Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon is doubtful for Monday's game against Sacramento while dealing with a bruised left knee.
Insight: He is making progress, according to coach Derek Fisher, but if Calderon is unable to play, Langston Galloway will likely get another start. Galloway has played well in his last four games and is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Knicks forward Lance Thomas played 41 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday and scored 16 points.
Insight: Thomas led the game in minutes and was 7-of-14 from the field. With Carmelo Anthony expected to be shutdown at some point this spring, Thomas is an intriguing fantasy add. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had a game-high 25 points in the loss versus the Hornets on Saturday.
Insight: Without Carmelo Anthony and Kemba Walker, the Knicks and Hornets game was a snoozer. Hardaway was the only player with more than 20 points as Charlotte came back to win, 76-71. Hardaway was 9-of-17 from the floor with six rebounds and five assists.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Saturday versus the Hornets.
Insight: Anthony played 42 minutes on Friday, so the team wants him to rest. Anthony took 24 shots in each of the last two games, so there are quite a bit of chances available for other players on Saturday.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will play Wednesday against the 76ers.
Insight: Stoudemire will probably come off the bench and play around 20 minutes. Stoudemire is averaging 12.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg, but can't be counted in daily leagues because his knees are a reliability.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said his knee was feeling good and that he will play versus the 76ers on Wednesday according to ESPN New York.
Insight: Anthony did admit he probably won't be able to handle back-to-back games, but that won't happen for the Knicks until Jan. 28-29. Fantasy owners probably don't have to worry until then, and Anthony should be in every fantasy lineup.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway scored 21 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the victory over the Pelicans.
Insight: Who? We understand if fantasy owners out there don't know who this guy is. He has now played five NBA games, averaging 9.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 2.0 rpg. This was clearly his best game, so it will be interesting to see if Galloway can repeat this kind of success.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points to help snap the Knicks 16-game losing streak.
Insight: New York beat New Orleans, 99-92. Anthony was 7-of-15, hitting three 3-pointers in the game. He also had nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Anthony will continue to be a top fantasy option as long as he is playing.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is questionable for Monday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Stoudemire is averaging 12.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg, but can't be counted on to play every day. He managed just eight minutes in London, so even if active he shouldn't be started by fantasy owners.
Description: Knicks guard Shane Larkin left Thursday's game with a sprained ankle in his left leg according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: It just keeps getting worse for the Knicks. Larkin has been in effective of late, and he finished Thursday with one assist, one rebound and three turnovers in 19 minutes, but the Knicks need everybody they can get.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points on Thursday.
Insight: Anthony put on quite a display for the London faithful at O2 Arena, but three other Knicks starters didn't score a single point. New York started the game 0-for-10 and fell behind Milwaukee, 14-0. Anthony was 7-of-12 from the field, 10-for-12 at the line with three rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire had been targeting a Jan 15 return and will make his return against Milwaukee, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: Stoudemire is averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg, but can't be counted on to play every day. The Knicks know that too and apparently are thinking about buying out his contract. Carmelo Anthony will be in Thursday's lineup as well.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did not play on Wednesday due to his knee issue and is targeting a return against the Bucks on Jan. 15.
Insight: Anthony recently said that he won't shut it down for the season yet, but the "yet" implies it's going to happen at some point. Sooner rather than later seems more likely. He's averaging 23.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg.
Description: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will be active for Wednesday's game versus the Rockets.
Insight: The trade is official, so Smith will be able to make his Cleveland debut. Smith will receive about the same amount of minutes Dion Waiters was in Cleveland, but Smith actually has a better chance to be productive because he shoots better from long range.
Description: Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert underwent a doctor evaluation and it was determined he is still at least two weeks away from returning to the court according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Shumpert has been out since dislocating his shoulder on Dec. 12. When he does eventually return, it is no guarantee Shumpert will get consistent playing time with his new team, so fantasy owners should plan accordingly.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Wednesday due to his knee issue and is targeting a return against the Bucks on Jan. 15.
Insight: That pretty much rules Anthony out for the next week. Anthony recently said that he won't shut it down for the season yet, but the "yet" implies it's going to happen at some point. Sooner rather than later seems more likely.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been traded to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal.
Insight: The Knicks didn't get any helpful pieces back but did make salary space by dealing Smith and Iman Shumpert. The players the Knicks did get in the trade were Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from Cleveland and Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.
Description: Knicks power forward Quincy Acy came off the bench to lead New York with 19 points on Monday.
Insight: It was another lopsided loss as the Knicks dropped their 11th in a row. New York has now fallen behind the 76ers in the standings because Philadelphia has lost fewer games. The Knicks and 76ers have each won five games. Acy was 7-for-8, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line, and grabbed 14 rebounds, but no one else in a Knicks uniform showed up.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a team-high 17 points during Sunday's loss to the Bucks.
