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Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Signing two-year deal with Knicks
Trier (hamstring) agreed to a two-year deal with the Knicks on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Trier opened his rookie season on a two-way contract, but it was anything but that seeing as though he was almost immediately featured in the team's rotation. With that, his 45 days he's allotted to spend with the team were about to expire, and he has now signed a full-time deal with the team. Trier, however, is currently out for at least the next two games while nursing a strained left hamstring. Ron Baker will be waived to clear a roster spot for Trier.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Drops 19 in return to starting five
Knox scored 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 113-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
Making just his fourth start of the season, the rookie put together another strong performance. Knox's role in the offense is on the upswing again -- he's attempted double-digit FGs in five of the last six games -- and while the Knicks will likely keep a close eye on the teenager's workload, he's got a high fantasy ceiling given his talent and the team's need for someone other than Tim Hardaway Jr. to provide consistent scoring.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Pops for 20 again
Hardaway scored 20 points (6-18 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 43 minutes during Wednesday's 113-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
It wasn't an efficient performance. but Hardaway still dropped at least 20 points for the fifth time in the last six games. The 26-year-old remains the primary shooting threat on the Knicks, but his usage could decline as the season progresses if younger players like Kevin Knox stake a claim to a larger role in the offense.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Double-double in loss
Kanter scored 20 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 113-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
He tied Tim Hardaway Jr. for the team lead in scoring on the night, while the double-double was Kanter's 19th in 29 games. The 26-year-old is posting numbers slightly better than last season's career-best performance, but his role on a rebuilding Knicks roster could diminish as the season progresses if the coaching staff decides to give his minutes to younger players.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mario Hezonja: Set to move to bench
Hezonja will come off the bench Wednesday against the Cavs, Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com reports.
Hezonja's minutes continue to vary on a nightly basis, and he's coming off of a game against the Hornets on Sunday in which he played only five minutes. He'll be replaced in the starting lineup Wednesday by rookie Kevin Knox, who had 26 points and 15 boards in 41 minutes Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Starting Wednesday
Knox will start Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Coach David Fizdale will opt to start the rookie over Mario Hezonja. In three previous starts this season, Knox has averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists on 33.3 percent shooting.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Hopes to return during road trip
Burke (knee) said he hopes to be back on the floor before the end of the Knicks' three-game road trip, NorthJersey.com reports. "They're not giving me any type of, 'This is the game,'" Burke said. "They're kind of just like, 'We're gonna base it off of how you feel after you do have some contact.' I know on this trip I'm gonna do some one-on-one contact so like I said I think that's gonna be the indicator. That's gonna be kind of the measuring stick of when I come back. But I'm hoping."
Burke is nursing a sprained MCL, which he sustained back on Dec. 1 in a win over the Bucks. He's already been ruled out of Wednesday's game in Cleveland, but he "stepped up" his conditioning at practice and is hoping to take contact within the next day or two. At this point, it's unlikely Burke would be cleared for Friday's game in Charlotte, but he may have a chance to get back on the floor Sunday in Indianapolis.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Courtney Lee: Recalled, will join team Friday
Lee has been recalled from the G League and will be available Friday against the Hornets, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Lee has held a minimal rotation role this season and was sent down to the G League to get some run. He is expected to play Friday, but will miss Wednesday's contest against the Cavaliers.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Remains out Wednesday
Burke (knee) will remain out Wednesday against the Cavaliers.
Burke remains without a firm timetable as the Knicks appear content to evaluate him on a game-to-game basis. Wednesday will mark the point guard's fifth consecutive absence.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Out for road trip
Trier (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Knicks' upcoming three-game road trip, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News
Trier was sidelined for Sunday's game against the Hornets with a hamstring strain, and it looks like the injury is fairly serious, as he will miss at least the next three games. Trier is expected to have his two-way contract converted to a full-time one given how impressive he's been for New York in his rookie season, but since he will now be away from the team for almost a week, the Knicks have the ability to delay that decision. Trier's next chance to play will be when the team returns home Monday to face the Suns.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Courtney Lee: Will play in G-League Tuesday
Lee will play in the G-League on Tuesday, and will rejoin the Knicks for Friday's game against the Hornets, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Lee has missed most of this season with a neck injury, and is buried behind a number of young wings. Lee will go down to the G-League to get some work, which will cause him to miss Wednesday's game, but he will be back for Friday's matchup against Charlotte.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Frank Ntilikina: Resurfaces in rotation
Ntilikina posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt) and an assist before fouling out in 20 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
After failing to leave the bench in coach's decision over the Knicks' first three games of December, Ntilikina has now logged double-digit minutes in back-to-back games. Ntilikina strengthened his case for sticking in the rotation with the unusually hot shooting night from the field, though reaching 20 minutes on a nightly basis could prove to be a challenge. It's worth noting that emerging rookie Allonzo Trier (hamstring) was sidelined along with Trey Burke (knee), so the Frenchman could see his playing time fall once either or both of the injured players are cleared to return.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Shows off passing skills
Vonleh scored three points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 rebounds and nine assists across 30 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
Vonleh's scoring (and playing time) has been fairly volatile from game to game, but the Knicks' starting power is still in the midst of his best fantasy campaign of his five NBA seasons. The big man typically offers most of his value through his rebounds and defensive production, but he showed some rare polish as a passer Sunday. The nine dimes were a season high and bumped up his total to 16 over the past three contests. Given that he's averaging just two assists per game on the season, however, it would probably be unwise to expect Vonleh to remain much of an asset in the category.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Posts massive double-double
Knox tallied 26 points (10-25 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 rebounds and one steal across 41 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
Coach David Fizdale had a quick hook on starting small forward Mario Hezonja, who played just five minutes to afford Knox most of the run at the position. While the rookie came through with a career-high rebound total and matched his best scoring haul of the season, the latter tally came on highly inefficient shooting, which has been a common occurrence throughout the campaign. Knox has converted just 35 percent of his attempts from the field and 34.1 percent of his tries from downtown this season and typically offers precious little production outside of scoring and three-pointers, making him tough to rely on for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Out with hamstring issue
Trier has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Hornets due to a left hamstring strain, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Trier dropped 15 points over 27 minutes in New York's previous matchup with Brooklyn on Saturday, but he'll miss his squad's upcoming game due to injury. He'll likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt in Cleveland.... See More ... See Less