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Spencer Dinwiddie responds to report claiming he did not want to play for Knicks

Spencer Dinwiddie

Spencer Dinwiddie may have come from the Brooklyn Nets, but he insists he does not have anything against their crosstown rivals.

The new Washington Wizards guard responded this week to a report by Marc Berman of the New York Post. The report claimed Dinwiddie did not find the New York Knicks to be an appealing fit as a free agent destination.

“Why y’all still writing this stuff about me?” Dinwiddie tweeted. “I never said that. “I’m just happy to be on the @WashWizards.”

Dinwiddie, 28, agreed to a three-year, $54 million deal with the Wizards in a sign-and-trade with the Nets. He is coming off surgery for a partially torn ACL but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

As for the Knicks, Dinwiddie did once throw some shade at them. But the notion that he did not want to play for the Knicks seems to be inaccurate.

Photo: Erik Drost/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0

Kemba Walker to sign with Knicks after Thunder buyout

Kemba Walker

The New York Knicks have been looking to add a star player to their backcourt, and Kemba Walker certainly fits the bill.

Walker, who was traded from the Celtics to the Thunder in a blockbuster deal earlier this offseason, has agreed to a buyout with Oklahoma City. He will now sign with the Knicks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Walker had two years and $74 million left on the deal he signed with Boston prior to the 2019-20 season.

Walker is from The Bronx, so playing for the Knicks will be a dream come true for him. The 31-year-old point guard has always spoken about what it means for him to play at Madison Square Garden, and he will now call the storied venue home.

Injuries were a problem for Walker in Boston, but he is still one of the better point guards in the NBA. He averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists in 43 games with the Celtics last season. If he’s healthy, he should be a great addition to a young Knicks team both on the court and in the locker room.

Report: DeMar DeRozan, Knicks have mutual interest

DeMar DeRozan

The New York Knicks are expected to once again pursue just about every top free agent and star player available via trade this summer, and DeMar DeRozan is not surprisingly on their list.

DeRozan and the Knicks have mutual interest in a potential deal, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

DeRozan has been mentioned as a potential fit for the Knicks for quite some time now. New York is looking to improve its backcourt following a successful season in which they went 41-31 and secured the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. They lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the opening round of the playoffs, but it was their first trip to the postseason in eight years.

While he was not really known as a facilitator early in his career, DeRozan changed his game with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged a career-high 6.9 assists while still scoring an impressive 21.6 points per game last season. Reggie Bullock, who was New York’s starting shooting guard, is also a free agent.

Some reports have claimed DeRozan would be willing to give the Lakers a discount, as he is from Los Angeles and wants to play there. However, that seems unlikely given how much money the four-time All-Star would have to give up.

If the Knicks do try to sign DeRozan, we know they will have plenty of competition.

Knicks reportedly have interest in bringing back Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony is not the same electric scorer he used to be, but there still appears to be plenty of interest in the 37-year-old on the free agent market.

The New York Knicks are among the teams that have interest in signing Anthony, ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reports. Carmelo has a good relationship with Knicks president Leon Rose, who used to be an agent with CAA and represented the 10-time All-Star earlier in his career. Schultz was told by sources that the Knicks have “made it clear” that they are targeting Anthony.

New York’s biggest competition may come from the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also said to have interest in Anthony. LeBron James and Carmelo are close friends and have made it known for years that they want to play together. With Anthony still chasing a championship ring and the Lakers recently adding Russell Westbrook, there’s a strong chance Melo could take less money to sign with L.A.

Anthony averaged 13.4 points while playing 24.5 minutes per game with the Portland Trail Blazers this season. He’s a solid scorer who has 17 years of NBA experience, which is likely why a team like the Knicks would want him.

Dennis Schroder expected to be pursued by Knicks, Bulls

Dennis Schroder

Many Los Angeles Lakers fans might be happy to see Dennis Schroder go, but the guard looks set to attract plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agent.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Schroder turned down a four-year, $84 million offer from the Lakers earlier in the year. The guard appears to want more money and a larger role than the Lakers can offer, and a sign-and-trade may be on the table.

The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are mentioned as two teams that are likely to have interest in Schroder. Both have the means to land Schroder via a sign-and-trade, though the Knicks will also have the cap space to sign him outright without negotiating with the Lakers.

Based on other reports, whoever wants Schroder will likely have to pay the guard a lot of money. He has youth on his side, as he turns 28 in September, but he’s never really been a featured option on a team. His play down the stretch with the Lakers convinced some that he never will be, either.

Schroder, an eight-year veteran, averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists for the Lakers last season.

Report: Knicks showing most interest in Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be open to trading Collin Sexton this offseason, and it should come as no surprise that the New York Knicks are reportedly among the potential suitors.

