Knicks Morning News (2015.08.21)

  • [New York Times] Raptors Extend Center’s Contract (Fri, 21 Aug 2015 03:51:06 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors and center Jonas Valanciunas announced that his contract had been extended for four years.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: J.R. Smith Agrees to New Contract With Cavs (Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:16:41 GMT)

    J.R. Smith looked around and realized there was no place like Cleveland.

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    14 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.08.21)”

    1. Happy Friday mi gente!!! I’m really pumped up!!! As it has been for the past few summers, Carmelo is back in Puerto Rico with part of the team. This time he is visiting my hometown Loiza!!! He brought KP, J. Grant, Lou, CleanAnthony…and I read that Phil, Fish and Houston are coming to!!! #KNICKSTAPE

    2. Where were these guys when Woodson was running the Knicks huddle and gracing us with press conference magic….

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=269&v=ufGlBv8Z3NU

      hahahahahahaha!! That’s a good one. We definitely need one for Phil’s interviews.

      In other news..apparently JR has more hoop IQ than we give him credit for lol. Granted, it doesn’t take a whole day to recognize sunshine, but JR knew better than to even entertain the thought of leavin Cleveland. I do wonder if Thompson is gonna return though. The Cavs seem pretty serious about Kaun. With a healthy Love, Varejao, Mosgov, and potentially Kaun, I doubt that there’s many minutes for Thompson there. Bron can and will also play some 4. If they were smart, they’d S&T Thompson for a player and a 1st. Somewhere like Portland, Denver, or Phoenix seem like good fits.

    3. Yeah, we all totally botched the JR thing. I know I was just as guilty as anyone in thinking JR had screwed his contract negotiations up. But he was right and I was wrong. My hat is off to that guy.

    4. This year’s Knicks have some NBA quality players, have 2 promising rookies, and will be getting Melo back. It is up to Derek Fisher to coach them up and divise a system and rotation to get some wins. Assuming reasonably good health and production from the rookies they should be in the 36- 42 range for wins. The pressure is on Fisher now to prove he is a legit coach. NY could really use Kerr about now but it is painfully obvious that he made the correct choice.

    5. Yeah, we all totally botched the JR thing. I know I was just as guilty as anyone in thinking JR had screwed his contract negotiations up. But he was right and I was wrong. My hat is off to that guy.

      Yeah, true, the 2 phrases that come to mind when I think of JR are “class act” and “consummate professional”

    6. But he was right and I was wrong.

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. JR’s agent was right, and considering this is the man who got Chris Smith an NBA contract it’s possible we ought to have considered this outcome.

    7. Are you guys being serious when you say that JR was right and that he got himself a good deal? He opted out and took almost a 25% pay cut this year. That’s a good deal?

    8. At the cost of $1.5 million this year, he added in a guaranteed $5 million for next year, while leaving himself the option to go out and get another deal if he does really well this year. That’s a fine deal.

    9. That’s ridiculous. He guaranteed himself 10 million over two years. If he played out this year, he would have made 6.5 million and become a UFA in a year in which almost every team in the league will be flush with cap space. Unless he implodes or gets hurt, he’ll easily get at least 5 million next year. So , he gave up 1.5 million for pretty much nothing. If you told him before he opted out that this would be the net result, there is zero chance he would have opted out.

    10. The guy couldn’t be given away just last year. So how in the world is he a lock at more than the mini-MLE after next season? Just signing a two-year deal for $10 million would have been a success for him, getting the second year as a player option is even better for him, as if he performs well next season, he will get a bigger deal. If he doesn’t, which he has to know is a very possible scenario (since just last season he was a league pariah), then he has that $5 million locked down.

    11. All he would have to get next year to equal his new deal is 3.5 million. I realize that, with JR, there is always the chance that he does something so dumb that no one would sign him. But if he has even a halfway decent year, he’ll have no trouble getting at least
      that — especially from the Cavs.

    12. In basketball every player is one injury away from never playing again. Guaranteed money should never be passed up.

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