Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors...


June 12, 3:54 PM:

The Anthony Davis sweepstakes has already started, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is hearing the Celtics and Lakers are already engaged in trade talks with the Pelicans.

Those two teams will likely be the Knicks' top competition for Davis' talents next season. Rich Paul, his agent, did mention that the Celtics would likely get him as a rental for one season.

However, Woj adds that Boston's desire in Davis hasn't changed. They still believe acquiring him would be their best shot at signing Kyrie Irving to a new deal. 

June 12, 11:29 AM:

Davis' agent. Rich Paul, spoke about why the Knicks are a desirable long-term option.

"The only difference is they don't have as many championships as the Lakers," Paul said, according to SI. "They got a tradition. It's a big market. ... Not that it's only big markets. They have cap space, flexibility, they're able to absorb more than one star. What's wrong with that?"

June 12, 9:26 AM:

Rich Paul said that if his client is traded to the Celtics this summer it would be as a rental. 

"(The Celtics) can trade for him but it it'll be for one year," Paul said. "In the event that he decides to walk away and you (gave) away assets? Don't blame Rich Paul."

Paul went on to compare the Lakers to Jennifer Lopez and waxed poetic about the Knicks.

June 11, 7:25 PM:

As the Davis trade rumors ramp up again, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin was asked on Tuesday if he envisions making a deal centering around Davis before the NBA Draft on June 20. 

"I don't anticipate anything of major significance other than the meeting with Zion [Williamson] and his family," he said, per The Times-Picayune. "I never anticipate that. I'm open-minded. I think we all are. There's a point at which we act. 

"If things evolve in such a way that it's time for us to make a decision relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will. But we're not in a hurry to do anything. We don't feel there is a time sensitivity to anything we're talking about. That includes AD's desire to stay or not stay. It's not something there'a shot clock on."

June 10, 5:55 PM:

Davis has narrowed his list of preferred teams to two: the Knicks and Lakers, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

While Davis appears to have eliminated the Celtics and Nets as potential trade partners with the Pelicans, he has not provided New Orleans EVP of Basketball Operations David Griffin with a formal list, Charania notes.

June 10, 12:27 PM:

Griffin has started providing interested teams with the framework he will require in order to trade Davis, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

According to Wojnarowski, the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, and Clippers are among the teams who have recently spoken with the Pelicans, with Griffin not sounding "convinced" that any deal could get done without involving a third team.

The Pelicans prefer to have a trade done before the NBA Draft on June 20 and are seeking a combination of assets that include "an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks," according to Wojnarowski. 

June 4, 1:00 PM: 

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported earlier that Davis' stance wasn't going to change, and he has some new info that confirms that.

 

Pelicans EVP David Griffin is ready to listen to trade proposals from teams, as his objective to convince Davis to stay seems to have failed. Charania says Griffin has already begun the process of finding the right trade candidate, and the Knicks' front office will definitely be on that phone line. 

May 29, 5:11 PM:

Another tidbit of information regarding Davis came from The Athletic's Shams Charania today. He reported with talks continuing between Pelicans EVP David Griffin and Davis' agent Rich Paul, the All-Star center's stance is "highly unlikely" to have changed. He still wants to be moved. 

Griffin and Davis reportedly met today, where Griffin likely gave his last effort to pitch Davis about how the Pelicans can turn for the best. The addition of Zion Williamson was most likely in that pitch as well.

May 29, 10:34 AM:

While the expectation remains that Davis will not rescind his trade request, he'll be meeting with Pelicans EVP David Griffin on Wednesday, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

Griffin recently spoke about why he thinks New Orleans should be appealing to Davis for the long-term, and it's fair to believe he'll be pushing that idea in person on Wednesday. 

May 17, 4:09 PM:

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson told Fletcher Mackel of WDSU News that the reported "To the Lakers, over my dead body" statement is "totally absurd" and "completely untrue."

Mackel also added that the Pelicans front office believes this latest allegation is "coming from the same people who said Zion may not want to come to New Orleans."

May 17, 11:47 AM:

According to ESPN's Jackie McMullan, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has directed GM David Griffin to avoid trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers. She reportedly told him, "To the Lakers, over my dead body."

However, SNY Insider Ian Begley reported that an executive said that he and other executives see the possibility of Davis, Irving and LeBron playing together in LA as "very realistic." AD would certainly be open to re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could succeed here, Begley also reported

May 10, 6:17 PM:

According to The Athletic's David Aldridge, if the Celtics decide to trade for Davis, the All-Star would still consider re-signing with Boston even if Kyrie Irving leaves, but the odds of Davis doing that in such a scenario would be much lower than if Irving stayed.

