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Knicks Morning News (2017.03.29)

  • [NYDN] Apologetic Joakim Noah says taking supplements ‘backfired’
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:19:26 PM)

    Joakim Noah said he failed a drug test after independently ingesting supplements to help with his injuries.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Joakim Noah apologizes for 20-game suspension, says he ‘made a mistake’
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:52:00 PM)

    Joakim Noah apologized to his teammates and the Knicks organization on Tuesday for being suspended 20 games for taking a banned supplement.

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Willy Hernangomez a bright light in a bad season
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:51:43 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Willy Hernangomez a bright light in a bad season

  • [ESPN] Noah apologizes for taking banned substance
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:02:27 PM)

    Noah apologizes for taking banned substance

  • [NYTimes] Cloud of Uncertainty Envelops Joakim Noah’s Suspension
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:34:13 PM)

    Noah, a Knicks center, received a 20-game penalty for taking a banned performance-enhancing drug. But knee surgery made it unclear when he can return to serve it.

  • [NYTimes] Cavs’ Terrible Defense Costs Them Top Spot in East
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:10:50 PM)

    Cleveland is 6-9 in March, but Coach Tyronn Lue has insisted that the team has a plan to fix its defense and rebounding when the playoffs come around.

  • [NYPost] The lone Knicks positive to Joakim Noah’s disastrous year
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:59:46 PM)

    The playoffs are a fantasy — something for other teams to do — for a fourth straight Knicks season. Expectations died long ago. Now the starting center who was signed for four years and began the season fighting injury will end it serving a suspension. Still, coach Jeff Hornacek found a positive amid the Joakim…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah: Decision to use supplement ‘backfired’
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:36:41 AM)

    The 20-game suspension is “severe,” Knicks center Joakim Noah believes, but he accepts his punishment because ultimately only he is to blame for “a mistake” in taking an over-the-counter supplement that contained a banned substance. “I made a mistake,” an apologetic Noah said Tuesday following practice in Tarrytown, a non-contact session he participated in. “It…

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Joakim Noah on 20-game suspension
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:10:41 AM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Noah medically cleared by Knicks, says he won’t appeal suspension
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:30:30 PM)

    Joakim Noah will not appeal his 20-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, he told reporters on Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek: Knicks will look to upgrade defense during offseason
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00:34 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek told reporters on Monday that the Knicks will look to upgrade the team’s defense through free agency and the draft this offseason.

  • [SNY Knicks] Would Malik Monk be a good fit for Knicks?
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00:42 AM)

    With De’Aaron Fox garnering attention following Kentucky’s Elite Eight loss, Malik Monk is still finding himself underrated and in his teammate’s shadow.

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    81 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.03.29)

    1. Frank

      So –
      I am not at all suggesting that we re-sign Rose. Let’s get that out of the way.
      But – if you look at his monthly splits, it’s sort of… interesting.

      These are by month (Oct->Mar)

      TS%: 47.2 -> 50.6 —>51.3—> 52.5—> 54.4—> 58.3

      FG%: 43.3 -> 43.7 -> 45.7-> 47.6-> 50-> 51.1

      FT/FGA (%): 13.3 —> 23.9 —> 27.1 —> 22 —> 20 —> 39.3

      I can easily see some team (including ours) looking at these stats and thinking that he’s finally feeling confident in his body, knowing what he can and can’t do. And for the life of me I can’t figure out why he doesn’t shoot 3’s, but maybe he works on that over the summer?

      (he’ll still be a douchebag and still won’t play any defense — but I’m just saying)

      On a more popular note, I haven’t been reading the threads as religiously as earlier in the year and so maybe I’m late tot he party, but I’d just like to give more love to Willy Hernangomez. Yes, he was exposed a little on the defensive end against really skilled centers recently, but still — 1st year in the NBA at age-22, averaging 15.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.2 blocks per 36, with a usage up to 19.8 for the year and a TS of 57.2 — those are unbelievable numbers. Even if you go to age-24 seasons, the only players who have hit similar numbers (for this search I used TS>57, usage >18, TRB%>20, assist%>10) in NBA history are Barkley, Love, and Willy. Good company.

