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Carmelo Anthony reportedly threatens, curses out Tim Hardaway as Knicks chemistry begins to unravel

New York Knicks vs Los Angeles LakersAs the losses pile up, the Knicks are starting to lose their grip

After Tim Hardaway yelled at Carmelo Anthony to grab a rebound in the Knicks’ loss to Brooklyn last week, Anthony reportedly screamed at Hardaway, asking him “who the f***” he thought he was talking to, and threatening to beat his ass up in the locker room after the game. In an ugly report, ESPN’s Chris Broussard also details how several Knicks are frustrated with Anthony, Derek Fisher, and the triangle offense, and how trades could be on the way, especially when December 15th arrives, and players who signed new contracts over the summer are eligible to be moved. You can read Broussard’s entire report here, although it should be noted that it is often best to take his reports with at least a grain of salt. -Tommy Rothman

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José Calderón to return tonight, Bargnani suffers setback

joseThe Knicks are about to get some much-needed reinforcements. José Calderón, who has missed the first 13 games of the season with a calf strain, is expected to return for tonight’s game against the 76ers. The Knicks traded their best defensive player, Tyson Chandler, for Calderón in the offseason, and as you would expect, the move has done more harm than good with the 33 year-old Spaniard sitting on the bench in street clothes. Calderón is a poor defender, but a strong offensive player and a fantastic shooter, so he should give the Knicks a boost as they continue to grapple with the Triangle Offense.

However, Andrea Bargnani, also expected to return tonight from his hamstring injury, suffered a calf strain of his own in practice today, and will not return tonight (or, one would assume, for at least a couple weeks, given the length of Calderón’s absence).

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks trade Travis Outlaw to 76ers

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The Knicks have traded Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for Arnett Moultrie (who the Knicks released immediately after the trade). New York will also send over a 2019 2nd-round pick and the right to swap 2nd round picks in 2018. The trade makes room for Travis Wear on the Knicks’ NBA roster, and relieves New York of Outlaw’s $3 million salary while saving them another $4.7 million off of their luxury tax bill. The Sixers are expected to release Outlaw. -Tommy Rothman

Knicks sign DJ Mbenga

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The Knicks have signed center DJ Mbenga to compete for a roster spot, the team announced. THe 7’0, 255 pound, 33 year-old Mbenga won 2 championships under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Lakers. He’ll be a long shot to make the team, but he provides and extra (big) body and brings knowledge of and experience in the triangle, which is presumably what Phil is looking for. -Tommy Rothman

Toure Murry signs with Jazz

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Toure Murry has officially signed a 2-year deal with the Utah Jazz, according to reports. Murry did some positive things on the court in limited minutes for the Knicks last season, but New York’s backcourt is crowded, and it appears there was no room for Toure. As of now, the guards on the Knick roster are Jose Calderon, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Junior, Shane Larkin, and Pablo Prigioni.

 

The roster is starting to shape up, with the season drawing closer and closer. Click here for great deals on Knicks tickets!

-Tommy Rothman

BREAKING: Knicks, Kings agree to trade

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The Knicks and Kings reportedly agreed to a trade on Wednesday that will bring Quincy Acy to New York. The Knicks will also receive Travis Outlaw in the deal, while sending Jeremy Tyler’s non-guaranteed contract, Wayne Ellington, and a 2016 2nd-round pick to Sacramento.

The Knicks had reportedly been eager to move Ellington, who they had received in the Jose Calderon deal. They had considered trading Pablo Prigioni just to get rid of Ellington, but when this deal popped up, they decided it was a better option. Prigioni reportedly still might be traded, but the Knicks are not “desperate” to move him. It is unclear why the Knicks did not just cut Ellington, but they are in that gray area of the salary cap world where saving a couple million  dollars here and there can open up some pretty sneaky options for further roster-building.

However, the Knicks are not directly dumping salary here. Instead, they are using their overall financial advantage, and the Kings’ deficiency in that area, to help make a deal happen. The Kings are expected to waive Tyler, and possibly Ellington as well (using the stretch provision), so this might just be a case of the Kings looking to save a bit of money and open up some roster spots.

Acy, 23, is an undersized power forward who makes up for his 6’7, 230 pound frame with his hustle, intensity, and athleticism. Acy, who was part of the Rudy Gay trade last season, has great leaping and dunking abilities, is a good rebounder, and has a decent touch on his jumper. He is probably a more polished version of Tyler, although he might have a bit less upside.

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Outlaw, 29, signed a big contract with the Nets a few years back, which became a disaster after his game went into severe decline. Outlaw still has what it takes to be a pretty decent forward, but this is more of a “flier”, as Travis has to prove on the court that he can bounce back and regain some of his game.

I’m not sure what the exact reasoning for this trade is, but it seems like a pretty decent one. I’ll miss Tyler, giving up picks is annoying in general, and I had heard Ellington could shoot the ball, but I think we’re all really going to like Acy, who was a fan favorite back in Sacramento. And you never know about Outlaw. Let’s see if Phil Jackson has anything else planned.

-Tommy Rothman

 

BREAKING: Knicks sign Jason Smith with MLE

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The Knicks have used their $3.27 million Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception on big man Jason Smith. Smith, 28, played for the New Orleans Pelicans last season and averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block in 27 minutes per game. The 7-foot, 240 pound Smith is one of the game’s top mid-range shooters and a capable team defender, help defender, and shot-blocker (although he can be beaten in 1-on-1 situations). Smith is also a 78% shooter from the line.

Smith was the Pelicans’ starting center until he went down with a knee injury in January. He has a chance to get some big minutes on this Knicks team, but he will likely have to compete with Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert, Jeremy Tyler, and Cole Aldrich. This signing likely spells the end for Kenyon Martin’s time in New York.

Smith should fit well in the Triangle Offense, in which bigs who can shoot fare far better than your typical slow, lumbering, mass-cultivators. With Smith, Bargnani, and Stoudemire, the Knicks have 3 bigs who can shoot the mid-range jumper. Smith is by far the best defender of the 3, although less of an offensive threat all-around than Bargs and STAT.

The Knicks had been reluctant to use their MLE because they often end up being multi-year deals, but New York was able to land Smith on a 1-year deal which will not eat into next summer’s cap space.

RealGM was first to report.

-Tommy Rothman