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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

With the Knicks hosting the Hornets Saturday night, a familiar face from the team this season returns in C Willy Hernangomez

The First-Team All-Rookie selection a year ago was traded to the Hornets after being underutilized to start the year. Despite reports that Hernangomez wanted to leave the team, Knicks starting C Enes Kanter has nothing against him. 

In fact, he still stays in contact with him. 

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Knicks' deadline moves 00:03:34
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Knicks' moves at the trade deadline, including the acquisition of Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets.

The Knicks have acquired PG Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets as part of a three-way deal that sends SF Doug McDermott to the Mavericks and G Devin Harris to the Nuggets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. New York will also send the Nuggets a future second-round draft pick as part of the deal, reports Wojnarowski.

Mudiay, 21, averaged 8.5 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 42 games for the Nuggets this season, while averaging 17.9 minutes per game.

Jake Brown | Twitter | I like this deal for the Knicks. Mudiay brings them a 21-year-old point guard to play with 19-year-old Frank Ntilikina. Mudiay gives them some more youth, which means we likely won't have to see any more of Jarrett Jack (who I'd be surprised if they keep)... 

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Knicks trade Hernangomez 00:04:27
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether or not the Knicks made a smart decision in trading big man Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are not ruling out additional trades in the wake of the Willy Hernangomez deal as the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Center Kyle O'Quinn and wing Courtney Lee are the two most prominently mentioned names after Hernangomez. The 23-year-old center was traded Thursday to Charlotte for two second-round picks and forward Johnny O'Bryant one day after his best friend, Kristaps Porzingis, went down for the season with an ACL tear. O'Bryant will be waived.

"I don't want to project any deals, what may or may not come out but whatever we decide to do it will definitely be well thought out," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday. "It will be part of the plan that we want to follow and be disciplined to and so if that involves acquiring a pick or another player and we feels that's going to help us, we would do that."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Adam Zagoria
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Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jake Brown | Twitter | Remember when the Knicks were 17-14? We were all talking about this being a playoff team and how fun it was to watch them play and continue to develop. That seems like ages ago. The are now a season-worst five games back for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But that all takes a back seat now to the news that Kristaps Porzingis has a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

The worst part of this is how it affects the Knicks' future.

The Knicks weren't making the playoffs this year, but the main issue is that Porzingis will most likely miss at least the first half of next season as well. New York is going to have to potentially play 41 games next season -- and maybe even more -- without the face of their franchise. Essentially, this injury means throwing next season out the window as well...

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Perry on Hernangomez trade 00:01:40
Knicks general manager Scott Perry reveals the logic behind trading Willy Hernangomez to the Hornets.

Knicks C Willy Hernangomez had his wish granted as he was traded to the Hornets on Wednesday. In return for Hernangomez, the Knicks will receive PF Johnny O'Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021, the team announced. 

It was reported earlier this week that Hernangomez' reps went to the Knicks, saying he was unhappy and requested a trade. Since then, multiple teams have discussed trades with the Knicks, who were looking for a first-round pick in return. The Jazz were among the teams involved in trade talks. 

Jake Brown | Twitter | It seems like the world is coming down on the Knicks right now. They find out last night Kristaps Porzingis has a torn ACL and is out for the season, and likely the first half of next season. Now, with Porzingis gone and with Joakim Noah's future on the team in question, the Knicks make Hernangomez happy and trade him...

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Kristaps Porzingis' All-Star dreams will have to be put on hold, as now he must focus on returning to the game itself after tearing the ACL in his left knee on Tuesday night. 

It was a play Porzingis has made plenty of times. He ran to the hoop, took flight over Giannis Antetokounmpo, and hammered home a dunk. But he didn't stick the landing properly, and it resulted in Porzingis clutching at his knee and needing assistance to walk off the hardwood. 

An MRI revealed the horrific injury, and though the Knicks didn't issue an official timetable for his return, it is safe to say Porzingis is done for the season. And he may be out at the start of training camp next year as recovery for an ACL injury ranges anywhere from seven to 12 months.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Players on the Knicks and throughout the NBA couldn't bear to see Kristaps Porzingis get carried off the court, and they wished him a speedy return after it was found out he had a torn ACL in his left knee. 

Fellow Knicks like Willy Hernangomez, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Enes Kanter took to Twitter to express their support for their star player. 

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks C Willy Hernangomez has requested a trade ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline in an effort to seek more playing time.

