Iman Shumpert says he's going to work on improving his point guard skills this summer.
Shumpert played some point guard during his rookie year but was used off the ball more this season. However, with Jason Kidd possibly retiring and Pablo Prigioni an unrestricted free agent, Shumpert could be asked to spell Raymond Felton next season. Shumpert also said he wants to work on his midrange game, which could go a long way to increasing his fantasy value next season.
J.R. Smith played through the postseason with a swollen left knee "that contained fluid buildup," a source told the New York Post.
According to the source, Smith is "likely" to have his knee drained at some point during the next two weeks. While this would certainly help to explain Smith's struggles in the playoffs, we're not buying into the idea that the knee was solely responsible for his shortcomings. He's expected to be fine well in advance of training camp, but it's unknown where he'll be. He has until June 25 to exercise his player option for next year, or he'll be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Amare Stoudemire was not happy with his role this season and wants to play a bigger part next season.
After GM Glen Grunwald said STAT could be on a minutes cap, it appears as if Stoudemire is preparing himself to play as much as he can. "You know Amar'e, he's going to work as hard as he can during the offseason," said Happy Walters, Stoudemire's agent. "It was a tough year, but Amar'e is already looking forward to next season. He'll be ready." It's unclear what kind of role he'll have next season since Mike Woodson won't commit to him as a starter.
Pablo Prigioni disputed a report that his wife wanted to return to Europe next season.
The New York post reported that Prigioni's wife wanted to return to Europe, but Prigioni disputed that in an interview with Argentine radio. Prigioni is expected to seek a deal in the one-year, $2 million range and could find himself playing outside of New York next season.
An MRI revealed that Carmelo Anthony has a small labral tear in his left shoulder.
The plan for Anthony will be to let the injury heal on its own for three or four weeks, then if there is no improvement, surgery will become an option. Melo's shooting numbers were awful in the postseason, making just 29.8 percent from the field. There's no correlation to his shoulder causing this issue, but it does make some sense since he was visibly bothered by the issue over the past month. Regardless of the treatment, Anthony should be ready for the 2013-14 opener.
Pablo Prigioni confirmed that he'd like to remain in the NBA next season, but his future with the Knicks is unclear.
"If I can choose, I prefer to play in the United States and stay in the NBA,'' Prigioni said on Argentine radio. The Knicks would have to use part of their $3.1 million mid-level exception to pay Prigioni, and there's a very real possibility he'll sign elsewhere. The Spurs are rumored to have some interest.
Marcus Camby admitted to being "frustrated" with his playing time this season.
"The team was playing well and the coach was comfortable with the rotation he had," GM Glen Grunwald said. "The coach had success with Tyson [Chandler] and Kenyon [Martin], and he decided to keep going with that." Camby appeared in just 24 games this season and battled through plantar fasciitis all year.