Insight: With Carmelo Anthony sidelined, Hardaway Jr. went 6-of-13 from the field, 2-of-4 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. He also had four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block, and two turnovers. Anthony is expected to eventually be shutdown for the remainder of the season, which will increase Hardaway Jr.'s value.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did not play on Friday and is expected to miss Sunday as well due to a sore left knee.
Insight: The Knicks have little to play for, so they are going to rest Carmelo Anthony, who has been battling a sore knee. Fantasy owners with Anthony are going to have to deal with the fact that he could be shut down for the season at any time.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith was the Knicks leading score with 22 points against the Pistons.
Insight: With no Carmelo Anthony, someone had to step up, so it was Smith. He took a team-high 20 shots and scored 22 points with five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Anthony may miss a lot of games in the second half, so Smith is a worthy addition.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Friday.
Insight: The Knicks have little to play for, so they are going to rest Carmelo Anthony, who has been battling a sore knee. Fantasy owners with Anthony are going to have to worry that Anthony will miss any game for the rest of the season because the Knicks are going nowhere this season, and it might be in the team's best interest to shut him down.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points as he tried to will New York to victory on Saturday.
Insight: Unfortunately for Anthony and Knicks fans, New York still lost in overtime. Anthony finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds along with six assists. Anthony has been able to stay productive despite his injury problems this season although his point and rebound averages are slightly down from last season.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, but he needed 28 shots to get there.
Insight: Anthony's total wasn't enough to get the Knicks a win and they lost for a league-leading 26th time. Melo has scored 30 or more in four straight Christmas Day games. Overall it's been a disappointing season with his averages down in points and rebounds.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 28 points during Sunday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He went 12-of-26 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line. Anthony also had five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers. Owners are just hoping he can stay on the floor.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it was enough as New York lost to Phoenix, 99-90. Anthony shot 9-of-19 from the field and 6-for-6 at the free-throw lin. Anthony also had three assists, three steals and a block.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire scored six points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks rally, but it wasn't enough as New York dropped another close one.
Insight: New York leads the league with the most five-point or less deficit losses. Stoudemire finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes. He is the best offensive player for the Knicks when Carmelo Anthony doesn't play.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who scored a team-high 26 points in the,107-87, loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday, is expected to miss Thursday's game due to a sore left knee, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. UPDATE: Anthony will not play. Make sure he is not in your lineup Thursday.
Insight: Anthony is averaging 23.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg which is significantly below last season's totals. The Knicks don't have many healthy bodies with Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire also watching from the sidelines.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is expected to miss Thursday's game against Chicago due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: It's about his pain tolerance and therefore each day is different, but he's missed the past four games so the level must be pretty high. Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes and is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 26 points in the, 107-87, loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Insight: It was another lackluster performance from the Knicks, who have scored fewer than 90 points in regulation nine times this season. Anthony was 11-of-23, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line with five rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block.
Description: Knicks guard Shane Larkin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to illness.
Insight: Larkin could see a lot of playing time if he can get healthy with Iman Shumpert out and J.R. Smith very questionable. Larkin isn't seeing enough time normally to be fantasy worthy and is averaging 5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.
Description: The Knicks announced guard Iman Shumpert has been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and will miss at least three weeks.
Insight: With J.R. Smith already out with a foot injury, Tim Hardaway Jr. will see a lot more playing time. It will be interesting to see how Hardaway plays in the starting lineup with Carmelo Anthony since it came out this week that the two are apparently not getting along very well this season.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony took nearly as many shots as all the other starters combined as he made 11-of-22 field goals and scored 32 points on Friday.
Insight: It had to be 34 to ensure a victory that the Knicks let slip away on the last Hornets possession. Charlotte won, 103-102, and Anthony missed the last 2-point shot New York had in the game. Anthony did make all eight of his foul shots and grab seven rebounds.
Anthony also shot 1-of-7 from the 3-point line. He had nine rebounds and six assists, so with the 20 points, he had a decent night, but overall, fantasy owners aren't getting as much as they would like out of Anthony. As for the Knicks, Anthony missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game as New York fell, 98-93, to its crosstown rival.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will start again on Friday against the Hornets.
Insight: Stoudemire was the best player on offense for the Knicks Thursday as Carmelo Anthony continued to struggle. There should be some concerns Stoudemire will wear down as this is his second start of a back-to-back, and the forward has averaged 34.7 minutes per game over the last three games. But for Friday, Stoudemire is a nice plug-in.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on Tuesday but only five of those points came in the second half.
Insight: Anthony also shot 1-of-7 from the 3-point line. He had nine rebounds and six assists, so with the 20 points, he had a decent night, but overall, fantasy owners aren't getting as much as they would like out of Anthony. As for the Knicks, Anthony missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game as New York fell, 98-93, to its crosstown rival.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been downgraded to doubtful for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn after being sent home from Monday's practice due to his illness.