Multiple teams have discussed possible trades with the Knicks involving Hernangomez, sources told Yahoo.com. According to the New York Daily News, the Jazz are one of those teams, but the Knicks have sought a first-round pick in exchange.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

With the NBA trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Knicks should be sellers, not buyers.

Following Sunday's loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks are 23-31, and sit four games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 8 seed in the East. It looks like the Knicks will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season dating to their 2013 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the second round.

"I would definitely try to just acquire as many as assets for the future as I could," longtime NBA agent Keith Glass told SNY.tv in reference to the Knicks.

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Adam Zagoria
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Jan 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles (7) defends against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles (7) defends against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Knicks C Willy Hernangomez' representatives have asked the team's front office to trade him before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, per Yahoo! Sports Shams Charania. The 23-year-old has been publicly unhappy with his playing time as Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn have crowded his development. He has only played in 25 games this season, and in 9.2 minutes per game, he has averaged just 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. 

Teams have been gauging the Knicks' interest in trading the young center, who showed promise last season with 8.2 points and seven boards in 72 games. His production earned him a spot on the All-Rookie first team in 2017. 

Jake Brown | Twitter | Hernangomez is in a strange situation and so are the Knicks. Hernangomez 100 percent should be playing every single night. Instead, most nights he doesn't even see the floor. Is it his fault? No. He's got a coach who looks more inept every game. You can't blame Hernangomez for wanting to get traded so he can get some minutes. The problem for him and the Knicks is that his playing situation can change very quickly...

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

With the NBA trade deadline a few days away, many teams are pondering whether or not they should buy or sell including the Knicks. 

As of now, the Knicks sit 10th in the East at 22-28 on the season. Many teams are in the same spot as they could make trades to give themselves a playoff push, or focus on rebuilding next season. So what should the Knicks do?

Jake Brown | Twitter | It feels like the Knicks should be more than four games out of the playoffs the way their season has slipped away. While they are still alive to make it, it sure doesn't feel like it. The Knicks should 100 percent be sellers with the trade deadline 10 days away. They should be listening to offers for any player outside Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Enes Kanter. I don't think Frank Ntilikina is untouchable if it means you're going to get a star player in return in a package. I don't think Willy Hernangomez is untouchable, either...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez
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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) spins around Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) spins around Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The NBA Draft may still be six months away, but that isn't stopping Knicks C Willy Hernangomez from stating his desire to join forces with former teammate Luka Doncic.

Hernangomez, 23, was effusive in his praise for the 18-year-old guard, who he played alongside in 2015-16 with Real Madrid in the Liga ACB in Spain. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:04
Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. react to a 123-118 loss in OT to the Pelicans as a rough January continues.

The Knicks blew a 19-point second-half lead and lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 123-118 in overtime Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, New Orleans Pelicans, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It's halfway through the Knicks season and their unicorn has talked about being very tired. Kristaps Porzingis has missed six games this season, after missing 16 last season, and 10 in his rookie season. That comes out to 32 games out of 205, which is around 15 percent of games missed.

The Knicks star was tremendous at the start of the season, where he looked like a legit MVP candidate. Then injuries and illnesses of different varieties went down, and things changed. Porzingis missed games, he played hurt, he took a lot of hits, and his numbers declined rapidly. There have been nights he hasn't showed up at all (the one-point effort against the Celtics), and there's been nights he has not shot well.

Porzingis is only 22 years old and has plenty of room to grow, but there have been the highs with KP and there have been lows. Jeff Hornacek and the Knicks are going to have to find a way to keep Porzingis fresh if they want to make a run for the playoffs, because he's only going to get more tired as he plays more games. Here's what can be done...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has created a new strategy that involves C Willy Hernangomez finally seeing more time on the court. 

"Bullyball" is the term Hornacek used to describe his philosophy that involves the Knicks using a bigger lineup to go against smaller teams. The Knicks are lucky to have a strong frontcourt with Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn to go along with Hernangomez. However, after playing 18.4 minutes per game last season, Hernangomez has barely seen the floor at only 9.5 minutes per game. 

This new scheme, though, has Hernangomez in the game and active in his limited time. 

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Dec 14, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) warms up with New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 14, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) warms up with New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After last season, before the Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony, the organization knew they had two building blocks for the future: Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. Conveniently enough, the two are best friends. 

But after Anthony was traded for Enes Kanter, another center, Hernangomez has fallen out of the rotation. In the past eleven games, the Spaniard has played just five minutes.

"It's been really hard for me,'' Hernangomez said...

