David Fizdale (Treated Image by SNY)
David Fizdale (Treated Image by SNY)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

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

But they shied away from making any playoff predictions. 

"We're not in the prediction business. I'm not here to predict records," Perry said that day. "But I expect us to be better, an improved basketball team."

Privately, though, expectations for the 2019-2020 Knicks were set during the team's first official meeting. Members of the front office addressed the players in the meeting and conveyed two distinct messages, according to SNY sources familiar with the discussions: 

1. They said, in no uncertain terms, that they believed that the Knicks were a playoff team and anything less than that was a disappointment. 

2. Players who were entering free agency in the summer of 2020 were told that they would be judged much more heavily on the team's win-loss record than their individual play.

 

By delivering the playoff edict, management may have been trying to motivate a roster with several new faces and a young, untested core.  

But if the expectations set in the meeting were earnest, the Knicks have fallen well short of those preseason goals. 

Entering Friday's game against Toronto, the Knicks are 12-33, 7.5 games outside of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The season, obviously, has been a disappointment on many levels thus far. It began with a 4-18 stretch that led to David Fizdale's firing.

After a 6-6 start under interim head coach Mike Miller, the Knicks have dropped nine of their last 11. They have the third-worst record in the NBA.

Because of the Knicks' modest success under Miller, some fans and analysts have concluded that New York's poor start was almost entirely Fizdale's fault. That theory, though, ignores a few significant factors: the Knicks played an easier schedule shortly after Fizdale was fired; starting point guard Elfrid Payton -- and more recently, Reggie Bullock -- returned from lengthy absences after Fizdale was let go.

The theory also ignores some external factors that contributed to the situation, factors that show the responsibility for New York's 4-18 start were shared among management and the coaching staff. 

Based on interviews with agents, executives, players and coaches, we take a look at some of those factors below:

PLAYERS FEELING INTERNAL/EXTERNAL PRESSURE

As the losses mounted early in the season, the preseason playoff expectations weighed heavily on some of the Knicks. 

"They were definitely playing tight," one person in touch with those players at the time said. "(Some of the players eligible for 2020 free agency) were already worried about next summer."

Those early-season losses also led to immediate speculation about Fizdale's job security. The speculation increased, of course, after Mills and Perry held their impromptu press conference in early November. 

Fizdale was addressing his players in the locker room when Mills and Perry spoke to the media, unaware of the proceedings. The coach met with reporters after Mills and Perry's press conference and took responsibility for the team's shortcomings. 

"None of us are happy with it but ultimately that falls on me as head coach," he said. "I have to figure out a way to build some consistency with this team."

Several coaches and execs around the league were surprised at the front office's post-game evaluation, a feeling echoed publicly by Clippers coach Doc Rivers earlier this month.

"That was bad," Rivers said of the Mills-Perry press conference. "I think we all know that."

In the days and weeks after the front office's press conference -- which was the last time management spoke to the media -- several players relayed to Fizdale that they were concerned about his potentially getting fired, according to people in touch with the players at the time.

That element -- plus the preseason playoff edict - took a toll on some in the locker room, people around those players say. 

"It's hard enough to win in New York. The failure to meet those (preseason playoff) expectations and the noise around Fizdale certainly wasn't helping," a source in touch with multiple players early in the season said. "Some guys felt like every loss was going to cost Fizdale his job."

At the time, several Knicks said that they didn't want to see Fizdale blamed for the team's shortcomings. 

"At the end of the day, Fiz is putting us in the best position to be successful," Marcus Morris said after a November loss. "…. He's been nothing but a great coach for us, he's been giving us what we need." 

In the days before Fizdale's firing, Mills and Perry met with players to talk about the reasons for the team's struggles, according to an ESPN report. Some of those meetings, per sources, included conversations about Fizdale's performance. Mills and Perry meet regularly with their players over the course of the season.

But the subject matter in these meetings was troubling to one ex-NBA coach, who saw the discussion of Fizdale's coaching as a breach of trust between the front office and Fizdale. 

"It's certainly not a sign that everyone's rowing in the same direction," that coach said. 

THIS WASN'T THE PLAN

As you know, the Knicks were hunting for two stars in the summer of 2019. At the time of the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the club felt that it had a strong chance at landing Kevin Durant and another star in free agency. 

Presumably, that's part of the reason Knicks owner James Dolan said in a spring interview on ESPN Radio, "New York is the mecca of basketball. We hear from people, from players, from representatives about who wants to come. From what we've heard, I think we're going to have a very successful offseason when it comes to free agency."

