Knicks mailbag: Tom Thibodeau hiring probably would imply no Karl-Anthony Cities


You ask, we reply. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s greatest professional sports activities groups and getting our beat writers to reply them in a sequence of often revealed mailbags. In in the present day’s installment: the Knicks.

Would the hiring of Tom Thibodeau as NY Knicks head coach stop them from probably buying Karl-Anthony Cities if he turned accessible being that that they had {that a} falling out in Minnesota? — Michael A Melendez

The downside to hiring Thibodeau is it hurts the possibility of buying Wolves stud Karl-Anthony Cities if he’s placed on the block. That’s too unhealthy since president Leon Rose is his former agent.

The Put up reported in December Cities was a goal within the Knicks’ pursuit of a star demanding a commerce — which has turn out to be vogue within the NBA.

Cities, a product of Piscataway, N.J. who was raised a Knicks fan, is coping with quite a bit now after losing his mother to the COVID-19 virus. The Wolves, although, will not be a part of the restart. Cities’ want to stay in Minnesota was enhanced after the Wolves traded for his shut buddy, D’Angelo Russell.

The Thibodeau-Cities relationship was strained. One supply advised The Put up Cities felt jealous when the Wolves traded for Thibodeau favourite, Jimmy Butler. Cities not was “The Man’’ in Minnesota in Thibodeau’s eyes. Butler was.

Butler was arduous on Cities. As was Thibodeau.

Final July, Cities stated of Thibodeau’s dealings with young players as “a disrespect and a slap within the face to their improvement.” Cities continued the Thibs digs.

“The tradition we’re constructing right here could be very particular,’’ Cities stated. “I’m very glad we’re introducing [rookies] [Jarrett] Culver and [Jaylen] Nowell to a tradition that we possess now. I don’t suppose the scenario earlier than would have been very helpful to them.”

In response to sources, Butler and Thibodeau felt Cities’ work ethic wanted to go up a notch or two. A reconciliation appears unlikely, although Cities was named an All-Star underneath Thibodeau’s watch. Paradoxically, the Knicks by no means confronted Cities this season. Their two matchups have been scheduled for April.

Tom Thibodeau and Karl-Anthony Towns
Tom Thibodeau and Karl-Anthony CitiesGetty Photographs; AP

The Knicks have a scoring ahead (and) a fairly good (level) guard within the G-League. Why don’t they use what they’ve as a substitute of spending huge cash on outdated, damaged down, costly free brokers? — Sydney B

You’re referring to their 2019 second-round choose, small ahead Ignas Brazdeikis and level guard Lamar Peters. Rose didn’t draft Brazdeikis, the lefty 3-point shooter from Michigan, so he doesn’t have that attachment. However GM Scott Perry traded up from 55 within the draft with Sacramento for $1 million to nail Brazdeikis at 47. So Perry nonetheless has perception. It’s a nasty break the ultimate 16 video games have been scrapped as The Put up reported Rose wished to get a great take a look at Brazdeikis within the last video games. Perhaps if the Knicks signal Carmelo Anthony, the 35-year-old vet is usually a good affect on Brazdeikis.

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As for the undrafted Peters, he put up robust numbers for G-League Westchester (17.7 factors, 7.2 assists, 40-percent from 3). One more reason the Knicks shall be decided to hawk level guard Dennis Smith Jr. on draft evening. The Mississippi State ballhandler is 21 however not a part of the 17-man NBA roster so he’s a free agent.

Are the Knicks seeking to commerce (Julius) Randle this offseason? Doesn’t seem to be he suits with RJ or LaMelo [Ball] (fingers crossed!). — Allan Guce

Undoubtedly the Knicks are open to it. His contract for subsequent season ($18.9 million) is manageable however the draw back is he’ll depend $Four million on the 2021 cap in the event that they don’t train his group possibility after subsequent season. The 2021 free-agent class is golden. Randle had his moments as a double-double drive and continues to be early in his prime. However Randle’s protection is under common and it’s been reported right here his knack of over-dribbling annoyed some teammates, together with RJ Barrett. And an even bigger disappointment was Randle misplaced his magic from the 3-point line (27.7 p.c). As David Fizdale famous not too long ago, the Knicks may use a 3-point capturing stretch 4. Somebody like, say Kristaps Porzingis.

Did the Knicks halt the expansion of the younger gamers resembling Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier and Dennis Smith Jr. by buying the veterans? — Luis Matthew

I heard somebody within the group as soon as say the signing of Marcus Morris had a draw back even when they acquired the Clippers’ first-round choose within the February commerce. (The Knicks would choose 27th however topic to vary after the eight-game restart).

Kevin Knox was buried on the bench behind Morris and misplaced his confidence throughout a sophomore-jinxed marketing campaign. Too, the signing of Elfrid Payton helped their won-loss document however positively put Dennis Smith Jr. as odd man out with Ntilikina incomes backup duties. You can also make the case it ruined Smith, whom sources say was involved on the time of the Payton signing.

Lastly, Allonzo Trier was certainly buried behind a mélange of capturing guards that included veterans Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock. In summation, since these veterans didn’t assist the Knicks even compete for the eighth seed, all of it backfired and that’s why former president Steve Mills is out.


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