Andrea Bargnani out for Knicks’ first three games

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

After battling the injury bug all throughout preseason play, Andrea Bargnani will miss the New York’s first three games to begin the regular season.

Such news is just the latest in a growing list of setbacks during the big man’s still brief Knickerbocker career.

But as he fights to get healthy, Phil Jackson still has high hopes. In a lengthy interview evaluating each of the team’s players with ESPN, Jackson said of Bargnani, “I believe he’ll thrive in the triangle. The 3-point shot is a bit out of his range, but from 20 feet and in, Andrea is a deadly shooter. And those are the kinds of shots that the offense will generate for him.”

It’ll be interesting to see if Bargnani eventually gets a chance to prove the team President right.

Source: Knicks will keep Travis Wear, waive Travis Outlaw

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks will keep Travis Wear on their 15-man roster and waive veteran Travis Outlaw, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

“Travis Wear made the team,” the source said. “They are cutting Outlaw.”

The 6-foot-10 Wear out of UCLA has a contract worth $507,336, but the source said only $62,000 is guaranteed.

The 6-9 Outlaw is in the last year of a four-year, $12 million fully guaranteed deal and is owed $3 million.

Still, Wear has outplayed Outlaw so far in the triangle offense in the preseason, shooting 45 percent in five games. To read more of this story, click here

GEICO SportsNite: Larkin’s contract

SNY’s Kerith Burke discusses why the Knicks are hesitant to pick up guard Shane Larkin’s contract for the 2015-16 season.

Knicks waive Galloway, Vandenberg

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks on Saturday waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg.

The 6-foot-2 Galloway out of St. Joe’s was signed on Sep. 9 and averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 assists over 6.1 minutes in three preseason games.

The 7-1 Vandenberg out of N.C. State signed as a free agent on Oct. 23 and did not appear in a preseason game.

The Knicks already waived big men Orlando Sanchez and Didier Mbenga.


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

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Such moves do not come as a surprise. Despite proving to be a bit of a bright spot during NBA Summer League, Galloway was never considered a serious threat (to the fifteen guaranteed contracts) to make the Knicks’ roster. That said, he showed flashes of some really solid play during limited preseason minutes.

A point guard not afraid to drive into traffic, Galloway clearly likes to attack the basket. The fireball is someone who can scoring in bunches, which is an ability that figures to be on display with the Westchester Knicks in the D-League this season.

Signed merely days ago, Vandenberg is also Westchester bound, a source tells The Knicks Blog and SNY.tv. Preparing for the minor league season, Vandenberg has been in town for about a month now. Signing him for New York’s D-League team has always been the plan. Even so, it’s a wonder why he didn’t have a chance to participate in training camp over a veteran like D.J. Mbenga.

Knicks leaning toward not picking up Larkin’s 2015-16 option

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks are “leaning” towards not picking up point guard Shane Larkin’s team option for 2015-16, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the team is inclined to have the cap space that would come from not signing Larkin.

The deadline for guaranteeing the third-year option comes on Friday.

The former Miami floor general has a $1.7 million team option for 2015-16, and Wojnarowski initially reported the Knicks planned to pick up the option.

Larkin is competing with veteran Pablo Prigioni for the backup point guard duties behind Jose Calderon.


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

Knicks see recurring themes repeated in last preseason game

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

By falling to the Raptors on Friday night in Montreal, the Knicks concluded their preseason with a 3-4 record. As first-year coach Derek Fisher readies his rotation for Wednesday’s season opener at the Garden against Chicago and attempts to right the ship this season, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding this team.

Learning new things about his team with each and every game this past month, Fisher has undoubtedly pondered many things and witnessed a varied number of recurring themes throughout the preseason. Continuously evident in Friday night’s game, here are some of those very questions/themes:

USATSI_8160103_110579513_lowresBackup point guard: With Jose Calderon sidelined with an injury, Shane Larkin received his second start of the preseason Friday. Though he’s young and has all the potential in the world, Larkin is seemingly playing himself out of the backup spot. He doesn’t have the refined instincts necessary to run a team just yet, and lacks the court vision to do so. Larkin acts before he thinks, often running into traffic without anywhere to go or anyone to pass to. A key turnover as he was running upcourt late in Friday’s game led to the loss.

Conversely, Pablo Prigioni has performed well when given consistent minutes. He knows how to run the floor, applies good ball pressure, and appears to be in the best shape of his three-year Knicks career. He continued his strong play with 6 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals (not to mention, a plus/minus of plus-7 compared to Larkin’s minus-13). It’s one thing to rest veterans early, but it’s another to potentially sacrifice games because of it.

Where will Quincy Acy fall in the rotation? With Andrea Bargnani sidelined, Amar’e Stoudemire off to a slow start, and Jason Smith celebrating the birth of his daughter, Acy managed to shine in an early starting role this preseason.

A junkyard dog of sorts, Acy brings intensity, ball pressure, and high-octane energy whenever he takes the court. There’s no doubt he could still stand to provide a substantial boost off the bench when everyone else is available, but should he continue to knock down that mid-range jumper, could he stand to steal minutes from the other three?

The Knicks need to let Carmelo Anthony cook: Much has been made of the triangle offense and the pressure it figures to take off Anthony. While a big focus may remain on how the forward aims to get his teammates involved as they spread the floor, he’s still one of the best scorers in the game.

Preseason is a time of trial and error. Thus, it wasn’t much of a priority to see Anthony pour in the points. Nevertheless, he needs touches in order to get going offensively. Utilizing the triangle should be about spreading the floor in order to take the defensive pressure off Anthony as he goes to work, much more so than simply not requiring the ball to be in his hands.

Who will be the Knicks’ 15th man?  The Knicks have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, but it should not be considered a guarantee that Travis Outlaw makes the roster. As the veteran has missed action due to nagging preseason injuries, Travis Wear has shown an early aptitude for the triangle offense. The young gun could be an asset on the floor, able to keep defenses honest and knock down the mid-range jumper. Much more of an outside shot to make the roster, even Langston Galloway has showed flashes of positive play by being an offensive fireball off the bench.

Something in Outlaw’s favor is his reasonable expiring contract. Should he not be able to make an impact for New York on the court, he could still prove to be an asset in a potential future trade.

Game recap: Raptors 83 — Knicks 80

Recap: The Knicks were outscored 25-11 in the third quarter to give up an eight-point halftime lead as they lost their preseason finale Friday in Montreal.


Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, 17 in the first half as the Knicks took a 46-38 halftime lead. Amare Stoudemire had 11 points and Shane Larkin 10.

The Knicks finished the preseason 3-4 as Derek Fisher picked up his first technical of his career as a coach.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 15 points, one of four Toronto players in double figures. Toronto shot 48 percent from two-point range, but was just 2-for-13 from three. The Knicks shot 32 percent from the floor, and were 5-for-21 from three.

The Knicks forced 19 turnovers and had 13 steals. Toronto had six steals and forced 11 turnovers.

The Knicks’ Samuel Dalembert, a Montreal native, addressed the crowd in French before the game, and the retired Dikembe Mutomobo followed suited later in the night.


Links: AP recap Box Score | Play by Play


What’s Next: The Knicks open the regular season next Wednesday against Chicago at Madison Square Garden. The next night, they travel to Cleveland to face LeBron James in his return to the Cavaliers.