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Ian Begley is SNY's NBA Insider.

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A few notes in the aftermath of the Knicks' loss to the Lakers:

NYK looking for more aggressive Knox:

Before Wednesday's game, Mike Miller laid out what the organization is looking for from second-year wing Kevin Knox:

"Our key points there are just his overall aggressiveness on everything... He's rebounding better. That was an area that we wanted to see (from) him and he has increased that. And you can see our team rebounding has gotten better and he's part of that equation. Being more aggressive where he's driving the ball, where he's cutting, where he's running in transition, where he's having opportunities to get fouled. I think we're seeing those things. And just the consistency of doing all that. And then on the defensive side having a real presence on the ball and using physicality, using his length, getting three to five deflections a game, that type of activity defensively."

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On the first day of training camp, Knicks team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told fans that they'd put together a team that New Yorkers would appreciate. 

But they shied away from making any playoff predictions. 

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There are a couple of things worth keeping in mind amid another lost season at Madison Square Garden: 

1. How the young Knicks develop over the final 39 games

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RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)
RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)

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Dwyane Wade, one of the best shooting guards in NBA history, offers his take on Knicks rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett

"I love a kid that wants to take the challenge. RJ really wanted to be a Knick. You guys know that that's been a tough challenge for a lot of players that had the opportunity to choose to go to New York and they haven't. He took it (head) on and said I want to be a Knick. I give him a lot of respect for that," Wade said during a conference call to announce his role as an analyst on NBA on TNT Tuesday Night telecasts.

Wade is likely referring to the free agents who have spurned the Knicks over the last 10 years. Since Barrett was drafted by the team -- short of holding out and refusing to sign with the Knicks -- he didn't have much of a choice about where he played as a rookie. But in the weeks leading up to the draft, Barrett made it clear that he wanted to be a Knick. 

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The Knicks have dropped eight of their last nine. They're on pace to lose more than 50 games for the sixth straight season. There's uncertainty around the future of the front office and head coach. The young players from last season's team, by and large, haven't taken big steps forward this season. 

So, no, there isn't much reason for the Knick fan to be optimistic at the moment 

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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Allonzo Trier began last season as an undrafted free agent. He ended it with a $7 million contract. Trier's path as a rookie was a testament to his talent and timing: the 24-year-old took advantage of the playing time he earned on a Knicks team committed to developing its young players. 

This season, Trier has been mostly out of the rotation, behind a glut of guards on New York's roster. 

He's appeared in 19 of the Knicks' 42 games, averaging 6.3 points per game in 12 minutes. 

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After losses earlier in the season, the Knicks would sometimes say that they just needed more time to develop chemistry on the court. 

After 42 games, that explanation is no longer valid. 

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Mar 5, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Lamar Peters (2) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Mar 5, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Lamar Peters (2) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports NBAHeadshots (Randy Sartin)

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Westchester Knicks head coach Derrick Alston wants Lamar Peters to have the freedom to play through mistakes on the court.

"The kid is fast, he can create, he can shoot. So I just try to let him play. And we'll work on (improvement/correcting mistakes) behind the scenes," Alston said. "And then the next time you get out there (in a game), you show me our adjustments. And we won't have a problem. And he's bought into it, so I'm definitely a fan of his."

Alston's approach seems to be paying off for his lead guard.

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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After practice on Wednesday, RJ Barrett was shooting free throws while Knicks assistant coach Keith Bogans rebounded for him. He celebrated after he made his last attempt on Wednesday, as the Knicks front office looked on. 

"Before I leave every practice I've got to make 10 or 15 in a row before I get off the court," Barrett said. 

The extra shooting seems to be paying off. 

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A few notes from the Knicks' practice on Monday ahead of Tuesday's game against Milwaukee...

Mike Miller has coached in college and the G League, so he knows all about the mental approach of young players.

He has high praise for Knicks rookie RJ Barrett's mindset.

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Late Tuesday night in the visitor's locker room at Staples Center, Julius Randle walked to his stall with tears in his eyes.

Minutes earlier, he'd found out that his grandmother died.

As he made his way through the locker room, he was being comforted by teammates, coaches and other members of the organization.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Something worth noting on the trade front for the Knicks: two people in touch with members of the organization in the last few days said that New York remains opposed to sending out any future first-round picks in any trades under consideration.