Insight: Smith (flu-like sypmtoms) could only last six minutes Sunday after getting an IV before the game. He's not produced for fantasy owners this season averaging 9.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg. and should not be started.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) came out of Sunday's game without any setbacks and can be started as usual.
Insight: Anthony came back with a bang, posting 31 points, eight rebounds and a pair of assists. His numbers are down a bit this season (23.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg), but we expect that to change now that he's healthy.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire scored 20 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the floor on Friday versus the Thunder.
Insight: It has gotten pretty ugly for New York without superstar Carmelo Anthony as Oklahoma City won, 105-78. As long as Anthony is out, it will not be pretty for the Knicks, but someone has to score, and Stoudemire looks to be the most likely candidate.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Friday because of his back spasms.
Insight: There are rumors that Anthony will sit for awhile until his back is 100 percent. Anthony did participate in pre-game shooting drills, so at least that is a good sign. J.R. Smith will continue to get plenty of shots while Iman Shumpert and Jose Calderon will also have bigger roles.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon scored a team-high 21 points in Wednesday's overtime loss to Dallas.
Insight: Somebody needed to step up during the absence of Carmelo Anthony, and Calderon did just that. He was 7-of-13 from the floor, and all seven of his field goals were 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds, four assists, and two turnovers.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is dealing with what sounds like a pretty serious back injury, and he is not expected to play on Wednesday according to the New York Post.
Insight: He is also not expected to play Friday, and there is no timetable for his return. The Knicks are now concerned this injury could effect Anthony all season, and fantasy owners should share the same concern. Shane Larkin started in Anthony's place in the second half on Monday. Amare Stoudemire along with several other players should get more opportunities as long as Anthony is out.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony played his best game of the season, but New York fell at the buzzer to Utah.
Insight: Trey Burke hit the clutch shot in the corner, which will overshadow Anthony's fantastic night. He was 16-of-26 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line for 46 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer, and two turnovers. Owners will hope this gets Melo going.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally had a good shooting night in Wednesday's loss to the Magic.
Insight: He was 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for 27 points, five rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block, and one turnover. Anthony is poised to go on a hot streak.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert had a strong game Saturday against the Hawks.
Insight: He was 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points, and also had seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, but four turnovers as well. Shumpert is averaging 13.7 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3.4 rpg, and .86 spg early this season, and if he keeps those numbers consistent, Shumpert will be a valuable fantasy player in 2014-15.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had another poor performance.
Insight: This looks like its starting to be a trend. Anthony scored 19 points, but shot just 5-of-20 from the floor against the Nets on Friday. His 8-for-9 at the free-throw line helped him avoid fantasy disaster. Anthony also turned in four rebounds and four assists.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert will start at the point Friday against the Nets.
Insight: Both Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. will start versus the Nets because Pablo Prigioni is out with an ankle injury. Shane Larkin had been starting at point guard, but he will fill Progioni's role and come off the bench on Friday.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had his second straight poor night.
Insight: Anthony did not hit a field goal in the first half against the Pistons on Wednesday. He did better in the second half. Anthony finished with eight assists and six rebounds but only 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting.
Description: Heat player Luol Deng will play against the Hornets on Wednesday.
Insight: Deng suffered a minor nerve injury against the Rockets on Tuesday. The injury will not affect his playing time, and small forwards have done very well against the Hornets this season. Make sure Deng is in the starting lineup.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is suspended one game due to his shot to Glen Rice Jr.'s groin on Tuesday night.
Insight: Smith will miss Wednesday's game versus the Pistons. With Smith out, Iman Shumpert should be in most fantasy lineups as he has a chance to build upon his 19-point outing from Tuesday. Tim Hardaway Jr. will also see an increase in minutes.
Description: Knicks PF/C Andrea Bargnani will not return until Nov 12, according to coach Derek Fisher.
Insight: Quincy Acy and Amare Stoudemire have been sharing the power forward minutes. It's hard to recommend keepinh a player with Bargnani's injury history on your fantasy roster. Yes, he can play when healthy, but that hasn't been very often over the past three seasons.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has been ruled out of the first three games of the season.
Insight: Nothing new here for a guy who has missed more than half of the games over the past three seasons. Sunday versus Charlotte is the earliest he could play, but fantasy owners should not expect anything from him - then they won't be disappointed.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring, during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.
Insight: It was not much of an accomplishment, as Anthony had only 14 points. The Knicks shot only 36.5 percent from the field, and Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (12 points) were the only two players to score in double-figures.
Description: Heat player Luol Deng will be one of the best rebounders and passers at the small forward position this season.
Insight: Deng takes on LeBron James' role in Miami, and he should be among the league leaders in minutes played, rebounds and assists, especially for small forwards. The Heat could also ask Deng to score a lot if Dwyane Wade goes down with an injury.
Description: A true fantasy breakout for Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert this season will be tough.
