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3-2, 3rd in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on how he will gauge success this season for the Knicks: "Growth. Growth. Obviously if we have a winning season, that would really be great. But I'm just looking at growth of each guy. And can we get to a place where we've developed a group of guys that we can take into the future as we start to add KP, as we start to add free agents. What group of young guys can move forward with us and help us be a winner in the future."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, the Knicks didn't reach an agreement with Kristaps Porzingis a rookie extension, so he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Waiting to offer Porzingis an extension until the summer of 2019 gives NYK an additional $10 million in cap space for the coming offseason.

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Knicks won't extend Porzingis deal before season

The Knicks decided against signing Kristaps Porzingis to a rookie extension prior to Monday's deadline -- a move that will give New York an extra $10 million in cap space next summer and will make Porzingis a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN analyst and ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said on a conference call that New York has an opportunity to show growth and chase a playoff spot in the East but adds 'they're just not a talented team.' "I think David Fizdale's very good, and if he has a good roster, they will have a good team. If he has a mediocre roster, they will have a mediocre team. So I don't look at it as like changing coaches is the most important part to improvement. I think who picks the players is absolutely critical to your success or lack of success. And they have had some spotty things go on in the last three, four years, whatever it is, as far as picking players, both in the draft and free (agency). So right now I don't think you can expect them to have a quick fix. (Kristaps) Porzingis's health and improvement, it's not just his health, he's got to get better to be a best player on a really good team. And then they have to supplement their talent. When you look on the floor right now even if they had Porzingis, (rookie Kevin) Knox has got a chance, but like you look at their team, they're just not a talented team. Now I like (Enes) Kanter, I think he was a tremendous trade (acquisition), I'm interested to see if they can sign him or will sign him. But I think he's a very good player, but their back court needs some shoring up."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says Courtney Lee might be available to play vs. ATL but he's probably going to keep him out. Lee (neck injury) missed preseason. "I want to get him a few more practices and some more conditioning and see how his body responds to all of this stuff first."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance Thomas (hip soreness) and Emmanuel Mudiay (sprained right ankle) didn't practice.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says that Frank Ntilikina will likely defend Trae Young at times during the Knicks' opener vs. ATL. He adds that he wants to see Ntilikina guard multiple positions all season. "With Frank, I'm trying to develop a first-team all-defender," Fizdale says.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale defers to management when asked about Kristaps Porzingis' extension but says that Porzingis has been engaged and shown leadership during preseason practices.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale defers to management when asked about Kristaps Porzingis' extension but says that Porzingis has been engaged and shown leadership during preseason practices.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says he's still evaluating things and hasn't fully decided on a lineup, particularly starting point guard.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have exercised their third-year option on guard Frank Ntilinka, per the team.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are not expected to come to an agreement with Kristaps Porzingis on a rookie extension prior to today's 6 pm deadline, so he will be a restricted free agent next summer. ‪Waiting to offer Porzingis an extension until the summer of 2019 gives NYK an additional $10 million in cap space for the coming offseason. They'd still need to shed some salary to have enough money to offer a max contract to a player with at least 7 years of service‬.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting quote in an article in The Athletic from Jeanie Buss on Phil Jackson's Knicks presidency: "He should've made sure (to control) who was surrounding him, because the people close to you will take the knife and put it in your back." Obviously, if you made a list of reasons why Jackson's Knicks presidency was a failure, "internal politics at MSG" wouldn't be at the top of it. But to dismiss it as a factor is naive.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Here are the financial implications on the Joakim Noah waiver/stretch for the Knicks: New York will incur an $18.5M cap hit in 2018-19 that will be reduced by $522,252 if the center signs a 1 year $2.4M (minimum exception) guaranteed contract with a new team. For the next 3 seasons (2019-20 to 2021-22), New York will be charged $6.4M on the $19.3M amount owed to Noah. If the Knicks do not give Kristaps Porzingis a max rookie extension by Oct.15, New York projects to have $31M in room next summer. The room will increase to $38M if Lance Thomas is waived. The forward has a $7.6M non-guaranteed contract. The room does not factor in their 2019 first-round pick or free agent hold of Enes Kanter. The projected max next year for a player with 7-9 years of service is $32.7M and 10+ years of service $38.15M.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have Joakim Noah, Kadeem Allen and Jeff Coby, the team announces.