Feb. 16, 12:25 PM:

With All-Star Weekend underway in Charlotte, Davis told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy he is "focused on winning on this point of my career and wherever that may be." So why would he want the Knicks to be on his desired list?

"It's a great franchise," Davis said. "Playing in obviously the Garden, the city. But obviously Milwaukee is on that list, too."

Davis said "Big market, small market" it doesn't matter to him as long as winning is involved. And that includes the Celtics, who Davis said "were never not on my list."

Feb. 7, 8:20 PM:

Davis will play the remainder of the season for the Pelicans, general manager Dell Demps said in a statement on Thursday. Dell said a number of factors contributed to the decision and New Orleans looks forward to seeing Davis in a Pelicans uniform again soon.

"Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games," Dell said. "Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies. We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans."

Feb. 7, 11:53 AM:

Talks between the Lakers and Pelicans for Davis are dormant, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who says there is no expectation the two sides will even speak before the 3 p.m. deadline. 

Feb. 7, 9:36 AM:

As the deadline approaches at 3 p.m., it's still possible the Pelicans will move Davis, but Marc Berman of the New York Post outlines two reasons why it makes sense for them to wait until the summer to trade Davis.

First, Berman cites sources who believe that for a trade package with the Knicks to be acceptable, their upcoming Draft pick would have to be No. 1 or No. 2 -- something that won't be known for months.

The second reason for the Pelicans to wait is the fact that the Celtics can't trade for Davis until the summer. But one flaw with that logic is that Davis is reportedly uninterested in signing with the Celtics long-term. 

Tick tock.

Feb. 6, 9:50 PM:

As the trade deadline slowly comes to a close, the Knicks are reportedly on "equal footing" with the Lakers in terms of Davis' interest of a landing spot, per The New York Times Marc Stein. Stein says the Clippers and Bucks are also in the running. 

The Lakers have been the front runner to land Davis, sending multiple trade packages to Pelicans' GM Dell Demps. However, Demps hasn't returned calls to Magic Johnson in LA, and there doesn't seem to be anything being worked on between both sides. If the Knicks are on the same level as the Lakers, though, then this trade deadline could get interesting in its final hours. 

What the Knicks would be able to give up in a trade is unknown after they dumped the contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee along with Kristaps Porzingis. There is the disgruntled Enes Kanter on the books as well as expiring contracts in Wesley Johnson and DeAndre Jordan, and they have two fututre first-round picks from Dallas along with their own this year. 

Feb. 6 1:28 PM:

The New Orleans Pelicans still have not responded to the Los Angeles Lakers' most recent trade proposal for Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Lakers were still engaging in talks with the Pelicans but would not bid against themselves. The Los Angeles Times, however, said that the Lakers have moved on from negotations and have submitted their best offer. 

Feb. 5, 2:37 PM:

Because of "outrageous" demands by the Pelicans, the Lakers have pulled out of the Davis trade sweepstakes for now, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Turner notes that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson told the Pelicans on Tuesday morning that they had made their best offer and would be moving on. 

Reporting from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was less forceful, with him saying the Lakers are still open to engaging the Pelicans, but won't bid against themselves.

Feb. 4, 3:09 PM:

The Lakers have gotten "more serious" in discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who is reporting that Los Angeles offered a new package that "includes multiple young players, multiple draft picks and Pelicans salary cap relief."

Feb. 4, 1:55 PM:

The Pelicans have reportedly been given the names of "a handful" of teams, beyond the Knicks and Lakers, that Anthony Davis would be willing to sign a long-term deal with if traded, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Celtics aren't one of them. The Bucks and Clippers, however, are on the list.

Feb. 2, 10:00 AM:

The Lakers offered the Pelicans a package of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but have not offered a package that includes multiple first-round picks or salary cap relief. 

Feb. 1, 8:00 PM:

Davis' father said on Friday that he does not want his son playing for the Boston Celtics. He added that this is his opinion only, and can't speak for his son.

"Boston... I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas... NO LOYALTY... guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him... anyone can print that," Anthony Davis Sr. said via text to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Feb. 1, 2:34 PM: 

Davis addressed reporters on Friday and said that he has not given the Pelicans a timeline or destination for a trade, but explained that he requested one because it's "my time" to start winning at the highest level. 

Davis added that whatever happens and wherever he ends up, he still wants to play this year. 

Feb. 1, 12:20 PM:

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports the Lakers remain Davis' top preferred destination and adds that the Knicks are also a preferred landing spot whereas the Celtics are not. The Knicks also pushed to make a deal with the Pelicans centering around Kristaps Porzingis before making the trade with Mavericks. 