Insight: Shumpert has not played as well as he did in his rookie season, and this season, he will have to fight Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Still, Shumpert's offensive skill is better suited for the new triangle offense, and the Knicks will need Shumpert's defense, which will get him minutes on the floor.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire will have some value in deeper fantasy points leagues this season.
Insight: Stoudemire is in a contract year, so he should be motivated to play well. His motivation hasn't been the issue during his time in New York, though, it has been his body. Hopefully, he can stay healthy in a reduced role and chip in quality percentages.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani could be a good late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Insight: New York fans are laughing and shaking their head as some fans likely forget this buffoon was still on the roster. Bargnani is 7 feet tall and plays center, yet doesn't rebound, block shots or shoot all that well from the field. The Knicks could certainly use some scoring from him and being that he is in a contract year, fantasy owners late in drafts could roll the dice on him staying motivated to perform well.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is a potential sleeper in fantasy this season.
Insight: Hardaway showed in his rookie season that he can score. He averaged 10.2 PPG in just about 23 minutes per game and shot over 36 percent from the 3-point line. That gives him tremendous upside, but J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will steal some minutes from Hardaway again.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is a potential valuable fantasy option Friday if Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith are both sidelined.
Insight: Hardaway took 18 shots and posted 23 points on Wednesday and could be good again if all these shooters are out of the lineup. Unfortunately, he doesn't give you much else other than points and three-pointers.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith told NBC Sports he is struggling to adjust to the triangle offense this preseason.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Smith is already battling Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Even when he is on the court, he will always be the second option to Carmelo Anthony. Smith can still be a prolific 3-point shooter, but don't expect Derek Fisher to put up with his non-sense as Mike Woodson did.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon will not provide fantasy owners much besides assists and 3-pointers.
Insight: Calderon, however, will provide plenty of those. He averaged 4.7 assists last season, and our projections have that number going up by at least two with Carmelo Anthony. Calderon also has a career 41.1 field goal percentage from behind the arc, exactly what the triangle offense needs.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will once again be a fantasy monster.
Insight: In Phil Jackson's triangle offense, Anthony might shoot less, but ideally, that just means a higher field goal percentage and more assists. Anthony should remain in the scoring-title race while also being a more balanced fantasy player.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had a huge night on Wednesday in a preseason game against the Wizards.
Insight: Anthony scored the game-winning jumper and received the foul. He scored 30 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor.
Description: Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he could play Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. on the court at the same time this season according to ESPN New York.
Insight: Shumpert would run the point while Smith and Hardaway Jr. would be on the wings in that situation. Assuming Carmelo Anthony is also on the floor, he would be the power forward. That sort of contradicts what Anthony stated last week when he said he would play more small forward this season. We don't expect Fisher to use Shumper at the point very much this season as he did not look comfortable at the position last season.
Description: Knicks PF/C Andrea Bargnani started at power forward in a preseason game on Wednesday.
Insight: Bargnani started along with Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. Bargnani should benefit from playing with Calderon as both played with each other in Toronto. Still, Bargnani is not worth drafting in most leagues.
Description: The Heat have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with Luol Deng.
Insight: Deng averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game in 63 games last season with the Bulls and Cavaliers. The Heat will count on Deng to replace some of what they are losing from LeBron James' departure.
Description: Carmelo Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, told ESPN that his client "hasn't made a decision yet."
Insight: The NY Daily News reported Wednesday that Anthony would be re-signing with the Knicks, citing a person close to the star forward. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the other teams who have been heavily courting Anthony, but the Knicks can give him the most money.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, Carmelo Anthony will return to the New York Knicks. He's expected to make the announcement Thursday.
Insight: A person close to Anthony told the Daily News Wednesday that "barring a last minute change of heart," Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the other teams who have been heavily courting Anthony, but the Knicks can give him the most money.
Description: The Mavs are sending Jose Calderon to the Knicks along with Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two second-round picks. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Calderon will be reunited with former Raptors teammate Andrea Bargnani, who just picked up his option for next season. Calderon (11.4 ppg, 4.7 apg in 2013-14) is an upgrade over the underwhelming Raymond Felton.
Description: Knicks guard Raymond Felton won't face jail time after pleading guilty to gun charges. SOURCE: Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York
Insight: Felton (9.7 ppg, 5.6 apg in 2013-14) was arrested back in February. He'll have to do some community service and pay a fine. It's possible the league could hand down a suspension at a later date.
Description: Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowksi, Yahoo Sports
Insight: He had until Monday to make his decision. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also candidates to opt out, this should be one of the most anticipated free agency periods we've seen in a long time.
Description: Rumors are running rampant about the future of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Insight: Yahoo Sports has reported that Anthony is leaning towards leaving the Knicks while the New York Post said the Knicks feel good about their chances of keeping Melo. Anthony has until June 23rd to opt out of the final year of his contract. The Bulls, Knicks and Rockets seem to have the upper hand in landing the seven-time All-Star though Miami could always fight its way into the mix.
Description: According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Heat are looking to sign Carmelo Anthony.
