Source: Knicks looking to deal Prigioni for 2nd-round pick

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

As they continue to reshape their roster moving forward, the Knicks are looking to deal reserve point guard Pablo Prigioni for a second-round draft pick, a league source told and The Knicks Blog.

Pablo Prigioni, D.J. Augustin“They need someone to take him,” the source said, adding that the Clippers were interested but don’t own a second-round pick.

The Knicks have already traded Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to Cleveland and waived center Samuel Dalembert as they focus on freeing up cap space for 2015-16 and beyond.

Prigioni, 37, has gotten two straight DNPs during the Knicks’ two-game winning-streak and has played a total of 9 minutes over the team’s last four games. He’s averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 assists on the season.

The Knicks have been focusing on younger players like St. Joe’s product Langston Galloway, who had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in Wednesday’s 98-91 win over Philadelphia, also known as the “Lose some more for Okafor” bowl.

“We’re at a [place] now with our season, we’re looking at some of our younger guys but Pablo’s not out of the fold,” coach Derek Fisher said, per the New York Post. “He’s a pro. I don’t think it will change his mindset at all.”

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Game Recap: Knicks 98 — 76ers 91

Result: In Philadelphia, the Knicks won two in a row for the second time this season in a matchup between teams in the running for the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.

Need to Know: The Knicks (7-36) held on for their third road win after taking a 74-62 lead into the fourth quarter against the Sixers (8-34). Minnesota is the only other team in the league with less than 10 wins (7-34).

Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 11 rebounds; Jose Calderon had 15 points and Tim Hardaway 13 points. . .The Knicks outrebounded the 76ers, 52-43.

Micahel Carter-Williams had 27 points for the 76ers, who got 11 points and 12 rebounds from Henry Sims.

The Knicks have won four straight against the 76ers for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Before Tuesday, the 76ers won three of their previous five home games, after starting the season with 14 consecutive losses at home.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Knicks host the Orlando Magic Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Knicks at 76ers

The Knicks are in Philadelphia on Wednesday night to take on the 76ers.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.

Lou Amundson, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Smith, Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway are expected to start.

Recent Meeting

November 22, 2014 – New York came out firing right from the opening jump to take a commanding 25-13 lead after the first quarter en route to a 91-82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the way with a team high 25 points and seven rebounds over 39 minutes. Amar’e Stoudemire continued his powerful play as he posted 16 points and a team high 11 rebounds over 20 minutes for his second double-double of the season. Quincy Acy added
10 points and five rebounds. Philadelphia was led by rookie Nerlens Noel’s 17 points and 12 rebounds over 39 minutes. Robert Convington added 14 points.

Phil Martelli says Langston Galloway ‘wants to seize the moment’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

A year ago at this time, Langston Galloway was preparing to play UMass while he was a NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knickssenior guard at St. Joe’s.

Now he’s getting set to play an NBA game in Philadelphia when the Knicks visit the Sixers Wednesday night in the “Lose some more for Okafor” Sweepstakes.

“I think he sees it as today is the day,” St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli told and The Knicks Blog. “Today he’s an NBA player and he wants to seize that moment.”

Martelli said some St. Joe’s fans were torn between attending the UMass game or going over to the Wachovia Center to see Galloway play for the Knicks. St. Joe’s assistant Geoff Arnold is Galloway’s uncle, and will obviously be at the college game. To read more of this story, click here

Amundson, Thomas get second 10-day contracts

The Knicks have reached agreements with Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas for second 10-day contracts (Charania, Jan. 19).

Jan. 20 – 2:05 p.m.: Amundson’s 10-day contract was confirmed by the Knicks on Tuesday (Jan. 20).

Jan. 21 – 10 a.m.: Thomas’ second 10-day contract was confirmed by the Knicks (Jan. 21).

Amundson and Thomas joined the Knicks Jan. 5 in a deal involving the Thunder and Cavaliers. They were waived Jan. 7 and signed 10-day contracts three days later.

Amundson started against New Orleans Monday as the Knicks’ ended their 16-game losing streak with a 99-92 win. He had four points and three rebounds. The Knicks are his 10th team in nine NBA seasons.

Thomas played 18 minutes against the Pelicans with four points and three rebounds. Thomas, a Brooklyn native raised in New Jersey, is in his fourth NBA season out of Duke. He joined New Orleans as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and played there three seasons before joining Oklahoma City for the start of this season.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

At the very least, signing both Amundson and Thomas each to second ten-day contracts develops some continuity on a squad otherwise looking for some consistency on the court.

Having said that, neither player showed much promise over the duration of their first respective pacts. What’s more, neither appears to be a steady potential long-term fit for the Knicks.

A source tells and that New York was indeed intrigued with Thomas before his acquisition. While competing this season may be a lost cause, the remaining games should be utilized to explore and/or examine younger players who could play a role on next season’s team. Such a strategy was initially shown in bringing Langston Galloway aboard. So far, that move has undoubtedly paid off.

Galloway has surely shown enough to warrant earning a contract for the rest of the season. As far as Thomas and Amundson go, New York would seemingly benefit more by letting them go at the end of each one’s remaining contract, in favor of bringing in a couple of intriguing youngsters for the duration of the campaign instead.

Orlando Sanchez, who spent training camp with the Knicks and is coming off a 27 point, 12 rebound game for Westchester during the NBA D-League Showcase, remains a sensible option. A source also says that team brass spoke with Glen Rice Jr. at the minor league event as well, though nothing appears very imminent just yet.


Fisher doesn’t want to ‘lose more for Okafor’

The Knicks are gearing up to face the 76ers Wednesday night, and while most fans are rooting for a loss to better their team’s chances at the No. 1 lottery seed, Knicks first year coach Derek Fisher is trying to prepare his team to win (Post, Jan. 20).

“I’ve worked for just one team in this capacity,’’ Fisher said. “I don’t get into what other teams are doing. The only way I know how to approach it is to win every time. I can’t read other people’s minds on what other organizations are trying to do. We’re preparing for the 76ers and trying to win the game.’’

The Knicks have “bested” the Sixers to the bottom, with the worst record in the NBA at 6-36, but Fisher isn’t concerned about his shot at the projected No. 1 pick, Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

“It’s the NBA. You’ll always have a chance to get good players,” Fisher said. “But when you have a foundation, a system and way of playing, that allows for good players you have or get in the future to be able to be successful.’’

“Lose More for Okafor” has become the fan base’s motto, but that doesn’t mesh with Fisher and his staff, especially since it’s been 10 years since the team with the worst record has won the No. 1 lottery seed (2004: Orlando, Dwight Howard). To read more of this story, click here