The 2022-23 NBA season is now upon us as the New York Knicks and all 29 other teams have officially reported to training camp.
This period is considered a great time for players, especially the younger players, to make themselves known and get their names out there in hopes of earning a meaningful spot in the regular season rotation
The Knicks in particular have a troop of such talents, who are looking to impress the team’s coaching staff with strong performances that will earn them bigger roles in head coach Tom Thibodeau’s plan.
Unfortunately, it seems like one of those players in sophomore shooting guard Quentin Grimes started training camp off on the wrong foot (no pun intended). as reported by SNY’s Ian Begley on 28 September that on the second day of practice, the University of Houston product was spotted on the sidelines with a hiking boot on the left foot.
In a follow-up report on the situationBegley would reveal that the illness is considered “minor” and its progressive status “daily”.
Knicks were unwilling to trade with Grimes
During the high-profile Donovan Mitchell trade negotiations that took place this summer between the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz, it was reported that while Leon Rose and co were willing to give up a whole lot for the eternal All-Star, one advantage Grimes wanted reluctant to include it in an outgoing packet.
According to an Aug. 20 article by Marc Berman of the New York PostThe Knickerbockers were “eager” to keep the guard away from possible deal deals for Mitchell, with the report going as far as to say they would be more willing to part ways with RJ Barrett instead.
“There’s a belief in the league that Thibodeau Barrett would rather quit in a deal than shooting guard Quentin Grimes, who’s had a solid rookie year, and a summer league where he looked faster and more formed. Grimes is a better defender and 3-point shooter than Barrett…Ainge is keen to recruit Grimes to his Jazz recovery plan,” Berman wrote.
Ultimately, neither Grimes nor Barrett shipped from New York this summer Mitchell was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 1.
Instead, Barrett signed a new contract extension with the Knicks worth up to $120 million over four seasons while Grimes earned the organization’s admiration after flashing during his rookie season that he was a solid two-way player, with averages of 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and just under one block per 100 possessions.
Fournier ‘front runner’ via Grimes
Despite fanbase pleas to move Quentin Grimes into the starting lineup this season, head coach Tom Thibodeau did on media day September 27 stated that Evan Fournier was the “front man” assigned as the Knicks’ shooting guard.
“The thing is we have to shoot,” Thibs said. “The only thing I know is about Jalen [Brunson]R.J [Barrett], [and] with Julius [Randle] we have to shoot around them. Right? [Mitchell Robinson] will give us pressure on the edge, so that will force a defense to collapse.
“Evan has proven himself. I felt he played really well in the second half of last year, so I think we have good depth in that position.
In Fournier’s first season with the Knicks in 2021-22, he was the starting shooting guard in 80 games, averaging 14.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game on 38.9% shots from distance.
On the way the 29-year-old set the franchise’s one-season record for most three-pointers with 241 and Fourth in association in category.
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