Knicks Notes: Knox, Hammon, Coaching Search

New Knicks president of basketball operations Leon Rose is “not sold” on 2018 lottery pick Kevin Knox, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, who says that Rose badly wanted to see the young forward in action over New York’s final 16 games. With the team not part of the NBA’s 22-team restart plan for this summer, Rose won’t get that opportunity.

Despite not necessarily being all-in on Knox and not getting the chance to evaluate him down the stretch this season, it seems unlikely that Rose will look to move him this offseason. The team would be selling low if it traded Knox now, and there’s a chance that a new head coach could get more out of the 20-year-old.

Still, it’s worth noting that the Knicks will have to make at least one key decision on Knox later this year. He has a fourth-year option for 2021/22 worth $5.85MM that would typically have to be exercised or turned down by October 31. It’s not yet clear when that decision will be due now that the NBA’s calendar is undergoing some changes.

Here’s more on the Knicks:

  • Although Spurs assistant Becky Hammon has been identified by multiple outlets as a name to watch in the Knicks’ head coaching search, a source tells Berman that she appears unlikely to interview for the position.
  • In a separate story for The New York Post, Berman notes that six of the nine candidates identified so far as probable interviewees in the Knicks’ coaching search are clients of Creative Artists Agency, Rose’s old firm. It’s not clear how many of those coaches are legit candidates for the job. “It seems obvious this is a great way to get their names in the pipe line and give them some exposure for the next cycle,” a coaching source told Berman. “Time is on their side.”
  • Of the assistant coaches interviewing with the Knicks, Ime Udoka of the Sixers looks like one of the strongest candidates, having interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs in the past. Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic takes a closer look at Udoka’s résumé, examining how he’d fit in New York.
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9 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Knox, Hammon, Coaching Search

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Was thinking the same thing. Kind of sounds like she took her name out if the hat.
    Nets is probably out of reach and Bulls is iffy.
    If Magic coach steps down for health reasons, that would be a prime time job for Hammon to go after.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I’m sure she can do better than coaching the Knicks.

      That organization is in turmoil with a terrible owner.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Turmoil ?? Dude this is NYC. He is a terrible owner. But we can’t do anything about that. This is Just another day at the office. She can do better. There isn’t a better place in the world. Why don’t Rockets sign her. DAntoni is gone. They don’t know they’ll do next. I can tell they will never win with a Harden. NY is not the place for experiments. We are in full rebuild mode. You see what happened to Fizdale. Experiments don’t do well here. You gotta have experience and big ones to come here. Knicks have not rebuilt since Ewing draft. Even they they could of done better. Do this is not something we want to mess up now. It’s taken way to long to get here. I’d be more concerned about Rockets next coach.

  3. hiflew

    Knox is the perfect example of someone that should have stayed in school longer. He was drafted on potential and made money, but if all a player wants is money then I have no desire to watch them play at all. I want players that challenge themselves to be the best players they can be. But I digress.

    Knox was not ready for NBA competition. Now everyone is ready to write him off, whereas if he had stayed in school he would have just completed his junior year and would possibly be in contention for the overall #1 pick. So even if money is the biggest goal for him, he would probably have made more coming out this year instead of 2018.

    • jump shot

      Memo: It’s ALL about money for ALL of them… owners, coaches, players, agents….
      99% of the players coming into the league every year aren’t ready to play at that level, but they’re definitely ready to accept that direct-deposit twice a month. And guys like Dirk, LeBron, Kobe, etc… could practically play forever because of these young kids coming in every year. Could a 10, 12 year pro compete at the hs/college level with the best of them? Of course! That’s basically what happens with every new draft class. That’s why the player’s association will NEVER put a rule in the cba that says players must attend college for 2, 3 years before entering the draft. The vets want these young kids coming in!

      • mlbnyyfan

        I still believe Knox will be a good player unfortunately he’s running out of time on the Knicks.

  4. x%sure

    Hammon is either not interested in the Knicks, or is busy with her current team, or is tired of having her name thrown out there for political reasons only. There is so much speculation and nothing firm. Six are with CAA, three are black– Woodson, Udoka, Mosley. Will Hardy, Spurs, is the tenth. Thibs most likely.

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