Insight: It's a foregone conclusion that Anthony will opt out of his contract with the Knicks and become a free agent. The move would give Miami a Big Four featuring Melo, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Of course, in order for this to happen, all four would have to accept a significant pay cut. At this point, it's unclear if Anthony is willing to do that.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has until June 23 to notify the team if he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Insight: Anthony is expected to opt out, but Knicks president Phil Jackson has been trying to convince him to put unrestricted free agency on hold for another year by exercising his $23.3 million player option for 2014-15. The Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks are all expected to pursue Anthony if he opts out.
Description: Derek Fisher has accepted the Knicks' head coaching job. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Fisher's contract will pay him $25 million over the next five seasons. Steve Kerr was Phil Jackson's first choice but he agreed to a deal with Golden State earlier this offseason. Fisher played for Oklahoma City this season so this will be his first coaching job in the NBA. At age 39, he's the second-youngest coach in the league behind Brad Stevens.
Description: New York point guard Raymond Felton was told by Phil Jackson that the team will attempt to trade him this offseason. SOURCE: SNY
Insight: Good luck with that. After averaging a career-worst 9.7 ppg on miserable 39.5 percent shooting, Felton isn't someone teams will be bending over backwards to get. At 29, the UNC alum's best days are probably behind him. Marcus Smart and Tyler Ennis could both be options for the Knicks at point guard depending on where they fall in the draft lottery.
Description: Cole Aldrich was New York's top performer Tuesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: He netted 13 points to go with 13 rebounds. Both totals were season-highs. Aldrich played 25 minutes for the Knicks and should see a similar workload in tomorrow's season finale against the Raptors.
Description: New York forward Carmelo Anthony will not participate in Tuesday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: He's been playing with a torn labrum, though according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone, the injury will not require surgery. With free agency looming, it's possible that Carmelo has played his final game in a Knicks uniform.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will likely miss Tuesday and Wednesday's game, according to coach Mike Woodson.
Insight: Anthony (27.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.2 threes) has been dealing with numbness in his arm due to the shoulder injury and with the Knicks having nothing to play for is not expected to play either night.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire put up 24 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes Friday against the Raptors.
Insight: Stoudemire hadn't played more than 37 minutes in a game since 2011-12. The Knicks handled Stoudemire with kid gloves earlier this season, but he has averaged 28.8 minutes, 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds over his last 18 games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) played through his injury and had 30 points on 8-of-17 shooting Friday night at Toronto.
Insight: Anthony has been dealing with numbness in his arm due to a shoulder injury and shot 29 percent from the field his previous two games. His performance kept the Knicks alive in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony admitted his shoulder bothered him during Sunday's loss to Miami. SOURCE: Jonah Ballow, Knicks.com
Insight: He's dealing with a "dead" arm right now. With New York a game and a half behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, we'd expect Carmelo (11.5 ppg over his last two contests) to continue playing through the injury.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will start Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: Melo has a sprained shoulder and is coming off a game in which he shot 5-of-14 and had 10 points and nine turnovers, but the Knicks probably need to win out to make the playoffs because they are behind two games in the loss column to the Hawks.
Description: Knicks guard Ray Felton suffered rib and back contusions during Wednesday's game but he returned to the bench and is available to return, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Insight: Felton's miserable season has gotten worse lately, as he averaged 7.8 ppg on .388 shooting, 5.3 assists and 1.9 turnovers in 19 games prior to Wednesday. The Knicks have a 15-point lead in the third quarter so the Knicks may just hold out Felton the rest of the game.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) will dress for Wednesday's game, the team announced.
Insight: Hardaway suffered an ankle sprain during Monday's contest. X-rays were negative, but the guard looked to be in a lot of pain when the injury happened and was in a wheelchair afterward. He'll probably be limited Wednesday and shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues.
Description: The Knicks are listing Tim Hardaway Jr. as questionable for Wednesday's game due to a sprained right ankle, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Insight: Hardaway's X-rays were negative, but the guard looked to be in a lot of pain when the injury happened and was in a wheelchair afterward. If Hardaway can't play, Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni will see more playing time.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. left Monday's game against Utah due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Hardaway's X-rays were negative, but he left the arena in a wheelchair. Expect him to miss a few games. hardaway Jr. has averaged 12.0 ppg since the All-Star break. Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni will see more minutes.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (rest) will not play Monday at Utah, the team announced.
Insight: Stoudemire has scored double-digit points in 14 straight games while averaging 28.3 minutes, 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks during that span. He should be back Wednesday against the Nets.
Description: New York F/C Amare Stoudemire is questionable for Wednesday's game against Sacramento, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: It's the second game of a back-to-back. Stoudemire has averaged 27.5 minutes, 17.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks his last 11 games, and coach Mike Woodson said before Tuesday's game that he hoped to have the forward for both games of the back-to-back.
