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David Fizdale plans to use Julius Randle all over the floor this season. 

"I'm gonna have him handling pick-and-roll. I'm gonna have him setting pick-and-rolls. He'll post and (isolate) and I'll run pindowns for him, cross-screens and pindowns. For a guy like that with that kind of talent I wanna move him around and utilize the skillset from different parts of the floor," Fizdale said Wednesday. 

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Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Count Lance Thomas among the NBA players who are surprised that Carmelo Anthony isn't on an NBA roster. 

"I think he deserves to end up on a team. A guy of his caliber is someone who has always been a standup guy in the league. He's given amazing basketball memories to the NBA, has affected almost every teammate he's ever had in a positive way, and always has a smile on his face," Thomas said Friday at Nets Media Day. "I think he does deserve to play on a team. I think it's unfortunate what's happening. But you're not going to take the smile off his face even if you tried."

Thomas signed with the Nets on Friday. His addition puts Brooklyn's roster entering training camp at 20 players - the maximum allowed under NBA guidelines. So the Nets would need to waive someone to add Anthony, which seems unlikely at this point. 

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Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Count Lance Thomas among the NBA players who are surprised that Carmelo Anthony isn't on an NBA roster. 

"I think he deserves to end up on a team. A guy of his caliber is someone who has always been a standup guy in the league. He's given amazing basketball memories to the NBA, has affected almost every teammate he's ever had in a positive way, and always has a smile on his face," Thomas said Friday at Nets Media Day. "I think he does deserve to play on a team. I think it's unfortunate what's happening. But you're not going to take the smile off his face even if you tried."

Thomas signed with the Nets on Friday. His addition puts Brooklyn's roster entering training camp at 20 players - the maximum allowed under NBA guidelines. So the Nets would need to waive someone to add Anthony, which seems unlikely at this point. 

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The Nets have agreed to terms with forward Lance Thomas, the team announced ahead of Friday's media day. 

SNY had previously reported that the team was in conversations with the former Knick about a role that would give him a regular roster spot

 

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets have agreed to terms with forward Lance Thomas, the team announced ahead of Friday's media day. 

SNY's Ian Begley had previously reported that the team was in conversations with the former Knick, who will look to serve as a stopgap in the Nets' rotation while Wilson Chandler serves a 25-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy at the start of the season.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets have agreed to terms with forward Lance Thomas, the team announced ahead of Friday's media day. 

SNY's Ian Begley had previously reported that the team was in conversations with the former Knick, who will look to serve as a stopgap in the Nets' rotation while Wilson Chandler serves a 25-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy at the start of the season.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

On Saturday afternoon, the Knicks announced that the team has officially requested waivers on Lance Thomas.

The Knicks had until Sunday to decide whether they wanted to guarantee $1 million of his $7.6 million salary for the 2019-20 season.

SNY's Ian Begley reported earlier this month that the team was planning to waive Thomas, and that's exactly what they did on Saturday.

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The longest-tenured Knick is a big fan of the newest one.

Lance Thomas watched fellow Duke player R.J. Barrett several times during the season and came away impressed.

"He's a force. He can get to that cup whenever he wants and he finishes above the rim," Thomas said at a pop-up event last Wednesday to promote his Slangmagic clothing line, named after his competitve fishing team. "He finishes with a good floater, strong kid."

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Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

The Knicks have until June 30 to decide whether they want to guarantee $1 million of veteran Lance Thomas' $7.6 million salary for the 2019-20 season.

The team's plan as of now is to waive Thomas before that deadline, sources tell SNY's Ian Begley.

Despite that plan, sources tell Begley that the Knicks have interest in bringing Thomas back as a free agent. The team values Thomas' leadership, professionalism and the way he has mentored the franchise's younger players.

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One of the worst seasons in New York Knicks history is over. A 17-65 record will be tough to swallow, but arguably the franchise's biggest offseason ever is fast approaching. This roster made up of raw talent and NBA vagabonds could look anywhere from completely different to mostly the same this time next year. Here's how each key player fared this season, and whether they should stay or go:

Kevin Knox

Barring an Anthony Davis trade, Knox is likely to remain a Knick, and fans should be cautiously optimistic about his future. Although his numbers as a whole were shoddy, there's a lot that is easily fixable, such as taking off a step too early or knowing when to go to the floater vs. attacking the defender's body. He had some solid stretches scattered across an underwhelming season: 43 percent three-point shooting in March, for example. The goal is for him to be a complete player, but we've yet to see tangible improvements much of anywhere,. That's okay, he's very young, and clearly filled with talent.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Lance Thomas, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Noah Vonleh
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New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan dribbles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luol Deng during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan dribbles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luol Deng during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he is hopeful center DeAndre Jordan will return from a sprained left ankle for Wednesday's game against the Phoenix Suns, according to Newsday's Steve Popper.

