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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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket 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 Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket 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)

Ignas Brazdeikis was the 47th pick in the NBA Draft, so the casual fan may have been surprised to see him knocking down threes, executing spin moves and finishing around the rim in the Summer League.

But those that know Brazdeikis well weren't.

"He's always been able to score," Andrew Saulez, Brazdeikis' coach at Holy Trinity High School, says. "…. Some of the stuff that you saw at Michigan and at Summer League, the buckets that he gets at weird angles, using the glass, getting into the lane, spinning and scoring -- he's been doing that since Grade 6 or 7."

Brazdeikis averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists for New York in the Summer League. He also knocked down 11 of his 22 three-point attempts. It was only Summer League, so those who are penciling Brazdeikis in as Rookie of the Year are getting ahead of themselves.

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Look out Madison Square Garden: Zion Williamson will be on the court to face the Knicks very soon. 

While fans will be amped to see first-rounder RJ Barrett play at MSG, they'll be even more excited to see him face Williamson and the Pelicans during the preseason on Oct. 18, sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley. 

These two already faced off during both of their Summer League debuts, but Williamson left with a knee injury after tallying 11 points. The game was also affected by the earthquake out in the Mojave desert in early July...

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Feb 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Feb 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

New head coach Mike Anderson considers himself a Knicks fan now, and you can thank Bobby Portis for that. 

Anderson coached Portis during his time at Arkansas, where he was the 2015 SEC Player of the Year. Portis was impressive that year with 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from three. 

That jumper translated to the NBA, too, as he shot a career-high 39.3 percent from three last season between the Bulls and Wizards. Anderson believes that aspect of Portis' game and more will have Knicks fans liking him this year. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Mar 4, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

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New Knicks free-agent signee Reggie Bullock underwent surgery on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery for a cervical disc herniation, the team said.

Bullock initially reached a two-year $21 million agreement at the beginning of free agency, but re-worked the agreement in wake of the disc herniation. Bullock agreed to a two-year deal for less than the $4.7 million exception, his agent David Bauman told SNY.

"(The) Knicks were fantastic through this process," Bauman said.

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Apr 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Emmanuel Mudiay has faith in the Knicks. 

The 22-year-old guard may no longer be on the team, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz this summer, but Mudiay believes New York should be excited about some of the pieces the organization has, starting with head coach David Fizdale. 

"This year wasn't the year to judge him for his work, but he's taken teams to the playoffs before," he told Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News. "So I think it's only a matter of time. If they keep putting the right people around him, then he'll flourish."

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Mar 19, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) drives for the basket in front of Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Mar 19, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) drives for the basket in front of Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Knicks and Reggie Bullock have finally reached a deal after a medical issue led to a snag, with the free agent signing a two-year pact for less than the $4.7 million exception, his agent David Bauman told SNY's Ian Begley. 

Bullock's deal with the Knicks is structured similarily to their other two-year agreements, per SNY sources: it isn't fully guaranteed in the second year, which essentially makes it a team option.

There is no specific timetable for Bullock to be on the court at the moment. But, per SNY sources, Bullock is expected to miss at least a month of the regular season due to his ailment.

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Which Robinson?: Nate or Mitch 00:01:02
Former New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson has fun choosing whether he or Knicks center Mitchell Robinson are better at certain things.

Former Knicks point guard and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson stopped by the SNY studios to play a little game we like to call "Which Robinson?"

The current Robinson on the Knicks is the exact opposite of Nate -- C Mitchell Robinson. So we tested Nate's knowledge with a few questions that pertain to either him or Mitch. 

Not only does Nate believe he's the better dunker, but he even proved that he's a better singer than Mitch...

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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)

After Madden's rankings created a stir among NFL fans early on Monday, NBA2K quickly followed up with their rankings, too. 

Of note is how the rookies are ranked, particularly Knicks' RJ Barrett. 

New York's first-round pick, and third overall, was rated a 78 in his first time appearing in the video game. 

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Nov 7, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) reacts near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Nov 7, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) reacts near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

JR Smith is now available. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers released the veteran guard on Monday before his $15.6 million contract for the 2019-20 season could become guaranteed and failing to find a team to take him in a trade. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that once Smith clears waiver, the Los Angeles Lakers would not be interested in signing him. 

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks had the worst record in the NBA last season (17-65) and scooped RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the Draft and Ignas Brazdeikis in the second round before missing out on every top free agent and pivoting to the lower tier.

So how many games should they expect to win in 2019-20?

