Tonight, at 9PM EST, the Men’s Olympic Team will take on the Dominican Republic in an exhibition match. This will be the first time we see Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony – two of the Knicks’ big three – put on their countries colors in a mission for a gold medal in London.
The rise of Jeremy Lin has made the young point guard one of the most polarizing players in New York. There seems to be a myriad of ridiculous misconceptions concerning the 23 year old point guard that has made evaluating his contract situation extremely difficult. Lin’s detractors will say that the he is just a backup, that the Knicks are only re-signing him to appeal to Asian Americans, or that Lin will force the Knicks to pay a huge luxury tax bill. These doubts have prompted some to believe that Lin is simply not a good fit for New York. This notion is completely ridiculous, misguided by stereotypes and hypocrisy. Truth be told, the Knicks need Jeremy Lin, the basketball player, more than any of Lin’s critics could possibly imagine.
Pablo Prigioni, a 35-year-old Argentianean point guard who has been playing in Spain, has decided to accept the New York Knicks’ offer and come to the United States, according to Marc Berman. He’s set to become the oldest rookie in the NBA. Ever, I believe.
Yesterday I wrote about a few potential shooting guard options with Dan Gadzuric’s deal, but now, let’s look at one last option that some might believe to be ridiculous, but still an option, non the less: Landry Fields.
According to Al Iannazzone, the Knicks are “exploring whether they can get Dahntay Jones from Indiana in a trade.”
At first, I was like, “oh, fantastic. We can do a Gadzuric for Jones swap,” but after taking a closer look, it won’t be that easy.
After coming to terms on a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets for Marcus Camby, the Knicks still have Dan Gadzuric and his $1,352,181 contract to play with. I’ve had people ask me about including other player’s, notably Renaldo Balkman and Mike Bibby, salary in a deal, but teams are not allowed to trade players they’ve released, even if they’re still getting paid (Balkman) and Mike Bibby would have to agree to a non-guaranteed deal just to help the Knicks (unlikely).
Around 2 AM this morning, JR Smith re-signed with the New York Knicks. He agreed to a two-year deal that pays him $2.8 million in the first-year and a player option in the second year. CAA, Smith’s representation, released this statement:
When the Knicks picked up journeyman forward Steve Novak off of waivers last season, I didn’t really think much of it. I mean, at first blush, this is a guy that was cut by the Spurs (his fifth team in seven seasons), and if Coach Pop can’t find a way to utilize this guy, I was pretty sure Mike D’Antoni couldn’t!
The Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks have come to terms on a sign-and-trade that will send Marcus Camby to New York. The terms of the deal are as follows:
- Toney Douglas
The New York Knicks’ Summer League roster has finally been revealed. First game is July 14th. Barring some potential sign-and-trades, it will look like this:
UPDATE: Since Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrellson were all included in the Marcus Camby trade, they will not be playing for the Knicks’ summer league squad.
I’ve had many people ask me if different financial moves are possible, so here’s a post explaining what the Knicks can offer.
When news broke that Jason Kidd and the New York Knicks agreed to terms on a deal, no numbers were leaked. Now we know that the Knicks are in the midst of working out a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks for Jason Kidd, so that they can maintain their tax-payer’s MLE for another signing. Should they not come to an agreement, though, the Knicks will likely give Kidd their mini-MLE.
Natural battle tactics dictate that when an army has found itself completely overmatched in a battle, it should retreat, effectively forfeiting the battle, but retaining its resources and important figures for further battles to come. The New York Knicks faced a near impossible challenge in the first round of the NBA playoffs, matching up with the Miami Heat, and in game one the team found themselves outclassed by the eventual NBA champions. The 100-67 trouncing by the Heat certainly gave a huge blow to the ego and confidence of the Knicks, but it did not end the series; the Knicks still had the opportunity to ultimately call it a day, look at the film, and prepare for the next game. That was until the Knicks lost their knight in shining armor. Iman Shumpert may not be the Knicks’ best player, but he is nonetheless a player the Knicks could not live without. If we consider Tyson Chandler the anchor of the Knicks defense, the fortress that defended the rest of the army, then Shumpert was the outer defense of that fortress. The devastating tear of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) effectively ended the Knicks’ season and put the Knicks in a tough spot for the upcoming season at the shooting guard position.