Jordan, who suffered the injury in practice on Feb. 23, has missed the Knicks' last four games and will miss his fifth straight on Monday against the Sacramento Kings.

Fizdale said Jordan, the Knicks' starting center since they acquired him in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster trade, has been progressing over the past week.

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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)

Though Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis won't be re-evaluated from his torn ACL until February, teammate Lance Thomas sees how much Porzingis wants to return.

"He's working really hard, man,'' Thomas said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He's in there before everybody. He's there when everybody leaves. While we practice, he just has that itch. You can just tell -- seeing us compete so hard in practice. He comes to me and says, 'Man, I can't wait. I got the itch.' He grabs a basketball on the side and starts dribbling it. He's working really hard. I know he's very anxious getting back on the court."

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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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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale deployed his experimental starting five full of youth for the second straight game on Sunday. And he defended exactly why is doing it, saying he isn't "hunting for wins."

The first appearance of the new starters came against the Warriors on Friday, when Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, and Trey Burke were benched in favor of Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh, and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson.

Fizdale wants to give this new group some time to see how things shake out, no matter if the Knicks are winning or not. 

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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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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Lance Thomas will begin the season as the Knicks' starting power forward, head coach David Fizdale said before Monday's preseason game against the Washington Wizards.

Fizdale said the starting lineups will be open "all year," according to MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow, but said it is "in the books" that the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Thomas will start at power forward.

The 30-year-old Thomas started 31 of 73 games last season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. As a starter last season, Thomas averaged 4.1 points and 22.5 minutes, while he averaged 4.0 points and 15.6 minutes in 42 games off the bench.

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Cavaliers forwards Kevin Love and LeBron James each scored over 20 points, as Cleveland cruised to a 123-109 win over the Knicks. >> Box Score

James recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 assists, while Love shot an even 50 percent from the field (9-for-18) for a game-high 28 points on the night. 

The Cavaliers' bench also contributed as former Knick J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson had 16 points apiece, and Larry Nance Jr. tallied 10 points. 

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Nobody hates losing more than Lance Thomas, and he has been doing it for awhile now. 

For the past four seasons, Thomas has been a mainstay on a Knicks team that has lost at least 50 games. Thomas grew up a Knicks fan while living in Brooklyn, and now that he is playing for them, he wants to win more than anything. 

That is why losing kills him. 

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At this point in the season, the Knicks are beginning to give minutes to their young guys for evaluation, and what their potential could hold for the future of the franchise. For 2017 second-round pick Damyean Dotson, those minutes have been very few. 

Dotson, a Houston product, has been on the bench the past two games with a right foot injury, and it very well may be the worst time for an ailment to keep him off the court. New York wants to see how their young prospects can perform under the big lights, and Dotson wants nothing more than to show the front office what he can do. 

"Eventually I'll get my time on the court and I can show what I can do," Dotson told Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

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Michael Beasley scored a team-high 21 points, but the Knicks came up short in a 123-112 loss to the Warriors in Oakland on Tuesday night. 

Playing without Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O'Quinn, New York came out of the gate surprisingly well against the defending national champions and held the Warriors to 21 first-quarter points at Oracle Arena. 

Courtney Lee started the game 5-for-5 from the field and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Knicks lead by as many as 10 points in the second quarter. However, the third and fourth quarters were another story, as Golden State picked up its defense in the second half.

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As Frank Ntilikina continues to improve in his rookie season, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is looking to get him some more minutes on the court. 

Now, that doesn't mean Ntilikina is ready to start for the Knicks. Hornacek will stick with Jarrett Jack as the starting point guard, but he will look at a potential start for the 19-year-old in the future. 

"Not yet," Hornacek told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "That's something we'll continue to look at it, but for now, no."

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

In wake of Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time, Kristaps Porzingis thinks the fans need to show him the respect and "love" he deserves. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to MSG on Saturday night, and the biggest storyline will be the former Knick in Anthony returning for the first time since he was traded this offseason. The Knicks are planning to a tribute for Anthony, who spent the past seven seasons in New York. 

Porzingis, who is questionable with a sore knee for the game, can't see any fans booing his former teammate...

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Knicks F Lance Thomas may not dazzle on the scoreboard, but the co-captain of the Knicks leads the way with his defense. 