Jan. 31, 2:42 PM:

After being unable to get Pelicans GM Dell Demps to answer their calls regarding Davis, the Lakers have connected with him, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The Lakers have presented the Pelicans with five different offers for Davis, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, who notes the team is waiting to hear back and has no plans to outbid the Celtics if the Davis saga reaches the offseason. 

Jan. 31, 11:52 AM:

Because Kristaps Porzingis has not yet proven to be healthy after ACL surgery, the Knicks will be "unlikely" to include him in any trade package for Davis at the moment, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN. That would mean any package with Porzingis in it would need to be a sign-and-trade after the season -- something Porzingis (who will be a restricted free agent) would be "reluctant" to agree to. 

Meanwhile, while he's taking calls from other teams, Pelicans GM Dell Demps has still not returned the Lakers' call about Davis, and the team sees "no reason" to trade Davis to the Lakers before the Feb. 7 deadline on what would be a schedule dictated by Los Angeles.

Jan. 30, 8:58 AM:

As rumors swirl and teams -- including the Knicks -- reportedly prepare offers for Davis, Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "not picking up his phone," reports ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Jan. 29 6:24 PM:

Davis is "open" to heading to New York to play for the Knicks, per Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. 

The Pelicans All-Star was also fined $50,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands. The statements were made by Davis' agent, Rich Paul, in an attempt to undermine his client's contractual relationship with the Pelicans. 

Jan. 29, 4:40 PM:

The Bucks have entered the Davis sweepstakes and have offered the Pelicans any players on their roster not named Giannis Antetokounmpo, per reporter Gery Woelfel. Milwaukee is still in the middle of a rebuild, with Khris Middleton expected to opt out of his 2019 option. 

Jan. 29, 9:13 AM:

The Pelicans will need to be overwhelmed by an offer to trade Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Wojnarowski adds that Davis and his agent are expected to soon make it clear that Davis (signed through the 2019-20 season) prefers to land with the Lakers (where he would sign an extension) and would be a rental player for any other acquiring team.

According to Wojnarowski, Davis' agent leaking the Lakers as the preferred destination would be "an attempt to depress offers in the marketplace, a way to perhaps make the Lakers' trade package more appealing."

Aside from the Lakers and Knicks, the Bucks and Raptors are expected to make offers to the Pelicans for Davis, reports Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer

Jan. 28, 3:26 PM:

The Knicks and Lakers are preparing offers to acquire Davis, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, who says the Celtics aren't a "top target" for Davis and the 76ers currently have no plans to pursue him.

Because of the above, Haynes says the Knicks "may be the premier Eastern Conference threat" to land Davis.

Jan. 28, 11:28 AM:

Davis' trade request caught Pelicans officials by surprise, and it is "far from guaranteed" that they will trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline, reports Jake Fischer of SI

Jan. 28, 10:44 AM:

If the Knicks are willing to include their upcoming unprotected first round draft pick in a deal, they would be "in the game" for Davis, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Jan. 28, 8:40 AM:

The Knicks plan to be "aggressive" in their pursuit of Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who said Kristaps Porzingis could be a piece they look to trade. However, Wojnarowski noted that Porzingis "may not be open" to re-signing with the Pelicans, and said that if that is the case, the Knicks' "best chance" to get Davis could be to land the number one pick in the Draft (potentially Zion Williamson) and offer it to the Pelicans. 

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Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls 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 guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

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Dennis Smith Jr. has several goals coming into his second season with the Knicks. One of them? To help R.J. Barrett win Rookie of the Year. 

"I'm treating that as one of my focal points just to help him win Rookie of the Year. And whatever I can do, I'm willing to do it," Smith Jr. said in an interview with Chris Henderson. "It's important for us and it's important for our team and it's important for our morale moving forward so I think it would be major if he won that."

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Nets open training camp in 10 days and several Brooklyn players remain fully in favor of the club signing free agent Carmelo Anthony, per SNY sources.

The Nets enter camp with 15 players on guaranteed contracts, which is the maximum regular-season allotment. But there is an avenue for the club to sign Anthony to a traditional NBA deal during the regular season.

Wilson Chandler is suspended for the first 25 games of the season for violating the league's PED policy. After the fifth game of Chandler's suspension, the Nets can move the veteran forward to the inactive list.

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When people talk about the Knicks-Nets rivalry these days, they talk about what the Nets did this summer -- and what the Knicks didn't do.

That narrative serves as motivation to this year's Knicks team.

