New York Knicks Rumors
Courtney Lee arrived a week and a half ago at the Knicks’ Tarrytown training center for voluntary workouts, gearing up for Monday’s start of training camp. The Knicks guard just doesn’t know how long he’ll be there. According to an NBA source, Lee’s preference is to be dealt to a playoff team or a contender. It’s an understandable wish formulated during an offseason spent in Orlando and Los Angeles as he saw the Knicks franchise’s youthful direction.
The feeling is mutual because of Lee’s age (32) and long-term contract. The Knicks want to ship Lee to open up more cap space for 2019. Lee has $12.2 million remaining on his deal for 2018-2019 and $12.7 in 2019-2020.
Now that he turned 20, on July 28, there will be no more excuses that he’s just a teenager. “I’m really proud how he developed his body,” Perry said at the fan forum. “I think he’s 15 pounds heavier. That’s all muscle he added. [That’s] the commitment he’s showing as a player to get better. He’s walking around the practice facility with his shirt off all the time. He never would do that last year.”
In the latter part of 2017-18, former coach Jeff Hornacek used Ntilikina a lot at shooting guard, and he made all of his nine starts alongside either Trey Burke or Emmanuel Mudiay. “I’m not going to give him a position,” said Fizdale, a former University of San Diego point guard who will be judged heavily on Ntilikina’s development. “I just think that these guys are so talented. Now you got multiple players on the court who can dribble, pass and shoot. Why put him in a box? I just look at him as a guard who can make plays for other people, make open shots. He can organize you and can guard 1 through 4 on the floor. That’s where he’s extremely elite.”