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Report: Knicks have good chance to land star player in the next year

Tom Thibodeau

The New York Knicks have come up empty when pursuing star free agents over the past several years, but is the stench surrounding the franchise finally beginning to fade?

After missing the playoffs the last seven seasons, the Knicks are 18-17 and currently hold the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on the “Hoop Collective” podcast this week that he expects a star player to demand a trade to the Knicks in the next year.

“I say within the next 12 months a star/superstar player demands a trade to New York,” Windhorst said, as transcribed by Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway. “And I don’t know who it’s going to be. I have some guesses; I’m not going to say right here. I’ll let you guys start thinking about that. Let’s just put it this way: League executives certainly have some guesses.”

Windhorst would not drop any names, and he mentioned how some players might be hesitant to play for Tom Thibodeau. However, he seems confident a star player will want to play for the Knicks and mentioned Julius Randle as a potential trade piece.

“I’d say by next year’s trade deadline a player, a superstar, an All-Star player tries to force his way there,” Windhorst reiterated. “And they’re going to be in position to do that type of trade, and maybe that’s where Julius Randle comes in.”

The Knicks have not signed a star free agent in a decade despite supposedly being “in” on most of them. We know of at least one superstar player they may be targeting, but nothing can be assumed when it comes to James Dolan’s team.

Report: Knicks interested in Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo

Bradley Beal

On the surface, the New York Knicks have the profile of a team that should be looking to rebuild. In reality, it seems the franchise is looking for pieces to enter into contention as quickly as possible.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are monitoring Washington guard Bradley Beal and Houston guard Victor Oladipo as possible trade targets. The Knicks are interested enough in making a significant trade that Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina, two players not currently in the team’s rotation, were withheld from Derrick Rose trade talks to potentially be used as assets in a larger deal in the future.

The Knicks would bid for Beal if the Wizards guard became available in a trade. So far, Washington has refused to consider that possibility. Oladipo, a free agent at the end of the season, could be a more attainable target.

The major point is that the Knicks clearly do not view themselves as being in a rebuild. Coach Tom Thibodeau wants to contend, and the team is taking a win-now philosophy at the front office level as well.

The Knicks are only a game out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and further moves look likely in the coming weeks. They look like a team worth watching going forward.

Derrick Rose traded to Knicks from Pistons

Derrick Rose

The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks have been discussing a trade for Derrick Rose, and the two sides are on the verge of an agreement.

Rose is expected to be traded to the Knicks, according to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic.

Rose, who is in his second season with Detroit, has not played since Jan. 30. The Pistons are committed to playing some of their younger players and recently agreed that trading Rose would be best for both sides.

The 32-year-old guard is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game off the bench for the Pistons this season. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has a long history with Rose, having coached the ex-MVP on both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thibodeau has coached the 13-year NBA veteran Rose for a total of seven of those years.

Rose also played for the Knicks in the 2017-18 campaign. The possibility of him reuniting with Thibodeau on the Knicks has been mentioned the last few weeks.

Pistons agree to trade Derrick Rose; Knicks a possibility

Derrick Rose

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Derrick Rose, and they could deal him to the New York Knicks.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania and James L. Edwards III reported on Saturday that the Pistons are working with Rose to resolve his situation. Rose, who is in his second season with Detroit, has not played since Jan. 30. Detroit is committed to playing some of their younger players, so letting Rose go would be best for both parties.

The 32-year-old guard is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game off the bench for the Pistons this season. The Knicks are a strong contender to land Rose in a trade.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has a long history with Rose, having coached the ex-MVP on both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thibodeau has coached the 13-year NBA veteran Rose for a total of seven of those years.

Rose also played for the Knicks in the 2017-18 campaign. The possibility of him reuniting with Thibodeau on the Knicks has been mentioned the last few weeks.

Knicks trying to trade for Zach LaVine?

Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine is cementing himself as one of the best pure scorers in basketball, and he has the attention of one particular blue-chip franchise.

Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reported on Saturday that the New York Knicks are eyeing LaVine’s situation with the Chicago Bulls as the trade deadline approaches. Begley adds that the Knicks have had interest in trading for the 25-year-old guard since the summer.

LaVine is averaging 27.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game this season. Those are all career-highs. But Chicago is still 7-10 on the year. They have not won more than 27 games in a season since LaVine arrived in 2017.

The Bulls do have a solid complementary core around LaVine. Coby White, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter, and Patrick Williams are all former top-seven picks aged 23 or younger. But the Knicks, currently 9-11, may arguably have a better young foundation with Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, and Immanuel Quickley. Their coach, Tom Thibodeau, also previously coached LaVine on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Knicks would obviously have to fork over some of that talent to even have a shot at LaVine, who is signed through 2022. That may be why they are looking into this far less expensive backcourt option as well.

