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May 25, 2015 Updates

Westchester Knicks interim head coach Craig Hodges is expected to return to the team’s sideline as an assistant coach next season, though no final decision has been made, a league source tells D-League Digest. Hodges, 54, took over at the helm of the New York Knicks D-League affiliate after inaugural head coach Kevin Whitted was fired after posting the second-worst record (10-36) last season in the D-League. D-League Digest

May 23, 2015 Updates
May 22, 2015 Updates

Thomas said he hasn't tried to speak to Knicks president Phil Jackson and danced around a question about whether he would. "Because of that perception, I haven't [tried]," Thomas said on Thursday at Liberty media day at the MSG Training Center. "All of us in this building, we all share the same building -- Rangers, Knicks, Liberty. We all root for each other. We all want each other to do well. We all want each other to win." Newsday

In 2007, the parties agreed to an $11.5-million settlement. Thomas maintained his innocence and was never found personally liable. But Thomas and the organization expected the backlash in his new role running a women's team. "We knew this would cause some concern," Thomas said. Newsday

May 21, 2015 Updates

The great unknown is that Jackson has never been responsible for making a first-round pick in his career, much less a pick as high as four. The consensus among executives, scouts and agents is that Jackson will actively look to deal the fourth pick for a proven veteran. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it shows that Jackson, who will turn 70 in September, is looking for a quick fix and doesn’t have the appetite for rebuilding. New York Daily News

“Teams are ripe for movement and are open to it,’’ one pro personnel director said. The thinking is the Knicks could add a veteran rotation player and perhaps still get Cauley-Stein, Winslow, Frank Kaminsky or Stanley Johnson. Since the Knicks don’t have a pick next year, they also have interest in acquiring a 2016 first-rounder to move back as that would not cut into their 2015 cap space. “They’re going to be really bad next year so might as well,’’ one Western Conference executive said. “They will do their due diligence,’’ another NBA executive said. “There’s going to be talks. It’s all about how much they are asking for.’’ New York Post

The Western Conference executive said: “I don’t think there’s going to be a tremendous push to jump up to four and get Mudiay or Winslow. Winslow is a nice player. He’s not a game-changer.’’ Perhaps the Kings, who have the sixth pick, would have parted with stud center/troublemaker DeMarcus Cousins for the No. 1 or 2 pick in going after Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor but not to move up only two spots. According to several scouts interviewed Wednesday, Mudiay, who played in China, has a lot going for him — his 6-foot-5 size, athleticism and passing ability. But all were concerned about his perimeter shot and whether he’ll be an elite defender. Winslow at least has that proven defensive zeal and Carmelo Anthony has taken a liking to him. Anthony has also warned a rookie point guard has a steep “learning curve.’’ New York Post

May 20, 2015 Updates

Nets Daily: Doesn't like Mudiay, sees red flags on maturity. Says Knicks have 4th pick in 3 player draft. Big setback. Twitter @NetsDaily

The Lakers and 76ers will pick second and third, respectively. Philadelphia has been linked strongly to Russell. Mills wouldn’t comment on Russell, but did offer something on Mudiay, a former Dallas high schooler. “Mudiay is potentially a very good player,” Mills said. “We haven’t worked him out yet. He’s a guy who will be in the mix.’’ New York Post


Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.


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