The Knicks’ Weekend That Was

Well, that was a crazy 72 hours, eh?

A lot has happened in Knicks-land, so let’s take a minute to try and recap all the deals that went down.

The Knicks chose to amnesty Chauncey Billups, and his $14.2 million expiring contract, to make cap-space for Tyson Chandler. Billups was not too pleased (courtesy of Ian O’Connar).

  • On facing Knicks in playoffs: ”I would like a chance at them, I’ll tell you that much. I’d absolutely love that.”
  • On Knicks being championship contenders: “I think they are probably a couple of pieces short, but I wont say what those pieces are.”
  • On being wanted: “From the first day I got there, it was about who was going to be next point-guard, without giving me a real chance…”
  • On being the difference maker last year: “If I’m healthy versus Boston, we’ve got a really good chance in that series. But once I got hurt…”
  • On retiring: “If I get claimed by a team I dont want to play for, I would absolutely consider retirment.”
  • On being a mentor for a young point-guard: “I’m still playing at a high level. I’m not interested in going somewhere to be a mentor coming off the bench.”

Tyson Chandler was acquired by the Knicks in a three-team sign-and-trade.

  • The Knicks recieved Tyson Chandler, a trade exception from the Wizards, which they renounced, as well as the rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis.
  • The Mavericks received Andy Rautins, Wizards’ 2012 protected second-round draft pick, and a big juicy trade exception, which they used to acquire the disgruntled Lamar Odom from the Lakers.
  • The Wizards received Ronny Turiaf, Knicks’ 2013 second-round pick, as well as cash to pay off a portion of Turiaf’s contract.

The Knicks withdrew their $1.1 million qualifying offer to Derrick Brown, who was quickly swooped up by his former team, the Charlotte Bobcats.

Last season, the Bobcats cut Derrick Brown expecting him to clear waivers and rejoin the team. However, to their surprise, the Knicks signed Brown. Unfortunately, for Brown, and for Knicks fans wanting to see him play, Mike D’Antoni rarely played him.

I like Derrick. He is a high-intensity player that makes all of the hustle plays. I would have loved to see him back in New York as a bench player, but I guess the Bobcats assured him he would be played.

Good luck in Charlotte, Derrick!

 

More after the jump!

Tyson Chandler was signed to a four-year, $58 million contract, which was officially announced on Saturday at 2PM.

Chandler signed a hefty contract. Some believe he is not worth it, but you have to remember that you always over-pay for centers, and he fits the Knicks’ needs perfectly.

While Chandler may not be very exciting if you look at the stat sheet (he is a career 8 points and 9 rebounds guy), he brings defensive prowess, as well as leadership.

Chandler will be a nice compliment to Amare Stoudemire, who will now be able to move to his natural position of power-forward, and will be the defensive cornerstone of the Knicks’ lineup.

In my opinion, this was a pickup they had to make, and made the Knicks exponentially better.

Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrellson were signed to their rookie deals.

Nice! Now that they are signed, get ready to see them in NBA 2K12!

I’m excited to see if Shumpert can live up to all the hype that surrounds him. We know that, in college, Shumpert was a lock-down perimeter defender, but also a chucker. It’s going to be interesting to see how Shumpert’s game translates from the college to professional level.

For Jorts, I’m just curious to see if he will be used in the Knicks’ rotation at all. I can see him filling Shelden Williams’, now vacant, role on the team. While he may not be the most athletic guy on the roster, hopefully he can use his size to pester opposing bigs.

Shelden Williams signs one-year deal with the Nets for the veteran-minimum.

I really liked Shelden and was hoping he would return.

He was a smart player that knew how to use his body, and he contributed solid minutes towards the end of last year, when Mike D’Antoni started to play him.

I’m going to miss you, and your large-forehead, Shelden!

Jared Jeffries was re-signed to a one-year deal, valued at $1.4 million.

By now, you know what to expect from Jared: He will try his best on both sides of the floor, but will never be trusted to even attempt a lay-up. He’s another 7-footer, so I see no harm in bringing him back for the veteran-minimum.

Andy Rautins was cut by the Mavericks.

Upon arrival to Dallas, Andy Rautins was cut by the Mavericks.

I like Andy, but he hasn’t shown that he has the skills to play in the NBA. However, that could also be due to the fact that he hasn’t gotten a reasonable amount of game-time.

I’m curious as to whether the Knicks will bring Andy back, or if they will move on from the former Syracuse guard.

Wherever you end up, good luck, Andy!

Anthony Carter signs a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Anthony proved to be an option at the point in last season’s playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics. I thought that Carter would have earned a spot on the roster for the upcoming season, due strictly to his performance against Boston, but I guess the front-office believes Bibby is a better option.

Good luck in Toronto, Anthony!

After adding two 7-footers to the roster (Jeffries and Chandler), the Knicks purchased Jerome Jordan back from Slovenia.

Exciting! Many Knicks fans have been anticipating the day Jerome Jordan returns to the states and plays for the Knicks.

After uncovering a diamond in the rough in Mozgov last year, Knicks fans hope that Jordan can mature into a Mozgov-esque player.

He has not yet signed with the team, but I’m hearing it’s just a matter of the logistics being sorted out.

Roger Mason Jr. has signed with the Washington Wizards for the vet-min.

Well, right as “How u” caught on, Roger left NY. Oh well… Good luck in Washington, Roger!

Mike Bibby has been saved from his nursing home, and was signed to a one-year deal at the veteran-minimum.

Well, he’s no Chris Paul, but he’s a viable backup for Toney Douglas, considering he signed for the veteran-minimum (It took me quite some time to warm up to this signing).

 

Got all that?