Tom Thibodeau Rumors

Earlier this week, we noted that there are people in the Knick organization who would like to see Dennis Smith Jr. get a legitimate shot to bounce back in 2020-21. Here are a few other details on Smith Jr., who is entering his fourth season in the league and second season with the Knicks: Smith Jr., per SNY sources, arrived in New York weeks before formal individual workouts began to work with Tom Thibodeau and the coaching staff.
Randle said his camp participation was significant as he gets accustomed to new personnel. “For me, we have a lot of different moving parts, a lot of different faces,” Randle said. “Whether it’s the front office or it’s Thibs and our new coaching staff — we want to try to change this thing, get this thing turned around. In order to do that, we need to spend time with each other, get to know each other, learn what’s important to each individual. The one common thing is that we all want to win and so it was important for me just to spend time with the coaches and the coaching staff as well as my teammates. We haven’t seen each other in a while, we don’t know when the season is going to start next. It was important for me to do.”
If the Knicks hired Jason Kidd, a Towns move would have more traction. Tom Thibodeau and Towns didn’t get along in Minnesota. One source believes it was more Towns’ distaste for Jimmy Butler than it was the head coach. Of course, Thibodeau sided with Butler on all fronts. The Knicks have hired Kenny Payne, the former Kentucky assistant whom Towns adores. Towns’ former agent is Rose. There’s always been rumblings the Piscataway, N.J., product would one day ask out of Minnesota and want to play closer to home. Towns is in just the second year of a five-year, $158 million contract.