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Report: Jarrett Jack coming to Knicks camp on one-year, non-guaranteed deal

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The Knicks are bringing in another veteran point guard to camp, just to have a look.

There had been reports before they had interest in veteran Jarrett Jack, and he has convinced them his knees are healthy enough to deserve a shot. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders was first with the story.

Ian Begley of ESPN added:

The New York Knicks and Jarrett Jack are expected to finalize their agreement on Friday or early next week, sources told ESPN. Jack is the second veteran point guard to join New York, which also inked Ramon Sessions earlier this summer. GM Scott Perry had said that he’d like to have veterans to help Rookie Frank Ntilikina.

Jack was a respectable point guard off the bench a couple of seasons ago, but has played just 40 games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries. He’s had multiple surgeries, the latest of which was last March after he had gotten a 10-day contract with the Pelicans. He’s going to have to prove he is healthy, first.

On paper heading into the season, the Knicks have one of the worst backcourts in the NBA. There is the veteran Ramon Sessions, rookie Frank Ntilikina, and the man they dramatically overpaid Ron Baker, and in a pinch Chasson Randle (his salary is not guaranteed until the first day of training camp, Sept. 26). A healthy Jack could get minutes in that group, but they have him on a non-guaranteed deal for a reason.

Knicks reportedly could add Trey Burke, Jarrett Jack for camp

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The Knicks have the aging veteran Ramon Sessions, the rookie Frank Ntilikina, and the wildly overpaid Ron Baker to play the point this season, all on guaranteed deals. Not thrilling options, but that’s your point guard core (with maybe some Chasson Randle in the mix, too, although his salary is not guaranteed until the first day of training camp, Sept. 26).

But they could add another guard for training camp and Ian Begley of ESPN threw out some interesting names.

Jack is a good veteran but is coming off multiple knee surgeries, the latest of which was last March after he had gotten a 10-day contract with the Pelicans. Burke washed out in Washington as a backup point guard after he had not panned out for Utah, either.

The Knicks are fairly set at both guard spots — Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee will split the bulk of the time at the two — but they are looking for guys for camp. New York has 14 guaranteed roster spots, if Randle is there when camp opens it’s 15 and there are no more openings.

Malik Monk: I thought Knicks would draft me

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Malik Monk to the Knicks was predicted and reported as a possibility. And when the No. 8 pick came up, the Kentucky guard was still on the board.

But New York – then still run by Phil Jackson – passed on Monk to draft Frank Ntilikina.

Monk, who wound up being drafted No. 11 by the Hornets, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“Me, my agent, everybody in my agency, my family — we thought we were going to New York,” Monk told the Daily News last week after a posing for his Panini trading card. “It was here, my agent is here (based in New York), a great agent, everybody thought it was going to be here. Went to dinner with (Jackson), had a great workout, everything was positive.”

Naiveté and/or wishful thinking by someone who had never been through the draft process before? Perhaps.

But Monk’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, is quite experienced.

What did the Knicks do to make the Monk camp believe they’d draft him? Misleading in those situations can grate agents, though if Jackson did that, at least New York eradicated the problem.

Report: Knicks, Rockets “re-engaged” on Carmelo Anthony trade talks, still major hurdles

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The Knicks and Rockets are back at it.

That doesn’t mean they are any closer to a deal.

The Knicks want to trade Carmelo Anthony so they can build around Kristaps Porzingis. ‘Melo is good with that so long as he is traded only to Houston (he has the no-trade clause to get his way, and with the Kyrie Irving situation Cleveland is now off the table). The Rockets would love to add Anthony, but they need a third team to take on Ryan Anderson‘s contract (three years, $60 million, the Knicks don’t want it) and no team has been willing to do that without serious sweeteners — such as two high first round picks. Not many teams have the space to do it period. Talks stalled out before because no third team could be found.

But the Knicks and Rockets are trying again, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, with the Rockets again canvassing third-team trade partners to construct a deal, league sources told ESPN.

Anthony remains steadfast that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and refuses to expand his list to include more possible destinations, league sources said….

The Knicks remain willing to start training camp with Anthony, 33, on the roster, and a real scenario exists where the Rockets and Anthony remain patient that a deal could have to wait until the regular season is underway, league sources said.

The Knicks are saying no trade is better than a bad trade. They are right. They technically don’t have to trade Anthony.

However, bringing Anthony into training camp would create a media circus. Plus, the Knicks want to start focusing their rebuild around Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. (and maybe Frank Ntilikina), and having Anthony on the floor is going to mean he gets a lot of shots, which could slow the development of the Knicks young stars.

The rumors aren’t going anywhere, the two sides can talk all they want, but until some team is found that is willing to take on Anderson nothing has changed.

 

Kristaps Porzingis on Knicks: “I hope to stay there my whole career”

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It’s not just that Phil Jackson is gone, although that helps.

It’s that Kristaps Porzingis wants to be the guy that brings New York back to the top of the NBA — and that hasn’t changed. It may be a little easier without Jackson starting an unnecessary pissing contest, shoving the triangle down everybody’s throat, and creating a questionable culture. It might be easier if the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony and get back some players closer to Porzingis’ career arc.

But ultimately, Porzingis likes the city and wants to win there. That’s what he told Shaun Powell of NBA.com as KP prepared for an exhibition game in Africa where he would be the youngest NBA player.

“So far it’s been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big,” he said.

“For me, it’s now home.”

That’s your good news for the summer, Knicks fans. Enjoy it.

Porzingis struck the right tone when asked about a potential Anthony trade.

“He’s an All-Star, an incredible player and I’ve learned so much from him,” Porzingis said. “There’s still so much for me to learn form him. I would love to have him around and keep playing alongside him. But it is what it is. It’s a business. If it ends, well … I don’t know, it’s out of my hands. I’m really thankful for these couple of years I’ve been with him, just seeing how he works during the summer. It proves he wants to win and he wants to be great. I’m sure he’ll make the right decision for himself.”

Coach Jeff Hornacek can and should install a system that highlights Porzingis’ skills — and Steve Mills and Scott Perry need to get guys who fit that style. The coaching staff needs to become good at developing guys like just drafted Frank Ntilikina, or improving just overpaid signed Tim Hardaway Jr. Player development matters now and the Knicks need to get good at it.

A lot of things need to happen in New York, but at least the cornerstone player wants to be there.