There has never been a real timetable on Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis as he recovers from surgery to repair his ACL, but he's making progress -- shooting on court while sprinting off court.

Porzingis shared the sprinting photos after a mixup involving head coach David Fizdale regarding his supposed lack of progress. Fizdale has owned up for his mixup, and Porzingis continues to rehab. And he feels himself getting closer. 

"The hard part is not being able to compete," Porzingis recently told GQ. Now that it's getting closer, I can taste it. I'm trying to stay patient. The day will come."

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Kristaps Porzingis practicing 00:00:40
New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis was seen shooting three-pointers without difficulty during the team's most recent practice.

Kristaps Porzingis was back with the Knicks on Tuesday doing some light work with the team at their practice facility in Westchester. 

The 23-year-old who is recovering from ACL surgery took some jumpers and 3-pointers without any difficulty. 

 

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Nov 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Check All-Star SG Jimmy Butler off the Knicks' free-agent targets list. Or at least that's what it sounds like after the Sixers struck a deal with the Timberwolves for Butler on Saturday. 

The Sixers landed Butler and C Justin Patton in return for SG Robert Covington, F Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round draft pick. And they do so with the full intention of signing Butler to a long-term deal before he reaches free agency, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The Knicks are expected to be very active this offseason, having enough cap room to sign a prolific superstar to a max deal if they can convince one to do so. Butler was a target for New York, but he is now off the table -- in the Eastern Conference nonetheless...

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Fizdale: "Why let things linger" 00:00:49
After Kristaps Porzingis was seen running around New York, David Fizdale walks back his comments on the Knicks power forward.

Now, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and head coach David Fizdale are on the same page.

Porzingis called Fizdale on Friday morning to update him on his rehab from a torn ACL, Fizdale said, after the two had differing statuses regarding Porzingis' recovery.

Fizdale said on Thursday that Porzingis hadn't begun sprinting and was at the same stage in the recovery process as he was during the summer. Later that night, Porzingis took to his Instagram story to post two photos of him sprinting at a nearby outdoor track.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Kristaps Porzingis appears to prefer doing his talking on Instagram. 

The Knicks' star forward was spotted in New York by TMZ Sports on Thursday night but refused to answer any questions, which included an update on his surgically repaired left knee. 

TMZ reported their encounter with Porzingis was shortly before he posted photos on his Instagram story of himself sprinting on a track, which was in response to comments made by Knicks head coach David Fizdale to the New York Daily News about the 23-year-old's progress from ACL surgery nine months ago. 

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After a report indicated Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has yet to begin sprinting nine months following ACL surgery, the 23-year-old star posted photos on his Instagram story of him sprinting to show his progress.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale told the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy on Thursday that Porzingis, who suffered a torn ACL in February, was at the same stage in his recovery as he was over the summer.

"He's still kind of there," Fizdale said Thursday, per the New York Daily News. "Not huge jumps."

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

One of the few bright spots of the Knicks' 3-7 start to the season has been the play of Tim Hardaway Jr. In his sixth year, and fourth in New York, Hardaway is the team's leading scorer with a much-improved outside shot, and has been their most dependable option on the offensive end as other players shuffle in and out of the lineup.

But the 26-year-old Hardaway is also due a lot of money -- $17.3 million this season, and $37.1 million over the next two. By the time his contract is up, he'll be 29 and due for an even bigger payday, and it remains to be seen whether the Knicks will be any closer to a return to the playoffs by then. It's a worthwhile question as to whether the Knicks' best course of action is to keep Hardaway around during the rebuild or cash in on his value right now and go even younger.

With Kristaps Porzingis sidelined for the foreseeable future, Hardaway is seeing the most offensive responsibility thus far in his career, and he's making the most of the opportunity. He's shooting a career-high 40.2 percent from three-point range on 8.7 attempts per game, while also getting to the free-throw line more than he ever has (a career-high 25.7 percent free-throw rate). 