Description: New York F/C Amare Stoudemire will return to action Saturday against the Bucks. SOURCE: Al Iannazzone, Newsday
Insight: Stoudemire (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) got a night off for rest purposes after playing six straight games. He has averaged 27 mpg, 17.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg in those six games, so the Knicks want to make sure he stays in the lineup long term.
Description: Knicks center Tyson Chandler will miss his second straight game Wednesday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Al Iannazzone, Newsday
Insight: He's out for personal reasons. Amare Stoudemire (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) got the start at center Monday versus the Sixers, though he's also out for tonight's game (rest). With those two sidelined, Cole Aldrich (0.9 ppg) will make his first career start.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire had 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 28 minutes Saturday at Cleveland.
Insight: The 31-year-old has averaged 26.6 minutes, 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. It's only a matter of time before Stoudemire's knees start bothering him again, so enjoy this production while it lasts.
Description: New York center Tyson Chandler has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 11 consecutive games.
Insight: Chandler produced up double-digit points in seven of those 11, including Saturday when he had 15 points and 11 boards at Cleveland. After missing a lot of time in the first half of the season due to a fractured leg, Chandler has quietly posted 10.3 ppg, 12.1 rpg and 1.3 bpg his last 25 games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony added 29 points Friday in a blowout win over Utah.
Insight: Anthony is often labeled as a selfish player but that certainly wasn't the case on Friday. His eight assists were a season-high. He also had four rebounds and two steals. Carmelo has now scored at least 20 points in 13 straight games.
Description: Joakim Noah is trying to recruit Carmelo Anthony to play in Chicago next season. SOURCE: Chris Broussard, ESPN
Insight: The two spoke during All-Star weekend with Noah telling Carmelo "if you really want to win a ring, you should come to Chicago." Anthony will become a free agent this summer. He's second in the league in scoring at 28.1 ppg.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire played 32 minutes and had 22 points and six rebounds Monday at Detroit.
Insight: It probably wasn't a good decision to increase Stoudemire's minutes in the second game of a back-to-back and while the forward has been dealing with knee soreness, but the Knicks don't have much depth.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes Sunday after missing Friday's game with knee soreness, and he says he will ignore the usual routine of sitting out the second half of a back-to-back Monday against Detroit.
Insight: Stoudemire is only going to get 22-25 minutes per game so it will be tough for him to provide consistent fantasy production.
Description: New York center Tyson Chandler was extremely active on the boards Sunday against Chicago.
Insight: Chandler, who came down with 22 rebounds on Sunday, has averaged a stunning 17 boards per contest over his last five games. His offensive contributions haven't been as noticeable (11.0 ppg in his last five) but that's nitpicking. Until this rebound binge is over, fantasy owners have no choice but to start Chandler.
Description: In a surprise move, New York guard Iman Shumpert will return to the starting lineup Sunday against Chicago. SOURCE: Alan Hahn, ESPN New York
Insight: Shumpert missed five games with a sprained MCL. He could be on a minutes limit at first, which means fantasy owners may want to wait a few days before starting him. Shumpert's return will force J.R. Smith (12.9 ppg, 3.1 apg) back to his more familiar sixth man role.
Description: New York power forward Amare Stoudemire will miss Friday's game against Golden State with a sore left knee, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Insight: It's the second night of a back-to-back and Stoudemire's knee is still bothering him. After averaging 24.3 mpg, 15 ppg and 6.2 rpg from Feb. 5-21, Stoudemire has scored in single digits that last three games.
Description: Iman Shumpert (MCL sprain) is still without a timetable for his return, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: Shumpert is with the team in Miami Thursday and has been running and jumping, but he isn't cutting or taking contact yet. J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been absorbing Shumpert's minutes, and the Knicks also signed Shannon Brown and Earl Clark to 10-day contracts Thursday.
Description: According to ESPN's SportsCenter, Knicks guard Ray Felton will play Thursday against the Heat. Felton was arrested on gun charges earlier this week.
Insight: When asked about his decision, head coach Mike Woodson said, "Bottom line Ray is part of our team." Felton, who was back at practice on Wednesday, is expected to make a statement regarding his arrest later today.
Description: According to ESPN's SportsCenter, Raymond Felton's bond has been set at $25,000. The New York guard was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly threatening his wife with a gun.
Insight: It's anyone's guess whether Felton will be able to play Thursday against Miami. This messy situation is far from being resolved. Pablo Prigioni would start at point guard Thursday if Felton is suspended or restricted from leaving the state.
Description: The Knicks are finalizing a contract agreement with forward Earl Clark, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of yahoosports.com.
Insight: The 76ers waived Clark this week after acquiring him from the Cavaliers in the Spencer Hawes deal. He averaged just 15.5 minutes, 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 45 games with Cleveland this season and will play reserve forward minutes for New York, not enough to give him fantasy value.
Description: Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on felony gun charges Tuesday after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife, according to espn.com. Police said Felton was in possession of a gun he wasn't registered to own.
