“We wouldn’t have made the move we did if we didn’t feel ready to make it a long-term commitment,” Van Gundy said Friday. “There’s no guarantees. He’s a (restricted free agent). We know we can keep him through next year no matter what he does, but we feel good about making a long-term commitment to him and hopefully he’ll feel real comfortable making a long-term commitment here and we’ll get it done.
September 26, 2016 | 4:39 pm EDT Update
“Now we’re on to rebuilding, I mean really rebuilding,” Riley said. “But at the same time, Coach’s attitude and my attitude is we want to win. And we don’t know what we really have. But we love Hassan (Whiteside), we love Josh (Richardson) and Justise (Winslow) and Tyler (Johnson) and a lot of the other young players that we have, so I think from that standpoint, it’s a wait and let’s see what happens. And then we’ll go from there. We’re rebuilding now. We’re not tweaking, like we did with the Big Three team. Or retooling, like we had to do right after LeBron left. We’re rebuilding, but we’re rebuilding to win now.”