      Even if you take out the playmaking assist% and put in a more traditional “big man” stat like blocks, the only players to reach TS>57, usage >18, TRB>20, and block%>2.5 at or before their age-24 season are Dwight Howard, Shaq, Valanciunas, and Willy. And re: Valanciunas, Willy averages almost a full offensive rebound more per 36 (and equal DRB/36), 2.4x more assists, 1.8x more steals, and 1.2x more blocks (and 1.5x more turnovers).

      So good job Phil. Now do some more good stuff.

    2. Z-man

      Happy 72nd Birthday Clyde! Hopefully the Knicks will be winning and you will be grinning soon (but not for the next 8 games!)

    3. Owen

      Happy Birthday Clyde! Civic treasure, national treasure, and best thing about the Knicks for me without much question across the past 20 years.

      In other news, Jusuf Nurkic has to be feeling pretty good about himself this morning.

    4. chrisk06811

      How much is Rose worth, and how much is he going to get?

      He’s the 14th highest paid player in the league now, at $21M.
      I think Sacremento and Denver are the 2 most likely places. i can’t see him getting more than 1 year / $15M or 2 years / $25M. but i’m sure he will.

    5. d-mar

      @1 Willy is without a doubt the biggest positive in a season full of negatives (including the sideways development of KP)

      I’m looking forward to next season when we hopefully have a young dynamic PG to follow and don’t have to watch Melo and Rose any more (at least in Knicks uniforms)

    6. stratomatic

      @1 Frank

      Thanks for those stats. I more or less monitor the general direction of key players’ TS% over the course of the season to see if anyone is making progress or declining. I knew Rose was improving all season, but I didn’t realize how much. If he was even a neutral defender, you could make a case for him being a very good point guard again going forward. He’s known to be a hard worker. For all we know he’s going to break out an improved 3 point shot before the end of the season or next year. It’s just really hard to take a chance because of the defense, injury history, and volatile moods. It’s a shame we can’t work something out in a sign and trade because he will have value to someone willing to take a shot on him. I really wish we could get something back other than cap space. It’s hard to find bargains using cap space unless you are someone like the Cavs, Warriors, etc.. Rubio was there for the taking and we blew it.

    7. DRed

      Rose deserves another NBA contract, which I wasn’t sure about at the start of the year. But as a bench player, for not much money.

    8. stratomatic

      1. Trade Melo and get at least one productive young player back.

      2. Draft a solid young rotation player.

      3. Sign at least 1 solid young player using cap space.

      4. Get improved efficiency out of KP due to a better play making PG acquired in 1-3 and better shot selection.

      5. Get improved defense, a little better shooting range, and fewer turnovers out of Hernangomez.

      If we can do that much in the off season we’ll be OK next year. Then there are still some wildcards like trading KOQ, pulling off a miracle with our 2nd round picks etc..

    9. lavor postell

      @12

      Improving his lower body and core strength is also pretty critical as far as KP maintaining high level of efficiency over 82 games. This is the 2nd year he’s tailed off after the turn of the calendar year and the drop in his 3P% over that time looks in part due to him having tired legs and not getting the same left. The sore Achilles he dealt with didn’t help the cause either.

    10. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      Nurkic took Jokic to school last night, 33 pts and 16 boards.. And to think that the Blazers also acquired a #1 from Denver in that trade for Mason Plumlee.

      Nurkic wished the Nuggets a “happy summer” after he demolished them.

    11. thenoblefacehumper

      Not re-signing Derrick Rose is the one thing for which I have some degree of confidence in Phil Jackson. If he does it I’ll pretty much give up entirely, to the extent that I haven’t already. It’s possible that he can make sense for a team at a low price and decreased role but there is zero justification for bringing him back here.

    12. chrisk06811

      Nurkic took Jokic to school last night, 33 pts and 16 boards.. And to think that the Blazers also acquired a #1 from Denver in that trade for Mason Plumlee.

      I’ve seen Nurkic in person about 3 times now. I’m not surprised Malone tried playing them together and loved his talent, but the guy has attitude problem written all over him. Horrible body language and a huge difference in effort one game to the next. I’m not surprised at all the gave up on him. He needs to be around vets who wont take that shit

    13. chrisk06811

      I really don’t get why we some people think we are going to be able to trade Melo and get a productive young player back, without taking back the equivalent in dead weight contracts.