BetOnline has set the Knicks' over/under at 27.5, which would mean a solid improvement over the tank that last season was but a team that is still a far cry from being a postseason contender.

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The word for Knicks forward Kevin Knox as he worked his way through his second NBA Summer League was "different." 

As the Knicks and Knox wrapped things up in Las Vegas on Saturday, Knox used that word to describe both his new-look team and himself. But in a good way. 

"Yeah, I feel totally different," Knox told Newsday. "I probably didn't have the numbers I did last year, didn't have all the highlights and stuff. But just me out there feeling more comfortable and more confident, dribbling the basketball, shooting the ball, I feel a lot stronger out there."

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks 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 center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks 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)

The Knicks ended their Vegas Summer League schedule with a 103-87 win over the Wizards in Saturday's consolation game.

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

1) Mitchell Robinson had perhaps his best game of the Summer League schedule. The second-year pro came up with big plays on both ends of the floor, ending his afternoon with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and three blocks

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The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Knicks stack up:

 

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

We'll never know if the Knicks were interested in trading for Russell Westbrook. They never had the chance to make an offer. 

The Rockets and Thunder stunned the league on Thursday by agreeing to a deal that moved Westbrook to Houston in return for a package that included Chris Paul and first-round picks, per ESPN. 

The Knicks didn't have the money to match salaries in a Westbrook trade at the moment. They would have had to wait until Dec. 15 to include the free agents they signed the summer in a deal.

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Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeff Hanisch)
Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Knicks' pursuit of Marcus Morris has reportedly paid off. 

League sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley that Morris plans to sign a one-year deal with the Knicks worth roughly $15 million. 

Begley reported earlier on Thursday that the Knicks believed that obtaining Morris as a free agent and re-working Reggie Bullock's deal was a likely scenario, per SNY sources.

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Nate Robinson reflects on Knicks 00:01:24
Nate Robinson joins Ian Begley and says 'They're building a team that's a real team' when describing the Knicks offseason moves.

Nate Robinson played his first five NBA seasons with the New York Knicks. 

Speaking on Tuesday with SNY Insider Ian Begley, Robinson gave his take on the current state of the team, including the players they couldn't land and the one that they have brought in.

When asked about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving spurning the Knicks for deals with the cross-town Brooklyn Nets, Robinson spoke from his own experience on why he enjoyed his time in New York.

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Robinson key in Knicks future 00:00:46
Ian Begley discusses how Mitchell Robinson was one of a few players off limits in Anthony Davis trade talks for the Knicks.

The 2019 Summer League has come and gone for the Knicks (not counting a consolation game this Friday or Saturday), who squeezed out a win after dropping their first three games. There were high and low points, an earthquake-shortened game, and plenty of Twitter GM's labeling RJ Barrett a bust.

Despite the 1-3 record, there certainly were bright spots. Mitchell Robinson impressed again, averaging 3.5 blocks and 11 rebounds across the four games, while Barrett improved significantly in games three and four.

Aside from Robinson and Barrett, Jud Buechler's squad got quality production from a number of players.

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With an influx of free agent talent joining the young Knicks' roster, Kevin Knox knows that his playing time will be hard-fought.

"We're going to have to earn our minutes and fight for playing time on the court," Knox said to Marc Berman of the New York Post. "Training camp is going to be brutal. I know I got to earn my minutes this year because we brought in a lot of great guys."

The Knicks are in line to sign Marcus Morris, whose primary position is small forward. That's Knox's best spot, too. Despite the imminent playing time crunch, though, Knox is already taking a positive approach...

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Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeff Hanisch)
Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

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As of Thursday morning, there was still mutual interest between the Knicks and Reggie Bullock to negotiate a new deal after a medical issue hampered their original agreement, per SNY sources.

Bullock's agent, David Bauman, and the Knicks continue to work together on a new agreement for the six-year veteran.

The medical issue that caused a hiccup is unclear, but Bullock has dealt with plantar fasciitis in the past. The Knicks originally agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with Bullock that contained a player option in Year 2.

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Knicks first-rounder RJ Barrett put together another fine performance in the penultimate Summer League game on Wednesday night, dropping 21 points with 10 boards for another double-double. 

But it was the way Barrett got his highest point total of the summer that should be intriguing to Knicks fans.

Barrett had a mismatch against the Lakers, and head coach Jud Buechler saw it and exploited it.

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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)

The Knicks Summer League squad blew out the Lakers 117-96 on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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

1) RJ Barrett had some struggles shooting again, but he got himself going by getting to the free-throw line. Barrett ended the night with 21 points, shooting 6-17 from the field. He was also a beast on the boards for the Knicks, pulling in 10 rebounds.