This could be posturing from New York during trade season.

But if the Knicks are indeed committed to keeping their future first-rounders off limits, that would align with the team's strategy for the past five seasons.

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Dennis Smith Jr. says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from an oblique injury, but there's no definitive timetable for his return. 

"I'm actually healing faster (than projections). I heard people say with the oblique strain it could be two months or however long, so I'm actually healing along pretty fast," Smith Jr. said on Sunday. "I'm going through the process and working at it every day."

Smith Jr. has missed nine consecutive games with the ailment. He's been limited in contact portions of practice. He's been listed as questionable for several games but ultimately ruled out. 

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New York fell to 10-29 after Friday's loss to the Pelicans. That's the third-worst record in the NBA. 

If they continue to play at this clip, the Knicks will be in position for one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. 

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No Pistons-Knicks deal for Andre Drummond is considered imminent, but New York's recent conversations with Detroit about Drummond were more than just exploratory talks, according to SNY sources familiar with the matter. 

Trade discussions are always fluid. Plenty can - and will - change between now and the trade deadline, but the Knicks' interest in Andre Drummond is certainly noteworthy. 

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Kenny Wooten's blocks this season have landed him on SportsCenter. But his development in other areas of the game has impressed the Knicks.

"His growth from Summer League to now, he's a totally different player," Westchester Knicks head coach Derrick Alston said late last month. "He's always been, of course, a freak athletically. But now, just, understanding the game. Learning how to roll, where to be on the court, not being in the way, setting screens - all those little things that people assume guys know, but they don't.... Just seeing his growth. How much he wants to learn, it's been really good."

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One of the few positives from the Knicks' 30-point loss to the Lakers? RJ Barrett.

After picking up two early fouls, the Knicks rookie showed strong composure in finishing the game with 19 points (9-for-19 shooting) and five rebounds in 31 minutes. And on top of that performance, it was Barrett's first game against LeBron James. 

"It was definitely cool. He was always my favorite player growing up. So that was good. Once I got in the game, it's just a regular game. Just got to play," Barrett said. 

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Something worth noting on the trade deadline: Several teams in touch with the Knicks recently came away with the impression that they aren't solely focused on acquiring draft picks, expiring contracts or young players who have struggled with other teams.

Those teams say the Knicks have shown an interest in acquiring starter-level players who can help the team in the short-term and in future seasons, per sources. 

That's interesting to note because the Knicks are 10-27, tied for the third-worst record in the NBA, and the front office faces a tenuous future because of the team's poor play. 

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LOS ANGELES - Jared Dudley's with the Lakers now, but he's more than qualified to analyze what's happened with the Brooklyn Nets this season. 

Dudley was an important on and off-court contributor for Brooklyn last season. He averaged five points in 20 minutes off the bench for the Nets and provided veteran leadership for young players like Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell

So his thoughts on the Nets carry more weight than others. 

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - At this point, Anthony Davis' decision to turn down a contract extension from the Lakers has more to do with money than his desire to leave Los Angeles.

Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday morning that Davis was offered a four-year, $146 million extension on Tuesday that he rejected. If, as expected, he declines the player option on his contract for next season, Davis can sign a five-year, $202 million max contract with the Lakers this summer.

Davis can sign a four-year deal with other suitors, such as the Knicks, that would be worth less annually.

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In addition to Dennis Smith Jr. and Marcus Morris, some teams have interest in trading for Knicks forward Bobby Portis, per sources familiar with the matter. 

Portis signed a two-year $31 million deal with the Knicks over the summer, but the second year is a team option. So a contending team looking for front-line depth could view Portis as, essentially, an expiring contract. 

The 24-year-old enters Tuesday's game against the Lakers 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for the Knicks. Portis is shooting 44 percent from the field (38 percent from beyond the arc). With the Knicks at 10-26 and uncertainty surrounding the future of the front office, it's unclear if the club will look to players like Portis for future assets or seek players who can help this year's team. 

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers hopes Knicks management gives interim head coach Mike Miller the support that David Fizdale didn't have.