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter tries to grab a rebound in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. (Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter tries to grab a rebound in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. (Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports)

Playing without forward Kristaps Porzingis for the second straight game, the Knicks were blown out against the Charlotte Hornets in a 109-91 loss on Monday at Spectrum Center.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:02:07
Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:02:07
Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (Brad Penner)

The Knicks will be without Enes Kanter as they visit the Hawks on Friday night due to back spasms, via ESPN's Ian Begley

With Kanter being out, Begley reckons that Willy Hernangomez will assume most of Kanter's vacant minutes, giving the second-year center a great chance to play his way back into the rotation.

Kanter, a fast fan favorite in New York after refusing to back down to LeBron James, is averaging 13.6 points and a career-high 10.2 rebounds per game this season. The center has always been known for his offensive prowess, though has improved on his rebounding and defense this season. 

Hernangomez has appeared in just nine games this season, averaging eight minutes per appearance, after impressing last season. Hernangomez played with Kristaps Porzingis in Europe before each came to the Knicks in separate seasons, and their chemistry was evident in Hernangomez's first season. He'll look to regain form against the Hawks in Kanter's absence. 

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Loud Mouths on Porzingis, chaos 00:03:54
Jon Hein and Michael Rapaport discuss Kristaps Porzingis' hot start to the season and what the Knicks' role players can do to help him out.

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Luke Kornet worked out for more than a dozen NBA teams last spring, but when he watched the NBA Draft from his home in Lexington, Ky., 60 picks came and went without Kornet's name being called.

But soon after the draft, he received a call from the Knicks who wanted to offer him the unique opportunity of a two-way contract.

"The Knicks were the only one who offered me the two-way on the night of the draft, so that was a pretty good obvious choice from the beginning," the 7-foot-1 Kornet said Tuesday at Westchester Knicks Media Day.

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The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported. 

Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."

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The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported. 

Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."

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76ers guard Sergio Rodriguez (14) passes the ball as the Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn (9) defends.
76ers guard Sergio Rodriguez (14) passes the ball as the Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn (9) defends.

Multiple teams have called the Knicks to express interest in trading for C Kyle O'Quinn, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks are not interested in trading C Willy Hernangomez, who is currently out of the rotation while O'Quinn and Enes Kanter get the bulk of the playing time at center.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said earlier this week that he believes Hernangomez "deserves" more playing time after the center was limited to just four minutes in Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the fact that the Knicks have reached out to the Suns about point guard Eric Bledsoe, the team is not actively shopping rookie guard Frank Ntilikina or second-year center Willy Hernangomez, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, the 19-year-old whom the Knicks drafted eighth overall in June, has only played eight minutes in one game through New York's first two games of the season and is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Celtics due to a sprained ankle.

Hernangomez, 23, averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, however is "frustrated," according to teammate Kristaps Porzingis, over the fact that he was limited to four minutes in last Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Pistons.

The Knicks' likeliness to move either player could change depending on what other teams make available on the trade market, according to Iannazzone.

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said he believes teammate Willy Hernangomez "deserves" more playing time after the center was limited to just four minutes in Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

"He deserves it," Porzingis told the New York Post's Marc Berman. "But we have a lot of big guys on the floor and I understand everybody's fighting for those minutes. And not everybody is going to get what they deserve."

Head coach Jeff Hornacek told Hernangomez, who averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, before Thursday's game that the 23-year-old center would not be in the team's rotation behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn in the frontcourt. 

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14)

Willy Hernangomez barely played during the Knicks' season-opening loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City, only entering the game in the final minutes of New York's blowout loss. 

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told Hernangomez before the game that he wouldn't be in the rotation.

Jake Brown | Twitter | With the Knicks preaching on their youth and rebuilding, it's foolish for a guy like Hernangomez to not be the first center off the bench when Enes Kanter sits.

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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 Knicks won't have a huge problem scoring the basketball. It's the other side of the ball that could doom them the entire 2017-18 season. Their defense is bad, and it's difficult to see enough improvement to put them in the winning column more often than not. This team is likely going to give up more than 100 points almost every night.

The Knicks' defense has been worse-than-average in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The only season they were not was the lockout-shortened season in 2011-2012. That was the year Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year.

The last time the Knicks defense allowed fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average in a full, 82-game season was in 2000-2001, which was Jeff Van Gundy's last full season as Knicks head coach. The Knicks also ranked last in defensive rebounding percentage last season. They gave up 108 PPG, which was 23rd in the NBA, and they have already given up 113 PPG in their four preseason losses so far...

