Knicks owner James Dolan is known for big moves. / Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports
New York Knicks owner James Dolan told his players that no trades or coaching changes are imminent, a person familiar with the meeting told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the private meeting with players at Thursday's practice.
The beat-up and beat-down Knicks have been a huge disappointment this season. But even at 9-19, they are three games behind the Toronto Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division and 2½ games behind the Boston Celtics for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
The trade deadline is Feb. 20, giving Dolan plenty of time to keep his promise on an imminent move and still make changes for the second half of the season.
Center Tyson Chandler just returned to the lineup from a broken leg, and guard Raymond Felton has missed time with right hamstring and right groin strains. Guard Pablo Prigioni is out with a broken toe, and forward Carmelo Anthony missed the embarrassing 124-93 loss Christmas Day to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sprained ankle.
Struggling at the guard spot - J.R. Smith is shooting 34.7% from the field - the Knicks briefly explored a deal for Raptors guard Kyle Lowry but were unwilling to give up another first-round pick.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson is also on the hot seat but led the team to 54 wins and a playoff series victory last season. Midseason firings usually result in interim coaches brought in from a team's bench, though, and none of the Knicks' assistants have head-coaching experience.
ESPN first reported on Dolan's comments.
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