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

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

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

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

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Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The free agent hunt is already on for the New York Knicks, and head coach David Fizdale is one of the main persuaders trying to make the case for the blue and orange. 

Fizdale joined ESPN's "The Jump" on Monday to talk about what makes the Knicks an attractive free agency destination, and he admits he likes the plan team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry have put together. 

"[We're having] a lot of conversations, a lot of angles that we're trying to make sure that we show guys when they come in," Fizdale said. "I think we've got a lot of positive things to show. [GM] Scott Perry and [president] Steve Mills have done a heck of a job laying this thing out. We've got the most cap space. We have seven picks over five years, which means whoever we do get, we can continue to build around them, and I think that's a great position to be in. We did all that in a course of a year and we laid down our culture, so I'm really excited about where we're at."

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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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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Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Dennis Smith Jr. took over in Chicago, as he led the Knicks to a 96-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Smith was the team's leading scorer after dropping 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting. He also had five assists and one rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.

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Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Dennis Smith Jr. took over in Chicago, as he led the Knicks to a 96-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Smith was the team's leading scorer after dropping 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting. He also had five assists and one rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.

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Reaction to Knicks 113-105 win 00:01:30
David Fizdale was happy with the progress shown by his young team in a 113-105 win over the Bulls. Mitchell Robinson continues to shine.

It turns out Knicks wins aren't as rare as seeing Halley's Comet. They managed to defeat the Bulls on Monday night, 113-105. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game...

1) Another game, another impressive stat line from Mitchell Robinson. On his 21st birthday, Robinson had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Robinson has blocked at least two shots in 25 consecutive games, tying him with David Robinson for the second-longest such streak by a rookie in NBA history.

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Mar 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket in the first quarter against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Mar 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket in the first quarter against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Clippers handed the Knicks their fourth consecutive loss, 124-113 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, where Los Angeles continued its push for better seeding in the Western Conference playoff picture. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1. Danilo Gallinari returned to the Garden in style, as the former Knick lit it up for 26 points -- 13 of which came from the free throw line. He also added nine rebounds. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Los Angeles Clippers
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Fizdale honest after brutal loss 00:00:30
The Knicks lost 137-116 to the Jazz at home on Wednesday. It could've been worse, if it weren't for better play by NY in the second half.

The Knicks couldn't handle the Jazz on Wednesday night, losing 137-116 at Madison Square Garden for their second consecutive loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Knicks up themselves in an early rut, as the score was 39-35 at the end of the first quarter. When both teams went to the locker room, it was 74-47 which proved to be an insurmountable deficit in the end.

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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 finished their three-game road trip with yet another loss, falling to the Spurs, 109-83. They've lost eight straight and own an NBA-worst 13-56 record. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1. Noah Vonleh suffered a right ankle injury in the middle of the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. He had four points and an assist in 8:44 of action. The Knicks entered the game without Dennis Smith Jr., who was out with a back injury.

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh, San Antonio Spurs
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Mar 12, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) is guarded by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 12, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) is guarded by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Darren Collison made two free throws 19.5 seconds left to help the Indiana Pacers slip past the New York Knicks 103-98 on Tuesday night.

Indiana snapped its two-game losing streak and remained tied with Philadelphia for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Collison finished with 16 points.

New York lost its seventh straight despite getting 21 points from Emmanuel Mudiay and 18 from Damyean Dotson. The Knicks also have lost six straight in the series.

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New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson drives to the basket and shoots a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson drives to the basket and shoots a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' losing streak reached six games as New York lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Sunday at Target Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Damyean Dotson scored 26 points while DeAndre Jordan was limited to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting as New York maintained its spot for last place in the NBA. Mitchell Robinson blocked five shots.

2. Taj Gibson led the Timberwolves, who were playing without Karl-Anthony Towns, with 25 points. Jeff Teague scored 20 points and recorded 10 assists.

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Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) works against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of a 115-111 victory by Golden State at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) works against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of a 115-111 victory by Golden State at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The 2018-19 Knicks' losing ways can turn fans off from keeping up with their team's doings in what's little more than a meaningless final two months of play. With the summer comes hope for a franchise desperately in need of some postseason success, in the form of names like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. As the promise of a competitive future or continual misery awaits, here are four potential lineups New York may employ come October.

DREAM LINEUP 

Kyrie Irving, Garrett Temple, Kevin Durant, Zion Williamson, Mitchell Robinson

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

With the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster and the All-Star festivities in the rearview mirror, Knicks fans can take some inventory on their reshaped roster. Outside of lottery implications, New York's remaining games seem meaningless at first glance, but they serve as a glimpse into the potential of this young core.

With a month and change to go in the regular season, here's who has ticked upward and slid downward in recent games:

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari guards New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. under the basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari guards New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. under the basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks trailed by as many as 38 points as they were blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers 128-107 on Sunday at Staples Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. New York trailed 38-20 at the end of the first quarter and 82-46 at halftime. Los Angeles went on a 44-22 run that lasted nearly the entire second quarter to take an 82-44 lead.