      I do agree w/ your other points…..a summer of hard work from KG and Billy, a top draft pick and one other player would make us at least competitive next year.

    14. Owen

      I really don’t get why we some people think we are going to be able to trade Melo and get a productive young player back, without taking back the equivalent in dead weight contracts.

      I am not sure anyone believes this. We all hope it but nearly all of us I believe think trading Melo for anything valuable will be very very difficult.

    15. bobneptune

      Wow..Clyde is 72??

      I just turned 65 a couple of days ago and my fondest memory of the Knicks was listening to Marv Albert’s radio call of game 5 (i think), the game where Reed went down and Dave Stallworth with a little help from Dave D kept Wilt under control .

      The transistor radio worked overtime that night. The call by Marv was exceptional… I don’t remember how many emphatic, “YES… and it counts!” calls he gave that night, but he had me mesmerized and visualizing the game all at the same time.

      I wouldn’t mind listening to that again if it was archived somewhere….

      As great as game & was…. there isn’t a game 7 if Stallworth didn’t man up in game 5. Wilt was such a force of nature in those days.

      At least , that’s my unaided recollection.

    16. Hugo Busto

      There should be a 0 percent chance of Rose returning as a Knick. But in reality I’d actually say there is a 20% chance he stays a Knick.

    17. Totes McGoats

      I just turned 65 a couple of days ago and my fondest memory of the Knicks was listening to Marv Albert’s radio call of game 5 (i think), the game where Reed went down and Dave Stallworth with a little help from Dave D kept Wilt under control .

      The transistor radio worked overtime that night. The call by Marv was exceptional… I don’t remember how many emphatic, “YES… and it counts!” calls he gave that night, but he had me mesmerized and visualizing the game all at the same time.

      I wouldn’t mind listening to that again if it was archived somewhere….

      As great as game & was…. there isn’t a game 7 if Stallworth didn’t man up in game 5. Wilt was such a force of nature in those days.

      At least , that’s my unaided recollection

      Nice! Happy Belated Born Day!
      And Happy Born Day to Clyde. He doesn’t look a day over 55!

    18. GoldClub

      Hugo — I’ll give you 4-1 (20%). I’ll take not back. I figure if I lose that bet the combined pain of the monetary loss and Rose’s stankness will finally, once and for all, cause me to quit.

    19. stratomatic

      I really don’t get why we some people think we are going to be able to trade Melo and get a productive young player back, without taking back the equivalent in dead weight contracts.

      I’m hoping the perception around the league is different than the perception on this forum. It’s going to take a team that thinks they are one scorer away from serious contention to be willing to trade away a little long term upside for immediate scoring contribution. Under no circumstances are we going to get back a “star”, but we could get back someone in their mid 20s that starts and does good work on the boards and defensively.

    20. Accidentank 2017

      Look. When Golden State smokes Cleveland and Draymond Green wins Finals MVP, the Cavs are gonna want the anti-Draymond in Carmelo Anthony. We’ll get some good value for him on draft night.

    21. JK47

      I’m hoping the perception around the league is different than the perception on this forum. It’s going to take a team that thinks they are one scorer away from serious contention to be willing to trade away a little long term upside for immediate scoring contribution.

      The real problem is that you have to find a team for which at least three circles of this Venn Diagram intersect:
      1. Perceive themselves to be a scorer away from serious contention
      2. Can fit the MMM contract into their cap space
      3. Are a team for whom Melo is willing to waive his NTC

      If you’re a team that’s interested in acquiring Melo, it’s not like you are just giving up a couple of decent young players and that’s it– you’re also investing a massive amount of your cap space in him, which of course comes with a heavy opportunity cost.

      There are just better ways to spend $27M.

    22. djphan

      i think washington is the next logical destination for melo.. they are on the cusp of being an upper echelon team in the east… and might be willing to part with some draft picks…

      but all deals would have to include us taking back mahinmi/gortat and morris at minimum…. if we throw in koq to at least get two late firsts i would take that…

    23. Philmelo

      Outside of blowing up their rosters up what recourse do the Cavaliers and Clippers really have beyond trading for Melo after their disappointing seasons are done? These are teams tied to aging stars beyond their physical primes that can’t seem to break into the Warriors/Spurs level of dominance while a younger team like the Celtics are making the move upwards.

