“This has turned into an exciting game.” – Mike Breen. “Unfortunately.” – Clyde Frazier.
Despite leading by 14 points, the Knicks allowed the Suns to creep back into the game, setting up for an exciting finish. In the end, the Knicks improved to 21-8, and did it short-handed. Melo sat out with a hyper-extended knee, Felton missed the game with what we later found out to be a fractured pinky finger, and Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert continued to sit.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns are interested in a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks, centered on Landy Fields. Of course, the deal would send Steve Nash to New York.
On Sunday afternoon, both the Knicks and Raptors sat down with Steve Nash. It has been reported that the Raptors offered Nash a three year deal worth $36 million, but other reports say the numbers are exaggerated. While the Knicks don’t have nearly enough cap room to compete with the Raptors’ offers, they can get Nash a decent salary if they get him in a sign-and-trade, rather than sign him outright in free agency.
Earlier we highlighted the top 10 restricted free agents in the NBA this summer. Here are our top 10 unrestricted players.
1. Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: The star of this summer’s free agency. One of the league’s top five point guards. William’s situation is simple: He will either resign with the Nets or go play in his hometown of Dallas with the Mavs.
No Lockout this summer, Knicks fans! After the long, longer and longest summer for the NBA since 1998, fans have an actual summer of free agency to look forward to. With the flirting just getting started today and actual signings not happening until July 11th, let’s take a look at the top 10 restricted free agents on the market.
Let’s see if the Knicks can get back on track at home against the Suns.
Gallinari will return to the starting line-up this afternoon because Ronny Turiaf is questionable with an injured right hip.
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Rebounding: Knicks 59 – Suns 34
Assists: Knicks 24 – Suns 15
Amar’e Stoudemire: 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists.
Raymond Felton: 23 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists.
At 10:30 EST tonight Amar’e and the Knicks play the Suns in Phoenix. This is the first time this season that Stoudemire has returned to his old home. This should be an exciting game from start to finish because both of these teams like to push the ball.