"Of course, the Nets got two big superstars this summer but it's just fuel to the fire for us," Knicks forward Kevin Knox said at an event on Monday to debut Puma's new sneaker line, which features the Puma Clyde Hardwood.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The 2019-20 NBA regular season begins Oct. 23 for the Knicks against the San Antonio Spurs, but RJ Barrett might have his calendar circled for Nov. 8 when New York plays the Dallas Mavericks.

In a Monday AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Bleacher Report, the No. 3 overall pick by the Knicks in June's draft was asked whom he would want to posterize -- among all-time and current players -- if given the chance.

Barrett went with a rather recent and well-known figure for Knicks fan, name dropping former New York power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who spent three-plus years at Madison Square Garden.

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The Knicks rounded out their roster heading into training camp by signing guards Amir Hinton and Lamar Peters along with forwards VJ King and Kenny Wooten.  

New York now has a maximum of 20 players under contract heading into camp, which begins at the end of the month. 

The club has 15 players on traditional NBA contracts and one player (Kadeem Allen) on a two-way deal. Teams can carry up to two players on two-way deals, so New York can add one of the players above - or any other player not under contract - on a two-way deal if it chooses.  

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Former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet is scheduled to participate in workouts with the Knicks in Westchester again this week, agent Jerry Dianis told SNY.

The Knicks may have an open spot for training camp, depending on what happens with Kris Wilkes. Wilkes had a 2-way agreement with the Knicks but, according to the New York Post, they may not end up having Wilkes on the roster.

It was first reported on Aug. 28 that Hasheem Thabeet had been participating in informal 5-on-5 scrimmages alongside Knicks players, SNY learned more about the former No. 2 overall pick's involvement with members of the team going forward.

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May 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second half in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

It looks like the New York rivalry is on.

This summer, Kyrie Irving elected to sign with the Nets on a four-year, $136 million contract, while the Knicks, who had targeted Irving, were left watching as Brooklyn assembled a team consisting of some free agent stars.

So when the Knicks travel to Barclays Center on Friday, October 25 for an early-season matchup between the two New York teams, the Nets have decided to give away 10,000 replica Irving jerseys to the fans in attendance. 

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Coming into the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks have low outside expectations. A failed bid to sign superstar Kevin Durant as well as guard Kyrie Irving forced the Knicks to alter their free agent plans. They signed a pu pu platter of mid-tier free agents to short-term contracts that will allow them to re-enter free agency next summer.

The youth movement is underway in New York and many questions still remain about the direction the organization is heading in. The failure to sign any big name free agents has lowered the bar for the Knicks as a team. The need for in-house player development is more important than it has ever been for a franchise that hasn't re-signed a first round pick to a second contract since 1994 first rounder Charlie Ward.

Despite the expectations that the team will finish with one of the worst records in the NBA, there are still positives to look forward to for the upcoming season. 

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Knicks training camp has some intriguing storylines.

We'll all be keeping an eye on RJ Barrett, the position battles (Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton at point guard, for one), Mitchell Robinson's progression, Frank Ntilikina's status, etc.

It will be interesting to see who starts and who comes off the bench in preseason games and who earns a spot in the regular-season rotation.

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Frank Ntilikina
Frank Ntilikina

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Prior to the NBA Draft this past June, the Knicks talked to several teams about trades involving Frank Ntilikina. One of those teams said New York discussed a deal that would have returned an early second-round pick for the guard, per SNY sources.

Obviously, the Knicks didn't end up with an offer that they liked for Ntilikina. But it seemed then that the organization was set on jettisoning the 21-year-old.

Has that stance changed over the last few months? That's unclear.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina played stifling defense and scored five huge points down the stretch as France pulled off a stunning upset over Team USA on Wednesday as they eliminated them from the FIBA World Cup.

The 89-79 win came in the knockout round, and Ntilikina was incredibly fired up after the final buzzer.

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Jan 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) passes the ball during a 116-101 loss to Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) passes the ball during a 116-101 loss to Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

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Derrick Rose believes his decision to go AWOL before a game with the Knicks in 2017 has hurt his reputation - and his earnings potential.

"MY SEASON IN NEW YORK WAS TOUGH, and I know how I fu--ed up by going home that one time without telling anyone first. That's on me. It's one of the reasons I've had to take these minimum contracts. I know what some teams think about me because of that," Rose wrote in his book, "I'll Show You," coauthored by Sam Smith, according to an excerpt obtained by SNY.

After his lone season in New York, Rose signed a minimum contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter reacts during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter reacts during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks missed out on all of the top free agents this offseason after clearing a ton of cap space to be able to afford two max players. And former Knick Enes Kanter thinks he knows why free agents are jilting them.