The New York Knicks have been the “most aggressive” of the teams pursuing Sexton, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

There are said to be as many as six teams interested in Sexton, but it makes sense that the Knicks are at or near the top of the list. The Knicks had a huge turnaround in their first year under Tom Thibodeau, and it is not a secret that they are looking to add a star player this offseason. They are also weak at the point guard position.

Sexton averaged 24.3 points per game in his third season with the Cavs. The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the top scorers in the NBA, which is why there is plenty of interest in him around the league.

Sexton has one year left on his rookie contract, and Cleveland may not want to make a massive financial commitment to extend him. There has been talk that they could try to package him with another star player to create maximum flexibility going forward.

Report: Multiple contenders eyeing possible Collin Sexton trade

Collin Sexton

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear willing to listen to offers for guard Collin Sexton, and several teams may be prepared to do what it takes to land the young scorer.

According to Sam Amico of Hoops Wire, the Heat, Knicks, Lakers, Pelicans, Pacers, and Thunder are among the teams considering making a run at Sexton. Talks are said to be in the “exploratory stage,” and no real offers have been made yet.

Amico adds that several of these teams would be willing to take on Kevin Love’s contract in order to facilitate a Sexton trade. This is something Cleveland may look to do if it decides to move Sexton, as the 32-year-old has two years and $60.2 million remaining on a deal that has become quite cumbersome for the rebuilding Cavaliers.

The 22-year-old Sexton is clearly available. He averaged 24.3 points per game last season, but there remain questions about whether he can coexist with Darius Garland. The Cavaliers also hold the No. 3 overall pick, and with a potential max extension looming for Sexton, trading him may be the team’s preference.

Chris Paul unlikely to join Knicks due to CBA contract rule?

Chris Paul Suns

Chris Paul to the New York Knicks may be a dream scenario for some, but it does not appear likely to come true for one big reason.

Via Marc Berman of the New York Post, ESPN cap expert Bobby Marks pointed out that the obscure “over-38” bylaw in the league’s CBA gives the Phoenix Suns a significant advantage in keeping Paul if he opts out of his current deal. The Knicks can only offer Paul a three-year contract due to over-38 restrictions, while the Suns could use Paul’s Bird rights to secure a fourth year. That essentially means that the Suns can make Paul an offer, and if the Knicks or any other team moves to match it, the Suns can add a fourth year.

Paul has a $44 million player option for 2021-22. After his outstanding season with Phoenix, there is a growing expectation he will decline it in order to seek a longer deal while his value is high.

The Paul-to-New York links have emerged recently, with the Knicks growing in stature as a free agent destination. That may be true, but at least in this possible pursuit, the team would be at a clear disadvantage.

Are Knicks a free agency option for Chris Paul?

Chris Paul Suns

Chris Paul probably has little reason to leave the Phoenix Suns. But if he does, there is one team some view as a top option for him.

SNY’s Ian Begley published a story on Friday centered around the possibility of the New York Knicks landing CP3. Paul has a $44.2 million player option for next season. A recent report said the veteran point guard was expected to decline the option to pursue a longer-term contract.

Paul would likely only decline his option if he knew he could sign for a significant amount guaranteed in free agency.

Begley says several agents fear the Knicks as a landing spot for Paul if he goes the free agent route. They cite Paul’s relationship with current Knicks executive Leon Rose as the motivating factor. Rose used to be Paul’s agent.

The Knicks would make sense in that context. But you have to ask why Paul would want to leave Phoenix.

In his first season with the Suns, he reached the conference finals and NBA Finals for the first time in his career. If Paul prioritizes winning, it would be hard to imagine him leaving the Suns.

Report: These two teams will make ‘hard push’ to sign Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is eligible to become a free agent once again this summer if he declines his player option, which he is all but certainly going to do. There has been no real reason to think he will leave the Los Angeles Clippers, but at least two teams are waiting to pounce if he does.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer was told by sources that the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks are both planning to make a “hard push” to sign Leonard if he tests free agency. Some executives reportedly believe that the Mavericks are the biggest threat to pry Leonard away from L.A., as they have salary cap flexibility and can offer Leonard the opportunity to play with a fellow top-10 player in Luka Doncic.

As O’Connor notes, Leonard tried to recruit Jimmy Butler to the Clippers before L.A. landed Paul George. That means Leonard wanted to play with Butler at some point and still might, which is why the Heat can’t be ruled out. Though, they do not have the necessary salary cap space to sign Leonard and would need to get creative with a sign-and-trade.

The New York Knicks are also monitoring the Leonard situation. It is common knowledge that they are in the market for a star player.

The thought of Leonard winding up in Dallas is intriguing. The Mavericks have already undergone significant changes this offseason by bringing in a new head coach and general manager. There also appears to be some tension between their two biggest stars.

George signed a five-year max extension with the Clippers last year, so he is committed to the team. Recent reports have indicated that Leonard is as well, but we know better than to rule anything out during an NBA offseason.