Insight: The NBA will hold off on disciplining Felton for now, but his status for Thursday's game at Miami is up in the air. The 29-year-old point guard has had a miserable season, dealing with numerous injuries and averaging just 10.4 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony continued his scoring binge with 44 points Monday against Dallas.
Insight: He's gone over 35 points in each of his last four games, averaging 41.3 ppg over that span. Almost a third of his made field goals during that stretch have come from beyond the three-point line (19-of-59). If Melo keeps this up, he might be able to catch Kevin Durant for the scoring title by season's end.
Description: Metta World Peace expects to be bought out by the Knicks.
Insight: He tweeted Saturday that the move could happen any day now. Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News is hearing World Peace (4.8 ppg in 29 games this season) could be a fit for the Spurs if and when the buyout takes place.
Description: New York forward Carmelo Anthony failed to extend his streak of 40-point games to three on Saturday, but he did have 35 points against the Hawks.
Insight: Melo has averaged 34.8 points on 50 percent shooting his last six games, but the Knicks have gone 2-4 in that span. They blew a 13-point halftime lead and were outscored 68-46 in the second half Saturday at Atlanta even though the Hawks were without Paul Millsap.
Description: The Knicks are in the process of completing buyouts with point guard Beno Udrih and forward Metta World Peace.
Insight: World Peace has dealt with knee issues all season and won't be a fantasy option no matter where he lands. Despite an abysmal point guard situation in New York, Udrih has played just 19 mpg in 31 games this season, but he had a nice run of fantasy relevance last April, averaging 37.5 minutes, 14.3 points, 8.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds in his last nine games for the Magic. There's no need to own him at this time, however.
Description: New York forward Carmelo Anthony was scorching hot Friday in a loss to the Magic.
Insight: Leave it to the Knicks to find a way to lose when Carmelo scores 44 points. The six three-pointers Anthony made Friday tied a season-high. Melo is averaging 43 ppg on 56.1 percent shooting over his last two games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony went ballistic Wednesday in a win against the Pelicans.
Insight: The seven-time All-Star chipped in with 42 points on 16-of-29 shooting. Anthony has now gone over the 40-point plateau three times this season. He's second in the league in scoring at 27.5 ppg.
Description: Iman Shumpert suffered a leg injury Wednesday against New Orleans. He will not return.
Insight: According to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, Shumpert came up lame while driving against Anthony Davis. It's going to be awful tough to trade Shumpert now that he's banged up. He'll finish the game with two points in 17 minutes of action.
Description: Fresh off his 36-point performance in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend, Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points (four threes) in 24 minutes Tuesday at Memphis.
Insight: Hardaway is running circles around Iman Shumpert (six points, 3-9 shooting) and J.R. Smith (four points, 2-8 shooting) and needs to have his minutes expanded. The rookie has put up 14 points and 2.4 triples per game in his last 11.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (hip) will play Tuesday against the Grizzlies, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Insight: Shumpert suffered a strained left hip flexor in New York's last game before the All-Star break. He has averaged just 6.3 ppg on 34.5 percent shooting his last 18 games and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Description: Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (ankle) will miss Tuesday's game, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: Martin missed 11 of the last 13 games with a sprained ankle. With Martin still out, the Knicks will need Amare Stoudemire to continue his resurgence. Stoudmire has averaged 26 minutes, 17 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last four games and played a season-high 37 minutes last Wednesday.
Description: New York guard J.R. Smith (fractured cheekbone) said Monday that he'll play Tuesday against the Grizzlies, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: Smith suffered a fractured cheekbone on Feb. 9 and sat out Wednesday because he was uncomfortable with his protective mask. Smith said no adjustments were made to the mask so he may have some issues with it when he returns to the court Tuesday.
Description: Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that he'd be willing to take a paycut to return to the Knicks. SOURCE: Nick Borges, ESPN
Insight: Anthony is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer. Taking a paycut could allow the Knicks to pursue top free agents Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo in the summer of 2015.
Description: New York guard Tim Hardaway Jr. put on a show Friday at the Rising Stars Challenge in New Orleans.
Insight: He posted a game-high 36 points on 12-for-23 shooting. The back and forth he had with Dion Waiters in the second half was one of the coolest moments we've seen at this event. Hardaway has exceeded expectations as a rookie, averaging 9.2 ppg through his first 51 performances.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. injured his left leg during Tuesday's practice but will play Wednesday, as expected. SOURCE: Ian Begley, espnny.com.
Insight: Hardaway has gone into a slump his last four games, shooting 34.2 percent and averaging 8.5 points in 26.6 minutes per game. The guard averaged 18 points on 55.7 percent shooting in 31.4 minutes per game from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1. He'll get more minutes if J.R. Smith (fractured cheek bone) has to sit out Wednesday.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. injured his left leg during Tuesday's practice, but coach Mike Woodson said he'll play Wednesday. SOURCE: Ian Begley, espnny.com.
