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This is why Knicks could have advantage in Andre Drummond pursuit

Andre Drummond

The New York Knicks could have a key advantage to offer Andre Drummond once the center is bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Knicks have been linked to Drummond in recent days once it became apparent that the Cavaliers would be buying out the center instead of trading him. The Knicks’ quiet trade deadline actually helps them in this regard and makes them an even bigger threat in the buyout market.

As Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News points out, the Knicks have ample cap space that other contenders won’t be able to boast. In theory, they could offer Drummond a multi-year contract.

To be clear, there is no indication the Knicks are going to offer this. However, they can likely do more financially for Drummond than at least one of his other suitors.

For Drummond, it may come down to money vs. a desire to play on a contender. The Knicks have a solid shot at a playoff spot, but are not really a top-tier championship contender. Plus, Drummond should be taken care of by his Cleveland buyout. That may nullify the Knicks’ advantage, but it bears watching anyway.

Report: Knicks eyeing Lonzo Ball trade

Lonzo Ball

The New York Knicks are eyeing an intriguing addition ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks are keeping tabs on New Orleans point guard Lonzo Ball, and are monitoring the price it would take to make a move for him. Ball reportedly has fans within the organization, though there is some debate over whether he could be considered the long-term answer at point guard if he were acquired.

The Knicks have plenty of point guards on the roster, with Elfrid Payton, Immanuel Quickley, and Derrick Rose capable of playing there. However, with the possible exception of Quickley, none of them are really long-term answers. Plus, with the Knicks surprisingly pushing for a playoff spot, they may want a bit more firepower.

If the Knicks want Ball, they’ll likely find themselves facing stiff competition. Clearly, they’re interested enough that it bears watching ahead of the deadline.

Spike Lee spotted at Madison Square Garden a year after spat with Knicks

Spike Lee

Spike Lee appears to have made amends with the New York Knicks enough to attend a game at Madison Square Garden again.

Last March, Lee loudly criticized owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden over how they handled him using the wrong entrance to a game. The Knicks publicly disputed Lee’s version of events, which led to a rather awkward public back-and-forth between the team and one of its most prominent celebrity fans.

At the time, Lee said he was done attending Knicks games that season. A little over a year later, on Sunday, Lee was spotted at his usual courtside seat at Madison Square Garden for the first time since the 2020 incident.

Of course, even if Lee wanted to go to a Knicks game sooner than this, the option wasn’t available. Fan attendance at sporting events shut down a little more than a week after the 2020 incident due to the pandemic. Still, it seems as though Spike is ready to move on.

Notably, Lee is still willing to call out MSG when he thinks something’s wrong. He’s just to the point of going to games again.

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.