Of course, the Porzingis trade wasn't part of the Knicks' original plan in for 2018-19.

Initially, the expectation was that Fizdale would have a healthy Porzingis and one or two significant free agents on his roster in the 2019-2020 season, per league sources in touch with Knicks management at the time.

Obviously, none of that came to fruition.

Instead, the Knicks last summer signed several veterans to team-friendly deals to maintain future cap flexibility and, they hoped, put a wining product on the floor. 

(As an aside: Some media reports/commentary suggested in the wake of the Porzinigs deal that the All-Star big man had an issue with Fizdale. But both Fizdale and Porzingis have said that they got along well. Fizdale, it's worth noting, was the lone member of the Knicks organization to visit Porzingis in his home country of Latvia.)

Even after striking out on stars in free agency, Knicks management felt that it had put together a team with enough talent to make the playoffs. So when the Knicks lost to Milwaukee and Denver by a combined 81 points and fell to 4-18 in early December, no one around the NBA was surprised that Mills and Perry decided to fire Fizdale. The team wasn't progressing fast enough and Fizdale wasn't winning enough. 

But the way in which Fizdale was fired surprised some veteran NBA coaches.

PLAYERS/COACHES CAUGHT OFF GUARD

The day after the Knicks' blowout loss to Denver, the players met privately before practice to discuss lingering issues. Among them: selfish play, player-to-player accountability and a general sense of urgency to turn things around for their embattled head coach.

Some players, according to sources in touch with them at the time, emerged from the meeting optimistic that they had ironed things out and could save Fizdale's job.

Fizdale coached practice that day -- a high-energy session that featured the ball movement players discussed in the meeting, according to people in touch with the players. After practice, Fizdale talked to the media about potential lineup changes he wanted to make in the next game. He also shook hands with several members of the front office who attended the practice.

Shortly thereafter, Fizdale was fired. 

Several veteran executives observing from the outside were surprised at the way things unfolded. "I don't think I've seen a coach address the media, coach practice and get let go," one exec said. "Terrible optics." 

When reached by SNY for comment on the information in this story, Fizdale declined to discuss the specific details. But he did say that he hopes Miller gets "a chance to stay on as head coach after this year." 

"I hope Mike, who I remain in touch with, and the players there can continue to build on what we started together," Fizdale added.

Fizdale added that he hired Miller as an assistant to his staff prior to the season because he felt it was important to promote from within, an organizational practice he'd learned during his time with the Miami Heat. 

"I'm very proud of the job Mike and the staff are doing," he said. 

In addition to speaking with Miller, Fizdale also remains in touch with several Knicks, sending them regular messages of encouragement. As he noted in a recent interview with ESPN, Fizdale said that he isn't bitter over his firing. He declined to discuss the circumstances, but Fizdale is well aware of the lifespan for NBA head coaches. So he couldn't have been caught off guard when he was fired after a 4-18 start. 

That's not to suggest that Fizdale is at peace with everything that's transpired. 

Two people close to the head coach said that he is bothered by the suggestion, from some media reports, that he was content with being fired because he'd be collecting the money remaining on his $22 million contract. 

When asked about that theory after Miami's recent game in New York, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra strongly refuted the idea. 

"That's total BS. That's not him at all," said Spoelstra, who worked with Fizdale for 10 years in Miami. "I've worked with Fiz for a long period of time and he's a great teacher and committed to his craft. Being content with anything is not in his DNA." 

To underline that point, those around Fizdale point out that he was aware that his close friend, top assistant Keith Smart, would be fired with him if he were let go. "Why would he want that for his best friend?" one of the Fizdale associate said. 

The two Fizdale confidants also say that he's irked by the idea that his 21-83 record with the Knicks is viewed as a reflection of his ability as a coach. They point out the fact that he came to the Big Apple with a 50-51 career record that included a trip to the playoffs in Memphis. "He sacrificed his record to tank" last season when the Knicks prioritized player development -- and lottery odds - in the 2018-19 season, the Fizdale associates noted. 

To be clear: None of the above is an attempt to discredit Miller. The interim head coach has done well in difficult circumstances. The Knicks are organized on both ends of the floor and they've been mostly competitive in losses under Miller. So the interim coach certainly deserves credit for the way New York has played since he's taken over.

