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Knicks looking for more players like Courtney Lee in free agency

May 24, 2017

Courtney Lee.Even the most loyal Knicks fans would admit that New York's big-name signings last summer didn't work out well.

Derrick Rose got to the basket whenever he wanted to in 2016-17, but he struggled on defense, one of the many reasons the Knicks never clicked on that side of the floor.

Joakim Noah was limited to just 46 games because of various injuries and a suspension.

And Brandon Jennings, unhappy with his role, requested to be released shortly after the trade deadline....

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Phil Jackson meets with Kristaps Porzingis' brother to discuss star's skipped exit meeting

May 22, 2017

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke recently with Kristaps Porzingis' brother about the star forward skipping his exit meeting because of his frustration with the franchise, sources with knowledge of the meeting confirmed to ESPN.

There was no substantial progress made during the conversation between Jackson and Janis Porzingis to settle the issues that prompted his brother to skip the meeting, according to sources.

As of late last week, no member of the organization had spoken directly with Porzingis since he skipped the meeting shortly after the end of the regular season....

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Potential 2017 NBA draft steals

May 18, 2017

Harry Giles was not a star in his lone season at Duke, but was extremely efficient when he was on the floor. Mark Dolejs/USA TODAY SportsThe odds ended up working in favor of the Boston Celtics at Tuesday night's NBA draft lottery, as the top seed in the Eastern Conference will also have the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft. The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, avoided losing their first-round pick and will select No. 2 overall.

While getting a top-three pick was a long shot for many of the lottery teams, those that select in the top half of the first round will still have an opportunity to find great value despite losing out on the lottery.

Using ESPN Analytics' NBA draft model, we looked at the top five players who currently rank higher by our evaluation than in Chad Ford's latest version of the Big Board, as well as identifying the teams that should think longer about selecting those players. The five players below could be potential steals in a league that is increasingly relying on analytics in its evaluations of talent. For more detail on how ESPN Analytics' Draft Model works, see this explainer.
1. Jonathan Isaac, SF, 6-foot-11, 205, Florida State (age on draft day: 20)...

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The player decisions remaining and their potential impact

May 18, 2017

Tony Bradley will have a bigger role if he returns to North Carolina. But will he return? Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesWe're about to enter the quiet time of the college basketball calendar. The national title game is around six weeks old, and the start of next season's practices is still four months away. It's almost hibernation time, but there is still quite a bit of unfinished business. For players testing the NBA draft waters without an agent, the deadline to withdraw their names is May 24. Summer classes begin at most schools in a couple of weeks, and the final day of the late signing period is this week.

In a couple of weeks, we'll finally be able to sit down and assess the landscape. Before then, though, there are more than a dozen key decisions left to be made that will impact the 2017-18 college basketball season, including NBA draft entrants, graduate transfers and high school prospects.

1. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue Boilermakers
If Swanigan returns, he will be the preseason favorite for the Wooden Award, and the Boilermakers will have a good chance to defend their Big Ten regular-season title. Fellow frontcourt veteran Vince Edwards has also yet to announce whether they're keeping their names in the NBA draft, but Swanigan is the big one. Without him, Purdue will fall back to the pack in the league. Swanigan is a bubble first-rounder right now, but his stock might be at its highest....

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Phil Jackson confident after Knicks fall to 8th: 'We're good at what we do'

May 18, 2017

Even with Walt "Clyde" Frazier and his rabbit's foot on hand for luck, the Knicks drop a spot to No. 8 in what appears to be a deep draft. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty ImagesNEW YORK -- Phil Jackson had a very Zen-like reaction to the New York Knicks' lack of luck on NBA draft lottery night.

"Our opportunity [at] seven could have been 10, so eight we'll live with," Jackson said. "I think that we're good at what we do."

Knicks fans probably didn't have the same measured reaction upon seeing New York fall to No. 8 in the draft....

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