Mitchell Robinson unhappy with his lack of touches for Knicks

Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson is finally getting starter’s minutes, but he still feels that he is being underutilized.

The New York Knicks big tweeted and deleted a message after Tuesday’s loss to the Utah Jazz. The message read, “One day they’ll let me play.”

The 22-year-old Robinson is now the Knicks’ full-time starting center, averaging a career-high 29.6 minutes per game. But he is still only scoring 9.1 points on 6.3 shot attempts a night. Marc Berman of the New York Post adds that Robinson does not have any plays run for him. The seven-footer has also hinted at a desire to start taking jumpers for the team with some of his workout videos on Instagram.

At 8-11 this year, the Knicks are better than they usually are. But regardless, the ball is mostly dominated by Julius Randle down low or by RJ Barrett on the perimeter. Robinson is a bit of an enigmatic player, so unhappiness over his offensive role seems very plausible.

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Tyrese Haliburton trolls Knicks after getting win over them

Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton is already making the New York Knicks pay for passing on him in the draft.

Haliburton and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Knicks 103-94 on Friday night. After the game, the rookie guard trolled the Knicks by tweeting out the famous meme of Kermit sipping tea.

Haliburton stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four blocks off the bench. In his postgame interview, he essentially confirmed that he was trolling the Knicks.

“My job is to make them think about that when they go to sleep,” Haliburton said of the Knicks, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “I guess it fueled me personally. But I love it here [in Sacramento]. If I did it all over, I pray to God I slipped here. It’s no hard feelings. It is what it is. It’s a business. I don’t care.”

The 20-year-old Haliburton interviewed with the Knicks before the 2020 draft. They wound up taking big man Obi Toppin with their No. 8 overall pick though. Haliburton then fell to the Kings with the No. 12 pick.

Toppin has been injured for much of the season, so it is way too early to tell if the Knicks made the right choice picking him over Haliburton. Regardless however, it has been open season lately for players trolling the Knicks.

Knicks interested in signing Talen Horton-Tucker away from Lakers?

Talen Horton-Tucker

Talen Horton-Tucker has become a new cult hero for the Los Angeles Lakers. But they may have to be wary of vultures circling next offseason.

Sean Deveney of reported this week that multiple NBA teams are expected to pursue the 20-year-old guard in the summer. Deveney mentions the New York Knicks specifically as a team with potential interest. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks are also listed.

Horton-Tucker was part of the Lakers’ championship team last season. He since broke out on the heels of an excellent 2020 preseason. Now Horton-Tucker is a fairly regular part of the team’s rotation. His contract is up after the season however. The Lakers cannot extend the former Iowa State star prior to that because he is on a two-year deal.

The Lakers do have an advantage though thanks to their “early Bird rights” on Horton-Tucker. The “Gilbert Arenas rule” will also allow the Lakers to offer more money than any other team. But those other teams can certainly make it more expensive for them to retain Horton-Tucker, especially those with excess cap room. In any event, the Lakers will have to figure out how Horton-Tucker fits into their long-term plans amid a changing rotation.

Knicks could bring back Tyson Chandler?

The New York Knicks may be trying to reunite with a centerpiece of their last team to make the playoffs.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Thursday that the Knicks have had internal discussions about bringing back veteran center Tyson Chandler. The former Defensive Player of the Year played for the team for three seasons from 2011 to 2014. Current Knicks assistant Mike Woodson was also Chandler’s head coach then.

The Knicks are also reportedly planning to bring back big man Taj Gibson, who played for the team last season and has a long history with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Omari Spellman would be waived though to make room for Gibson, which seems to suggest that Chandler could still be a possibility.

Chandler is now 38, so he would almost certainly play more of a sensei role for the Knicks rather than factoring into the actual rotation. But the team has some young bigs (e.g. Mitchell Robinson, Obi Toppin, etc.) who could use some polishing. Still, signing another frontcourt piece could play into a popular running gag about the Knicks lately.

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Bobby Portis throws shade at former team Knicks

Bobby Portis

Bobby Portis has enjoyed a strong start to the season, and he thinks that no longer being in a traffic jam on the depth chart has something to do with it.

The Milwaukee Bucks big doubled-doubled with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday. After the Bucks tweeted about his performance, a fan said that Portis should have done that for the New York Knicks last season. Portis responded by taking a shot at the Knicks’ roster construction, saying they had “too many power forwards.”

Indeed, the Knicks were the butt of jokes for their glut of 4s last season. In addition to Portis, they also had Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson, Julius Randle, and Kevin Knox. Portis signed with the Bucks this offseason and has gotten a modest bump from 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game with the Knicks to 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game.

Throwing shade at the Knicks is nothing new though. They have been taking shots lately from fans, former players, and even children’s movies.