It's also fair to point out that some players cite the players-only meeting on the day of Fizdale's firing as a catalyst for their improved play. 

"We had a team meeting before whatever happened. So we were going to step our game up anyway," Mitchell Robinson said shorty after Fizdale's dismissal.   

Fizdale and the players also said repeatedly early in the season that they'd need time to gel because of all the new faces on the team. Echoing Fizdale, Wayne Ellington cited similarities between the Knicks' roster and the 2016-17 Miami Heat, which went 30-11 following an 11-30 start to the season. 

"It takes a lot of character to make a flip like that," Ellington said after a loss in late November. "I think we've got that in this locker room. We've got the guys for it." 

Would the Knicks have made that kind of turnaround if Fizdale were still coaching? Would they be 12-33 today if Fizdale were leading the group instead of Miller?

That's impossible to know.  

And no one familiar with the NBA would raise an eyebrow if a team fires its head coach following a 4-18 start. So there's no reason to question the Knicks' decision to fire Fizdale from a bottom-line perspective.  

But the circumstances surrounding Fizdale's firing were unorthodox. And factors beyond Fizdale's control - some of which are described above -- contributed to the Knicks' early season struggles. 

So, at the very least, the responsibility for what went wrong in those first 22 games shouldn't be put solely on Fizdale. It should be shared among everyone with decision-making power in the organization. 

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RJ Barrett scored a game-high 27 points in Friday's NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and said after the game he wasn't holding back just because it was an exhibition.

"I guess it's an All-Star game but I really only know how to play one way," Barrett said. "But it was a lot of fun. I didn't press too much. I just went out there and had fun. I took some opportunities when I could and tried to make some nice passes, too."

Barrett was all over the floor, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals 'to go along with his 27 points. Though defense wasn't exactly a focal point in the 151-131 Team USA victory, Barrett wasn't going to allow his college teammate at Duke, Zion Williamson, to upstage him.

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Feb 11, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Feb 11, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

The Knicks' leading scorer when he was traded, Morris will take on more of a secondary role on a Clippers team featuring both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (though George left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury). Morris played his first three games with the Clippers this week and averaged 11.0 and 5.7 rebounds. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett made his NBA All-Star Weekend debut as a member of Team World during the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Barrett led all scorers with 27 points, despite Team World losing the game 151-131 to Team USA.

He finished the game shooting 11-for-17 from the field, and added in six rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 24 minutes of action.

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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)

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Leon Rose's Knicks presidency is still on track to start within the next few weeks. Rose, a player agent, is believed to be finishing up remaining obligations with CAA. Once that is completed, he'll officially take over as New York's top basketball executive.

Since we're still days - weeks? - away from Rose starting, it's too early to concretely state which coaches or executives will be joining Rose's Knicks.

But one name that several opposing execs expect to get consideration is Rich Cho.

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

On Friday morning ahead of the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Knicks rookie RJ Barrett was asked who deserves to be Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

"A lot of people deserve [Rookie of the Year], a lot of people work hard for it," Barrett said. "I don't know. It's kind of hard not to vote for myself."

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is currently the favorite to win, while Barrett's college teammate Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn are in the running as well.

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Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Deandre Jordan (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Deandre Jordan (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

DeAndre Jordan's tenure with the Knicks was short-lived, as the big man played only 19 games with the team during the 2018-19 season after being acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jordan elected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets over the summer, joining stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

On Thursday, Jordan joined CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco's R2C2 podcast and discussed everything from signing with the Nets to the commute players have to take to get to the Knicks' practice facility.

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Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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Before we get to Taj Gibson's thoughts on Tom Thibodeau, let's start here: Gibson is a huge fan of Mike Miller. Gibson believes the Knicks interim head coach is thriving under difficult circumstances.

"Coach Mike, being thrown in there, you've got to give him his due (respect) because coming into a situation like this and wheeling and dealing with a bunch of young guys, he's been phenomenal," Gibson said late Wednesday night.

So when Gibson was asked about Thibodeau, he wanted to make sure to credit Miller first. In doing so, he wanted to make it clear that he wasn't suggesting that Miller didn't deserve consideration for the Knicks head coaching job for next season.

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General view as the New York Knicks are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view as the New York Knicks are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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NBA agent Todd Ramasar has been through plenty of trade deadlines. The founder and CEO of Life Sports Media and Entertainment, Ramasar represented his first player (Baron Davis) when he was 23.