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks turned the ball over 24 times and shot just 37.8 percent from the field as they were blown out against the Brooklyn Nets 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game.

Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Six Nets players scored in double figures, led by D'Angelo Russell's 16 points, as Brooklyn improved to 3-0 in the preseason. Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Six Nets players scored in double figures as Brooklyn beat the New York Knicks 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


D'Angelo Russell scored 16 points and recorded seven assists as the Nets improved to 3-0 in the preseason.

Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game. Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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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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SNY.tv takes a look at the five biggest questions for the Knicks heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.

SNY.tv takes a look at the five biggest questions for the Knicks heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.

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Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) 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 center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- After Enes Kanter found out he had been traded to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, he woke up in the middle of the night and reminded himself what had just happened.

"When I heard about the news first I was doing a basketball camp for orphans in Oklahoma City," Kanter explained at Knicks' Media Day, where he and Doug McDermott were introduced on the same day Anthony spoke at Oklahoma City's Media Day. "And my friend brought me my phone and he said, 'Hey, this is urgent. And I said, 'I'm doing a camp.' And he said, 'It's urgent."

It was Kanter's manager on the other end of the line informing him of the trade...

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Jake Brown | Twitter |

The Carmelo Anthony era has come to an end all the drama is done with, with the Knicks bringing Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott back to New York.

The Knicks were not going to get much better of a return than this. I don't think the Cavaliers were trading Kevin Love, and that would be the only return that was any better. Maybe the Knicks could have gotten a first round pick instead of a second round pick, but that's about it. I like the pieces the Knicks got here. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony is staying in touch with his teammates playing in the European Championships, including F Kristaps Porzingis. 

Though both the Knicks and Anthony seem to be on the same page of parting ways before the season, Melo is continuing to stay in contact with his current teammates for the time being.

According to David Pick, Anthony has been "sending texts of encouragement" to Porzingis, SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas, and C Willy Hernangomez who are playing with their native countries. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis helped lead Latvia to the Eurobasket quarterfinals on Sunday with a 100-68 win over Montenegro.

Porzingis recorded 19 points, six rebounds and three assists for Latvia, which will play Slovenia in the next round on Tuesday. If Latvia wins, they would play the winner of Spain-Germany in the semifinals on Thursday. The championship game is set for Saturday.

Porzingis' Knicks teammates Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas also competed for Spain and Lithuania, respectively.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has been the star of the Latvian national team at the European Championships, per The Post's Marc Berman.  

Latvia has been surprising teams like Russia, who they defeated in a stunner 84-69 on Tuesday to secure a 3-1 record in Group D as they head into the elimination round. 

Porzingis only played 24 minutes in Tuesday's game due to foul trouble, but still managed 11 points and four rebounds in the contest. In the other games, he has been the star of the show averaging 24 points in the first four games of the tournament. 

Fellow teammates C Willy Hernangomez and SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas are also heding to the elimination round with Spain and Lithuania respectively. Kuzminskas is the leading scorer for Lithuania as he is averaging 16.3 points per game while hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc...

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez are thriving for their respective countries (Latvia and Spain) at this year's FIBA EuroBasket as they prepare for this year's NBA season. 

Porzingis notched 28 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in Monday's action against Great Britain on Monday. In a loss on Saturday, where he scored 27 points, Porzingis noted that he could to better for his team. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks president Steve Mills omitted forward Carmelo Anthony when talking about the franchise's new vision in a blog post.

In a post titled "A New Day For The Knicks -- The Journey Begins," Mills said the team plans to build around young players Kristaps PorzingisWilly Hernangomez, first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and the recently-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., but made no mention of Anthony, who has requested a trade to the Rockets despite having two years and $54 million remaining on his contract.

"[Ntilikina], Porzingis and Hardaway, along with Hernangómez and Ron Baker will exemplify a new defensive mindset that puts a premium on making stops," Mills wrote. "Only from there can a productive offense flow. We will emphasize ball movement, body movement, spacing and screening, while understanding that these changes will be a work in progress. We may not be there at first, but that's the brand of ball our players will aspire to fulfill."

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Knicks GM Scott Perry, coach Jeff Hornacek, and president Steve Mills share their vision for the team under the new front office structure.

Knicks president Steve Mills and new GM Scott Perry highlighted the team's young core and stressed the importance of defense during Perry's introductory press conference on Monday.

Mills singled out Kristaps Porzingis, the recently-signed Tim Hardaway, Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, and Willy Hernangomez as the Knicks' young core.