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been a month since the David Fizdale Era has begun in Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks are 2-6. Though it isn't the best of starts, it is what most expected from this team going through their rebuilding stage. 

Here are some takeaways from the Knicks' first few games, and what to expect moving forward...

Fizdale has bought into the youth movement

Tags: Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Well, I think that was more fun than most people expected! The Nets topped the Knicks 107-105 on Friday night in what was a thrilling home opener, decided by a Caris LeVert lay-in with just one second left.

It was a disappointing last few seconds for the Knicks, and a game which saw some bad defensive mistakes, but New York's two neophytes had good showings which is really all that matters. With that, some thoughts...

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Knicks season will be a ride! 00:01:36
Step right up and hop on the roller coaster of the New York Knicks 2018-2019 season. It will be a crazy ride!

Choo! Choo!

You hear that sound coming from West 33rd and 8th Ave? No, it's not the trains running through Penn Station. This locomotive, better known as the Knicks Hype Train, is chugglng along through Madison Square Garden after last night's 126-107 rout of the Hawks. 

And I know what you're thinking: The Hawks are probably the worst team in the league this season. Yeah, you're probably right. But who cares! The Knicks are rebuilding, have brand new faces to go along with a brand new coaching staff, and they put on a clinic...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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NEW YORK -- The Knicks' unveiling of their shiny new lottery pick three years ago went a little bit differently.

It was in late October, against these same Atlanta Hawks, when 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis made his home debut. The rookie added the first ever play to his highlight reel, shaking Paul Millsap with a spin move to throw down a breakaway dunk. This 7-foot-3 forward with guard skills, who was supposed to be a long-term project, announced to the arena, the city, and a national television audience that he was ready to contribute right away. Fans wouldn't have to wait to start enjoying Knicks games again and hyping the living daylights out of the team's future.

Tuesday night, in a 126-107 win, the Knicks' latest lottery pick delivered a new message to fans with his play: Chill...

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Knicks President Steve Mills said on the Michael Kay Show that the team is happy with its decision not to extend Kristaps Porzingis before he is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

The team will save $10 million next summer by not extending Porzingis, per Ian Begley of ESPN. Mills justified the team's decision by stressing the importance of building the right team around Porzingis to put him in a better position to succeed down the stretch.

"We believe it was the smart move," Mills explained. "But primarily because over the summer, Scott and I sat down with KP's brother (Janis Porzingis) and talked about the different options that we have in front of us as it related to his extension. We were clear that the best option to make the Knicks a better team long-term and have a better group of guys that KP can grow with long-term was to not do the extension at this point."

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The 2018-19 season is going to be a transitional one for the Knicks.With a brand-new coach in David Fizdale and a highly touted rookie in Kevin Knox, there is plenty of reason for a long-suffering fanbase to be hopeful for the future. But there's also a lot of uncertainty.

Kristaps Porzingis is rehabbing a torn left ACL, and it remains to be seen when he'll play - or how good he'll look when he does. Second-year guard Frank Ntilikina showed promise in his rookie campaign, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, but he still has a long way to go.

After waiving Joakim Noah's onerous contract with the stretch provision, Scott Perry and Steve Mills will go into 2019 free agency armed with enough cap space to lure a big name. In the meantime, the Knicks can choose one of two paths: Go for broke and make a dark-horse playoff run, or embrace the tank for one more year and add to their collection of young players. Each approach would have its advantages and its drawbacks...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Fizdale talks Porzingis 00:00:58
Knicks coach David Fizdale shared an update about Kristaps Porzingis, and how he's engaging with the team as he continues to rehab his knee.

Though the Knicks have yet to set a definitive timetable for Kristaps Porzingis' return, the 23-year-old forward has impressed new head coach David Fizdale with how he's tried to help younger players in practice.

"He's been awesome to have in the gym," Fizdale said Monday. "It's like having another coach. The film sessions, he speaks up as much as any coach on our staff, and what he says is exactly what we need said."

Porzingis, who is entering his fourth season since being the No. 4 pick in 2015, will play under his fourth coach in as many years.