Now 40, Ramasar has five NBA clients and 36 overseas, including Toronto's Pascal Siakam and Washington's Thomas Bryant

Below, Ramasar discusses life as an agent during trade season (the conversation, which took place two days before last Thursday's deadline, has been edited):

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All season long for the Knicks, there have been questions about the team's focus on developing young players versus playing more of their veteran signings to try to win games.

Those questions seemed to reach a fever pitch once the team fired head coach David Fizdale and later parted ways with team president Steve Mills.

On Wednesday night, the Knicks dropped their second straight game, falling to 17-38 on the year, and interim head coach Mike Miller was once again asked about the team's development of the roster's young players.

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Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jeff Van Gundy before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jeff Van Gundy before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While the Knicks look for a new head coach after Dec. 6's firing of David Fizdale, interim head coach Mike Miller could be an option. And the way Jeff Van Gundy sees the situation, the Knicks should provide Miller with a fair shot to earn the permanent job.

Appearing on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence, Van Gundy sounded off, endorsing Miller as a candidate for the gig -- one he might be in the mix for himself. Sources told SNY's Ian Begley that the way Miller has handled things on and off the court since taking over for Fizdale in the acting role has impressed people within the organization.

Although the Knicks could pursue Van Gundy, who Begley reported in April 2018 was open to discussing the job with New York before Fizdale ultimately landed the gig, he shared what was on his mind Wednesday by lobbying for Miller. Van Gundy's comments came after Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute indicated on ESPN's First Take that the organization would "bring a new coach" in.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks were outscored by 22 points in the second half on Wednesday, falling to the Wizards 114-96. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks and Wizards went back and forth in the first half of action from the Garden, with neither team jumping out to a big lead. But the story for the first 24 minutes was the Knicks defense, as they held the Wizards, who had scored 110+ points in nine of their last 10 games, to just 46 first-half points. The Knicks led by four points at the break.

In the third quarter, the Knicks led by as many as six points, but the Wizards fought back to lead by as many seven, taking a 77-73 lead into the fourth. In the final quarter, the Knicks stumbled, playing sloppy basketball and turning not executing on offense. As a result, the Wizards jumped out to a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Overall, the Knicks were just 3-for-23 from the three-point arc, while turning the ball over 20 times.

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Prior to Wednesday's tip-off with the Washington Wizards, Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller addressed the recent remarks made by branding consultant Steve Stoute on ESPN's First Take.

During his appearance, Stout spoke about change coming to the Knicks in the near future, hinting at a coaching overhaul

When asked about Stoute's comments, Miller said that while he was aware of them, his focus remains zeroed in to what the Knicks are doing on the court.

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Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant's manager and business partner with Thirty Five Ventures, was among a group of guests at the Museum of the City of New York Tuesday to honor NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Before checking out the new New York City basketball exhibition at the museum, Kleiman took a few minutes to speak with SNY about Durant, the Nets, Leon Rose, his name being linked to the Knicks presidency, Steve Stoute and his Stephon Marbury documentary.

'The Q&A has been lightly edited for length. Abdul-Jabbar received the museum's Gotham Icon Award at the event.

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Charles Oakley (Jerome Miron)

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Knicks consultant Steve Stoute said on Tuesday that he'd "love" owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley to reconcile, and for Oakley to return to Madison Square Garden. 

"Listen, I would love to see that thing. As a New York fan, as a friend of Charles Oakley, as somebody a part of the Knicks organization, of course I would love to see that subsided and bring that back," Stoute said on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday. "Charles Oakley is a very big part of New York. He's a fabric of what the New York Knicks have stood for for many years -- that toughness, resourcefulness, by-any-means-necessary attitude."

Stoute and his company, Translation, were hired to help redefine the team's brand and their ties to the fan base. He has been influential with Dolan since being hired. Stoute, who admittedly overstepped his bounds when talking about the Knicks coaching situation on Tuesday, said he's known Oakley for years. 

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Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

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A few notes on the Knicks' coaching situation: before Steve Mills was removed as team president, there was support within the organization to keep Mike Miller in the fold -- even if New York hired a new head coach for next season. 

In the wake of Mills' reassignment, some prominent people at Madison Square Garden remain in support of giving Miller a role within the organization regardless of what happens with the coaching search this offseason, per SNY sources. 

Entering Friday's game against Washington, the Knicks are 13-19 under Miller. The interim head coach has also been forced into the role of team spokesman under some difficult circumstances, including the firing of David Fizdale and Mills. (No members of the Knicks front office have been made available to answer questions about either situation).