A Knicks player revealed to the NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy that Thomas and SG Courtney Lee were named co-captains of the Knicks. Though Thomas may not be a top scorer on the team, he leads by example on the defensive front. Being in a captain's role is a big responsibilty, but one that Thomas likes to be in. 

"A lot of responsibility comes with it. You have to practice what you preach," he said. "I have the guys' respect because I do that. I tell guys the truth and I live in the uncomfortable. I'm not afraid to call a teammate out or push for them to be better. I'm not a guy who has a comfort zone. Some guys aren't vocal, I'm all of those things and that's something I take pride in with this team. And I'm honored."

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Knicks SF Lance Thomas may not have jumped out off the score sheet on Sunday, but it was his defense that helped the team in their comeback win over the Pacers. 

The real reason the Knicks came back was because of their star F Kristaps Porzingis, who netted a career-high 40 points with 24 coming with 13:26 left in the game. Just before Porzingis went off, Thomas spoke to him saying the 22-year-old needed to carry the Knicks out of the deep hole they dug. 

His speech clearly worked. 

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Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kristaps Porzingis admits it will be "weird" playing against Carmelo Anthony on opening night, and not with him.

But the 7-foot-3 unicorn is also anxious to try his hand at defending his former teammate when the Knicks open the 2017-18 season against Anthony and Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis said Tuesday after practice. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The preseason opener is tonight, with the Knicks' first test coming against the Brooklyn Nets. The results of the games obviously don't matter, but playing their crosstown rival should give them a little extra motivation. Head coach Jeff Hornacek has a brand new roster with a whole new outlook now that Carmelo Anthony is gone. He's got a lot of tough decisions to make and that all begins tonight. Let's take a look at what we should watch for.

How will point guard work out?

There is a decent chance Frank Ntilikina won't play tonight due to a sore groin. If he still has the groin issue, there's no point in the Knicks throwing him out there in a meaningless game. What this does mean, though, is that there is going to be a small chance that the rookie starts the season opener against Melo and the Thunder in Oklahoma City...

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Knicks F Lance Thomas thanked former Knick Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday via a letter in Players' Tribune.

Thomas said he looked up to Anthony as a young basketball player and fellow Brooklynite, noting that Anthony's confidence and joy on the court "made me dream about playing on the same team as you one day, as outlandish as that seemed back then."

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General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks parted ways with assistant coach Josh Longstaff, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Longstaff, 34, joined the Knicks in September 2014. was considered one of the hardest-working members on the Knicks staff, a source told Bondy.

Among his responsibilities included developing young players who would be used in New York's rotation, notably Willy HernangomezRon BakerLance Thomas and Langston Galloway, according to Bondy.

Last summer, he spent time with Kristaps Porzingis in Latvia to help him work on his game. Longstaff was Porzingis' favorite assistant coach, according to Bondy.

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Lance Thomas, who is dealing with a sore right hip, will likely not play in another game this season as the Knicks continue their march to the offseason.

Thomas, 28, has played in 46 games this season, averaging 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game.

He was limited to 59 games last season and has never played more than 62 games during his six-year career, which has been split between New Orleans and the Knicks.

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Jeff Hornacek hinted to reporters on Monday that the Knicks will be working on upgrading their defense during the offseason.

"I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players," Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN. "[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there."

New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense throughout the entire season, which was a significant factor in the team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. However the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year's draft, and can have nearly $25 million in cap space to spend in free agency, depending on their decision on the future of Derrick Rose with the franchise.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks will re-evaluate forward Joakim Noah's status to see if he is medically cleared to practice and begin serving his suspension, head coach Jeff Hornacek said to Newsday's Laura Albanese prior to Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Hornacek also said Carmelo Anthony will play after missing the Knicks' past two games with a sore left knee, while Lance Thomas will miss his third straight game with a sore right hip despite an MRI coming back clean.

The NBA suspended Noah 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy after he tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, however Noah, who has not played since Feb. 4 due to a left knee injury, won't begin serving the suspension until he is physically able to play.

The Knicks hope Noah can be cleared by Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, meaning he would serve eight games of the suspension this season.

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Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, and guard Derrick Rose will not play in Thursday night's game against the Trail Blazers, the team announced.

Anthony is dealing with left knee soreness while Thomas has a sore right hip.

Rose hurt his right foot during the Knicks' loss to the Jazz on Wednesday night.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

While this season has been a major disappointment for the Knicks, the team's ability to develop its young players represents a glimmer of hope for the future of the franchise.