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Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) dribbles the ball while being defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) dribbles the ball while being defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Nobody is expecting the Knicks to be a playoff contender this season without Kristaps Porzingis, but prognosticators are predicting that things are going to be pretty bleak this season. 

Per FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO system, which factors each player's future performance based on trajectory of similar NBA players, the Knicks are expected to finish dead last in the league, with a 23-59 record and one percent chance of reaching the playoffs. 

It would mark the sixth straight season the Knicks fail to reach the playoffs, but the good news is that they could potentially land the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NBA draft.

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis is frustrated. 

The Latvian big man has been forced to watch along this entire preseason as his teammates get ready for the 2018-19 campaign. Porzingis is still rehabbing after his ACL surgery eight months ago, and though his progress hasn't hit a setback, he is growing tired of the same slow pace.

"He's feeling better every day, but it's still that frustrating slow drip for him," Fizdale told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The Knicks reportedly have a "very good shot" at luring Kevin Durant away from the super-team Warriors.

The 30-year-old signed a two-year extension with Golden State, but he can opt out after the first, and the Knicks are looking to land a monster free agent in 2019.

"The same allure that LeBron had toward the Los Angeles Lakers, just the building, the culture, is the same thing, the same way I know that KD feels about the Knicks," Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports said Wednesday on "Undisputed."

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With training camps underway across the NBA, ESPN released their latest power rankings. And the Knicks are at the bottom of the heap. 

The group of more than 40 reporters, insiders and editors positioned the Knicks at No. 26 heading into the new season.

It has been the stigma surrounding the Knicks this offseason, that their current rebuild state and absence of Kristaps Porzingis won't make them a competitor this season. However, the addition of rookie F Kevin Knox will be intriguing to watch from the get-go as he will get the chance to make an immediate impact on the floor.

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Knicks talk bright future 00:02:19
During New York Knicks Media Day, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox, and Enes Kanter talked about rebuilding and a new future for the Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The last NBA Rookie of the Year out of Kentucky was New Jersey native Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016. Now, Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is aiming to be the latest Kentucky product to win the award.

"Yeah, I think it's definitely something that I have the chance to get," the 6-foot-9 Tampa native said Monday at Knicks' Media Day. "But winning is No. 1 on my mind right now. I don't really care about anything else right now, just trying help my teammates win, try to help myself get better and just get better throughout the year."

After averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds last season under John Calipari, Knox excelled in the NBA Summer League with the Knicks. He was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team after averaging 21.3 points. In fact, Knox remains in touch with Towns, the 7-footer with the Minnesota Timberwolves who starred at St. Joe's-Metuchen in Jersey...

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis may be the face of the franchise, but he won't be getting paid like one anytime soon.

During a press conference on Thursday, Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry made it known that Porzingis won't be given the max $158 million extension he can be awarded.

They say Porzingis is on board with this mindset, as the Knicks want to make a run at prized free-agent options next offseason, and this extension would take up cap room. 

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis and Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen fight for position during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis and Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen fight for position during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks president Steve Mills is focused on rebuilding the franchise, and that means being cautious with All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis and their draft picks from this year and the future.

At a team town hall, Mills said he wants to play the long game in having the Knicks return to being a contender.

"We're not going to take shortcuts," Mills said, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov. "We're not going to trade our draft picks. Really, we believe New Yorkers will live with a plan and buy into a plan as long as we articulate it. ... We're not going to trade away assets for a guy we can get on our own later."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

As the new NBA season creeps closer and closer by the day, Sports Illustrated began to release their Top 100 players for the 2018-19 season. And one New York Knicks player has fallen on the list. 

Kristaps Porzingis came in at No. 52 on the list after a 2017 season that had some big ups, and ultimately, a season-ending down. 