2) Kevin Knox led the Knicks in scoring again, notching 25 points on 7-12 shooting. Like Barrett, the Knox did a lot of his damage from free-throw line, knocking down nine of his 12 attempts from the charity stripe.

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Feb 7, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Amar'e Stoudemire (5) adjusted his glasses while coming into the game during the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 7, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Amar'e Stoudemire (5) adjusted his glasses while coming into the game during the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

SNY's Ian Begley confirmed that the New York Knicks attended a workout that former forward Amar'e Stoudemire held on Monday in his quest for an attempted NBA comeback. Despite his efforts, a new report indicates a reunion is unlikely. 

The 36 year old who retired from the NBA in 2016 will not be making a return to the franchise, according to the New York Post. Stoudemire, a 15-year vet, spent 2010 to 2014 with the Knicks. His spell in New York was one filled with injuries and only one All-Star apperance in his first season with the team. Stoudemire's deal with the Knicks at the time was a five-year contract worth $99.7 million. 

 

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Jun 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game three of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Jun 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game three of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The New York Knicks did their damnedest to set the team up to be a winner starting with the summer of 2019.

That didn't go according to plan. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving took their talents to New York, just not New York, New York. Bundled in that group is new Los Angeles Clipper, Kawhi Leonard.

But thanks to Leonard, the stars are alinging for the Knicks to line up another swing on a re-building effort through free agency starting in 2021.

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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)

Contrary to what social media might tell you, RJ Barrett is not a bust. Let me be the one to offer the short list of reasons why. He's 19 years old, playing basketball for the first time in a few months, and has just three games under his belt … in the Summer League.

Now, exhale.

First impressions are everything, and Barrett's wasn't exactly pretty. In his first two games, he made just 21 percent (7-for-33) of his shots and went 2-for-13 from beyond the arc. His shot selection, turnovers and, well, a lot, were rough.

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The Knicks Summer League squad dropped Tuesday's game against Toronto by a final score of 85-73.

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

1) RJ Barrett scored 17 points for the Knicks, including five in the first quarter. He also showed off his ability as a playmaker in the open court, tallying six assists. He also added 10 rebounds, having his best overall game to date.

2) The Knicks were without Allonzo Trier in Tuesday's game. According to the game broadcast, Trier was dealing with an illness, causing the Knicks to sit him.

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New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire (1) smiles after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in New York. The Knicks won the game 89-85. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire (1) smiles after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in New York. The Knicks won the game 89-85. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Former Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is planning an NBA comeback, and he wants to make sure he can help both on and off the court.

"Leadership goes a long way with teams in order to get from a playoff team to a contending championship team. ... From that standpoint, I have a lot to offer," Stoudemire said on "MSG 150," via the New York Post's Marc Berman. "And also as a basketball player, I still have a lot of game left. I can help a team in any way they need."

The Knicks were among the teams who attended Stoudemire's workout in Las Vegas on Monday, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets were also reportedly in attendance.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks to his left during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks to his left during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

Changes are coming to the NBA's instant replay process starting this season.

On Tuesday, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved two new changes. The first change is the introduction of a Coach's Challenge. This change will be adopted on a one-year trial bases during the 2019-20 season. 

"These initiatives further strengthen our officiating program and help referees make the right call," said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell. "Giving head coaches a voice will enhance the confidence in our replay process among teams and fans and add a new, exciting strategic element to our game. Enabling the NBA Replay Center to trigger instant replay will improve game flow and provide real-time awareness of any adjustments to the score."

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Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeff Hanisch)
Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

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The Knicks and Reggie Bullock's agent, David Bauman, are working together to reach a new agreement after a medical issue arose that caused the team to question his ability to play a full season, a league source confirmed to SNY.

The Knicks originally agreed on a two-year, $21 million deal with a player option. The medical issue holding the deal up is unclear, but it could lead to New York landing another free agent.

An ESPN report stated that Marcus Morris is reconsidering the two-year, $20 million agreement he reached with the San Antonio Spurs. Morris, according to the report, is considering signing with New York. The club is expected to have additional cap space if it re-works its deal with Bullock, and one SNY source said Tuesday that the team was hopeful of landing Morris in wake of the Bullock issue. 

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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)

Last year, the Knicks found an undrafted gem in Allonzo Trier. The Arizona guard fell through the Draft, and New York quickly scooped him up knowing he had a shot to make the team out of Summer League.

What ensued was a player who averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 22.8 minutes per game off the bench last season. A two-year, $6.9 million contract with a team option came his way in return this offseason. 