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Knicks waive Noah with eye on '19, sources say

Joakim Noah, who had two years left on his deal, has been waived by the Knicks, who will spread out the $37.8M owed to the center over the next three years.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

One observation about Knicks rookie Kevin Knox: he doesn't seem like someone who gets shaken or overwhelmed by a few subpar shooting nights. He appears to have a calm, confident demeanor - something that will probably serve the 19-year-old well during the inevitable rough stretches of his rookie season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks rank 28th in 3-point attempts per game in the preseason. Does David Fizdale want New York shooting threes more often? "I'd like to but right now the way we're shooting it, I don't think that's a great shot for us," he said. "Everybody can try to be Golden State but you've got to have the personnel to actually do it. Right now I think we've got to get to where we understand our offense and our spacing. Understand how to move without the basketball. The execution and timing of our offense. And as we get shots out of that offense and guys start to learn where the shots are coming from, I think those percentages will go up and I think the attempts will go up some too. But right now I'm not really concerned with the fact that we're not shooting 30-40 a game because that's just not a great shot for us right now, to be putting up that many."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on Frank Ntilikina's night against Brooklyn (9 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds): "I thought again, another solid performance. I think you can see how I'm using him now ... you try to use all of his gifts. Like I said, I threw him on a (power forward) today. And he made a mistake. He fronted the post in transition and got it thrown over the top. But overall I thought he did a good job of competing at that position when teams go smaller. Again, a lot of this stuff is putting guys in this situation for the first time and seeing how they do. And overall I thought he had a really sound game."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale acknowledged that, based on merit, Kevin Knox hadn't necessarily earned a starting spot. But Knox will start at small forward to begin the season because it makes the most sense for the Knicks at this point, Fizdale says. "He's been up and down. I think he's shown the ability to start in the first two games with the double-doubles. And the last three stunk. But for that position and what we're trying to grow there, I think he's what we want to put in that spot. Just let him go through the hell of it and get beat up and have some success, and all of that stuff. But like I said, it's not permanent. And if it's something where a guy continues to struggle, it's on me to help and sometimes shifting the lineup helps guys. But they all know that it's going to be all year. You've got to continue to fight and battle for what you get."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says Kevin Knox will start at small forward in the regular season despite his struggles in the preseason: "He's got to go through this. This year is exactly for this. I said it (earlier), he's got to take his lumps. That's part of the deal. You're a 19-year-old coming in and you jump into a man's league. You've got to go through that growth process and struggles are a part of it. I think he'll handle it fine. He'll keep getting in the gym, getting the work done. I need to do more to help him. But his focus and his attention is in the right place."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox on his conversation with Chris Bosh earlier this week about the ups and downs of life as a rookie: "He's a guy that's been through it, won two championships, played with some of the best players in the world, I'm pretty sure he knows what he's talking about. I was just taking it all in. He was a rookie once, played against Kevin Garnett, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, some of those guys like that. He told me the same thing: As a rookie, I had a lot of mistakes. I was struggling....But he kept staying in the gym, he kept learning from it and he got better once the seasons came on, the years came on, he just got better, started to adapt more. Chris Bosh, we exchanged numbers. I'm definitely going to stay in his ear, anytime I have some troubles, ups and downs, it's somebody I can go to."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox shot 33 percent in the preseason, which he says was a good learning experience. "I needed this," the 19-year-old said. "I'm glad. This is why NBA put in preseason - for guys like me." David Fizdale said Knox will start at small forward in the regular season. He notes that Knox needs to go through tough times during his rookie season and learn from them. "Basically me and (Fizdale) have the same mentality. This is all learning for me," Knox, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, said. "Like he says all the time, I'm going to get my butt kicked a lot and I'm going to have a lot of mistakes. It's part of a rookie year, you're going to have ups and downs. It just shows how much confidence he has in me keeping me in the starting lineup. As I keep playing more, get used to playing in the system, get used to playing (on) the NBA stage, Madison Square Garden, New York, I'll get better and I'll be able to find my rhythm."

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Team Stats

Points Per Game104.518th
Rebounds Per Game44.013th
Assists Per Game23.313th
Points Allowed108.020th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-182953.354
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207