HoopsHype New York Knicks + Trade rumors


February 18, 2015 Updates

Word from New York is that the Knicks are being aggressive in trying to shake loose a trade for players they covet in free agency, namely to get their Bird Rights and what looks to be a lower cap hold. Phoenix’s Goran Dragic has a cap hold of $11.25 million, which even if his contract is ultimately a max deal at four years and $80 million, the Knicks would preserve almost $4.25 million in usable space to sign other players and complete Dragic’s deal last and exceed the cap with his rights. Basketball Insiders

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Indiana Pacers have maintained a consistent interest with Dragic, and their need for a point guard – and ability to be a contender with the return of Paul George – makes them a destination Dragic could possibly OK, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

February 17, 2015 Updates

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Indiana Pacers are also a possible destination for Dragic, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Bill Duffy, agent for Dragic, offered a list of teams that they would prefer to be traded, including the Lakers, league source tells Yahoo. The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks are among preferred destinations for Goran Dragic, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Sam Amick: For all the focus on what team execs want this time of year, don't forget that 'tis the season for players eyeing greener pastures too. As such, we have Suns' Miles Plumlee, who has drawn interest from Knicks & Lakers. Reluctance to take on $ for next year, but only $2.1 mil Twitter @sam_amick

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Prigioni has one year left on his pact, but only $300,000 of his $1.7 million is guaranteed. “No, no, no,’’ Prigioni, who missed his second straight game with a hip injury on Friday, said when asked if he was intrigued about playing in a new American city. “I’m just focused here. “No reason to think about it, it’s directly out of our hands. I focus on the next practice, supporting the guys, keep moving on. Just focusing on the team and give my best. In the summer we will see. Now just focusing on our team.” New York Post

February 5, 2015 Updates

If he still is around after the trade deadline, as expected, Jackson could waive him to open a roster spot for a D-Leaguer or a player they gain from a trade exception. But somehow Stoudemire is still a fan favorite for the diligence and class he has shown in coming back from multiple knee surgeries. “I haven’t talked with Phil or [general manager] Steve Mills yet about the future,’’ Stoudemire said. “I’m sure we’ll talk soon about it. I don’t think something will be done this season. But the future is in their hands and my health. I want to make sure I stay healthy and maintain myself the rest of my career.’’ New York Post

Last season, Stoudemire told The Post he would entertain playing for the Israeli team he co-owns in Jerusalem when his contract is up. But he sounds like he is not done with the NBA, even if next season he is reduced to signing a veteran’s minimum deal for $1.9 million, because of his unpredictable health. A return to Phoenix is quite possible. Orlando could have interest, as he is a native son. When the Knicks are there next week, he will hold an event in his hometown of Lake Wales, Fla., refurbishing basketball courts. New York Post

Prigioni, who has not played in any of the last three games, tweeted in Spanish to confirm he suffered a hip injury at practice. Regrettably, the Spanish translation through Google translator mistakenly stated Prigioni tweeting he had a stroke. Prigioni, 37, is a top candidate to be traded by the Feb. 19 deadline for a much-needed second-round pick. New York Post

February 4, 2015 Updates

Amar’e Stoudemire says he doesn’t expect to be dealt by the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 19, but hopes toAmar'e play at least one game this weekend. “I don’t think there will be something done this season [in terms of a trade] but the future is within their hands and my health,” Stoudemire said Wednesday at practice, referring to Knicks President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills. “I just want to make sure I stay healthy for the rest of my career and we go from there.” The Knicks Blog

For now, Stoudemire says his inclination is to remain with the Knicks (10-38), even though they’re headed to the draft lottery and won’t contend for an NBA title on his watch. “That’s always the thought process, man,” Stoudemire said of possibly joining another team, “but I think the way we’re playing basketball, it’s tough to decide something right now. You win together, you lose together. There are guys that are new to the system, new to the Knicks so we all are learning. The most important thing is to stay healthy and to get back to my dominant self. That’s the main objective.” The Knicks Blog

One league source told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog that Stoudemire could be an attractive bench piece for a playoff team even though his skills have been diminished by knee injuries. “Sure,” the source said. “Not sure who and what New York would want in return as far as a trade. Only a few teams can take on that big salary.” The Knicks Blog

Pablo Prigioni was a late scratch Tuesday night, with the Knicks announcing a sudden hip injury 20 minutes before tipoff of their game with the Celtics. The team had not disclosed the injury during Derek Fisher’s pregame press conference, leading to speculation the club didn’t want to risk injuring Prigioni any further because it is trying to trade him. Prigioni sat on the bench in a suit as the Knicks lost, 108-97. According to a league source, Prigioni is on the trade block with the Feb. 19 deadline approaching. 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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