2. Damyean Dotson and Noah Vonleh each scored 17 points for the Knicks, who "trail" the Phoenix Suns by 0.5 games for the worst record in the league

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Knicks FINALLY win at MSG 00:01:13
David Fizdale and the Knicks finally broke their losing streak at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, beating the San Antonio Spurs, 130-118.

The Knicks snapped their 18-game home losing streak and won at Madison Square Garden for the first time since December when they beat the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks outshot the Spurs 43.2 percent to 25 percent from 3-point range, as Damyean Dotson made 8 of 13 treys en route to a team-high 27 points.

2. Kevin Knox had a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for New York, which hadn't won at home since Dec. 1, 2018.

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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks got the taste of victory for the first time in a month and a half, defeating the Hawks on the road, 106-91, on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This one felt different from the start with the Knicks getting off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They would finish with a solid 28-13 lead, which set the tone for the rest of this one. The Hawks would tie it up at 47 with 1:28 left in the second after an Omari Spellman three. But New York went into the half with the lead, and didn't lose it the entire second half.

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Atlanta Hawks, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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Knicks lose 18th straight game 00:01:30
New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was seen arguing with Ben Simmons before halftime, wants star to keep trash talk to hooping

The Knicks made a valiant effort to make a comeback, but the 76ers pulled away to beat New York, 126-111, at Madison Square Garden on Wednedsay night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks had a poor effort on the defensive side of the ball in this one, as the Sixers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Joel Embiid and newly-acquired Tobias Harris cashed in the most, finishing with 26 and 25 points respectively. Embiid also had 14 rebounds to collect another double-double on the season. 

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) reacts in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) reacts in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Knicks fans should know better than to put the cart in front of the horse, but with their team's summer plans revolving around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it's worth looking at how they plan to surround the two with players that can aid them in a championship hunt.

The two alone won't make New York a leading contender in today's arms race among the league's best. Philadelphia and Golden State are four All-Stars deep, while the Knicks will likely have just five players on their roster come July 1.

Here's who they should try to retain and pursue once that time comes given Durant and Irving decide to sign on.

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Although Knicks fans may have had their trade fill following the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster, there's still some time to go until the trade deadline with several possible directions for New York.

Here are a few of the directions they can go in by Thursday afternoon.

Anthony Davis

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Kyrie saw chanting a distraction 00:01:37
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving's first game at MSG since the Kristaps Porzingis trade led to Knicks fans chanting his name.

In their first game since the big Kristaps Porzingis trade, the Knicks fell to the Kyrie Irving-led Celtics 113-99 at The Garden on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) With Porzingis gone, Irving may be one of the potential free agents that fills his spot this offseason, and Knicks fans welcomed him with loud cheers when he was called during starting lineups. And Irving continued to hear cheers as he dropped a game-high 23 points on 9-for-20 from the field with 10 rebounds and six assists as well for a double-double...

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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 112-104 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Allen Crabbe scored 17 points, Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris added 11 as Brooklyn won its second straight game. The Nets improved to 10-18.

Enes Kanter led the Knicks (8-19) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Allonzo Trier had 15 points off the bench, Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in with 13 points and Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja each added 12 for New York, which has lost three straight and five of six.

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Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Damyean Dotson (21) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Damyean Dotson (21) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Damyean Dotson's trade value appears to be on the rise. 

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Pistons and Nets have shown the most interest in acquiring the 24-year-old swingman from the Knicks. 

Dotson has flashed his potential of late, averaging a team-high 18 points and shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range over the Knicks' last three games. 

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Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Damyean Dotson (21) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Damyean Dotson (21) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Damyean Dotson's trade value appears to be on the rise. 

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Pistons and Nets have shown the most interest in acquiring the 24-year-old swingman from the Knicks. 

Dotson has flashed his potential of late, averaging a team-high 18 points and shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range over the Knicks' last three games. 

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Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)
Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)

The Knicks tried a new starting five on Wednesday night, but it didn't work as Paul George led the Thunder to a dominant 128-103 win on their home court. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Head coach David Fizdale mixed up his starters with rookie Kevin Knox getting his first career start, and Emmanuel Mudiay taking over for Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina respectively. But the move didn't change the woes the Knicks have faced in the last three games. Knox did finish with 15 points, but only on 5-of-16 from the field, including two three-pointers. Mudiay had just seven points, and was quick to dish the ball back out to the perimeter when he looked to have an open lane to the bucket on some possessions.

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Eastern Conference-best Raptors were too much for the Knicks, as New York fell 128-112 in Toronto on Saturday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) There was sloppy basketball to kick off this one, with both teams not hitting their shots and turning the ball over. But when things settled down, the Knicks were keeping up with the Raptors as the first quarter ending in a 25-25 tie. But the home team turned it up in the second quarter with 39 points to New York's 28, and ran away from there. Seven Raptors finished with double-digit points.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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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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The Knicks stumped Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with a 112-107 win on the road Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr. was a main reason the Knicks totaled 47 free throw attempts on Wednesday night, which is the most by any team in franchise history. Hardaway got 20 attempts from the charity stripe, converting 16 of them on his way to a team-high 34 points. He also had three assists and three steals on the night, as he continues to be the veteran scorer the Knicks need him to be. 