"Player development will be a focus of our organization," said Mills, who noted that he and Perry will "work in tandem in making sure we have a first-class operation."

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 (Justin Ford)
(Justin Ford)

Knicks C Willy Hernangomez was named to the NBA's 2016-17 All-Rookie First Team.

The 23-year-old tallied 44 first place votes and 40 second place votes for a total of 128 points. The team also includes Malcolm Brogdon, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, and Buddy Hield.

Hernangomez is the sixth Knick to be selected to the team since the 2010-11 season. Channing Frye, Landry Field, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Kristaps Porzingis are among other Knicks selected to the team.  

Hernangomez averaged 8.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.3 rebounds in 72 games last season. He shot 52.9 percent from the floor as well as 72.8 percent from the free throw line. 

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New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson watches during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson watches during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

In an offseason in which the New York Knicks will keep player development coach Dave Bliss and part ways with assistant Josh Longstaff, team president Phil Jackson remains confident in Clarence Gaines Jr., vice president of player personnel.

"Phil has a small circle of friends,'' Walter Perrin, vice president of player personnel for the Utah Jazz, said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He has a sense of loyalty to him, someone he's felt comfortable working with in the past.''

Gaines joined Jackson's staff three summers ago, where he started as an adviser and played a big role in the team drafting Kristaps Porzingis in 2015, according to Berman.

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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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UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball drives to the basket past Kentucky Wildcats guard De'Aaron Fox in the second half during the semifinals of the South Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)
UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball drives to the basket past Kentucky Wildcats guard De'Aaron Fox in the second half during the semifinals of the South Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

Frank Ntilikina of Strasbourg and former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball are among the NBA prospects who were invited to the NBA combine but will not attend, according to DraftExpress.

There are 66 players who are attending the combine, including Malik Monk and Markelle Fultz, who is widely considered the draft's top prospect.

Ntilikina, a 6-foot-5 point guard, is 18 years old and has averaged 5.2 points, 1.2 assists and 17.5 minutes in 27 games for Strasbourg International.

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 (AP)
(AP)

The Knicks will enter the offseason with upwards of $20 million in cap space to pursue free agents, and with the likely departure of Carmelo Anthony, New York will certainly have some holes to fill.

One potential target is Washington's Otto Porter, who averaged 13.4 points on 51.6 percent shooting to go with 6.4 rebounds, all career-highs, and 1.5 assists in 80 games this season. Porter also showed his ability to shoot from long range by going 43.4 percent from the three-point line, another career-best.

Many believe Porter, who is a restricted free agent, will sign a max contract this summer, which could be worth up to $128.2 million over five years.

Another potential Knicks' targert is Chicago's Michael Carter-Williams, who will also be a restricted free agent.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis announced he will play for the Latvian national team during this summer's European championships, but did not clear it with the New York organization beforehand, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

"Kristaps is in a position to decide for himself on playing for the national side," Porzingis' older brother and agent, Janis, said in Latvian, according to a transcript, when the 21-year-old Knicks forward was asked about New York's role in determining his status for the European championships.

Porzingis, who skipped his exit meeting with president Phil Jackson due to his reported displeasure with the team's handling of Carmelo Anthony, has not spoken with the team since. However, he expressed his will to be a Knick both in the short- and long-term future.

"My next focus is national team,'' Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "My third season is still far away. The main thing is to put in a lot of work during the summer to be ready, first for national team, then for next season. The European championships ends before the official NBA camp starts, so I have enough time to turn back to New York. I'll be there on time."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie C Willy Hernangomez has been named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April, it was announced Friday.

He averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in six April games, matching his career-high of 24 points on April 9 against the Raptors.

With Joakim Noah out, Hernangomez saw his playing time increase dramatically during the second half of the season.

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 (Nicole Sweet)
(Nicole Sweet)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Coming into the season, Willy Hernangomez was regarded as a raw prospect who would need time to develop and make the necessary adjustments in his game. 

From the opening tip in October through January, the big man took a back seat to Joakim Noah and Kyle O'Quinn. Seeing limited action was for the best, as the Knicks were hoping to allow Hernangomez's body to get used to the rigorous schedule of the NBA while relying upon proven veterans in the meantime.

Unfortunately, it was Noah's body that proved unable to hold up over the course of the season. In turn, Hernangomez's rookie season has steadily become a trial by fire. Emerging as New York's starting center, he hasn't disappointed.

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