"Not many people know that, but players talk," Kanter said on the Full 48 Podcast with Howard Beck. "From different teams, they talk. I'm not blaming anybody -- I had an amazing time with the Knicks. But other teammates I talked to or if they're on different teams, they always said, 'Amazing city, MSG is amazing. Everything is so good, but the ownership.' They always keep saying, 'But the ownership.'"

Kanter went on to "guess" that some of the free agents who speak ill of Knicks' ownership are "scared" to come to the Knicks and "don't even want to deal with that."

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New York Knicks' Courtney Lee, left, and Derrick Rose stand on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 106-98. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Darren Abate/AP)

Derrick Rose spent one tumultuous season with the Knicks after being traded to New York before the 2016-17 season, performing relatively well when on the court while literally going AWOL off the court.

In a new book, the 30-year-old Rose -- now with the Pistons -- writes about his Knicks tenure, including thoughts on Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony, and Steve Mills.

"With the basketball, the way Phil had talked, and with Jo (Joakim Noah) and Melo, I really thought we were going to do something," Rose wrote in "I'll Show You," coauthored by Sam Smith, according to an excerpt published by the New York Post. "But when it came to the basketball, I knew right away that we were s--t."

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Two days after first reporting that Hasheem Thabeet had been participating in informal 5-on-5 scrimmages alongside Knicks players, SNY learned more about the former No. 2 overall pick's involvement with members of the team going forward.

Thabeet's agent Jerry Dianis told SNY's Ian Begley that the 7-foot-3 center is set to continue playing with the Knicks in New York next week.

In addition to the informal 5-on-5 scrimmages, Dianis told Begley that Thabeet will work out for a second time with the Milwaukee Bucks from Sept. 8-12.

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Andrew Yang (Stephen McCarthy / Collision / Sportsfile)

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang -- a big Knicks fan who was very active on social media leading up to free agency -- has been sounding off on the Knicks and everything NBA. Here's the latest...


August 30, 12:05 PM:

Some fans think the Knicks are building the right way, and some fans are Andrew Yang.

"For a Knicks fan these are the darkest times I can remember," Yang tweeted on Friday. "Neither competing nor rebuilding. Punting for free agents when there are none of note in 2020. Signing mercenary vets to 1 year deals who will want playing time over overmatched young players. Going to be a long season."

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RJ Barrett was one of the most feared players in college basketball last season. Along with Zion Williamson, the Duke tandem was one of the best 1-2 punches the game has seen in a long time. 

Being a pure scorer from all levels, the Knicks were confident that Barrett was worthy of that No. 3 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. But when the NBA Rookie survey results surfaced, Barrett's fellow rookies weren't too high on him. 

Barrett didn't lead in any of the categories, and he didn't receive any votes in a few like "Best Defender," "Best Shooter," and others. But if you know Barrett, you know that he has always let his game do the talking.

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Carmelo Anthony will attend the Knicks' informal 5-on-5 scrimmages today in Manhattan, SNY sources confirm.

Anthony, a former Knick and 10-time All-Star, has also worked out with the Nets in an informal setting during the offseason.

Anthony is a free agent and said in a recent interview on ESPN's First Take that his representation has been in touch with several teams about a potential landing spot, including the Clippers and Lakers. He was waived by the Houston Rockets last season after playing 10 games.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet has been participating in informal scrimmages with some of the Knicks in New York City this week and is expected to be with the club for at least the next few days, per SNY sources.

New York currently has 19 players under contract -- one fewer than the maximum of 20 for training camp. So they have room to add Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center, to their training camp roster if they choose.

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RJ Barrett has signed his first shoe deal as an NBA player.

The third overall pick has signed a multi-year deal with Puma, who teased the announcement by painting a "New York loves RJ" mural on the side of a building on 31st Street in Manhattan earlier this week.

Puma later added their logo over the heart once the deal was officially announced.

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

The Nets stole the Knicks' thunder during the offseason, inking Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and they just extended Caris LeVert.

But while they're in much better position right now than the Knicks, all of their recent signings have put them at a disadvantage when it comes to their ability to continue to swipe top free agents out from under New York.

The LeVert extension leaves the Nets with Durant, Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and LeVert all under contract through the 2020-21 season, SNY's Ian Begley recently pointed out, adding that it's a strong group to build around but also leaves them with little financial flexibility. So the Knicks won't have to worry about competing with the Nets for top free agents for the next few summers.

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Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls 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 guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Knicks PG Dennis Smith Jr. is staying very active in free agency, and his latest warmup as he gets ready for the new season came in Seattle at Jamal Crawford's "Crawsover" Pro Am.

