The Knicks had a home game Friday night, but players who weren't in the building received the most attention.
Derek Fisher opened his pregame news conference by sending out thoughts and prayers to Heat forward Chris Bosh, who is in a Miami hospital undergoing tests amid concern that he has blood clots in his lungs. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra addressed numerous questions about Bosh. He said he's in "great spirits" but that it's too premature to report anything.
Goran Dragic also was a major topic before the Knicks' first game after the All-Star break and first since Carmelo Anthony had season-ending knee surgery and Amar'e Stoudemire was bought out and waived.
The Heat acquired Dragic from Phoenix just before Thursday's trade deadline, beating out the Knicks for the flashy playmaker. But he wasn't available to play in Miami's 111-87 rout of the Knicks because the physicals hadn't been completed.
Dragic should make his Heat debut on Saturday night. The way Spoelstra and Fisher spoke about him, it sounds as if they expect him to re-sign with Miami.
"He's a dynamic, explosive playmaker," Spoelstra said. "We've liked him for a long time, that's not a secret. We hadn't had an opportunity to really get him until yesterday, but we tried. We're excited about it. We think it's a good fit with our organization."
The Heat can offer Dragic a five-year deal; every other team can give him only four. "I'm sure Miami's happy," Fisher said before the Knicks (10-44) lost their sixth straight. "Dragic is a good player and I think he brings a lot to their team. We'll see a lot of him for the next few years to come, assuming he's back there next season."
Miami gave up Danny Granger and two first-round picks for Dragic. The Knicks didn't have the assets to get him. The only first-rounder they could offer was in 2018. That hampered them from doing much on a day when 39 players were dealt.
The Knicks ended up moving Pablo Prigioni to Houston for Alexey Shved and the Rockets' second-round picks in 2017 and 2019. "We got some assets in return, as well as Alexey Shved," Fisher said.
As important as what the Knicks do in free agency and with whatever assets they have is how Anthony returns from his left knee patella tendon debridement and repair. Team president Phil Jackson estimated he will be back on the court in four to six months.
Dwyane Wade, who had a similar procedure and has had recurring knee issues, thinks Anthony will be fine. "It's pretty much a scope, a cleanout," he said. " . . . I think the smart thing for him to do was to shut it down and to get healthy. He'll be back by the time training camp [opens], so he'll be good."
Notes & quotes: Langston Galloway's 19 points led the Knicks. Rookie Cleanthony Early started at small forward and was 1-for-7 with two points . . . Shved will wear No. 1, Stoudemire's old number.