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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.

Report: Kelly Oubre set to draw interest from these three teams

Kelly Oubre

Kelly Oubre is coming off a disappointing season with the Golden State Warriors, but it appears to be doing little to diminish interest in him around the league.

According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks are among the teams set to have interest in Oubre, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The expectation is that Oubre will have a decent amount of interest, and may be able to cash in as other wing players have in recent offseasons.

Oubre has flashed signs of what he is capable of, but his year with Golden State was disappointing. He was limited to 15.4 points per game while shooting 43.9 percent from the field. Much of that was down to a bad start to the season, as things improved somewhat later in the year.

There are some indications that one of these three teams may be of particular interest to Oubre, too. That might be one to watch.

Report: Kelly Oubre, Knicks have mutual interest

Kelly Oubre

After the success they had this season with Julius Randle, the New York Knicks could be taking on another veteran reclamation project of sorts.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported Monday that the Knicks have mutual interest with free agent swingman Kelly Oubre. Berman adds that the Knicks are one of the few teams with enough cap room this summer to offer the 25-year-old more than the $9.5 million midlevel exception.

The former first-round pick Oubre is coming off a fairly average year with the Golden State Warriors. He put up 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds a game on 31.6 percent from three before a wrist injury ended his season early.

The Knicks ran with RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock as their starters on the wing this season. But Bullock is an unrestricted free agent himself, just like Oubre is, while Barrett is capable of playing either the 2 or the 3.

Oubre does seem pretty doubtful to return to Golden State, especially after the feathers he ruffled in recent months. But the Warriors’ loss could very easily end up being the Knicks’ gain.

Derrick Rose answers whether he wants to return to Knicks

Derrick Rose

The New York Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night after they lost to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5. Derrick Rose had a rough night shooting, and there is a chance it may have been his last with the Knicks. He is hoping that is not the case, however.

After the 103-89 loss, Rose was asked by a reporter if he thinks he will be back with the Knicks next season. He said that decision is out of his control but made it clear he would love to return.

“That’s up to the front office. They’ve got big plans,” Rose said. “Who knows if I may be back. … It’s really not up to me at all, but I would love to come back. Who wouldn’t want to play for the Knicks and be in New York? I would love it, but at the same time I know it’s out of my hands and they may have bigger plans.”

Rose averaged 14.9 points and played 26.8 minutes per game in 35 games with the Knicks after they acquired him in a trade with the Detroit Pistons. While New York is looking to upgrade at point guard this offseason, Rose has a strong relationship with head coach Tom Thibodeau. There should be mutual interest in him coming back if the cost is reasonable.

Rose is 32 and has had multiple knee surgeries, but he has some fairly new methods for staying healthy. He’s still capable of being a productive player and should draw plenty of interest on the free agent market.

As for the “bigger plans” Rose alluded to, the Knicks appear to be firmly in the market for a star player or two this offseason.

Hawks’ Kevin Huerter reveals what motivated team in Game 3

Kevin Huerter

The Atlanta Hawks put together a big performance against the New York Knicks on Friday, posting a 105-94 win that wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate. It seems there was a motivating factor behind the Hawks coming out and playing the way they did.

Hawks guard Kevin Huerter revealed that two key incidents from the second half of Game 2 made the team angry when watching film, and the team focused on not letting the Knicks beat them physically in Game 3.

Physical play has been a hallmark of the series. Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan has made it a key point publicly, too.

There was one moment where the Hawks seemed to be setting the tone early in Game 3. It definitely worked out, as they’re up 2-1 in the series and the Knicks look badly off on offense. Now it’s up to New York to mount a response.