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CAA's Leon Rose (Yeshiva University YouTube)

Despite some exploratory discussion of bringing William "World Wide Wes" Wesley into the front office alongside NBA agent Leon Rose, sources have told Shams Charania of the Athletic that the idea is no longer expected to come to fruition.

Wesley, who has had a longstanding partnership with Rose over the years, has also been involved in multiple ventures that worked closely with the league.

However, Wesley's many ventures would make it difficult for him to take on a formal title with the Knicks, despite the team "surely" having a position within their front office available for him should he want one, according to Charania.

A source told SNY's Ian Begley that Wesley's decision was unrelated to anything regarding Steve Stoute and First Take. A role for Wesley was discussed internally, a source confirmed to Begley. Meanwhile, a lack of a formal role doesn't preclude Wesley from advising/assisting Rose in his role as Knicks president. 

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With everything the Knicks have gone through in the past few months, from missing out on the superstar free agents in the summer, to David Fizdale's dismissal, to Scott Perry's ousting as team president, somehow the playoffs aren't completely out of the picture just yet.

Thanks in part to the Knicks' recent four-game winning streak - one that came to a heartbreaking end on Sunday in Atlanta - New York is just six games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the East.

The bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture may not be anything to write home about, and the Knicks are still 20 games under .500, but they've already equaled last season's win total, and interim head coach Mike Miller believes they're heading in the right direction.

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In a Forbes report Tuesday, research showed that NBA franchise values are up 14 percent from last season, with an average team coming in at being worth $2.12 billion -- back in 2011, not one team was worth $1 billion.

And somewhat surprisingly -- but then again, not so surprisingly -- at the top of this list are the New York Knicks, who have been valued at $4.6 billion, just one of three teams (the Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion)) to be worth over $4 billion.

Despite seven consecutive losing seasons and no single superstar on their roster, the Knicks still remain at the top of the list almost entirely because of New York City and Madison Square Garden. In the last year, the Knicks value has risen by 15 percent.

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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)

Last month, the Knicks had hired Steve Stoute and his company, Translation, to help redefine the team's brand and their ties to the fan base. Stoute had an endorsement by NBA superstar LeBron James, but no one really knew who he was and what exactly he was going to be doing for the Knicks. 

Well, he got a chance to explain all of that on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday. And in doing so, Stoute may have confirmed what many have been thinking when Steve Mills was gone: a new head coach would be coming into New York.

The only problem here, though, is that Stoute doesn't speak on behalf of Knicks basketball operations, something that the team made abundantly clear when they issued a statement just hours after Stoute's TV appearance.

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As rumors swirl on who the next Knicks head coach will be after this season, one name that's come up is Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

However, his former player and current Knicks forward Kevin Knox believes that Calipari will stay in Kentucky.

"When Cal says he's not going to do something, he's pretty solid that he's not going to do it," Knox said Tuesday at Knicks practice. "...He runs that state, the fans love him there. He's got the basketball program on lock there."

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John Calipari (Mark Zerof)
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David Falk has an interesting perspective on NBA teams hiring agents as team presidents/general managers. He was one of the league's most successful agents in the 1990s and early 2000s. Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo were among Falk's star-studded list of clients.

So Falk's opinions on the Knicks' decision to hire Leon Rose as team president are noteworthy. 

Falk offered some thoughts on Rose and the Knicks in an interview on the Beningo and Roberts Show on Friday. Below are some of the highlights: 

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After a 4-18 start in his second year as the Knicks bench boss, David Fizdale was fired by the team earlier this season. 

Since that decision came down on Fizdale in December, he's had time to reflect on what happened in New York.

What could have been different? What would he change? 

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts with fans after hitting a three point shot in the second overtime against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts with fans after hitting a three point shot in the second overtime against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

As interim head coach Mike Miller noted after Sunday's game, the Knicks missed out on opportunities to put the Hawks away at State Farm Arena, where New York ran out of gas in Sunday's 140-135 double-overtime loss to Atlanta.

Still, the Knicks (17-37) fell victim to quite the personal performance from the Hawks (15-39).

Second-year point guard Trae Young dropped a game-high 48 points on 13-of-30 shooting, going 6-for-13 from behind the three-point arc and sinking all 16 free throws he attempted, to thwart the Knicks' comeback bids and lift the Hawks.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

After coming back late in Sunday's game against the Hawks, the Knicks had multiple chances to polish off what once ballooned to a 16-point deficit. But from the end of regulation to overtime, New York was unable to finish Sunday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and saw a four-game winning streak get snapped with a 140-135 double-overtime loss.