This season, that undrafted story could have a new chapter with Oregon big man Kenny Wooten

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Knicks forward RJ Barrett (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward RJ Barrett (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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LAS VEGAS - If you're making sweeping conclusions about RJ Barrett after two Summer League games, you're overreacting.

"Of course the Knicks would like to see him come out and dominate in these games against guys who won't be in the NBA. That's what you'd expect from the No. 3 pick. But there's no reason to sound any alarms," one veteran scout said Monday. "He's 19 and this is what Summer League - and his rookie season, really - is for. It's about development and getting comfortable on an NBA floor."

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New York Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his glasses during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee),  (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
New York Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his glasses during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee), (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Could a reunion between the Knicks and Amar'e Stoudemire be on the horizon?

The 36-year-old forward, who retired in the NBA since 2015-16, was working out for multiple teams in Las Vegas on Monday, which included the Knicks, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. 

Per Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets were also in attendance. 

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

With Russell Westbrook's future in Oklahoma City cloudy as of this past weekend, the Thunder are now "receptive" for the first time to taking trade calls on the 30-year-old star, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

Charania notes that the timing is difficult when it comes to a potential trade of Westbrook, which holds true for any potential trade to the Knicks, as SNY's Ian Begley noted over the weekend.

In order to complete a trade for Westbrook before December 15, the Knicks would have to renege on agreements with their new free agents, said Begley, noting the fact the Knicks have just $4 million in cap space at the moment. Westbrook is set to make $38.5 million this coming season.

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Billy Garrett Jr (17) during the second half of an NBA Summer League game 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 Ignas Brazdeikis (17) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Billy Garrett Jr (17) during the second half of an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The story so far at Knicks Summer League hasn't been first-round pick RJ Barrett's dominance, but rather their second-rounder in Ignas "Iggy" Brazdeikis

The Michigan product, who the Knicks trade up in the second round with the Kings to acquire at No. 47, was absolutely electric in the team's second game against the Suns on Sunday night. Brazdeikis led the team with 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting, and he added eight boards and two assists as well. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE IGGY'S TOP HIGHLIGHTS

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Knicks rookie Ignas Brazdeikis talks about scoring points in Summer League, and developing his game with Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett.

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Iggy Brazdeikis believes he's the best player on any court he steps on.

That was certainly true at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday night.

Brazdeikis, the Knicks' second round pick, scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting and had eight rebounds in New York's overtime loss to Phoenix.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

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LAS VEGAS -- Frank Ntilikina was visiting with the Knicks' Summer League team on Sunday night, unfazed by his involvement in recent trade rumors.

"I'm happy to be a Knick," Ntilikina told reporters at the Thomas and Mack Center before New York's overtime loss to Phoenix. "I still take as much as I can get from every situation that I can. I'm in their jersey. I'm happy to be a Knick. I'm happy to be here. I'll work very hard to make this situation successful."

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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)

A report indicated that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving knew "months ago" they would be teaming up in Brooklyn. Apparently it was not a well-kept secret.

New Knicks power forward Bobby Portis said players around the league knew about their intentions back in February.

"I knew what was gonna happen in February," Portis said, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov. "We all knew that (Durant and Kyrie Irving would go to Brooklyn). Everybody knew that. I just don't think the media knew that. Us basketball players, we all knew that. ... I'm not going to leak my source. But we all know where they were going. I'm protecting mine, but we all knew where they were going."

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Knicks forward Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks faltered late in the second half and fell to 0-2 in the Las Vegas Summer League as they lost to the Phoenix Suns 105-100 in overtime on Sunday.

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1) Knicks rookie RJ Barrett struggled from the floor again, making just 3 of 15 field goals. He scored eight points and committed eight turnovers. Through two games, he has 23 points on 7-of-33 shooting.

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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Unless they want to renege on agreements with their new free agents, the Knicks can't complete a trade for Russell Westbrook prior to December 15. They only have $4 million in cap space, not close to enough to absorb the $38.5 million he's scheduled to make next season. 

It would be incredibly damaging to the Knicks' relationships with agents if they reneged on free-agent agreements to acquire Westbrook, so you can forget about that option. 

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SNY's Ian Begley reports on Dennis Smith Jr.'s improved jump shot and RJ Barrett's debut

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LAS VEGAS - RJ Barrett isn't going to make too much of his shooting in the Knicks' first Summer League game. 

"I haven't played a game in three months. I was fine. Shots didn't fall, but I'm good," the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick said on Saturday. 

