Report says Durant is eyeing Knicks, others not so confident

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Kevin Durant has his eye on the Knicks when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to a report fromNBA: New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder the Daily News.

“No question about it,” a person close to Durant told Frank Isola of the Daily News. “Kevin loves Carmelo (Anthony). It could work in New York. But never rule out the Thunder.”

The Knicks have some $32 million in cap space for the summer of 2015, but Durant would be the ultimate prize a year later.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher is a former teammate of Durant’s in Oklahoma City and assistant coach Brian Keefe is also tight with Durant.

Still, the Knicks will have to compete with Oklahoma City, the Lakers and Washington, Durant’s hometown, among others.

“[The Knicks have as much chance] as [him] staying in OKC or going to Washington, the Lakers, the Clippers, Brooklyn, etc.,” one NBA GM told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “What have the Knicks done in the last 10 years to indicate they are a destination for premiere free agents?”

Added an NBA scout, “I do not see [Durant going to the Knicks]. Better chance in L.A.”

Durant sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Knicks with a toe injury and has missed 25 of 46 games this season.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter.

Knicks to sign Lance Thomas for rest of season

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

After agreeing to terms with Langston Galloway for the rest of this season and 2015-16, the Knicks have agreed to sign Lance Thomas for the remainder of this season after his current 10-day contract ends on Saturday.

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks“Believing in the process and trusting his own instincts, Lance’s perseverance has paid off,” his agent, John Spencer, told SNY.tv. “Lance said that ‘you get one chance to be a Knick.'”

Knicks coach Derek Fisher told reporters Wednesday night that it’s “very important” to keep both Thomas and Lou Amundson going forward.

The 6-foot-8 Thomas is averaging 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Knicks, who beat Oklahoma City, 100-92, on Wednesday.

Thomas, who famously chose Duke over Rutgers while at St. Benedict’s Prep in 2006, had 17 points and 5 rebounds in the win.

”Lance plays hard,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters. “He plays every possession like it’s Game 7 of a championship series. ‘That’s why he’s in the league and that’s why he’s going to play another 10 years. When you have guys like that, you win.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter.

GEICO SportsNite: Knicks continue success at home

Carmelo Anthony, Derek Fisher and Langston Galloway share their thoughts on the Knicks’ win Wednesday over the Thunder and their recent performances at home.

Game Recap: Knicks 100 — Thunder 92

Result: The Knicks won for the fourth time in five games as they beat the Thunder, who faced New York without Kevin Durant for the second time this season.



Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 31 points to go with 10 rebounds. Before Tuesday, Anthony had averaged 29.5 points against the Thunder since 2005-06, his highest mark against any opponent in that time.

Russell Westbrook scored 40 to lead the Thunder, who dropped back to .500 (23-23).

Langston Galloway had 18 for the Knicks. . ..Lance Thomas had 17 points and five rebounds as he faced his former Thunder teammates for the first time. He was acquired from Oklahoma City in the three-team trade that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland and Dion Waiters to OKC earlier this month.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points and was 4-for-6 from three.

Jason Smith had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who got 10 rebounds from Lou Amundson.

Cole Aldrich missed the second half with a bruised left shin.


Links: AP recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Knicks visit Indiana Thursday (7:30 p.m.), then return home to host the Lakers on Super Bowl Sunday (2 p.m.)

Stoudemire out vs. Thunder

Injury-plagued Amar’e Stoudemire will not play against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday (Knicks, Jan. 28).

Stoudemire, who has only played in 32 games this season, is out with a combination of knee, wrist and ankle injuries. Also out are Travis Wear (hip) and Andrea Bargnani.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he expects Stoudemire to return by the weekend, meaning he’ll miss Thursday’s game against the Pacers (Iannazzone, Jan. 28).

Tonight’s Game: Knicks vs. Thunder

The Knicks welcome Oklahoma City to town on Wednesday night.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.

Carmelo Anthony, Lance Thomas, Jason Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway are expected to start.

Kevin Durant will not play for the Thunder due to a toe sprain.


Recent Meetings

November 28, 2014 – New York was defeated by the NBA’s best record, Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-100 behind Kevin Durant’s MVP-like performance at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Raymond Felton paced the Knicks with team highs of 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds over 34 minutes. Carmelo Anthony posted 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists over 36 minutes. Amar’e Stoudemire added 16 points and four rebounds. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists over 40 minutes. Serge Ibaka posted 16 points and nine rebounds over 35 minutes. Reggie Jackson added 19 points and six assists.