"If healthy, Porizingis (22.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG) would have had a strong case as a top-20 player," SI wrote. "By record and point differential, the 2017-18 Knicks were a playoff bubble team with the Latvian big man on the court. After he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in early February, though, New York was pitiful, ranking No. 28 in winning percentage and No. 26 in net rating. Porzingis was on track to solidifying his reputation as a franchise player, and his unfortunate injury was the difference for the Knicks between being competitive and noncompetitive, relevant and irrelevant, watchable and unwatchable."

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Fizdale's impact on Knicks 00:00:29
Michael Rappaport and Jon Hein discuss what kind of culture new coach David Fizdale will be bringing to this year's Knicks squad.

Once again, the New York Knicks are in a state of rebuild. And once again, they've got a plan to turn it all around.

This time, though, their plan is more organic and appaers to be more dependable than "we'll sign the best free agents next summer!" This time, the organization isn't planning on skipping steps and is looking to build a young core through the draft.

"It's already happening," Fizdale told NBC's Bruce Beck of the Knicks' revival. "Kristaps will come back healthy. He was already having a big-time season last year when he got knocked down. We had an awesome draft with Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier - our two-way player."

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Jul 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dribbles inside Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the first half at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dribbles inside Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the first half at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

ESPN came out with its predictions for where each NBA team will finish in their respective conference. And let's just say they don't agree with Metta World Peace

Instead, they see the Knicks at the bottom of the heap, finishing tied 13th with the Chicago Bulls. 

Why? The absence of Kristaps Porzingis certainly goes into determining their projected 28-54 record. He is still rehabbing a torn ACL, and the Knicks said a more definitive timetable on when he would be back will come sometime in the beginning of the season. 

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Knicks playing on Christmas 00:00:42
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss whether the Knicks playing on Christmas Day is something to look forward to.

The NBA released it's annual Christmas Day schedule, and the Knicks have once again are among the teams playing. The Bucks are slated to come to town as one of the five NBA matchups for the holiday. 

But do the Knicks deserve to continually play on Christmas considering their rebuilding process?

For the past few seasons, the Knicks have not been up to par with the other NBA teams that play on Christmas Day. Just look at last season when the Sixers -- who were one of the best teams in the East -- handed them a 105-98 loss on their home court. The Celtics won 119-114 the season before as well.

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The Knicks made a few improvements this offseason, and have a new head coach in David Fizdale to lead the pack in the 2018-19 season. So why is it that Vegas believes they will virtually have the same season as last year?

New York finished 29-53 last season, and Westgate Last Vegas set their current over/under projection at 29.5 wins. That gives them the fifth-fewest wins among the 30 NBA teams. 

But Vegas may have a point in thinking the Knicks will be the same below-average squad they were a year ago.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale wakes up every morning with the same goal in mind.

"I want to take the Knicks to the championship," Fizdale told Latvian news outlet Sportacentrs.com. "This is my main and greatest goal -- to win the title for New York. Every morning is with this thought. Visiting Latvia and building of relationships with players so that they are more than simple coach-player relations, I believe that establishing such a link is a way to overcome the difficulties in the playoffs."

That is one lofty goal Fizdale set for himself given the Knicks haven't been to the Finals since their 1973 win. But he sees potential in his young crew to take him to the promise land. 

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The long-awaited visit between Knicks head coach David Fizdale and star forward Kristaps Porzingis has come to an end. And it was everything the Knicks hoped it would be. 

Fizdale and his wife, Natasha, went overseas to visit Porzingis and his family in Latvia to get to know him on a more personal level, and develop what everyone hopes will be a healthy relationship for this season and more to come. 

"It was important for Coach Fizdale to spend time with Kristaps and his family," an NBA source told The Post's Marc Berman. "It was an opportunity for both the coach and player to get to know each other on a more personal level and also talk basketball. It's part of establishing the type of culture and interaction necessary to building a strong foundation for this team in both the short and longer term."

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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)

Last summer, Scott Perry was ready to make the official move from Orlando to Sacramento to start his new journey as the VP of Basketball Operations with the Kings. But that's before Knicks president Steve Mills gave him a ring. 