As Stefan Bondy of the Daily News points out, the Knicks coaching staff has put together several success stories. Lance Thomas joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract and eventually earned himself a spot in the starting lineup along with a $27 million deal. Langston Galloway began his career on a 10-day deal with New York, yet ended the season as an All-Rookie selection (before being signed away by the Pelicans a year later). Ron Baker went undrafted last year and is now starting and playing well for the Knicks. Willy Hernangomez was a second-round pick who has developed into an offensive weapon at just 22-years old. Undrafted rookie Chasson Randle is now starting to look like a piece of New York's future. Justin Holiday never played meaningful minutes before joining New York as a throwaway in the trade for Derrick Rose but is now averaging career-highs in every major statistical category. 

Besides Hernangomez, the rest of the players mentioned above went undrafted, while three played for the Knicks D-League team in Westchester. 

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Lance Thomas added 17 and the New York Knicks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Orlando Magic, 113-105 on Monday night.

Willy Hernangomez had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Kyle O'Quinn sparked the comeback with 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton had his first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 25 points and Aaron Gordon had 17 in the Magic's third loss in four games.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) looks up after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) looks up after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With little to no lingering effects of the orbital and plantar fasciitis injuries he's battled this season, Lance Thomas is finally playing at the level the Knicks knew he was capable of. Averaging 10.8 points on 58% shooting and 5.5 rebounds over his last four games, the forward is simply making the right plays that help New York on both ends of the floor. They've gone 2-2, with one of those losses being a last second heartbreaker to Toronto. The team is playing at an elevated level and Thomas has been a big part of that.

After a dismal campaign to this point, suddenly making a playoff push (being 4 games out with 21 left) still doesn't seem so much out of the realm of possibility. Carmelo Anthony is playing at a high level, Kristaps Porzingis has returned from injury, Thomas is filling his role, and Joakim Noah's season-ending injury may prove to be a blessing in disguise because it allows other players to be given deserved opportunities. Thomas is included in that conversation, especially because the Knicks had settled into a comfortable rotation with him on the sidelines. Noah's absence should continue to open things up. 

Everyone wants to win. Just about every player has the hunger to compete. Unfortunately, fighting tooth and nail to break in to the postseason as an eighth seed (only to get swept right out) isn't what's best for the long term future of the franchise. Coincidentally so, keeping Thomas past this year might not be, either

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Courtney Lee was red hot during the Knicks' one-point loss Monday night, scoring double figures in the first half alone. He also proved to be clutch with a late-game dagger that kept the Knicks afloat into the closing seconds. After logging five steals and two blocks against the Raptors, one has to wonder why he wasn't put on DeRozen during that last possession. Between Thomas, the screen, and the switch of Derrick Rose, Lee was positioned elsewhere.

Lee is obviously known for his defense, but his offensive game is on the rise. Really hitting his stride over the last 10 games, Lee has averaged 12.2 points on 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep. There's a certain swagger that has been oozing out of him lately. Perhaps the Knicks have even more of a versatile talent than initially realized. Lee is valuable...

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

By the time NBA All-Star Weekend came to a close, there was refreshing optimism in the air surrounding the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez were late additions to the festivities. Kristaps Porzingis went home a winner after snagging the trophy at the Skills Challenge. Following the passing of the trade deadline, New York stood pat. After a spirited Cleveland loss and an exhilarating win against the 76ers, signs led to the Knicks wanting to remain competitive, for better or worse.

But alas, reality has begun to set in. Waiving Brandon Jennings may be the domino effect for the tone of the rest of the season. The dust probably hasn't cleared. More changes could be on the way. It's time to look towards the future, build towards the draft, embrace and explore more youthful talent, etc. With that in mind, here's a look at the Knicks will face in the week ahead and beyond.

Defensive Communication: The Knicks' defense has been a raw source of frustration for this team all season long. Frankly, it's a bit strange to see a squad that added players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and Willy Hernangomez in the offseason struggle on that end of the floor. Clearly, putting up a consistent effort on defense had been an initial priority. Such a plan hasn't come to fruition.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Lance Thomas will return to the lineup Sunday against the Spurs while Joakim Noah (hamstring) is expected to sit out again, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

Thomas has not played since Jan. 15 when he suffered an orbital bone fracture. This season he's averaging 4.8 points in 17.6 minutes per game. 

Noah has already missed three games with the left hamstring injury and was originally considered doubtful for Sunday. 