    24. Philmelo

      Everyone here would take back Crawford and rivers all day. Without a pick.

      I sure as shit wouldn’t.

    25. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      Love is always the key to everything. Including trading Melo.

      Happy Birthday Bob & Clyde!

    26. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      Jonathan Wasserman: Assuming Fultz-Ball-Jackson go 1-2-3 and Magic pick 4, they could keep Payton and draft Tatum/Isaac or move Payton and replace w/ Fox/Smith.”

    27. nicos

      Cleveland’s problems are on the defensive end- if they trade Love it sure as heck isn’t going to be for Anthony. Clippers/Washington are possibilities- does Washington want to go all in now and forget resigning Porter and trading for Melo instead? Maybe but I doubt it. Clippers have nothing to trade but Rivers/Crawford but maybe Phil’s desperate enough to get rid of Melo at this point to pull the trigger. Where else would Melo go? Miami maybe but I can’t see Riley making a big push for him.

    28. english_knick

      First time post but I read the forum a lot. For what it’s worth, I don’t think we should be worried about taking on ‘bad’ salaries in a deal for Melo or for other deals. We need to rebuild properly and slowly – chasing free agents this summer will result in overpays for bad players. So tying money up in bad players and sitting tight on what space we have left is fine.

      Pick the best player available. Explore trades for picks – would Indiana give theirs up for KOQ and Lee if we took back Ellis (1 guaranteed year)? Explore the market for melo – if clippers would include Brice Johnson and the 2021 pick along with rivers and Crawford (also 1 fully guaranteed year) I think I’d do it.

      Throw an offer at one of the two decent RFAs on the market – porter, KCP – because those are the only players whose age and ability fit out timeline and who ‘might’ be available.

      And through all of that – BE PATIENT! Develop from within with the young players we have, draft high again in a year – and focus on a title in the next decade not an 8-seed in two years time…

    29. mase

      If Melo was smart he would list the lakers as trade destination… lots of youth, big market, George is on the way.
      deng and their first. Let’s do it

    30. Hugo Busto

      @35
      that would make too much sense. PHIL’s time is running out and he needs something to show for it. We will always be in “win now” mode. what does he have 2 years left on his contract?

      @36
      as a side note, the lakers youth are totally overrated. but I fully expect them to land some top FA’s/ pull off some good trades. so it won’t really matter

    31. stratomatic

      Everyone here would take back Crawford and rivers all day. Without a pick

      I don’t want either one of them. I’d take back cap space before that deal.

    32. mase

      Idk if I agree… we need guard help. If the two of them are merely role players at least they are off the books next season

    33. stratomatic

      The deal that made the most sense to me was Melo to Cavs, Love to Boston, and Crowder plus something else from Boston to NY to make the salaries work (Avery Bradley?). Of course, the Cav are probably going to want more than Melo, but Boston has a lot of assets to trade and bring in whatever else the Cavs might want. Boston has always had the hots for Love. They are very close to serious contention. If they add Love and the 1st pick, they are right there even if they give up Crowder plus some other assets.

    34. Philmelo

      Cleveland’s problems are on the defensive end- if they trade Love it sure as heck isn’t going to be for Anthony.

      A major part of Cleveland’s defensive problems stem from the fact that Kevin Love broke down this season and isn’t playing as well since returning from injury.

    35. Silky Johnson, Fleet Admiral of the Tank Armada

      If we have to spend big money this offseason it should probably be dedicated to maxing Otto Porter

      He’s gonna resign with Washington but it’s still worth a shot.

      I see Washington and LAC as the only viable destinations for Melo but Washington won’t do it if they have to give up porter (who is way better than Melo) and LAC doesn’t have much in the cabinet unless we take on Crawford (which I’m fine with but it appears that that’s a red line for phil.)

      I doubt Cleveland would trade Love to a big competitor for the one seed like Boston just to acquire an aging Melo.

    36. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      @41 Then I guess we’re stuck with Melo because of a similar line of reasoning. Right?

    37. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      Noah is no longer injured and is now serving his suspension. Hallelujah!
      He’s such a quick healer.

