For the Knicks fan who can only stand to be a Knicks fan for 15 minutes per week: So much intrigue is happening now that the Knicks have hung them up for the season. This weekly series is here to help you keep track of it all.
All quiet on the eastern front. A week after Phil Jackson made drastic changes to the Knicks roster, Knicks fans do nothing now but watch and wait. They watch as a handful of other teams photoshop their players likeness into their jerseys and display it for all to see. And they wait for the bomb that is Melo’s decision to go off.
1. Visitation Rights
It’s about the destination, not the journey. This week is being labeled “Melo’s Free Agency Tour” as he travels around the country to hear presentations from a number of teams looking to hire him for his services.
Chicago gave their pitch with Tom Thibodeau, a healthy Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Scottie Pippen.
Houston gave their pitch with Dwight Howard, James Harden, Clyde Drexler, owner Les Alexander and CEO Tad Brown.
This drew the ire of former Knick Jeremy Lin, who currently wears number 7 for Houston. Houston GM Daryl Morey said that, while it’s unfortunate that it created hard feelings, doing something like that is simply part of the business, per Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston.
Dallas gave their pitch (with far less publicity or fanfare than the previous two) with Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban, and Donnie Nelson at Mark Cuban’s house.
His next stop is a meeting with the Lakers on Thursday, July 3rd.
The Knicks will be the last team that Carmelo meets with. He is then expected to have his final decision at some point next weekApparently, his mind is far from made up at this point:
“a source with knowledge of the situation told Sporting News that Anthony has not, in fact, made any decisions. “He still has got an open mind,” the source said. “The Knicks have always been on the list, that is where his home is, that hasn’t changed. But there have not been any decisions made.”
Until then, it’s hurry up and wait for that bomb to go off.
2. New Knicks
Last week Knicks fans said goodbye to Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler, and Toure Murray. They said hello to Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and Shane Larkin via the trade with Dallas, and Cleanthony Early, Thanassis Antetokounpo, and Louis Labeyrie via the draft.
That leaves 9 guards on the roster, suggesting that Phil Jackson isn’t done dealing for the summer. Jackson claims to have been getting calls about some of those nine, but declined to say who.
3. Summer League
The NBA Summer League will get underway next week, and all the young guys on the roster (and a handful not yet on the roster) will compete. Follow Seth Rosenthal’s updates for any changes that could be made to the roster.
Presumably, the summer league will give some clarity to who will be kept, who will be traded, and who will be let go.
4. Getting the Max out of the Minimum?
If the Knicks do not land a big man via trade using their surplus of guards, it is possible that they will use the “mini mid-level exception”. Some candidates include Patrick Patterson, Spencer Hawes, and Mike Scott.
5. All for Nothing?
Jeff Zillgitt and Dan Patrick suggested on Tuesday that, despite all the hoopla, coverage, and red carpets, there’s a good chance that all the big names in free agency simply remain with their current teams.
-Shane Larkin, Cleanthony Early, and Iman Shumpert attended a New York Liberty game together.