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RJ Barrett, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle on the Knicks youth and new additions

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LAS VEGAS - Dennis Smith Jr. is entering his first full season as a Knick and his third in the NBA. He sees it as an important year for him. 

"I think it is. I honestly felt like I was supposed to be (drafted No. 1 overall). Probably like everybody else in the class. I feel like this is the perfect time to come out and prove why I feel that way," Smith said on Saturday after the Knicks practice in Las Vegas. 

Smith said he's been working on his shot extensively with Knicks top assistant coach Keith Smart and that he feels fully healthy after he was hampered by a back injury late last season. He also likes the Knicks' new additions, feels ready to compete with free agent point guard Elfrid Payton for the starting job, and isn't worried about the Brooklyn Nets' big haul. 

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Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers makes it official: the Knicks have missed out on all of their top targets in free agency. But the biggest free agent they landed, Julius Randle, believes that fans will grow to appreciate the 2019-2020 team. 

"We've got dogs. We've got dudes who don't back down, who have killer mentalities. And that's what we need," Randle said on Friday night. "Getting back to the old school. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, all of those guys. Toughness. A fight breaking every night. So, we're excited about that. That's our identity of our team, not backing down from nobody."

Randle offered his thoughts on several topics in a chat with reporters in Las Vegas: 

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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Kawhi Leonard stunned the NBA early Saturday morning, committing to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency and bringing Oklahoma City star Paul George along with him.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard pushed the Clippers to obtain George via trade. The Clippers sent Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Galinari, four unprotected first picks, one protected first round pick and two protected first rounders in exchange for George. Wow.

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SNY's Ian Begley reports on the earthquake that occurred during the Knicks Summer League game in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- RJ Barrett didn't shoot the ball well in his Summer League debut, but Knicks Coach Jud Buechler had a simple message for the rookie after the game: don't stop shooting.

"There were ups and downs in the game for him, which you expect out of a rookie. We saw a lot of things we liked," Buechler said, via the Knicks, after Barrett missed 14 of his 18 shots in 25 minutes against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. "We will continue to encourage him to keep shooting and aren't worried about his shot not falling."

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The Knicks' Summer League debut against the Pelicans was stopped with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter due to an earthquake.

The west coast experienced a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, suspending play at Las Vegas' Tomas & Mack Center. The Pelicans had an 80-74 lead when play was stopped in the fourth quarter.

Both teams left their benches for their respective locker rooms, as the video board and sound speakers above the court swung back and forth. 

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Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks owner James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks owner James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks may have moved on from missing out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency, but there is still an underlying problem that the Knicks -- a once storied franchise in the league -- can no longer attract the game's biggest stars. 

To make matters worse, these stars would rather play for New York's other team, the Brooklyn Nets, who do not carry as much cachet as the Knicks. 

David Waldstein of the New York Times spent the week speaking with agents and other basketball executives, most of whom stayed anonymous, but confirmed what some had assumed: Players view the Knicks as a dysfunctional franchise with no stability. 

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton gestures while dribbling the ball during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Darren Yamashita/USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton gestures while dribbling the ball during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Darren Yamashita/USA TODAY Sports)

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Unless you're an elite player, starting jobs in the NBA aren't handed out in July. So it's way too early to predict who will be starting at point guard for the Knicks next season.

But at the moment, the plan is for new Knick Elfrid Payton to get "every opportunity" to win the starting point guard position next season, per SNY sources familiar with the matter.

The Knicks signed Payton to a two-year, $16 million deal with a team option for the second season.

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Dec 10, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Henry Ellenson (8) shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 10, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Henry Ellenson (8) shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks fans will get an early look at some of the team's young talent during the Summer League schedule. Here are the latest news and notes concerning the Knicks' summer schedule ...


 

July 5: 3:30 PM:

Henry Ellenson left the Knicks summer league team for personal reasons, according to multiple reports. 

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Things are not all that bad for the Knicks. 

Despite missing out on big free agents and Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, many are still high on the Knicks' young nucleus -- at least for the NBA Summer Leauge. 

According to the sportsbook oddsportal.com, the Knicks are the betting favorites to win the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which begins Friday night at 9:30 p.m. between New York and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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

Knicks center Mitchell Robinson's talent continues to get recognized. 

The 21-year-old 7-footer was invited to join the Select Team at USA Basketball training camp this summer, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. 

The Select Team consists of 10 up-and-coming players in the league who will train under head coach Gregg Popovich alongside 18 veteran NBA players already on the Team USA roster ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will take place in September. 

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