Perry had signed on with the Kings in April, but when Mills called about the GM role he currently holds in New York, he couldn't resist.

"So I started in Sacramento April 24," Perry told NorthJersey.com's Steve Popper. "And we go through the draft, we go through the free agency. I enjoyed my time there. We were actually in Las Vegas Summer League and I hear from Steve Mills, asking did I have an interest in the general manager's job. Obviously I did."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks brass has been in touch with Kristaps Porzingis all summer and feel good about how the rehab process is going. But the team is still not ready to put a firm timetable on his potential return date. 

"As he meets certain milestones, we'll continue his rehab process all towards the direction of when he feels 100 percent comfortable and we feel 100 percent comfortable -- and we're not taking any risks with him -- then he'll be ready to come back," Knicks president Steve Mills said Thursday.

Knicks owner James Dolan said in May that Porzingis could miss the entire 2018-19 season, with the earliest potential return date being December.  

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Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

New Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he wanted to have a strong sense of communication with center Kristaps Porzingis, and visiting Porzingis' home in native Latvia has been a big step.

Fizdale has spent the past few days in Latvia with his wife and gotten to know Porzingis face-to-face as the All-Star center looks to return from a torn ACL.

"That's what's been great about this trip," Fizdale told a Latvian TV station, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "You can dive right into it and really get to feel the culture and see his basketball world. See how people treat him in the city."

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks C Kristaps Porzingis is working to make sure his recovery from an ACL tear he suffered last season goes smoothly -- both physically and mentally.

"The scar is going to be there, but it's more important that the scar is not up in here [in my head], so when you get back out on the court, you don't even think about your knee," Porzingis said duing a video with The Players' Tribune video. "I've seen the play 1,000 times, I've seen the video. I know exactly how it felt, and I'm not shying away from it."

Porzingis' injury occurred on February 6 when he was dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Knicks have yet to announce a timetable for his return. In the meantime, Porzingis said he has taken up yoga.

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Kawhi Leonard is headed north of the border along with Danny Green to play with Kyle Lowry. The the East wide open with LeBron James gone, and the Raptors are going all-in to try to get to the Finals. They did this trade pretty much knowing that Leonard could leave them next summer, and by all accounts it seems like he will.

Chris Haynes is reporting that Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto. If that is indeed the case, it means Leonard could join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy ButlerKemba Walker and others in the free agent class of 2019. And Leonard being unhappy this season in Toronto puts the possibility of him going to the Knicks next summer very much in play.

With the Knicks potentially being able to bring in two max players, it would not be stunning for Leonard to think about coming to New York. One of the best situations possible for the Knicks is if they can end up signing both Leonard and Irving next summer, giving them a stacked big three of Irving, Leonard, and Kristaps Porzingis. Mix that with Kevin Knox with a year under his belt, Knicks fans would be drooling. It's not bonkers to think it's possible...

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Fizdale: KP could play the 3 00:00:34
Daily News Live panelists Maria Marino and Bob Raissman debate over where Kristaps Porzingis should play on the court after he returns.

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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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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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Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Both on the court and in the offseason, the NBA is dominated by its stars more than any professional league. 

Stars give a team relevance and a chance to win every season. The stars themselves are aware of this fact and can exert more control over their own futures.

The Knicks have their franchise cornerstone in Kristaps Porzingis and are looking to build around him. But as the league has seen the likes of Kyrie Irving, Paul George and now Kawhi Leonard become disgruntled and ask for a trade, there is rational fear that Porzingis could go down that path one day...

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Porzingis reaches out to Knox 00:00:33
New York Knicks first-round pick Kevin Knox reveals that Kristaps Porzingis reached out to him, and discussed their future together.

Kristaps Porzingis is in Madrid rehabbing his ACL, but he still found time to reach out to his newest teammate.

Knicks first-rounder Kevin Knox revealed that Porzingis called him on FaceTime to exchange pleasantries.

"(Thursday) night, Porzingis actually gave me a phone call," Knox said at his news conference...

