Hardaway Jr. has been inefficient this season while holding down a large burden on the offense. Despite his struggles, the Knicks need him to prop up their already below-average offense. Moving either Lee or Hardaway Jr. would get the Knicks the cap room they need, though trading Hardaway Jr. (who also has a 15 percent trade kicker) now could also make them uncompetitive way too often. Teams have asked the Knicks about Hardaway Jr. and Lee, according to league sources, but the Knicks have been adamant about not attaching assets to move them. Maybe a playoff team in need of scoring or wings will accede at some point and offer the Knicks a worthwhile return, or maybe the pressure of the trade deadline can make things move along.
Storyline: Courtney Lee Trade?
Oklahoma City’s Paul George, smiling after some of his makes, burned a series of Knicks defenders on his way to a flawless 31-points-in-30-minutes performance as the Thunder moved to 28-18, and the Knicks fell to 10-35 after one of their season’s most lethargic displays. Tim Hardaway Jr. lashed out at the NBA schedule-makers for coupling the Knicks’ two-week Western trip so closely to the London journey. Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay admitted in London the calendar was wearing on them. Burke missed Monday’s game with the flu, and Mudiay got a head cold overseas. “They need to do something about that scheduling, especially next season if someone is going to go out to London,’’ said Hardaway, who scored a team-high 23 points. “It’s pathetic — two weeks on the road, and you come back for three days, and we go to London for a few days. That’s not the way to do it. We’re still trying to catch up on sleep. I haven’t gotten good sleep since we’ve gotten back [Friday].”
The New York Liberty are finally about to have a new owner. An investment group led by Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai has agreed to buy the New York Liberty, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, two people familiar with the purchase told The Associated Press on Monday. They said the WNBA Board of Governors approved the sale a few days ago. Those speaking to the AP did so on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.
Frank Ntilikina: “Of course it’s really an honor to be the eighth pick of the NBA draft, to be a Knick. But in the end, I don’t bring my draft number on the court. I bring my game. You saw the undrafted rookies that did good. Sixtieth pick in the league that did well. And the first picks that did less good. So you don’t bring your number on the court, you just bring your game. So I know it’s going to take a while to get to my ceiling, to my full potential.”