Statistical Analysis. Humor. Knicks.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Knicks Exercise Options on Gallinari, Randolph, and Douglas

[From the Knicks P.R. department.]

NEW YORK, October 24, 2010 – New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that the team has exercised fourth-year options on forwards Danilo Gallinari and Anthony Randolph, as well as its third-year option on guard Toney Douglas.

Gallinari, 6-10, 224-pounds, has averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 109 games (76 starts) over his first two NBA seasons. Originally selected by New York with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Gallinari was selected to play in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas last season.

Randolph, 6-11, 225-pounds, has averaged 9.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 96 games over his first two NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Originally selected by the Warriors with the 14th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft following his freshman season at Louisiana State University, Randolph was acquired by New York, along with Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf, from Golden State in exchange for David Lee on Jul. 9, 2010.

Douglas, 6-2, 185-pounds, averaged 8.6 points, 2.0 assists and 19.4 minutes in 56 games during his rookie campaign with New York in 2009-10. The Jonesboro, GA-native was selected by the L.A. Lakers in the first round (29th overall) in the 2009 NBA Draft and had his draft rights traded to New York in exchange for cash considerations on draft night, Jun. 25, 2009.

11 comments on “Knicks Exercise Options on Gallinari, Randolph, and Douglas

  1. danvt

    I’m first, yay!

    Anyway, howdy. Love yalls work particularly Mike K and Ted N.

    Only thing I want to say is that I’m happy to watch this team this year. If Carmelo does not come in a trade I’m fine and maybe even more so. Trying to get to .500 will be OK with me and leaving options open. Happy to see TD doing well. I think Gallo and AR will play better than they have shown. Amare is a real upgrade over Lee. Best all around forward for NYK since Bernard King?

    Looking forward to Wednesday.

  2. KnickfaninNJ

    Danvt,

    I am not sure these extensions of contracts are totally no-brainers. Before the contracts are extended the player can be let go if the team needs salary cap space. After the contract is extended, I think the team can’t do that for one extra year.

    By the way, the article doesn’t mention Chandler. Does anyone know if he could be extended this year?

  3. nicos

    the article doesn’t mention Chandler.Does anyone know if he could be extended this year

    As this is Chandler’s 4th year, he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season- if the Knicks make him a qualifying offer (about 4 million, I think) he’ll be a restricted free agent and they’ll have the right to match any offer. If they don’t extend him a qualifying offer he’ll be unrestricted. If he has decent season (and Carmelo isn’t coming) expect the Knicks to do exactly what they did with D. Lee and Nate- make him the qualifying offer then negotiate a decent one year deal, keeping their cap room open for 2012. Of course, if Chandler surprises and has a breakthrough, All-Star type year it’s possible they’d lock him up long-term.

    As for the others- all three have been productive enough to more than earn their low salaries already so barring catastrophic injuries it’s hard to imagine a scenario where they wouldn’t be worth those modest rookie deals.

  4. KnickfaninNJ

    Thanks for info about Chandler. I agree it’s worth signing the others. They will clearly be worth the money. So in this case, it is a no brainer. But I think danvt’s question was is it always a no brainer. That’s why I answered the way I did.

  5. Ted Nelson

    Thanks, danvt! Good points.

    KnickfaninNJ: So in this case, it is a no brainer. But I think danvt’s question was is it always a no brainer.

    Along with the cap space you pointed out there’s also the Adam Morrison’s of the world who are just not worth the money and/or do not look like they’ll ever be NBA players. You don’t want to pay them and you don’t want to waste the roster spot. But, in general if the guy is decent or still had promise you’re going to pick up the option. Especially a later pick. There’s a roster charge of $500,000 for open roster spots up to 12 (I think 12), so the difference between that money and the $1 mill or so a Toney Douglas is making is marginal. Probably not going to be the difference in signing a FA or not. For a high lottery guy, like Morrison again, this is also different (John Wall’s already making $5 mill with his 2nd option year at $7.5 mm, for example).

    nicos: expect the Knicks to do exactly what they did with D. Lee and Nate- make him the qualifying offer then negotiate a decent one year deal, keeping their cap room open for 2012. Of course, if Chandler surprises and has a breakthrough, All-Star type year it’s possible they’d lock him up long-term.

    I agree the Lee/Nate scenario is probably the best thing for the Knicks. If he does have a good/great season, though, you also have to consider that some team might offer him a long-term deal the Knicks would have to match or lose him. Even if it’s just the same, say, $4-7 mill the Knicks are offering but with a player option for the 2nd year that might put the Knicks in an awkward spot if they’re looking at Howard, CP3, and Deron.

  6. Z

    Ted Nelson: Thanks, danvt! Good points.
    Along with the cap space you pointed out there’s also the Adam Morrison’s of the world who are just not worth the money and/or do not look like they’ll ever be NBA players. You don’t want to pay them and you don’t want to waste the roster spot. But, in general if the guy is decent or still had promise you’re going to pick up the option.   

    Even Adam Morrison had his 3rd year option picked up, which goes to show how rare it is for these options to be declined. Last year the Bucks declined Joe Alexander’s option, making him the highest drafted player ever to be cut free (#8). Before that it was Patrick O’Bryant (#9 in 2006).

    It would have been shocking if Gallo, Douglas, and Randolph’s options weren’t picked up. As Danvt says, a no-brainer.

Comments are closed.