Fizdale bringing Ntilikina, Mudiay, and Dotson on bonding trip to Cavs-Celtics game

Fizdale, whose stated goal is to establish “great relationships” with his players, will bring along two of his young point guards in Ntilikina [as first reported by], Emmanuel Mudiay and their 2017 second-round pick, shooting guard Damyean Dotson, on a trip to Beantown.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

The idea behind attending the game is to show [the young players] what it is to play “in the Eastern Conference Finals,” the source said.

via Adam Zagoria,

Knicks in advanced talks with Clippers assistant Pat Sullivan about role with Fizdale

The Knicks are in advanced talks with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Pat Sullivan about an assistant role on David Fizdale’s staff, per ESPN sources. Sullivan has coached with the Clippers for the past two seasons.

Prior to that, he’d been an assistant in Washington, Detroit and with the then New Jersey Nets. Sullivan, a New Jersey native, coached in Detroit when Knicks GM Scott Perry was an executive with the club. As a player, he was a part of three Final Four teams at North Carolina. He also was an assistant coach for three Final Four teams at UNC. The Knicks are also in serious talks with Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, per sources, and are expected to add Memphis assistant Keith Smart as a top assistant to Fizdale.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Jud Buechler in serious contention for assistant job

The Knicks are talking seriously with Lakers assistant Jud Buechler about joining new head coach David Fizdale’s staff as an assistant, per ESPN sources. Buechler has coached as an assistant under Luke Walton with the Lakers, where he worked in player development. A 12-year veteran, Buechler won three titles as a Chicago Bull for teams coached by ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson. Memphis assistant Keith Smart is also expected to be a top assistant under Fizdale.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Fizdale holds first workout; Beasley works out in same facility

Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Damyean Dotson and Isaiah Hicks all participated in a group workout in front of new Knicks coach David Fizdale earlier this week, per a league source. Also in the gym that day? Michael Beasley, who will be a free agent this summer. Beasley, per a source, was just working out at the facility and didn’t participate in the group workout. It’s not unusual for players in New York to work out at the team facility but it’s noteworthy in this case because the Knicks have a new coach.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Woj: Phoenix had real chance at Porzingis last summer

Adrian Wojnarowski talks to Ryan Russillo about Kristaps Porzingis possibly going to Phoenix last summer.

Woj: Last year, I thought Phoenix had a chance to get Porzingis if they were willing to put the fourth pick in, which would have been Josh Jackson.

Woj: Porzingis wasn’t super enthusiastic about Phoenix and what his future would’ve been there. They wanted to be able to re-sign him, so I get showing some restraint there.

Listen from the 1:07:00 mark for the comments on Porzingis:

Tommy Beer: Second Round Targets for the Knicks

Last week I examined five players the Knicks could potentially target with their first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Courtesy of the Carmelo Anthony trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder last September, the Knicks also own the rights to the Bulls second-round selection, which will be the 36th overall pick.

Several quality players have slipped into the early stages of the second round in recent years. In fact, the Bucks nabbed Malcolm Brogdon with the 36th pick in 2016, and Brogdon went on to with the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. In 2015, the Heat drafted Josh Richardson with the 40th overall selection. The year before, Nikola Jokic slid to No. 41. In 2012, the Warriors stole Draymond Green at 35.

via Tommy Beer, Forbes

Who does Beer find intriguing in the second round?

Frank Ntilikina left off All-Rookie rosters

Frank Ntilikina did not make an All-Rookie team, which might not be such a bad thing: