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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.08.16)

  • [New York Post] Carmelo Anthony to get $62 million of deal in advances (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:34:50 -0400)
    Call him the $62 million man. Carmelo Anthony has elected to take half of his $22.5 million this season up front. Because the five-year, $124 million contract is built similarly…

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Kings Sign First Indian in N.B.A. (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 03:37:05 GMT)
    Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an N.B.A. team, joining the Sacramento Kings.

  • 15 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.08.16)

    1. Z-man

      Looks like we locked up Jyrome for the year. Think of this for a second…when’s the last time we could field a legit nba five and a sixth man of exciting possible rotation players age 25 or under?

      1-Larkin
      2-TH2
      3-Shump
      4-Quincy
      5-Cole
      sub- Cleanthony

    2. Z-man

      Speaking of Cole Aldrich, I just perused his college and D-League stats. What jumped out at me was his blocked shot stats. He averaged over 5 blocks per 40 as a junior (led the nation in defensive win shares), then had 3.2 blocks per 36 in the D-League. Last year he averaged 3.3 blocks per 36 for us. Fisher absolutely has to see what this guy can offer as a rotation player, maybe even a starter. His advanced stats just scream out that he’s legit.

      I think Jax and Fisher know they are on to something, the way they immediately cut his Vegas run short and locked him up for the year. He totally dominated in the one game he played. I mean, why should Dalembert get minutes over him? He seems to do just about everything better than Dalembert.

    3. Totes McGoats

      I know the above move would tear into future cap room, but we still would have STAT comin off the books. And while we wouldn’t have max room available, we could definitely add another really good supporting player. Of course the success of it would hinge on Gordon getting healthy, but I envision 3 options with a clear order in making this deal.

    4. iserp

      I posted this in the other thread:

      Although i agree with you that it is wise for Cleveland to trade Wiggins for Love, i want to defend the other side a bit:

      Wiggins as he is projected is a better fit than Love for the team. Cleveland has enough guys that excel on the offensive side of the game. They already have Tristan Thompson at PF, and LBJ can play there too, specially as he ages. On the other hand, Wiggins would be a valuable piece on the defensive end. He is very versatile, and they could replicate the good perimeter defense of the Miami Heat, which masqueraded their lack of a Center (and they will need to if/when Varejao misses time). As currently constructed, the team is weak at D, and may suffer through the season.

      I still support going for the known quantity which is already a great player, and then figuring things out.

    5. DRed

      For a superstar defensive player Wiggins steal/block rates were awfully pedestrian in college. He’s clearly got the body and the athleticism to be a great defender, but I’m not sold on him being there yet.

    6. mokers

      I mean, why should Dalembert get minutes over him? He seems to do just about everything better than Dalembert.

      I would say that Aldrich plays at least as much as dalembert. Dalembert has averaged 25 mpg for his career. At his age, he may be better going for 18-20. Dalembert may start, but I am guessing they envision at least 20-24 minutes or so for Aldrich with Jason Smith perhaps filling out the remaining minutes or Bargs if it is a blowout either way. I think the only thing that would slow down Cole is fouling too much.

    7. Brian Cronin

      I mean, why should Dalembert get minutes over him? He seems to do just about everything better than Dalembert.

      I think how they handle Aldrich will be a good sign of how smart this new staff is. The way Woody used Aldrich was not that informative since we knew Woody already had his problems. But yeah, if Aldrich is “just” a garbage time player again then that will be distressing. So here’s hoping that Fish uses him more! A good thing is that if he becomes a serviceable reserve (which I think he can definitely do) then the Knicks would have his Early Bird Rights next season.

    8. JD & the J.R. Smith 4 AM Cleveland, OH Nudie Bar Jello Shot

      Wiggins as he is projected is a better fit than Love for the team. Cleveland has enough guys that excel on the offensive side of the game. They already have Tristan Thompson at PF, and LBJ can play there too, specially as he ages. On the other hand, Wiggins would be a valuable piece on the defensive end. He is very versatile, and they could replicate the good perimeter defense of the Miami Heat, which masqueraded their lack of a Center (and they will need to if/when Varejao misses time). As currently constructed, the team is weak at D, and may suffer through the season.

      This is such a silly post. It reminds me of the “Bargnani is a good fit; we already have enough rebounding” arguments from last summer.

      1) Kevin Love is better than Tristan Thompson by a country mile. Tristan Thompson is the definition of “average basketball player.”
      2) Kevin Love is almost certainly better than Andrew Wiggins by several country miles. Andrew Wiggins is a player who is a rookie and who, like Kevin Love, has to play basketball on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
      3) You can win basketball games by outscoring your opponents.

      If you want to argue that it’s important to have good defense to win basketball games, I will agree. If you want to say that Wiggins is more valuable to the Cavaliers in any conceivable universe in which the Cavs do not already have an All-NBA PF on the roster, I can safely say that you, sir, do not understand the game of roundball. You may, in fact, be Mike Woodson and you may be trolling all of us.

    9. iserp

      http://knickerblogger.net/the-bargnaniamare-survival-guide/#comment-445908

      iserp still on that “fit” bandwagon

      I am guilty of believing that Bargnani would return to his 36%3pt career numbers. But i just said he was a bad player but a good fit, and consequently another rotation player. I didn’t say he would elevate the Knicks game or anything. I was discussing the consequences of substituting Novak with Bargs.

      Bargs allowed Woodson to field “the east is big” lineups where guards murdered us. But i blame that on Woodson, not on Bargnani. When only Bargs or Chandler played, it was not that bad (which, BTW, i thought Bargs + Chandler would work out, but by Christmas it was clear that it was not the case)

    10. Will the Thrill

      Andre Drummond with the DNP for the USA scrimmage. Can you tell that Coach K likes his Duke alumni? Mason Plumlee logging some minutes.

      Anthony Davis, unsurprisingly, looks awesome too.

    11. Brian Cronin

      With Davis on the team, they really can just play four guards and they’ll still likely win the tournament. No one can guard the US backcourt and the US’s other “guards” are as big as a lot of other teams forwards so they get away with Harden and Thompson at the forward spots if that’s what they choose to do. Plus Davis can guard anyone. The only team that can truly challenge them down low would be Spain, but I imagine Pau isn’t quite the same threat anymore. But apparently they like Faried at the 4. I can understand that, as well, as come on, with this lineup, all Faried needs to do is rebound.

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