And he put on a show. 

Smith dropped 50 points in his performance alongside players like Aaron Gordon and Kevin Porter Jr., a 2019 draft pick of the Cavaliers. In a recap video, you can see Smith's improved jump shot, something he's been working on this offseason. And of course, the bounce and dunking ability was on full display as well. 

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SNY's Ian Begley goes one-one-one with new Knicks forward Julius Randle about his expectations for the coming season.

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New Knick Julius Randle isn't going to make any big predictions about the upcoming season. And he's not going to make any bold statements about what he will or won't do in his first year as a Knick. 

What Randle is promising Knicks fans in Year One is simple: 

"I'm just going to bring it every night, man," he said in an interview with SNY at his backpack giveaway at Rucker Park on Saturday. "I'm not going to promise stats, I'm not gonna promise anything. Just bring it every night and do everything I can to help my team win. And I'm going to get better as a player. You're never going to have to question my commitment, my effort. You're never going to have to question where my heart is. It's for this team, it's for this city, and that's what it's about." 

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mike Miller will be joining the Knicks' staff as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season, the team announced on Monday.

SNY's Ian Begley reported on June 17 that barring an unforeseen change, Miller was expected to join David Fizdale's staff.

Miller was named G League coach of the year in 2017-18.

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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) during practice for the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) during practice for the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

As is tradition in the NBA, the fresh new faces in the league took their rookie survey before the start of the 2019-2020 season.

And the results may not be what you expected. 

Well, the first category of who will win the Rookie of the Year award wasn't too much of a surprise. Zion Williamson had the most votes at 35 percent with Ja Morant, the second overall pick to the Grizzlies, coming in at 27 percent. The Knicks' RJ Barrett came in at 5 percent, the same as his fellow Duke teammate Cam Reddish

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Last week in New Jersey, several Knicks were in attendance for the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, a four-day event that the league and the NBPA put together to help rookies adjust to life as a pro athlete. Players listened to experts, ex-players and their peers discuss topics ranging from sexual health to social media.

"At the core of what we're doing is, 'How are you the best professional you can be? And how are you clear and concise in what your decision-making process is?" says Greg Taylor, the NBA's Head of Player Development. 

Second-year Knicks Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier were among the players in attendance this year. Rookies RJ Barrett and Iggy Brazdeikis were there as well. 

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It wasn't a good look for Team USA on Wednesday when they lost not one but two scrimmages to the LA Select Team, a group of fringe NBA and overseas players. And a few of those players dishing out the hurt have or had Knicks ties. 

The LA Select Team, which was led by former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy, delivered a 36-17 victory in one of those scrimmages. Team USA didn't look to be in sync, and silly turnovers were made throughout the 10-minute game.

Team USA may have had players like Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Anthony Davis back out. However, with stars like Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and Jaysom Tatum on the roster, they shouldn't have had trouble facing this Select Team.

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Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ten-time All-Star and free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has been participating in informal team workouts and scrimmages with Brooklyn Nets players in Los Angeles recently, per SNY sources.

Anthony, who played 10 games with the Houston Rockets last season before being released, said last week in an interview on First Take that he and his representatives have been in touch with several teams, including the Lakers and Clippers, about potentially signing a contract for the coming season.

It is unknown if the Nets are one of the teams that Anthony and his representatives have talked to about a potential signing. The club's interest level in signing Anthony to a contract is also unknown.

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Knicks, Nets schedules released 00:01:18
SNY's Ian Begley reveals some key dates for both the Knicks and Nets including Kyrie Irving's return to Boston and Porzingis' return to MSG.

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The Knicks will get a look at Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets early in the 2019-2020 season.

New York travels to Brooklyn for the first time on Oct. 25 -- the second game of the season -- and hosts the Nets for the first time on Nov. 24.

Irving and Kevin Durant -- two of the Knicks' top targets in free agency -- signed with Brooklyn in July. So the Knicks-Nets rivalry will matter again this season after being mostly dormant for a few years.

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First time meeting Steve Francis 00:01:03
Former New York Knicks point guard Nate Robinson sits down and tells us the story of the first time he met Steve Francis.

Nate Robinson has played with many NBA All-Stars and legends during his time in the league. But throughout his career, Robinson remembers a special moment with former Knick Steve Francis during his time in New York. 

When Francis were teammates in the Big Apple, Robinson immediately recalled a time when he was 16 years old. He was at a camp in Baltimore where Franchis was attending, and he had asked to take a picture with him on the bench. 

Well, years later Robinson had his mom send that picture to him to give to Francis. Here he is recalling that moment...

