Atlantic Notes: Paul, Fizdale, Knicks, Raptors

Former Knicks coach David Fizdale believes the team wouldn’t be a good fit for Chris Paul in a potential trade, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes.

Fizdale, who coached the team for 104 games over two seasons, argued the fit would be better for the Knicks than it would be for Paul — especially with Paul still being without a championship entering his 16th NBA season.

“I think the Knicks have to be open to a lot of different things,’’ Fizdale said. “Would he be a great fit for them? Absolutely. I think he would fit those kids — Mitchell Robinson going to the rim, they get more spacing, more shooting. Absolutely, he would fit. The big stage. He doesn’t get sick [with COVID-19].”

“[But] for him, where he is at his career, I don’t think it’s a good fit for him and what he’s trying to do.’’

Paul is coming off his first All-Star season since the 2015/16 campaign, averaging 17.6 points, 6.7 assists and 31.5 minutes per game with the Thunder. For the Knicks, the team must decide between pursuing a star player and continuing to slowly build their young core — a decision that’ll be made by general manager Scott Perry and president Leon Rose.

Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News examines how the Knicks could improve their roster before next season, listing four ideas for potential trades. New York accrued just a 21-45 record last year (fourth-worst in the Eastern Conference).
  • The Raptors have a number of questions to answer this offseason, including where the team will play during the 2020/21 season, Damien Cox of The Toronto Star writes. Toronto also has a number of key players set to reach free agency later this month, including Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka.
  • Raptors officials visited Nashville, Tennessee last week to investigate another potential home for the team next season, Adam Vingan of The Athletic writes. With Canada closing the border except for essential travel, Toronto likely needs to find a temporary arena located in the United States for most or all of the upcoming campaign. Kansas City, Missouri and Tampa Bay, Florida are also in the running to host the team, Vingan relays. Despite conducting due-diligence, the club is reportedly holding out hope that it will be able to play in Toronto next season.
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11 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Paul, Fizdale, Knicks, Raptors

  1. Sillivan

    Knicks have to trade Mitch otherwise they can’t get any trade done

    Trying to trade Smith jr or Knox to move up to 1 doesn’t work

  2. Way to contradict yourself Sillivan. He’s an average starter at best, but he’s the only trade chip that will be valued by other teams?!

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Now you are understanding him. He’s just a Sillyman . Comic relief

    • El Don

      Average at his very best that is Mitch’s ceiling, problem is that apart of RJ that he is gonna be a star, the rest is just pure garbage, you don’t get anything for them, so yes Mitch is average or below average but their only trading chip available, that is the sad state of affairs in NYC!

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Please let this happen. I can’t imagine how it would, but it would be great.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Now everyone can see why Fizdale is gone. Absolutely clueless about NYC. Why would a rebuilding team. Pay a 35 yr old. To mentor the young guys. Mind you, young guys Berman says suck. NYC is not for everyone. Especially idiots. Knicks have never rebuild thru the draft or with youth. Not since Ewing. And they messed that up. By trading no giving away a young Mark Jackson and Rod Strickland. So this here is going to be a real rebuild. That’s why they changed management, coach. That’s why Thibs is here. Paul is a dinosaur on this team. What’s he going to teach. How to challenge for eight seed. And for that we are suppose to give up our future. The guy has two good yrs at best. If he don’t get hurt. What are the Knicks going to do in two yrs. Do you get how freakin stupid this narrative is. Knicks a whole yr to figure this out. Raise the value if our young talent. Draft with intelligence. And keep your eye on the ball. Next yr we can trade or sign a young FA star and go from there. We can even sign two of them. Wood is only player I see Knicks going for. And he’s not worth more than 50 mill 4 yrs. It’s all about the draft for us. And we want no part of Ball. Knicks not trading up for anyone except Wiseman.

    • El Don

      NYK has young guys, yes, young talent not at all, only RJ is talented, any other young guy can’t hoop for their life!
      So even with playing time their value ain’t gonna go up, like ever!

  4. x%sure

    Add Bondy to the get-Horford list. Of course he assumes a handful of picks along with him. Predict one at most, maybe none.

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