Not putting away the Hawks (15-39) did the Knicks (17-37) in once the second overtime rolled around. Despite six double-figure scorers, including power forward Julius Randle's monster double-double with a team-best 35 points and game-high 18 rebounds, the Knicks could not keep up with Hawks point guard Trae Young's 48-point outburst.

When Miller looked back on the Knicks' performance against the Hawks, a common theme to come up throughout the first half of the 2019-20 season resurfaced.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

The Knicks led by 15 and trailed by 16, coming back late and forcing overtime, but New York ultimately fell in two overtimes at the end of Sunday's 140-135 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks jumped out to a 31-20 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 41 points to the Hawks in the second quarter. They maintained a two-point lead at the half -- 63-61. Julius Randle had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Knicks, while Hawks big man John Collins had 20 points in the half as well. The Knicks shot 54.2 percent from the field, as Reggie Bullock chipped in 13 points and Bobby Portis had 11 points.

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Feb 3, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 3, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

After the Knicks' 95-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, forward Bobby Portis made his intentions to stay with the team for the rest of the season clear.

"I'm 24 years old," Portis said. "I'm not doing a buyout. I'll make as much money as I can for my family. (I'm) 24. Not even thinking about a buyout at 24. I'll probably set a record for as the first guy to do a buyout at 24. It's just not even in the equation."

In his first season with the team after signing a one-year, $15 million contract over the summer, Portis is averaging 9.4 points in 20.9 minutes per game.

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After the New York Knicks fired president of basketball operations Steve Mills, all signs point to the Knicks hiring former player agent Leon Rose as Mills' replacement. Rose has been an elite agent, currently representing the likes of Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid. A former agent of LeBron James, Rose also had a major impact in growing CAA as one of the top sports agencies. 

A playoff team just four of the past 18 seasons, the Knicks are looking to find success with a different model. Expected to join Rose is William "World Wide Wes" Wesley. Wesley is known as a consultant and power broker with ties to many of the NBA's elite. 

Hiring a player agent has become a recent trend in the NBA. There have been a handful of former agents to transfer over to the basketball operations side of the negotiating table, resulting in varying degrees of success. 

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Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell (0) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports  (Stan Szeto)
Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell (0) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Although the Knicks eventually sent Marcus Morris to the Clippers in a three-team trade, the Knicks talked through a few specific trade scenarios with the other Los Angeles team.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers were willing to give up Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green in a deal the Knicks rejected. 

After that, the report said "the Knicks then countered with a deal centered around Kuzma, Avery Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins and at least one second-round pick," which also didn't work out.

SNY's Ian Begley previously reported the Knicks and Lakers had touched base about a Kuzma trade but that a two-team deal would be complicated. 

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On paper, going from the Clippers to the Knicks doesn't sound like a dream, but don't tell that to Moe Harkless

The 26-year-old went from the second-place team in the West to the third-worst team in the East. Aside from that, he's happy about coming to the Knicks. 

That's because the Queens native is happy to be home. 

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) defends during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) defends during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The Knicks trailed by as many as 13 points, but came back to win their fourth straight game, beating the Detroit Pistons 95-92. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Knicks started Saturday's game very slowly as a team. In the first quarter, New York shot just 35.0 percent from the floor, while turning the ball over seven times. The Pistons, meanwhile, finished the quarter on an 8-0 run and took a 28-17 lead into the second. The Pistons increased their lead to 13 points in the second quarter, but the Knicks closed the second on a 14-7 Knicks run to get back within two points at half time.

In the second half, the two sides continued to trade blows, but the Knicks scored the final six points of the quarter to tie the game at 67-67 heading into the fourth. In the final period, the Pistons pushed out to an 84-77 lead with 6:23 to go, but the Knicks refused to go down quietly, as Wayne Ellington tied the game with a three-ball with 4:43 on the clock. With the game tied entering the final two minutes, Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle made a couple of big buckets down the stretch to give New York the win.

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Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) blocks out San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)
Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) blocks out San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)

Just before Thursday's deadline, the Knicks traded Marcus Morris to the Clippers, losing a leader both on the court and off of it. 

And while they got back Moe Harkless, the rights to Issuf Sanon and a package of draft picks via a three-team deal with the Clippers and Wizards, they also created more cap flexibility, in hopes of signing a superstar in the future.