Rivers on Sunday criticized Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry for failing to support Fizdale, citing the post-game press conference from the front office after the Knicks fell to 2-8.

"That was bad," Rivers said before his Clippers hosted the Knicks on Sunday. "I think we all know that."

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Mark Edwards is a life-long Knicks fan. So he knows how desperate the fanbase is for a winner. 

Edwards is also a long-time basketball trainer. In his 26-year career, Edwards has trained dozens of pros, including Terrence Ross and Mike Scott, as well as hundreds of college players. 

This summer, he worked with Knicks' second-year wing Kevin Knox, and Edwards has a message for Knicks fans keeping an eye on Knox: be patient. 

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LOS ANGELES -- A report in July stated that the Knicks had a meeting scheduled with then-free agent Kawhi Leonard. Leonard on Saturday said that, to his knowledge, no meeting was scheduled between he and the Knicks. 

"Not that I was aware of," Leonard said after the Clippers' loss to the Grizzlies. 

Entering free agency, the Knicks felt confident that they could get a meeting with Leonard based on their top executives' relationship with Leonard's uncle and adviser, Dennis Robertson. The club seemed aware at the time that it was unlikely that they could actually sign Leonard unless they brought another top free agent in with him. 

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Nov 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) reacts after a three point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) reacts after a three point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

We've collected some of our end-of-year content as we start 2020. A version of this story originally published on Dec. 11, 2019.


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It's safe to say that, outside of RJ Barrett, no Knicks player will be off limits as teams discuss potential trades over the next two months.

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With Carmelo Anthony set to return to the Garden for the second time as a visiting player on Wednesday, here's an interesting 'What if'?

Before the 2015 NBA Draft, high-ranking Knicks officials strongly considered putting together a package to trade for then-Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins, per SNY sources. Obviously, if the Knicks traded for Cousins, he would have been the best teammate Anthony ever had in New York. (Was his most talented Knicks teammate a young Kristaps Porzingis? Tyson Chandler? J.R. Smith? Amar'e Stoudemire?) 

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The Knicks on Thursday must've looked a lot like the team management envisioned when they built the roster in July. 

Julius Randle (33 points on 14-for-26 shooting, 8 rebounds) dominated on offense. The ball moved well, thanks in part to Elfrid Payton (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). Marcus Morris complemented Randle (22 points, 8 rebounds) and the Knicks limited Brooklyn to an NBA season-low 27 percent shooting.

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If you want to know just how bad things are for the Knicks right now, just read what Julius Randle had to say about the loss to the Wizards

"It should've never gotten to that point, to be honest with you. We should've never been in that position. Just from top to bottom, how we approached this game was terrible. It can't happen. This can't happen."

Randle and other Knicks said they weren't focused during the morning shootaround; those focus issues bled into their loss to a Wizards team that was missing six of its eight top scorers. 

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Frank Ntilikina
Frank Ntilikina

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With the trade deadline a few weeks away, we've been asking teams about the trade value of some of the Knicks. Here's what three teams had to say about Marcus Morris. We also asked a few teams about Frank Ntilikina's value:

"They drafted him at eight (Ntilikina was the eighth overall pick in 2017) and they're obviously not going to get back a top-10 pick for him," one team said. "But he still has value. A lot of people value him around the league because he's still young (21) and he plays defense. His shot isn't there, but there's reason to think he can improve. Getting a second round pick for him, that's not even a question. I'm not sure about a first, maybe a late first. You can't rule it out. Crazier things have happened in this league."

The Knicks seemed committed to moving Ntilikina before the 2019 NBA Draft. But they couldn't find a deal that they liked. There's no indication at the moment that they're as eager to move him now as they were in June.

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Marcus Morris has played for seven coaches in the NBA, so he's well equipped to comment on the coaching profession. And, so far, he likes what he's seen from Mike Miller

"You've got to give Mike credit," Morris said. "It's unfortunate that Fiz got released but Mike's come in, being able to have a team that was kind of wounded and being able to kind of pull it together and get us going in the right direction, that's tough for any coach. He's dealing with it very well."

The Knicks are 3-3 under Miller, while winning just four of 22 games under David Fizdale. Based on that alone, it's clear that New York has improved under their interim head coach. And the players seem to have bought in.  