    38. stratomatic

      The cavs aren’t doing that deal. They need love he’s a blue chip for the white fan base

      Doesn’t it depend on what else Boston sweetens the deal with?

      Boston has a surplus of good picks they could include that the Cavs could then use as part of a trade to get what they need. Normally, I would say Boston would not be willing to give up that much for Love, but when you are as close as they are, add Love, and add the 1st pick, you are no longer knocking on the door. You are inside the house and a serious contender. Sometimes teams will give up a little extra for the final piece. That’s the one time it makes sense to think shorter term and have a legit shot at the title sooner.

      It gets back to perceptions.

      We think Melo was overrated all along and is going downhill now. Not everyone thinks that.

      Boston wants Love, but I never got the feeling he was loved in Clevelend.

    39. Philmelo

      The cavs could deal direct with Boston for their first

      It would be interesting to see if Cleveland is ballsy enough to trade Love to the Celtics for their first overall pick plus Amir Johnson and then switch that pick with Dallas’ to get Noel. It would revamp their depleted defensive frontcourt, even if it did fuck up their spacing. But it would make a future deal for Melo possible.

    40. Hubert

      The deal that made the most sense to me was Melo to Cavs, Love to Boston, and Crowder plus something else from Boston to NY to make the salaries work (Avery Bradley?). Of course, the Cav are probably going to want more than Melo, but Boston has a lot of assets to trade and bring in whatever else the Cavs might want. Boston has always had the hots for Love. They are very close to serious contention. If they add Love and the 1st pick, they are right there even if they give up Crowder plus some other assets.

      I don’t think Cleveland is participating in any trades that help the Celtics.

    41. Philmelo

      @52

      Because now Cleveland has flexibility to create a defensive lineup that could support Melo in it, and that’s key because Lebron is getting to an age where he needs another volume scorer to take some of the burden off him. If Cleveland deals Love to bolster their defensive frontcourt talent and depth, they will miss his scoring potential from the perimeter as a three point shooter. Melo would fill that need and be a perfect guy to have on the court with any combination of Noel, Thompson, Johnson when Lebron sits down. Of course, we’d have to take some of Cleveland’s bad contracts like Shump and Frye, but we could get the pick they swapped with Dallas.

      Here is how it would breakdown according to the ESPN trade machine. Remember, Dallas ends up getting the projected #1 overall pick in their swap with Cleveland where they trade Noel, so they have crack at Ball or Fultz which gives them the young stud to build around. We get the projected 10th pick, giving us a crack at Ntilikina or maybe even an Isaac if he falls that low.

    42. Hubert

      I really don’t mind being stuck with Melo. He’s going to be on a one year deal with an option next year. He doesn’t cause any trouble. He may age well.

      If the alternative is Austin Rivers, I’d just let him hang around.

    43. TheOakmanCometh

      Don’t assume that Cleveland wouldn’t? want Melo because he’s not better than Love. There are several factors at play, of which talent is only one.

      1) LeBron is buddies with Melo and has a lot of sway in that organization.
      2) Melo’s rep among players is higher than it is on this board.
      3) Melo is “not afraid of big moments” — i.e. is willing to take shots late in games, which is an overvalued skill.
      4) If you don’t watch the Knicks every day, it would be easy to excuse his poor play as being a result of the team’s dysfunction, rather than a cause of it.
      5) Sometimes teams make lateral moves just because their current formula isn’t working.

      If Cleveland gets stomped in the Finals, I really think it’s possible that they call us to inquire about Melo. And I think it’s very likely that Doc makes a push for Melo if he and CP3 are still in LA.

    44. Hubert

      @57 I’d like to agree but they were pretty adamant at the trade deadline, and that was with Love injured. I know they’re not the smartest team, but I can’t see losing to Golden State in the Finals making them do a total reversal on Love for Melo.

    45. Philmelo

      @60

      The one guy whose contract we’d be saddled with is Frye. There is still a market for Shumpert at his inexpensive contract.

      Cleveland would need to look into finding defensive help in the backcourt, but its not like Shump is a stopper there anymore.

    46. the don nelson era

      @41 Great point. I think a lot of us almost forgot how the Kevin Love trade revived the basketball interests of an entire region of whitefolk. It even overshadowed LeBron’s return to the Cavs! God knows those good fans would never have bought tickets if Cleveland traded for Paul George instead.