According to Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com, the Knicks created a $3.9 million trade exception by dealing Morris.

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After missing nine games with a high ankle sprain, RJ Barrett returned to the Knicks' lineup on Thursday, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

Following the trade of leading scorer Marcus Morris, Barrett should see his role in the offense increase even more once he gets to 100 percent. The Duke product is now one of just two Knicks averaging in double-figures this season, along with Julius Randle.

On SNY's The Thread Friday, the panel discussed what the reasonable expectations for the third-overall pick should be over the final 30 games of the season, and whether or not he could be the face of the franchise in the future.

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Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) defends a shot by New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) defends a shot by New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

The newest former Knick played just 43 games in New York, but quickly turned into a fan favorite, along with becoming a well-respected member in the team's locker room. His trade to the Clippers on Thursday was the only deal the Knicks made at the deadline.

The Clippers will take on the Timberwolves on Saturday, but the Los Angeles Times reports that while Morris hasn't been ruled out, "it was considered a challenge for him to be ready"

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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There's so much we don't know about the Leon Rose era at Madison Square Garden. We don't know who the general manager is going to be. We don't know who the head coach is going to be. We don't know who is going to stay from the previous regime and who isn't. 

So it's too early to analyze how things will look under Rose, who is expected to complete a deal with the Knicks and be named president in the near future. 

But at least one exec who has worked and the Garden and who knows Rose well believes the CAA player agent will be successful at the Garden. 

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On Friday at his press conference, University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari spoke about potentially being linked to the Knicks head coaching job under Leon Rose.

"Let me say this: first of all, I haven't talked to Leon, so I don't know if it's done, if he's doing it," Calipari said. "I have no idea. But let me tell you about him: I've known him for 25 years -- dear friend. In a rough-and-tumble business -- really, that business he was in was a sport, too, like body-to-body contact, it is -- and I've never heard anyone in 25 years say anything bad about Leon Rose. He's a gatherer, he's a culture-builder. I'd help him in any way I could, being a resource. You want to call and ask me about college players, my own players, I'm here. It just wouldn't be to coach."

The Knicks have yet to make the hiring official, but Rose is expected to be the team's next president, replacing the recently fired Steve Mills. It's known that William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley is expected to join the organization along with Rose, and both have ties to Calipari.

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D'Angelo Russell
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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

A few post-trade deadline notes: 

News of the Knicks agreeing in principle with new team president Leon Rose broke hours before Thursday's trade deadline. It's unclear how, if at all, that impacted the Knicks' approach at the deadline. But the firing of ex-team president Steve Mills certainly changed their thinking. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Ian Begley
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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Knicks knocked off the Orlando Magic 105-103 on Thursday night, and the win was impressive for a number of reasons. 

The team erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, winning their third straight game as a result. But it was also the first game since Marcus Morris, the team's leading scorer, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline. 

After the trade became official, interim head coach Mike Miller and some of the players in the locker room addressed what Morris meant to this Knicks group.

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After missing the previous nine games due to a high ankle sprain, rookie RJ Barrett made his return to the floor on Thursday as the Knicks defeated the Magic 105-103.

It was a successful return for the Duke product, as he scored 12 points (shooting 50 percent from the floor), while adding three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Barrett was asked after the game how he felt in his first game back since January 16.

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Feb 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (20) and power forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (20) and power forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win their third straight game, defeating the Orlando Magic 105-103. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) Defense was the name of the game for the Knicks in the first half. In the first quarter alone, The Knicks forced seven turnovers, coming up with six steals and blocking three shots. As a result, the Knicks led 30-19 after one. The Knicks' maintained a 54-47 lead at halftime, but the third quarter was all Magic, as Orlando outscored New York 36-22.

In the fourth quarter, with Orlando up by as many as 10, the Knicks stormed back, thanks in part to hot shooting from Wayne Ellington, coupled with strong play by Elfrid Payton. A 14-point swing put the Knicks up 100-96 with under four minutes to play. With the Knicks leading by two in the final moments, Payton's eighth steal of the game sealed the win.

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RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett

After Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller said that rookie RJ Barrett might be getting minutes during the game against the Magic, the Knicks officially announced that Barrett is available to play.

The third overall pick was not announced as a starter, though, meaning any minutes would come off the bench.

Barrett has missed the last nine games with a sprained ankle, but said at practice Wednesday that he was aiming to be back "tomorrow."