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David Blatt has joined the Knicks as a basketball operations consultant, the club announced Wednesday.

Blatt, the former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was one of the finalists for the Knicks' head-coaching vacancies in 2016 and 2018. Those jobs ultimately went to Jeff Hornacek and David Fizdale, respectively. 

Blatt has retired from coaching and is expected to consult with the Knicks' front office in scouting and player evaluation for the NBA club and the Westchester Knicks, the franchise's G League team. 

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Trade season started, unofficially, on Sunday. That was the first day most free agents who signed over the summer were eligible to be moved. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 6, so there's plenty of time for teams to discuss potential deals.

It will be interesting to see how the Knicks approach the trade season, as the seven veterans they signed over the summer are now eligible to be moved. At 7-21, New York could be willing to trade some of those veterans to acquire future assets, and give younger players more minutes/chances to develop.

But, as noted earlier this month, it's unclear if they'll take that approach. Instead, they may look for ways to improve the roster in the short-term.

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Jan 16, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti watches college basketball between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Jan 16, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti watches college basketball between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

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If the Knicks ultimately move on from team president Steve Mills, but decide that they can't pay the price to get Masai Ujiri from Toronto, there are a number of other top-level executives who should be on their list.

They'd need someone with a proven track record and respectability -- and preferably someone with a title on their resume.

Here are notes on a few executives that fit some of those criteria:

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Sep 28, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri talks to the media during Media Day at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Sep 28, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri talks to the media during Media Day at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

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We know that team president Steve Mills' future with the Knicks is uncertain. We also know that people of influence at Madison Square Garden are, in the words of one source, 'obsessed' with Toronto president Masai Ujiri

We don't know what, specifically, the Knicks would need offer the Raptors to land Ujiri, who is under contract through 2020-21.

But we have a pretty good idea of where New York's compensation package would have to start: one NBA team recently demanded two first-round picks when another team inquired about letting its exec out of an existing contract, per SNY sources. The transaction - which would have involved an exec generally considered a tier below Ujiri, sources said - didn't get to the finish line.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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A day after their impromptu press conference earlier this season, Knicks president Steve Mills and others with management had a conversation with owner James Dolan.

The Knicks were 2-8 at the time, and management came away from that conversation thinking that their jobs would be safe if the Knicks showed progress. New York has gone 2-12 since that conversation, showing minimal progress in that span.

That's not a good sign for Mills.

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Nov 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) reacts after a three point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) reacts after a three point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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The Knicks are 4-20. So it's safe to say that, outside of RJ Barrett, no player will be off limits as teams discuss potential trades over the next two months.

As of last week, New York was looking at several different players who may be available in an attempt to improve its roster.

But the club also could start to move some of the veterans they've signed to short-term deals.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) inspects the ball before a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Carmelo Anthony will face off against the Knicks tonight for the third time since he was traded from the franchise in 2017. 

A divorce seemed inevitable back in the 2017 offseason, but there was at least one last-ditch effort from the Knicks to keep Anthony at Madison Square Garden. 

One high-ranking Knicks official visited Anthony in person prior to the trade to Oklahoma City to ask him to reconsider his stance and stay with the Knicks, per SNY sources. 

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Marcus Morris called a players' only meeting on Friday before practice, and hours before David Fizdale was fired.

"I just called that meeting so we can, as players, talk it out and decide which direction we're trying to go in. At the end of the day, guys stood up, guys said their piece. I think it was a great meeting," he said Saturday.

Added Julius Randle: "It was what we needed. Nobody's going to turn this around for us except us. We just have to keep doing what we were doing (Saturday) and we're going to win." 

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We're basically a week away from the unofficial start to the trade season. On Dec. 15, players who signed contracts as free agents can be moved. 

As that date approaches, the Knicks (4-18) are keeping an eye on potential moves that would improve the team, per SNY sources familiar with the matter. 

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As noted on Friday, the spotlight is on Knicks president Steve Mills in the wake of David Fizdale's firing. 

We detailed here where things stood with Mills and general manager Scott Perry prior to the Fizdale firing. 

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David Fizdale is out. Here we take a look at potential candidates for the job -- assuming that their interim head coach doesn't coach well enough to do the job. It also assumes that team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are the execs who hire the next full-time coach (here's a look at why that may not be the case). 

