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2017 Schedule
31-51, 3rd in Atlantic

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say Derrick Rose "just wants to play ball," so it appears whichever team can sell its atmosphere, defined role will have advantage.

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Rose could help Cavs catch the Warriors (1:58)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

New York Knicks Director of Pro Player Personnel Mark Hughes has interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks' assistant general manager opening, per league sources. Hughes, a veteran executive with the Knicks organization since 2007, also interviewed for the Atlanta Hawks GM position earlier in the offseason. He has been one of the key figures in the Knicks' recent draft success, which includes Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, the recently re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., Channing Frye and Danilo Gallinari. The Knicks, of course, have made some poor picks in that span but have been largely successful in the draft. New president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry recently discussed the possibility of making changes in the Knicks front office but Hughes is not believed to be among the personnel changes being considered as he is highly regarded internally by New York. Bucks GM Jon Horst is currently filling positions in his front office. Hughes is no stranger to the Midwest. As a player, Hughes was a co-captain of the 1989 National Championship team at Michigan and has coaching experience as an NBA assistant and CBA head coach.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is not considering the Portland Trailblazers as a potential landing spot via trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, said to friends as recently as earlier this week that he still expects to end up in Houston, per league sources.

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McCollum says Blazers would easily be top 3 in West with Carmelo (1:22)
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Would Carmelo be a good fit in Portland? (0:53)
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Jemele says Knicks in tough position with Carmelo (1:05)
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Lowe Post: A Deep Dive Into The Knicks

Zach talks to ESPN's Ian Begley and Bleacher Report's Howard Beck about some Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios, the state of the Knicks, and much more.

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Phil's decisions still plaguing Knicks (2:00)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on SportsCenter that Carmelo Anthony has no interest in returning to the Knicks. As was made clear in Monday's press conference, the Knicks still want to trade Anthony and are looking for a better deal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Many have surmised that the Knicks made a mistake in drafting Frank Ntilikina over Dennis Smith Jr. after Smith Jr. breakout Summer League performance. That may very well turn out to be accurate, but we should probably let Ntilikina play a possession or two before deciding what he can or can't do in the NBA.

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Mills handling Melo differently than Phil (1:29)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are the NBA's only active African American president/GM duo: "That's not something lost on me," Perry said. "I mentioned in my opening about my dad (Lowell). His history in the game (as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1950s, Lowell was the first African American coach in the NFL since the 1920s) and that being groundbreaking. At end of the day, we want to be recognized for the quality of individuals we are and what type of job we'll do to produce a winner in New York regardless of race. But I also would be remiss not to say I don't understand the gravity of that and embrace the gravity of that. Hopefully if we're successful it will open the doors for other young aspiring African Americans who want to have these jobs." Added Mills: "This is creating opportunities for young kids to look up to you and think it's something they can do in this business and be successful."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Mills was asked what went wrong with the Knicks under Phil Jackson and what he learned from that time: "When you have an opportunity to work with somebody who won 11 championships like Phil Jackson, you can't help but from learn from him. So he certainly has taught me a lot about basketball and the culture of basketball. He taught me a lot about how you interact with players as a coach, so there a lot things that I learned from Phil and I consider him a friend. And I take the things I've learned and the way he's brought in my basketball thinking and just apply that to how we move forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's how Knicks president Steve Mills describes the decision-making process with new GM Scott Perry: "I'm going to give Scott the room to make basketball decisions and make recommendations to me. He's going to have a chance to manage the coaching staff, manage the scouting staff, and make recommendations as to where we should go as a basketball organization. I think we'll be partners in that in the sense that he'll come to me with his recommendation and we'll debate it back and forth. But at the end of the day, I'm giving him the room to make those decisions."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Mills says he and GM Scott Perry may make changes to the front office going forward: "We're going to rebuild what the front office of the Knicks looks like. I feel really good about a lot of the people we have working for us. But we also know there's room for us to grow and get better if we want to be a first-class organization," Mills said. "And Scott will have the freedom to sort of meet with everyone in our organization (and make changes) where he sees there's opportunities to bring new people into the organization. He has the flexibility to do that and we'll work as a tandem in making sure that we have a first class operation." Added Perry: "I'll be in a position to make strong suggestions to Steve that maybe we need to add some more to our group. The goal is we want to have first in class when it comes to our front office operational staff. That's our goal and we're going to go at this thing together."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek wants the Knicks to improve on defense next season. They ranked 25th in defensive efficiency last season: "The identity has to become defense first," Hornacek said. "We're not going to go out and outscore teams. We want to get back to the type of defense that the guys are putting it out there every single night…. You should be embarrassed (if an opponent scores on you). You should feel that guy can't score on me. That's the mentality you have every time you're guarding the guy with the ball. Our team defense will have their rotations that they'll be responsible for, something we'll always follow and check up on. We really want to develop that mentality of when that guy has the ball, you're not scoring on me."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Knicks president Steve Mills on his decision to offer Tim Hardaway Jr. a four-year $71 million contract: "We decided prior to July 1 that Tim was one of the players that we were targeting. Matter of fact, Tim was the first phone call that I made at 12:02 or 12:01. (For what it's worth, Hardaway Jr. said he didn't hear from the Knicks at the beginning of free agency). We just felt that, we were familiar with who Tim is as a person and who he is as a player from his time with us. We watched him in our opinion grow over his time in the player development program that they had in Atlanta. So we decided he was a target. We felt like there are not that many opportunities in free agency that you have the opportunity to go after a 25 year old. Most times guys become free, as far as an age standpoint, later in their career. And we made the decision that if you want to pry a restricted free agent away from the incumbent team you have to be aggressive. So we made a decision to be aggressive. As we look at the numbers we believe Tim is a starting two guard in this league, our trajectory for him is to be a starting two guard. (He has) the capability of being a starting two guard, the capability of being a starting two guard for the rest of his career. And those guys average 16, 16.5 million dollars today. So that's how we came to the decision to go after him and how we came to the decision to be aggressive in making sure that he became a Knick."

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Jackson on futures of Knicks and LeBron

ESPN NBA analyst Stephen Jackson gives his takes on the state of the Knicks, Phil Jackson's time in New York, LeBron James' future with the Cavaliers and more.

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Knicks' Mills: Possible Melo could stay put

Knicks president Steve Mills says Carmelo Anthony could remain with the team this season, but he also acknowledged that the Knicks would continue to pursue a trade.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.3Tied-18th
Rebounds Per Game45.25th
Assists Per Game21.819th
Points Allowed108.023rd

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451
2012-135428.659