"Tomorrow is a possibility, but nothing's for sure yet," he said

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Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau (Treated Image by SNY)

The Knicks have yet to make the hiring official, but all signs seem to be pointing to former player agent Leon Rose as the team's next president, replacing the recently fired Steve Mills.

Rose, an agent with CAA, certainly has his connections within the NBA world, including an impressive list of clientele. But Rose is also connected to a number of people who could potentially be candidates for the Knicks head coaching job, should Mike Miller not be retained after the season.

Here's a look at some of the names that Rose has been connected to, according to SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley ... 

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Before the NBA trade deadline passed on Thursday, the Knicks completed a three-team trade that sent veteran F Marcus Morris to the Clippers. Morris has easily been the Knicks' best player this season, and after signing a one-year deal this past offseason, a playoff contender was aggressive in trying to land him. 

But, while Morris will travel out west to fight for an NBA title now, his time in New York may not be done forever. Unless the Clippers figure something out before the end of the season, Morris is still set to be a free agent this summer. 

So could a reunion with the Knicks be in play? 

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The Knicks have agreed to trade Marcus Morris to the Clippers, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed on Thursday.

The full deal is actualy a three-team trade with the Wizards. Here are the details from Begley on what the Knicks received:

Moe Harkless, the Clippers' 2020 first-round pick, the right to swap a 2021 first-rounder with the Clippers, the rights to Ukrainian point guard Issuf Sanon, and a Clippers 2021 second-round pick via Detroit.

The Knicks were interested in Landry Shamet, but Begley reported earlier that the Clippers were unwilling to have him in any trade package.

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Jan 8, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) attempts to pass the ball behind the back of Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley (13) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Jan 8, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) attempts to pass the ball behind the back of Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley (13) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

According to SNY's Ian Begley, there is a possibility of the Knicks entering buyout conversations with veteran Wayne Ellington if he isn't moved by the trade deadline, per SNY sources.

This comes after the Knicks sent forward Marcus Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

Ellington, 32, has played just 24 games with the Knicks this season after signing a two-year, $16 million deal with the team over the summer.

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Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) controls the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) controls the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Knicks F Marcus Morris has been a hot commodity in NBA trade deadline talks, and a deal could be happening very soon with the 3 p.m. deadline approaching.


Feb. 6, 2:12 p.m.

The Knicks and Clippers are close to finalizing a deal to land Morris. SNY's Ian Begley confirmed an initial report from The Athletic, saying Moe Harkless and other pieces would be going in a deal. 

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With the Knicks expected to name Leon Rose their new team president, SNY's Ian Begley weighed in on why Rose should be a good fit.

Talking about Rose's "decades of experience in the NBA," Begley discussed the players Rose has worked with and the relationships he's developed with teams.

"Those are the people that he's gonna have to be dealing with as Knicks team president. So, if the Knicks were gonna go the agent route, I think you could've done a lot worse than Leon Rose," Begley explained. "This seems like a good hire."

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Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell (0) gestures while dribbling during the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell (0) gestures while dribbling during the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

The Knicks have missed out on trading for Warriors PG D'Angelo Russell, with the Timberwolves striking a trade with Golden State to land the All-Star, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

Woj adds that Minnesota is swapping Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick for Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman

As of Thursday morning, the Knicks still hadn't closed the door on the possibility of trading for Russell, SNY's Ian Begley reported. Sources also said that before president Steve Mills was fired, some in the organization believed that significant progress was made toward a Russell deal.

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Just two days after firing Steve Mills, the Knicks have found their new team president in CAA basketball co-head Leon Rose

Knicks owner James Dolan & Co. are now heading down the road the Lakers and Warriors have gone by hiring a former agent to lead their rebuild. Los Angeles hired Rob Pelinka, who was the CEO of The Landmark Sports Agency, as their GM in 2017. Former Wasserman Media Group agent Bob Myers joined Golden State in 2011, where he worked his way up to president. 

Knicks fans are probably wondering who exactly Rose is, so here are some things to know about the team's new leader in the front office: 

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Leon Rose
Leon Rose

CAA's Leon Rose is close to an agreement to become the Knicks' team president, reports SNY's Ian Begley.

Begley was first to report New York's interest in Rose.

In addition to the expected hire of Rose, William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley is under strong consideration to be part of the Knicks' organization under Rose, per an SNY source. Wesley and Rose have a strong relationship.

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