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Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers will be in New York to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 22, per SNY sources.

James' visits to the Garden are usually entertaining. Last season, James' Lakers lost to a struggling Knicks team in a game that ended with him getting rejected by Mario Hezonja.

Knicks fans will also have the chance to show a warm welcome that night to Davis, one of the top free agents in the class of 2020. Of course, Davis is likely to re-sign with Los Angeles, unless things go horribly wrong for the Lakers this season. But in the unlikely chance that Davis decides to leave Los Angeles next summer, it's worth noting that Davis' agent, Rich Paul, said on the record that he sees New York as an attractive destination.

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The Knicks have signed guard Lamar Peters to a non-guaranteed training camp contract, as confirmed by SNY's Ian Begley.

Peters was undrafted out of Mississippi State, but played three seasons for the Bulldogs, where he averaged 11.9 points per game as a junior before opting to forgo his senior year and enter the NBA Draft.

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TEANECK, NJ - One of the bigger questions around the Knicks entering the season is what should the expectations be for rookie R.J. Barrett?

"(Knicks fans) can expect that they're getting a killer," Zion Williamson said in an interview with SNY at Panini's NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Sunday. "For the people that are trying to look down on him, RJ's been through worse. He knows how to battle through it and he's going to bring the city everything he's got."

Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, is a close friend of Barrett's. Williamson and Barrett formed a strong bond while playing together at Duke last season. So you'd expect Williamson to offer a strong statement about his friend. But Williamson referencing Barrett's ability to battle through adversity is noteworthy.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks fans received a bit of a scare on Thursday when it was learned that Mitchell Robinson has been dealing with a knee injury at Team USA World Cup training camp in Las Vegas. 

Robinson, who is playing for US Select Team which practices against Team USA's World Cup roster, reaggravated his injury during a session on Wednesday, per The Post's Marc Berman

Thanks to a video from The Daily News' Stefan Bondy, you can see Kyle Kuzma drive to the rim and Robinson looks to slip and take a fall, but quickly get up...

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Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Durant offered his thoughts on signing with the Nets and playing with Kyrie Irving for the first time in an interview with Yahoo! Sports

 

Here are a few takeaways: 

On why he decided to sign with the Nets: "Because I wanted to," Durant said. "The basketball was appealing."

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Mar 26, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Mar 26, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Julius Randle has withdrawn from USA Basketball's World Cup training camp, USA Basketball announced Saturday. The 24-year old left the camp to deal with what is being termed a "family matter."

Team USA will being training camp on Monday with what is now a 15-man roster and will also train with the USA Basketball Select Team, which includes Mitchell Robinson along with the Nets' Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris. The Select Team will be coached by former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy.  

 

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Dec 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Summer League has come and gone, and we're still a couple of months away from the start of the NBA regular season, but on Friday afternoon, parts of the league's schedule began to leak. 

According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, the Knicks will welcome Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14. The game will be Porzingis' first at MSG since the Knicks traded him to Dallas on Feb. 1.

 

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As you'd expect, the Nets aren't providing any timetable for Kevin Durant's return to the court. 

"We're certainly not going to rush him back," GM Sean Marks said recently on a WFAN interview. "There's going to be absolutely none of that. We have far too much invested in him, and we owe it to Kevin to get him back to 100%."

Will Durant ever be fully healthy after tearing his right Achilles? And can he return to the court next season? 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Still hoping to land with a team for the upcoming season, former Knick Carmelo Anthony went on ESPN First Take on Friday morning to discuss a host of topics, including almost bolting the Knicks for the Bulls in 2014 before eventually re-signing.

"The New York Knicks situation, I was going to Chicago," Anthony said. "Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah. I was there. I was there. And then I started getting whispers behind the scenes -- 'yo, look, this person ain't gonna be there' . ... all of that started to come up in the midst of my decision. I wasn't gonna let anything cloud that. I met with New York last. They was the last time I met with because I knew that I was ready to move on from that situation because of what I was dealing with and going through in New York. After that, I met with New York the last meeting and said 'tell me what you're gonna do for the organization, for us to try to put a team together to go compete and try to win."

After that meeting and a lot of things the Knicks promised, Anthony made his decision to stay.

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett will not participate in the FIBA World Cup for Team Canada, SNY sources confirm.

Barrett suffered a mild calf strain -- not believed to be significant -- during Summer League in Las Vegas, which may have factored in to the decision.

Barrett, a Toronto native, played for Team Canada regularly as a younger player.

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Mar 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) hugs forward Zion Williamson (1) after defeating the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) hugs forward Zion Williamson (1) after defeating the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Despite not playing in an NBA regular season game yet, Zion Williamson is already being asked about potentially leaving New Orleans.

In a recent interview with Complex, the No.1 overall pick opened up about his new team, as well as his relationship with Knicks rookie RJ Barrett. Williamson was asked if he has ever thought about what it would be like to reunite at some point with his former Duke teammate.

"Yeah, we talked about it in college a lot," Williamson said. "We kinda talked about it as we were both going to get our careers started and see how it goes. I mean, if we can possibly link up in the future, that would be great. But we both understand that if things are going well in our prospective cities, we'll just kind of leave it there."

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Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

With all the second-tier free-agent signees the Knicks brought in this offseason, the Magic's Aaron Gordon has one that he hopes thrives in particular. 

Elfrid Payton was sort of a under-the-radar signee with the likes of Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, and Bobby Portis joining the team as well. The Knicks already have Dennis Smith Jr. as well as Allonzo Trier, whose looking to follow up his stellar rookie season. And Frank Ntilikina is still looking to show the Knicks he was worthy of their first-round selection two years ago.

So it will be a battle to get solid minutes on the floor, let alone start for another former first-rounder in Payton. But Gordon, who was drafted just six picks ahead of Payton to the same Magic team, knows exactly what the point guard can bring to New York this season.

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Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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New Net DeAndre Jordan shed a little light on his decision to sign with the Nets over the Knicks in free agency.

"Not to knock the culture the Knicks are creating," he said during an a promotional appearance for Dunkin', according to Gothamist, "but we like what [Nets coach] Kenny [Atkinson]'s doing and [general manager] Sean [Marks] has been awesome and the organization, from top to bottom, has been great. So you want to be a part of something like that, especially when you have a chance to play with other great players and build something."

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Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Allonzo Trier impressed in nearly every category in his first year as a Knick, and the organization saw enough through his first season to pick up his $3.5 million option for year two. But like any rookie, his first season highlighted areas calling for improvement.

His shooting became the primary area of refinement, but it wasn't the mechanics. Instead, it was the volume.

"The more I get off and I shoot at a high percentage, then it'll be good for us," Trier told Mike Vorkunov of the Athletic. "Not only myself, but as a basketball team. So that's one thing I've been focused on doing."

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Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Bobby Portis has a lofty goal for his first season with the Knicks. 

The former first-round pick is hopeful the Knicks will win hardware as a team despite being big underdogs heading into 2019, but he's got a personal agenda as well. 

"I envision myself being a Sixth Man of the Year candidate," Portis told the New York Post." Last year I was in the running at the beginning of the season, playing well. That's in the back of my mind for sure. Naysayers will say I'm crazy. I feel it's going to come for me one day for sure. I play my role really well."

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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen (0) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry (95) 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 guard Kadeem Allen (0) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry (95) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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Kadeem Allen has spent most of his offseason in North Carolina, working out in preparation for his second season with the Knicks. He's looking forward to making an impact in training camp.

"Just trying to show coach that I can compete at the highest level and I can play at the highest level," Allen said of his goals entering the season. "Just trying to get out there and earn a permanent roster spot."

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Clyde Frazier on Knicks and Nets 00:03:07
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley chats with Walt "Clyde" Frazier about the Knicks offseason, and the big free agents that ended up in Brooklyn.

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Knicks great Clyde Frazier was 'shocked' when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. But he doesn't see those moves as a sign that the Knicks have ceded their title as the most relevant NBA team in New York. 

Frazier thinks the Knicks pivoted well after missing on Durant and their other top targets - and he doesn't see these Nets teams having more success than the Jason Kidd/Kenyon Martin Nets clubs that reached back-to-back Finals in the early 2000s. 

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Locally, RJ Barrett will garner a lot of attention this season. He's the Knicks' highest draft pick in more than 30 years. And the team didn't sign any top free agents this summer. So Barrett's progress as a rookie will be one of the most important storylines of the Knicks' season.

Trae Young can relate. The Hawks guard dealt with a heavy dose of attention in his first year in the NBA.

And he believes Barrett will handle the scrutiny that comes with being a top pick in NBA just fine.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang -- a big Knicks fan who was very active on social media leading up to free agency -- is sounding off on the team again. This time, it's all negative. 

"I think the New York Knicks need to fall back, on so many levels," Yang said during an appearance on The Beat with Ari Melber. "Oh my gosh, I've been a fan since I was a kid. And so the Summer League Knicks skipped shaking hands with their opponents after they had lost their third straight game."

That "poor sportsmanship led Yang to bash the Knicks' roster management, which included signing a half dozen or so lower tier free agents after missing out on their top targets.

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