Insight: "I don't know the severity of it," Woodson said. "He'll play tomorrow. Timmy's a tough kid. He'll be just fine." Hardaway has gone into a slump his last four games, shooting 34.2 percent and averaging 8.5 points in 26.6 minutes per game. The guard averaged 18 points on 55.7 percent shooting in 31.4 minutes per game from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has averaged 22.7 minutes, 16 points and 6.3 rebounds over his last three games.
Insight: Stoudemire only played 21 minutes combined in his first two games back from a sprained ankle but coach Mike Woodson has extended the leash the last three games. Unfortunately, Stoudemire probably won't get more playing time than he's getting now while Woodson is still coaching the Knicks.
Description: New York power forward Carmelo Anthony breezed to 31 points Friday in an easy win over Denver.
Insight: Anthony only played 33 minutes as the Knicks coasted to a 27-point victory. Clearly the recent trade rumors surrounding Melo haven't affected his play at all. Look for him to have another productive game Sunday at Oklahoma City.
Description: Iman Shumpert (shoulder) will return to the Knicks' lineup Monday, according to Ian Begley of espnny.com.
Insight: Shumpert missed the last two games with a sprained right shoulder, opening the door for Tim Hardaway Jr. to play 33.5 minutes per game. Shumpert has shot just 34.9 percent over his last 13 games, while Hardaway has hit 55.7 percent and averaged 18 ppg his last five.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (sprained right shoulder) missed Thursday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Miami. J.R. Smith usually gets the start in Shumpert's place, but Tim Hardaway Jr. has been the guy to have in your lineup.
Insight: Shumpert has averaged just 6.6 ppg on 29.2 percent shooting his last 12 games so fantasy owners can replace him easily with Hardaway Jr. who is averaging 21 ppg over his last three.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. blew up for a career-high 29 points Thursday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Iman Shumpert was out with a shoulder injury so Hardaway saw 30 minutes off the bench. He has averaged 29.6 minutes, 21 points, 4.0 threes, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 59 percent from the field over his last three games.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (ankle) will sit out Thursday against the Cavaliers and is iffy for Sunday against Miami, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Insight: Stoudemire has not made it back by his initial two-week timetable after spraining his left ankle on Jan. 16. The Knicks are playing without Andrea Bargnani, Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, so they'll need another solid game from Jeremy Tyler (23 minutes, 17 points, five rebounds, two blocks Tuesday).
Description: Knicks PF/C Kenyon Martin (ankle) will miss Thursday's game against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Martin missed five games with a left ankle sprain and then lasted just nine minutes in his return to action Tuesday before aggravating the injury. He's only averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds this season but gives the Knicks solid big man minutes and is needed with Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire out.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (sprained right shoulder) will miss Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, according to Alan Hahn of MSG Network. J.R. Smith will get the start in Shumpert's place.
Insight: Shumpert has averaged just 6.6 ppg on 29.2 percent shooting his last 12 games so fantasy owners can replace him easily with Tim Hardaway Jr. who put up 16 points in 33 minutes Tuesday and has shot 53.3 percent from the field over his last three games.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is questionable for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Stoudemire was expected to miss two weeks with his left ankle sprain and that timeframe brings us to Thursday, Jan 30. The Knicks could opt to play it conservatively with the oft-injured Stoudemire, particularly after Jeremy Tyler came up big on Tuesday (17 points, five rebounds, two blocks).
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. should see additional minutes with Iman Shumpert likely to be sidelined.
Insight: Hardaway Jr. put up 16 points in 33 minutes Tuesday and has shot 53.3 percent from the field over his last three games while averaging 14.6 ppg. He has low-end fantasy value, but will need to contribute more in other categories.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert suffered a sprained right shoulder during Tuesday's game and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Shumpert has averaged just 6.6 ppg on 29.2 percent shooting his last 12 games so fantasy owners can replace him easily with Tim Hardaway Jr. who put up 16 points in 33 minutes Tuesday and has shot 53.3 percent from the field over his last three games.
Description: Knicks PF/C Andrea Bargnani (torn left elbow ligament) will be out indefinitely.
Insight: He injured the other elbow twice last season and ended up playing just 35 games. We may have seen the last of Bargnani this year. Although inconsistent, he had averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg which was an improvement over his 2012 season with the Raptors, but well below what he had done from 2009-2011.
Description: Knicks PF/C Kenyon Martin went to the locker room after appearing to aggravate his left ankle injury during Tuesday's game.
Insight: Martin was playing for the first time since Jan. 16. He's only averaging 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds this season but gives the Knicks solid big man minutes and is needed with Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire out.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert suffered a sprained right shoulder during Tuesday's game and is questionable to return, according to NY Knicks PR on Twitter.
Insight: Shumpert has averaged just 6.6 ppg on 29.2 percent shooting his last 12 games so fantasy owners can replace him easily. Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith will see more minutes if Shumpert has to miss time.