HoopsHype New York Knicks + Trade rumors


January 27, 2015 Updates

However, Harris thought that the New York Post tried to ruin the moment with Berman's article, which "erroneously" cited a fan saying his son wanted to play for the Knicks. "He kind of took away from the special moment that we had," Harris said. "The article was good, but he threw that in there ... Tobias didn't say that. People took that one little piece out and they ran with it." Gospel Herald

January 26, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Me: But when you knew Cleveland wanted you, what did that say to you? JR Smith: When I first heard about the trade and the possibilities, it was kind of mixed feelings. It was like, this could be a blessing in disguise. But I don't want to leave 'Melo by himself. Because just being in this situation, it's tough. Being in this situation alone is worse. So that bothered me a lot. And then I kind of got selfish with it. This is the best situation for me as a person. And make the best out of any situation. And I think I am right now. All the players seem to be responding to me very well, and the coaches love me. So I have no complaints. NBA.com

David Aldridge: I saw Carmelo a couple of weeks ago. I had forgotten y'all played together in Denver as well as New York. So what is it like when you've been with a guy for so many years, and you get close, and then it's just over. JR Smith: That was the toughest part about the trade. We played together nine years. The bond, the camaraderie, the brotherhood that we gained, it's, I wouldn't say over, it's just discontinued. When you're playing with a person like 'Melo, you depend on him a lot, from on the court and off the court. I can always go to him for advice, just everyday life things, as well as stuff on the court. So I think that's the toughest part. But fortunately, coming to a team like this, I've also got him in a different person, between him and LeBron. It's pretty much the same concepts and stuff like that; it's just coming from a different voice. NBA.com

David Aldridge: Are there similarities both on the court and in terms of leadership between he and Carmelo? JR Smith: Yeah. I think he's more of a vocal leader than 'Melo is. 'Melo's more of a I'm gonna show what to do, and if you follow suit, that's what it is. 'Bron is more of an 'alright, this is what's gonna happen; you're gonna do this, this, this and this,' or you're gonna receive this. He's more of a vocal person than 'Melo is. 'Melo is more behind the scenes, still gets his work in and everything in, you just don't see as much. 'Bron is more, you see it. I don't think it's a right or wrong way; (but) it's definitely a different in the culture between the two. NBA.com

David Aldridge: I wonder if you and Shump view it as, we've got another shot here. We could go from worst to first in one season. JR Smith: Yeah. I mean, I definitely look at it like that. I think it was harder for Shump because it was his first trade. New York was his first team. He had so many, at the point in time when we got traded, that was all he knew as a player his first three, four years. It's tough because, other than that one year when we got the second seed, he's never won consistently at this level. So it's tougher for him than it was for me...right now, I think we're definitely -- I know he is, because he's pressing to come back from the injury -- but we're locking in as a unit more than anything. We came into the situation like, alright, man, it's just me and you until we see what the other guys are like. It's just us. And then meeting everybody, it was like, okay, it's all of us. NBA.com

January 25, 2015 Updates
January 24, 2015 Updates

The Knicks believe a marketplace exists for 37-year-old point guard Pablo Prigioni. According to a source, the Knicks have looked to trade the slow but steady point guard, seeing if they can unearth an asset such as a second-round pick. “He’s worth something,’’ one person familiar with the situation said. New York Post

January 22, 2015 Updates

As they continue to reshape their roster moving forward, the Knicks are looking to deal point guard Pablo Prigioni for a second-round draft pick, a league source told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “They need someone to take him,” the source said, adding that the Clippers were interested but don’t own a second-round pick. The Knicks Blog

"For the last three months, we've heard from European teams interested in Pablo's services," agent Claudio Villanueva told HoopsHype. "We are not worried about his situation in New York. If something happens, it happens. Three of four clubs in Europe have reached out to us already, but we have not pursued anything there, of course. We just know there will be options available for him whatever happens." HoopsHype

Smith’s increased his per-game scoring (plus-6.1 points per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-7 percent) since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 5. It's a small sample size, but Carmelo Anthony has noticed. “He’s playing well,” Anthony said Wednesday morning. “I know what type of game he has and what he can do, so he looks comfortable out there, he looks like he’s settling in very well. I’m actually happy for him. "It’s a change of environment for him, new thought process, new mind set. Mentally he looks like he has some clarity right now. I believe LeBron [James] will help him make that adjustment that much better.” ESPN.com

January 21, 2015 Updates
January 19, 2015 Updates

Howard Beck: I believe Jackson will continue to be aggressive between now and the Feb. 19 trade deadline, with a goal of clearing more cap room and acquiring either young players or draft picks to help rebuild. It will not be easy. The Knicks do not have much of value to trade. They have few players that other teams would want, and they can't afford to trade any draft picks. It's possible the Knicks will waive Bargnani if they cannot trade him by Feb. 19. The real work to turn this team around will begin this summer, when the Knicks will have a high draft pick and all of that cap room to spend. Sportando

January 17, 2015 Updates

One of the observers said that Calderon is the only keeper on the roster, not because he’s played well — he hasn’t — since coming over in the Chandler trade, but dealing away one of the few professionals left on the roster just opens another hole. “His money is not crazy,” the executive said. “It’s a decent, fair contract and you can say, ‘I have my point guard,’ and address other positions because every one other than Carmelo is a problem.” Bergen Record

January 16, 2015 Updates
January 14, 2015 Updates

"It can happen," Calderon said before Wednesday's practice at O2 Arena. "Why are you going to be surprised? They're changing stuff. I don't know what's really on their minds right now. I have no idea what's going to happen. It's the NBA. It's a business. They have a plan. They really want that cap space. That's why they made some of the moves. It can happen again." Newsday

Team president Phil Jackson has started dealing veterans to clear cap space, and said "no one should be surprised" by what the Knicks do before the Feb. 19 trade deadline. Calderon is a prime candidate to be dealt since he makes $15.1 million over the next two years. "It can happen," Calderon said before Wednesday's practice at O2 Arena. "Why are you going to be surprised? They're changing stuff. I don't know what's really on their minds right now. I have no idea what's going to happen. It's the NBA. It's a business. They have a plan. They really want that cap space. That's why the made some of the moves. It can happen again." Newsday

Acquired in June in the eight-player trade that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas, Calderon has had a disappointing season. The veteran point guard is averaging 9.2 points and 4.7 assists. But he said until something changes he will consider himself part of the future. "I came here thinking I was part of it," Calderon said. "I'm still thinking about it. It's nothing different yet. So I'm still part of it." Newsday

January 13, 2015 Updates
January 12, 2015 Updates


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


Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.