Willy Hernangomez: I didn’t expect the start of the season to be like this after what happened last season, being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. There’s a lot of big men, now Kanter… I hope next week, when Joakim [Noah] comes back, things are clear, and let’s see if there’s any roster movement. They tell me that I have to be calm, that they have faith in me and that I’ll play. But I want to play now.
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Would you be open to being traded? Willy Hernangomez: I haven’t thought about it. Both the president and the general manager have told me that they have faith in me and that I’m part of the Knicks’ future, but they have also told me that I have to be patient. I’m being very patient, I’m working a lot and going to practice with a positive attitude.
Sources said the Suns asked for a combo of Ntilikina and Hernangomez. Mills doesn’t want to part with either. Mills said Hornacek did the right thing in making Hernangomez “earn’’ his minutes. “This is part of Willy’s development,’’ Mills said. “He’s a guy who’s going to be with us the next three years and we have a lot of time to work with him, and he’s going to be part of who we are.”
Sources say the Knicks found the Suns’ request of a Ntilikina/Hernangomez package as “ridiculous.’’ Ntilikina, 19, was to miss his second straight game Tuesday against the Celtics with a sprained ankle – his rookie experience marred by injuries so far dating to the summer league in July.
Kyle O’Quinn is a candidate to be traded. Several teams have called the Knicks expressing interest in O’Quinn. New York wants to retain Hernangomez for the foreseeable future despite a lack of playing time early in the season. It’s also worth noting Hernangomez is a close friend of Kristaps Porzingis. Ntilikina is currently the point guard of the future in New York.
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November 20, 2017 | 10:03 pm EST Update
Cousins caught a rebound midway through the third quarter and had his right elbow connect with the head of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, resulting in Westbrook going to the floor.
During the fourth quarter of the 76ers’ game against the Utah Jazz, Embiid blocked a layup attempt from Utah’s Donovan Mitchell. Embiid proceeded to give the Utah guard a mean staredown, hoping that Mitchell would respond. And Mitchell would. He took the bait.
November 20, 2017 | 8:56 pm EST Update
The Lakers are keeping tabs on free agent Mindaugas Kuzminskas. According to sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking, the Lakers, in need of perimeter shooting, are doing their due diligence and met with the forward recently while they evaluate their wing depth.
Darnell Mayberry: LaVine said he doesn’t have a specific date in mind for when he’d like to play. “When I’m out here playing the way I should be in practice, I’ll be able to go out there and do what I need to do on the court.” #Bulls #BullsNation