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Knicks lose in double overtime 00:01:23
Knicks head coach David Fizdale and center Enes Kanter comment on the Knicks' loss to the Bulls in double overtime, 116-115.

Despite clutch game-tying shots by Allonzo Trier in regulation and Emmanuel Mudiay in double overtime, Zach LaVine hit a free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime after a Mudiay foul as the Knicks lost to the Chicago Bulls 116-115 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Mudiay tied the game with a fastbreak layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 115, but he fouled LaVine on a shot attempt in the final second. LaVine hit the first free throw and missed the second as New York fell to 3-7.

2. Trier scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5:17 of regulation, including a 27-foot 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds remaining to tie the game at 102. With 3 seconds left, though, he missed a potential game-winning jumper and Mario Hezonja missed a put-back layup attempt that forced overtime.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)
Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The Knicks picked up their first road win of the season in a 118-106 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Allonzo Trier, the undrafted rookie, led the Knicks' offense with a career-high 23 points on a very efficient 8-of-10. He also had two rebounds and one assists as well. Tim Hardaway Jr. was second on the Knicks with 18 points on 7-for-17 from the field. 

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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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Fizdale explains late loss 00:00:45
Knicks coach David Fizdale talks about his team needing to learn how to win close games in the 4th quarter after a tough loss to the Pacers.

It was another fourth-quarter breakdown for the Knicks, as they lost a tough battle to the Pacers, 107-101, at Madison Square Garden on Halloween night.  >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr.'s All-Star campaign continues to move on schedule. His jumper has been on fire to start the season, and that was the case in The Garden tonight, going 7-for-10 from three on his way to a team-high 37 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist. 

 

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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. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas, Trey Burke
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Kevin Durant poured home 41 points and Stephen Curry added 29 as the Warriors pulled away in the 4th quarter against the Knicks, 128-100.

The Knicks were surprisingly leading as the fourth quarter began, but Kevin Durant caught fire and led the Warriors to a 128-100 win at MSG.  >> Read more

Things to know about tonight's game...

1)  Durant heard an MSG crowd go crazy when his name was called out for starting lineups, and he certainly put on a show. The Knicks' free-agent target poured in a team-high 41 points on a very impressive 17-for-24 shooting, including five three pointers 

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Oct 24, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) passes the ball around New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 24, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) passes the ball around New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Led by Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson, the Heat gave the Knicks their first blow out of the season in a 110-87 loss in Miami on Wednesday night. >> Read more

Things to know about tonight's game...

1) As the scoreboard indicates, the Knicks' defense was paltry in this one. The Heat shot 49.4 percent from the field, which included a third quarter that saw the Knicks go 15-for-20 from the field. Miami also shot 48 percent from beyond the arc with Richardson knocking down a team-high five. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) 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 center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Ron Baker and Enes Kanter took advantage of a special opportunity to dress up for Halloween on Wednesday when they visited local schools while donning Thor and Venom costumes.

Baker (Thor) and Kanter (Venom) were filmed walking into a classroom to "scare" children before greeting them and giving away 250 costumes.

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Knicks SG Damyean Dotson loves what he has seen so far from new head coach David Fizdale. 

Fizdale was brought in by GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills to change the culture of the team. Though the season hasn't started yet, Dotson can already feel a change. 

"Coach is a great guy," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "He knows what he is talking about. Very detailed and makes sure everyone is on the same page, feedling off each other and together. He's big into making sure we come together, play together and believe in each other. That we produce, play hard and scrappy. All the things that you want a coach to do. He inherited that mindset from [Pat] RIley and [Erik] Spoelstra. He has instilled a great culture in himself and wants to put that into our team."

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) 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 guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Looking to improve on his rookie season, Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina is back in New York, and ready to get to work with new head coach David Fizdale. 

Ntilikina has been in his home France, but he has returned for Fizdale's first informal workout with the team on Monday, per The Post's Marc Berman. Players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Damyean Dotson, and Troy Williams are expected to be at the workout as well. 

The 19-year-old has been texting his new head coach, but the two haven't officially met in person. But Fizdale made it a point to say that he wants to build a "great relationship" with all of his players before training camp officially kicks off...

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Troy Williams
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Despite the Knicks dominating the Heat at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, several players sustained injuries. 

It was forward Michael Beasley who left the game with a left knee contusion in first quarter. He was previously out against the Magic with an illness as well.

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay also left Friday's contest with a headache, which was later diagnosed a concussion. He won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Bucks.

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Knicks rookie G Damyean Dotston had a career night, finishing with 30 points in New York's dominant win over the Heat, 122-98.

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