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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.08.05)

  • [New York Times] Phoenix Suns P.J. Tucker Gets Jail Time for Drunk Driving in Arizona: Attorney (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:03:01 GMT)
    Phoenix Suns basketball forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced on Monday to three days in jail and 11 days of house arrest after pleading guilty to “super extreme” drunk driving in Arizona, one of his attorneys said.

  • [New York Times] P.J. Tucker Gets Jail Time, Apologizes; Suns React (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 04:24:11 GMT)
    Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to “super extreme” driving under the influence.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: US Cuts Wall, Beal, Millsap, Down to 16 (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:42:05 GMT)
    The U.S. men’s national team cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap on Monday, a person with knowledge of the details said, leaving the roster at 16 players.

  • 30 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.08.05)

    1. dtrickey

      Potentially off topic for a Knicks board, but kudos (again) to the Spurs for the Becky Hammond hire. I don’t know a lot about women’s basketball outside of Australia and the big names in the WNBA, but Hammond in her interviews always came across as a really intelligent player, and having only watched her at international level, it was always clear she was a great player too. I think what’s even more great about it is that you know the Spurs hired her for her knowledge of the game and her potential to be a great coach and not for a PR stunt. If you get the thumbs up from Pop, then that’s usually a pretty big endorsement.

    2. SJK

      Rumors Bledsoe might take the Suns’ qualifying offer. If he does that makes next year’s free agent class a whole lot more exciting.

    3. Brian Cronin

      It’ll definitely make next year very interesting with both he and Dragic on the market, but man, I don’t get his thought process. Dude’s had one good year and he thinks $12 million a year for four years is an insult?!

    4. dtrickey

      Dude’s had one good year and he thinks $12 million a year for four years is an insult?!

      He’s probably had an agent/entourage in his ear about it. It makes you wonder how often some of these players are getting dud contract advice from agents, because some of these guys are certainly not scholars.

    5. Brian Cronin

      The thing is that he’s not just turning down a fair offer, he’s putting himself at a big risk of injuring himself without the security of a long-term deal. And he’s a guy who I don’t think has gone a season without some sort of injury.

    6. yellowboy90

      Bledsoe’s agent isn’t called Rich Paul for nothing. lol.

      What kind of player is Bledsoe?

    7. BigBlueAL

      Marc Stein dropping Twitter bombs:

      How ’bout a Knicks rumble? I’m told they’re trying to find a new home for Pablo Prigioni as well as Wayne Ellington to create roster room

      Attempts to move Ellington solo have been unsuccessful, so Knicks said to be weighing prospect of attaching Prigioni to deal as a catalyst

    8. EB

      Yeah maybe he’s asking for something ridiculous but with some of the max contracts that have been offered this season I can understand where he’s coming from.

    9. Brian Cronin

      I’m surprised by how good of a defender Bledsoe has been these last couple of seasons. Didn’t expect that.

      And yeah, with guys like Parsons and Haywood getting much bigger offers than him, I understand how Bledsoe could be frustrated, but it’s like, dude, notice how no one has made you those offers? Take the hint!

    10. thenoblefacehumper

      Marc Stein dropping Twitter bombs:

      How ’bout a Knicks rumble? I’m told they’re trying to find a new home for Pablo Prigioni as well as Wayne Ellington to create roster room

      God damn it, I feel like Prigs is one of the worst players on the roster to trade. There’s no way you’re getting a good return due to his age, but losing him would hurt a lot. I really hope this doesn’t happen.

    11. dtrickey

      God damn it, I feel like Prigs is one of the worst players on the roster to trade. There’s no way you’re getting a good return due to his age, but losing him would hurt a lot. I really hope this doesn’t happen.

      Only teams that would have a need for him are contenders (maybe OKC with Fish gone? Clippers maybe?) and the best we could probably get is a few 2nd rounders. Considering his value to the Knicks as opposed to other teams, it’s potentially a bad move if it happens.