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Knicks GM on Kevin Knox 00:00:53
New York Knicks GM Scott Perry meets the media and discusses why the team chose Kevin Knox with the ninth pick in the NBA Draft.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In drafting freshman wing Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft, Knicks' brass fell in love with his talent, upside, and Kentucky pedigree.

The Knicks could have selected Villanova's Mikal Bridges or Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. -- who some fans cheered for, booing Knox in the process. But, instead, they zeroed in on the 18-year-old Knox to fill their void on the wing. The Tampa, Fla., native will be officially introduced at the Knicks' facility on Friday.

"Kevin is a young man that we did extensive research on, we like the talent," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "He fits what we're going to be about. What we've talked about from the very beginning, he's long, he's athletic, he can play multiple positions. I think he has tremendous upside."

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(Brad Penner)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks drafted Kentucky's Kevin Knox with an eye toward making the franchise "attractive" to free agents in 2019 -- most notably New Jersey native Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks' brass hopes that a young core of the 18-year-old Knox along with Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and other promising pieces will attract free agents like Irving a year from now.

"Yeah, our goal is to make this an attractive place," Knicks President Steve Mills said when I asked him about potential free agents.

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The Knicks will pick... 00:00:23
ESPN Knicks reporter Ian Begley makes his prediction of who the Knicks will pick Thursday night with the 9th selection of the NBA Draft.

NEW YORK -- Kevin Knox is intrigued by the idea of playing for the Knicks and compared his experience at Kentucky to potentially playing in the Big Apple.

"It's kind of where everything happens, Madison Square Garden, so I think this is a big stage, great opportunity to be here," the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward said Wednesday on the eve of the NBA Draft.

He added in reference to the huge media contingents covering the respective teams: "Kentucky is basically the New York Knicks of college basketball."

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Leonard wants out of San Antonio 00:04:51
The Loud Mouths and Michael Rapaport discuss the report of Kawhi Leonard's alleged desire to leave the Spurs and join the Lakers.

With reports swirling that Spurs F Kawhi Leonard wants to play elsewhere next season, the fit with the Knicks sounds enticing. 

For one, the Knicks were interested in going after Leonard when he becomes a free agent in 2019, per The Post's Marc Berman. However, now that Leonard wants to leave San Antonio a season early, they may not be the right fit because of one reason: Kristaps Porzingis

To acquire a player with Leonard's caliber, an even return would need to be in place for the Spurs. That means Porzingis would likely be mentioned in any deal if the Knicks wished to be a contender for Leonard. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks fans continue to sift through every vague update they can find on the health of star Kristaps Porzingis. The player himself spoke about his timetable while catching ACB basketball in Spain. 

The answer, as it has been since he tore his ACL against the Bucks in February, is that there is no answer yet. Porzingis doesn't have an exact date that he should be ready.

"I have to be smart. And I have a team that will help me figure that out," Porzingis told a Spanish television station, via Ian Begley of ESPN.

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Kyrie Irving talks free agency 00:00:30
With Kyrie Irving set to become a free agent in 2019, here are 5 reasons why that could be good news for the New York Knicks.

Maybe seeing All-Star PG Kyrie Irving in a Knicks uniform isn't fantasy after all.

The Celtics superstar said Tuesday that he won't be signing an extension with the team this offseason, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, per the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

"Contractually, financially, it just doesn't make any sense (to sign an extension with the Celtics)," he told reporters on Tuesday...

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LeBron James (23) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
LeBron James (23) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

With Cavaliers F LeBron James thinking about whether or not to enter free agency yet again this offseason, former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst, Reggie Miller, believes the Knicks could be a viable option. 

James must notify the Cavs by June 29 that he wants to stay with them next year at a price of $35 million, or take his talents elsewhere for the 2018-19 season. Teams have already been discussed like the 76ers and Lakers as potential destinations for James. 

However, the Knicks remain an option as well. Miller believes New York could land James if they pick up some other pieces in the offseason as well.

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