Anyway, assuming Mills and Perry are making the call, below is a look at some potential candidates: 

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The Knicks have parted ways with head coach David Fizdale. Now, the focus turns to Knicks president Steve Mills

Mills and Knicks general manager Scott Perry hired Fizdale after an extensive coaching search in 2018. 

The plan then was for Mills, Perry and Fizdale to build a winning culture in New York by developing young players and attracting stars. 

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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale watches play against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale watches play against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Knicks have fired head coach David Fizdale, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

At 4-18, the club is on pace for the worst season in franchise history and has lost eight consecutive games.

New York fired Fizdale on Friday, a day after a 37-point loss to the Denver Nuggets. In their previous game, the Knicks had lost by 44 points to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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As the Knicks (4-17) prepare to host the Denver Nuggets (13-5) Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York, here are several notes from Wednesday's practice.

With seven straight losses, the Knicks continue to search for their first win since Nov. 18's 123-105 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they should get a big boost in the lineup.

Marcus Morris should return for the Knicks against Denver after missing two games with a neck injury (more on that below). New York should also have Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina vs. the Nuggets.

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Jan 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett reacts from the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 114-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett reacts from the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 114-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Former Celtics great Kevin Garnett wasn't surprised that Kyrie Irving left Boston in the offseason to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. 

"No," Garnett said during an interview in New York to promote the film, 'Uncut Gems,' which stars Garnett and Adam Sandler and will be released on Christmas. 

Garnett explained why he wasn't shocked that Irving didn't want to re-sign with the Celtics. 

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Jan 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett reacts from the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 114-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett reacts from the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 114-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Former Celtics great Kevin Garnett wasn't surprised that Kyrie Irving left Boston in the offseason to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. 

"No," Garnett said during an interview in New York to promote the film, 'Uncut Gems,' which stars Garnett and Adam Sandler and will be released on Christmas. 

Garnett explained why he wasn't shocked that Irving didn't want to re-sign with the Celtics. 

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The lingering question after the Knicks' 44-point loss in Milwaukee is this: how much longer will David Fizdale be on the sidelines?

We don't have a definitive answer, but one member of the organization said late last month that he expected management to fire Fizdale soon, per SNY sources. The person who expressed the thought isn't someone who would make the decision to fire Fizdale. But the idea that a member of the Knicks believes a coaching change is coming says a lot about the level of uncertainty in New York right now.

As you know, there has been speculation about Fizdale's job status for several weeks amid New York's 4-17 start.

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Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) runs up the court during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)
Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) runs up the court during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

Amid a miserable start to this Knicks season, there have been a few positive developments. Frank Ntilikina has shown that he's -- at the very least -- a capable NBA rotation player in the league. Marcus Morris has shot incredibly well from beyond the arc (52 percent). And, of course, there's RJ Barrett.

On most nights, Barrett has impacted the game on both ends of the floor and played with a poise and awareness that you wouldn't expect from a 19-year-old.

Before Sunday's loss to the Celtics, Boston head coach Brad Stevens offered his thoughts on Barrett: "The first time I saw him in person up close here was the third game of the season and his body, physicality, skill level, all ready for the NBA. I think that's pretty unique for a wing in the league"

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Last year after 20 games, the Knicks were 6-14. They went on to win just 11 more games. That summer, they spent $70 million in free agency. They didn't sign their top targets, but landed players they felt would improve the team.

It's fair to assume that no one in the organization thought this year's Knicks would be worse than last year's team. But New York will wake up on Monday with a 4-16 record, two games worse than last season and tied with Atlanta for the worst record in the league.

If you're looking for people to blame for the Knicks' awful start, you can point the finger in several directions.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

If you look at the box score of Friday's Knicks-Sixers game, Kevin Knox's DNP-CD makes sense. With Knox on the bench, the Knicks had a chance to win a game against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

But if you dig a little deeper, the idea that Knox -- the Knicks' 2018 first-round pick -- didn't play at all Friday night leads to questions about New York's direction this season.

The Knicks, as you know, spent $70 million in free agency over the summer. So they came into the season expecting to be much more competitive than last year's 17-win team.

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