    12. Brian Cronin

      I don’t mind dealing Prigs if only because he’s signed through next season, which is the next time that the Knicks will likely be good. And while I love Prigs a lot, I dunno if we can expect him to still be so good two seasons from now, ya know? And if we isn’t going to be so good two seasons from now, I’d rather just have his cap space to sign someone else. And if pairing Prigs with Ellington can get the Knicks some draft picks, I guess I’d do it.

      I’d hate it, though, because Prigs is awesome.

    13. d-mar

      I like Prigs too, and always smile when he gets his one steal a game on an inbounds pass. That being said, his inability (or is it a mental block?) to finish around the basket is a major flaw for a point guard, and other teams know that he always passes when he gets near the basket.

    14. KnickfaninNJ

      I would hate to lose Prigioni too. But I can see what the Knicks are thinking. They have Calderon as a starter, and Larkin looked good in summer league and could be a backup, perhaps along with Toure Murray. A possible trade partner would be the Bucks. They have two young point guards, Kendall Marshall and Nate Wolters, plus Ramon Sessions played for them but is a free agent this year. I think Kidd liked playing with Prigioni, and he might feel the need for a smart, experienced point guard. After August 24th, Ellington is tradeable. He and Ellington could be traded for Pachulia, a replacement level center probably getting worse due to age or even for Ilyasova (since the Knicks have a trade exception), assuming the Bucks would go for that.

    15. KnickfaninNJ

      I wonder who we’re looking to create roster room for?

      That’s an excellent question. I looked and we seem to have only 13 people under contract for next year, unless Ellington is also under contract, in which case, 14.

    16. EB

      1. STAT
      2. Melo
      3. Calderon
      4. Shump
      5. Hardaway
      6. Cole Aldrich
      7. Prigs
      8. Early
      9. Dalembert
      10 Ellington
      11. Larkin
      12. Bargs
      13. Jeremy Tyler
      14. JR
      15. Jason Smith

    17. DRed

      If we’re trading Pablo for a useful player or asset, then I understand. Like Cronin said, Pablo is probably not part of the long term solution. But I don’t understand why you’d trade Pablo in order to free up Wayne Ellington’s roster spot when you could just release Wayne Ellington. Is there some sort of cap reason I don’t know about? Where’s that slacker ephus when you need him?

    18. Z-man

      I guess that by trading, you’d be getting some kind of asset back in return. By releasing, you get nothing and if Ellington’s contract is a guaranteed non-minimum, you lose the cap space as well. That’s my current understanding.

    19. KnickfaninNJ

      EB,

      I checked and Tyler’s contract isn’t guaranteed for next season. He can be waived if it’s before September 15.

    20. Brian Cronin

      If we’re trading Pablo for a useful player or asset, then I understand. Like Cronin said, Pablo is probably not part of the long term solution. But I don’t understand why you’d trade Pablo in order to free up Wayne Ellington’s roster spot when you could just release Wayne Ellington. Is there some sort of cap reason I don’t know about? Where’s that slacker ephus when you need him?

      I think they’re trying to trade for something (like a draft pick or a big man on a one-year deal) and Ellington is the guy they want to deal, but it isn’t working, so they’re adding Prigs to the mix, as well, while keeping Ellington for matching salary purposes.

    21. flossy

      So we just traded Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 2nd rounder to the Kings for Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy.

      Try not to die of excitement.

    22. ephus

      Ellington ($2.77 million) and Prigioni ($1.66) are guaranteed $4.43 million for next year. The Knicks are at $90 million now. The tax line is $77 million. The Apron is set at $81 million. The Knicks could get under the Apron (which would allow the Knicks to receive a player in a S&T) if they also released Dalembert and Tyler, who have non-guaranteed contracts.

    23. ephus

      Acy is a non-guaranteed salary (as was Tyler). Outlaw has a $3 million guarantee. So the Knicks took on about $200k in salary to exchange Ellington for Outlaw.

    24. ephus

      Sam Amick just tweeted that the Knicks agreed to guarantee Acy’s salary as a part of the deal. So the Knicks added $1.1 million in guarantees with this deal.

      Just means a bigger tax bill for Dolan & MSG. Acy & Outlaw are both expiring deals.

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