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Actor and director Spike Lee argues with an official during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Actor and director Spike Lee argues with an official during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

While the drama between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony has caused the Knicks to look for a trade for their star player, superfan and legendary director Spike Lee made it very clear which of the two he would rather have stay in New York.

"I'll pack Phil's bags for him," Lee told ESPN.

The latest Jackson-Anthony tension stems from a tweet Jackson sent on Tuesday that referenced a Bleacher Report article that was critical of Anthony. 

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Lance Thomas just started conditioning and remains about a week away from a return, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Friday, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

On Monday, Hornacek said he thought Thomas was still at least a week away from playing.

Thomas has an orbital bone fracture and is dealing with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face from Jonas Valanciunas on Jan. 15. He began wearing a protective mask on Monday.

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Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, which gives the Knicks a limited amount of time to explore and pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal involving Carmelo Anthony

While they could certainly wait until the offseason, moving Anthony sooner than later would give the team a clear direction as they start fresh and look toward the NBA Draft.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The Knicks are still losers of 11 out of their last 13 games, but they've broken the seal on the new year with 2 wins in 2017. There's a long way to go and New York has to make a run rather quickly if they want to prove they can compete before decisions need to be made.

Will this team become a seller closer to the trading deadline? Will they start to explore trades for Carmelo Anthony and their other long-term contracts in the coming weeks and into the offseason? This all remains to be seen.
 
There's an overcast of uncertainty surrounding this team, but head coach Jeff Hornacek's bold move against the Atlanta Hawks worked wonders. Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both provided tremendous energy. As Courtney Lee moved to the bench and the duo found success, it was a message to other starters (or key members of the rotation) that they could be next if they're not performing. 
 
Let's take a look at some of the other more pressing issues facing the Knicks..

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Lance Thomas has an orbital bone fracture and is dealing with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, the team announced. 

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TNT Basketball analyst Brent Barry told the NY Post that Joakim Noah is a terrible fit for the Knicks and that Carmelo Anthony should ask to be traded.

"I was a little bit shocked,'' Barry said about the Knicks signing Noah to a four-year deal worth $72 million this offseason. "Who else was bidding for Noah's services? Maybe Washington. It was an interesting gamble in the sense the last couple of years he had not been healthy."

Barry added that Noah doesn't fit in Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek's system.

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Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)
Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks are looking into trading for Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Nothing is imminent, however there are some people within New York's front office that called Tucker a possible trade target, according to Begley.

Tucker, 31, is averaging 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 36 games with Phoenix this season, but Begley notes Tucker's defensive RPM (22nd among 80 qualified small forwards) as a reason why the Knicks would have interest.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Phoenix Suns, Willy Hernangomez
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Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

I agree with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who when asked repeatedly Monday night about the team's effort laughed off the idea that the team "hasn't been trying" during their five game losing streak.

Questioning effort is an attack on a team's professionalism and I don't think that's the case here. I truly believe it's a matter of teams feeling far too comfortable with what they see from the Knicks defensively and the simple understanding that if they can hone in and make shots, it will keep the Knicks out of transition where they like to get easy baskets.

In the last five games, starting with a loss at home Christmas Day against the Celtics, the Knicks have faced four teams -- Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston -- that primarily run their offense through a PG/C pick-and-roll and surround the perimeter with three point shooters. This is the offense made famous by Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix and later in New York. This offense puts heavy pressure on the defense, with PG driving action causing defenders on the perimeter to help.

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Lance Thomas, starting with the injured Kristaps Porzingis unavailable, had 10 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes during the Knicks' 115-103 loss to the Magic on Sunday.

Thomas, who has been battling plantar fasciitis for much of the season, is averaging just 4,8 points and 1.7 rebounds while playing 16.6 minutes per game.

In 250 games during his career, the 28-year-old has averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while playing 18 minutes per game.

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Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's still early, but the Knicks nevertheless have good standing in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. There's optimism in the air, but still vast room for improvement. New York has lost four of its last six contests, and their inability to keep up with the Celtics on Christmas Day exposed many weaknesses. 

As the Knicks look to contend, they'll need to take care of business against the stronger teams of the league. Here are three of the other more pressing issues the team has faced as of late...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Keith Schlosser
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Tommy Dee:

With the Grizzlies entertaining offers for Tony Allen, one of the NBA's premiere perimeter defenders, I wondered what Phil Jackson would be thinking about come March's trade deadline.

It just so happened this idea occurred as the Knicks were in the midst of losing to the Celtics on Christmas Day, having allowed Boston to shoot 14-for-36 from three point range and score 119 points.

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