Lamar Odom’s attempt at an NBA comeback came to a screeching halt before ever playing even a scrimmage for the New York Knicks, as Phil Jackson revealed today that “Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player.We found it necessary to free up the roster spot” (might I once again note how pleased I am to have a Knick executive who is actually willing to be candid with the media?). This was big news for Cole Aldrich and his many, many fans, as he was caught up in a roster crunch and the Knicks …continue reading
From Ian Begley at ESPN.com: Kurt Rambis will accept a position as an assistant coach under new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher, league sources told ESPN New York. Rambis will be the first addition to Fisher’s staff. Fisher said at his introductory news conference that he hoped to add some experienced coaches to his bench. Rambis has had three previous stints as an assistant coach for the Lakers, spanning 12 seasons in total. He worked in Los Angeles under current Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and was an assistant when Fisher played for the Lakers. Rambis also …continue reading
Marc Berman has a new article up that’s mostly about how Melo is likely to re-sign with the Knicks (I tend to agree), but buried in the article is a disturbing little nugget of information: The Knicks have other free agents in center Cole Aldrich, Shannon Brown, injury-prone Kenyon Martin and point guard Tour’e Murry, whom the Knicks have until Monday to offer a $1 million qualifying offer to make him restricted. Only Murry has a shot at returning. I suppose you can take that with a grain of salt (Berman has been known to get things wrong on occasion), …continue reading
BREAKING NEWS: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out Of Their Deals, Bosh Rumored to Be Following Suit
From ESPN.com: Dwyane Wade is opting out of his contract to join LeBron James in free agency. So is Chris Bosh, sources tell ESPN’s Chris Broussard. Wade told the Miami Heat on Saturday that he is opting out of the final two years on his contract, which means he is free to talk to any team on July 1. It’s the same option James exercised earlier this week. The move also comes three days after Wade, James and Bosh met at a posh Miami Beach hotel to discuss their futures. Also from ESPN.com: Veteran power forward Udonis Haslem has opted …continue reading
From Ian Begley: Despite efforts from New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to convince him to remain under contract, forward Carmelo Anthony hasn’t changed his mind and plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency this summer, according to a league source familiar with the situation. Sources told ESPN.com earlier this week that Jackson is continuing to urge Anthony to exercise next season’s $23.3 million player option and put off unrestricted free agency for one more year. Anthony, according to sources, has until June 23 to inform the Knicks if he plans to opt out of his …continue reading
Let’s close the season out in style with the team going 21-18 without Bargs! Let’s go Knicks!
Knickerblogger Question of the Day: If Carmelo Anthony Re-Signs With the Knicks, How Much Money Will He Re-Sign For?
Sam Amico of Fox Sports had the following two tweets yesterday: In talking w several execs today, consensus is LeBron, Wade, Bosh all re-up w #Heat. Doesn’t mean it happens. But that’s general consensus. Most execs feel Carmelo returns to #Knicks as well. Biggest name available could be Pau Gasol. “Never know tho. Lots can change,” exec says. I’d like to believe that the executive in question made it clear that he was saying specifically the word “tho.” The league executives are almost certainly correct. So that leads to our question of the day – How much money will Carmelo …continue reading