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March 10, 2015 Updates
March 9, 2015 Updates

But Phil Jackson’s Knicks are working on something a bit more obscure than a blown defensive assignment. “We’re getting in touch with our inner-beings, our inner-selves,” Quincy Acy says. “We’re just reflecting on how our bodies are feeling,” Travis Wear says. “It’s really just getting in touch with where your mind is at.” ESPN.com

Knicks prospect Orlando Sanchez has left the D-League Westchester squad, according to a league source. Sanchez, who was at the Knicks training camp and played at St. John’s, is mulling an offer to play in Puerto Rico for the same squad Jackson once coached in the 1980s. New York Post

The Magic tried to trade for Quincy Acy at the deadline and the Knicks wouldn’t take back any salary to make a deal happen. As for Faried. I wouldn’t touch that contract yet. There are a lot of things that Faried does that I like, but there are as many as I don’t. I wouldn’t tie that much cap space up in Faried in Orlando, he’s very unpredictable and hard to coach. Basketball Insiders

A healthy Andrea Bargnani finally is putting up big numbers in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, and it’s putting a pause in what seemed the inevitable: the Italian’s summer departure. According to an NBA source, Jackson still is a fan and has interest in bringing Bargnani back for the right price because of his length, post defense and ability to score and pass in the structured system. Bargnani’s market value is one of the great mysteries of the summer, pending how he finishes the final 21 games. New York Post

Asked if he sees himself as a Knick next season, Bargnani, who lives in a nice apartment high-rise in White Plains, said: “I don’t think it is the place or time to talk about the future. The summer is in front. I’m very focused on finishing the season with the Knicks. I don’t know what’s going to happen. “It’s just about the Knicks and this season and my teammates. It’s all about the team right now.’’ New York Post

Jackson has no power forward or center under contract for next season and a one-year deal is not out of the question. Bargnani’s burdensome contract, which pays him $11.5 million this season, expires July 1. Before he returned Feb. 9 in Miami, there was speculation whether any NBA team would offer him even a minimum deal. New York Post

March 8, 2015 Updates

And as far as his future, coach Derek Fisher said, “Well, he is under contract for next year …” But he expanded. “Timmy has a great deal of potential as a young guard. He is showing more skill in handling the basketball and playing defense,” Fisher said. “Tim has done well under the circumstances,” Fisher added, noting Hardaway began the season No. 3 on the two-guard depth chart. “So there weren’t a lot of minutes and lot of opportunities. Plus, a new way of playing, a new style of playing, but I think he’s tried his best to adjust and he’s taken the defensive end more seriously. New York Post

But those counting on seeing Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke's Jahlil Okafor in a Knicks jersey next season might want to temper expectations. In an interview on ESPN New York's "The Robin Lundberg Show," ESPN NBA reporter Brian Windhorst said the Knicks are listening to offers on their first-round pick. Specifically, Windhorst said the Knicks are looking into "opportunities" to see "what they could possibly get if they trade their draft pick." ESPN.com

League sources say the Knicks have had either a front-office member or scout at approximately 20 of the past 30 Kentucky practices and games. This confirms a New York Daily News report that stated that no team has watched Kentucky play more than the Knicks this season. The Knicks' regular attendance at Kentucky practices and games is an interesting development. It could be taken as a sign that the Knicks have significant interest in taking Towns with their first-round pick. It could also be an indication they are doing their homework on Willie Cauley-Stein in case they fall out of the top two slots. ESPN.com

March 7, 2015 Updates

According to several sources close to the Kentucky program, the Knicks top scout Mark Warkentien has attended nearly a dozen Wildcats practices as the club prepares for the most important decision of the Jackson regime. Jackson visited Lexington last week after attending an Ohio State game to watch point guard D’Angelo Russell. New York Daily News

“If you are looking for a guy that can help you right away, I think Okafor will have a bigger impact as a rookie,” says one NBA executive whose team is expected to have a top 12 pick. “But if you’re an owner and you’re looking for a guy that can change your franchise over the next three years, I’d say Towns.” New York Daily News

The scouting report on Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns reads like this; young, athletic big man with considerable skills and great vision. So how can the possible top overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, a player with all that talent and court awareness, not notice Phil Jackson watching his every move at a recent workout in Lexington? “Honestly, I really wasn’t looking,” Towns told the Daily News. “I was just focused on practice. I didn’t know.” New York Daily News

March 6, 2015 Updates

He probably isn’t going anywhere, either. And a little birdie who knows of what he speaks tells me Gasol has already ruled out playing for the New York Knicks. It’s nothing personal with Phil Jackson or that consummate New Yorker, Jim Dolan (gag). It’s a matter of money. He can get a five-year deal to stay in Memphis, where he attended high school. After taxes, that will be worth more than twice what he would get from New York. SheridanHoops

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