    47. the don nelson era

      There’s no way for me to know what religious beliefs they hold and I’d hate to presume what’s in their hearts and heads based on the color of their skin.

    48. geehee

      I reeeeaaally want Miami to kill us tonight. So in saying that, it will probably come down to a possession or two. Hopefully KP is feeling a bit lethargic today – maybe he didn’t sleep well or he didn’t get a morning coffee.

    49. dtrickey

      I really don’t mind being stuck with Melo. He’s going to be on a one year deal with an option next year. He doesn’t cause any trouble. He may age well.

      If the alternative is Austin Rivers, I’d just let him hang around.

      I think he’s shown this year that he isn’t aging particularly well, but I have no issues with him still being on this team. The only thing I would like to see if he stays is a willingness to take a backseat to KP and Willy and almost play that Paul Pierce role with the Wizards. It’s an expensive price to pay for a role player, but if we trade him for the sake of just getting him off the team and get crap back, then we are cutting off our nose to spite our face a bit.

    50. Accidentank 2017

      No Derrick Rose tonight means more Ron Baker and that guarantees a loss. Great day to be a Knicks fan.

    51. dtrickey

      Also, I know it was discussed the other day, but there have been a couple of articles post Giles declaring that have him going late first. Even one suggesting he might fall out of the 1st all together. I only saw the odd Duke game where he came off the bench, but is there any real serious risk he drops that far after workouts?

    52. Accidentank 2017

      Harry Giles is going to dominate his workouts and end up in the lottery. There is zero big man talent in this draft and he’s too good for a team to not take a risk on. If he does fall out of the lottery he goes to Miami.

    53. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      @72 I got to watch former Aussie Travis Trice play for the Westchester Knicks last night. He looked very good next to NDour, Randle, Plumlee and company. How did he do for you down under?

    54. dtrickey

      Harry Giles is going to dominate his workouts and end up in the lottery. There is zero big man talent in this draft and he’s too good for a team to not take a risk on. If he does fall out of the lottery he goes to Miami.

      Hard to think Riley wouldn’t draft him if he were available, which would absolutely burn me up inside.

    55. dtrickey

      @72 I got to watch former Aussie Travis Trice play for the Westchester Knicks last night. He looked very good next to NDour, Randle, Plumlee and company. How did he do for you down under?

      He was solid in the Australian League just gone. Averaged about 14.6 pts, 42.1% FG 37.4% 3PT and abut 3.5 assists to 1.5 TO’s per game. Was slow to get going due to a hip injury at the start of the year, but quickly became the go to guy in Cairns. Looked really quick off his first step and was not afraid to step up in clutch moments. His assist numbers weren’t mind blowing, but you could chalk that up to his role as a go to scorer on the team. He put on about 5kg of muscle during the year to help him deal with the more physical nature of the Australian League, so that should help finishing through contact a lot. He looked his best when he was attacking Defences early in the shot clock.

    56. Reub On Our Way To Greatness

      Thanks, dtrickey. Trice had 26 points last night, 2 for 3 on threes, 8 for 10 fts, and threw in 8 assists. He looked stronger and quicker than I remember him from last season and his shooting was excellent.
      Any scouting for us on Terrance Ferguson’s season?

    57. english_knick

      One other thing about trading Melo. Not 100% sure but pretty certain his cap hit of traded this summer is actually about $32m. 15% trade kicker of his remaining salary – $7.5m. Can’t be added to an option year so it’s all on his 17/18 salary. Whoever posted earlier it would be hard to find a team willing to give up that much of their cap for Melo – +1!

      If clippers re-sign Blake and Paul they will be well over the tax line even if they just renounce Reddick, and Crawford and Rivers don’t match up to that $32m. So that deal pushes them even further up – I think the clippers ship may have sailed for Melo…

    58. Philmelo

      Draymond Green has passed LeBron James in Total Real Plus-Minus (RPM) for the season. He’s now at +7.03, second only to Chris Paul— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) March 29, 2017

    59. Sir Robin

      @19: Bob-happy birthday!. I remember another Game 5 from that year: Game 5 against the Bullets, who I considered our toughest rivals at the time. Unseld had been MVP in 1969 and Willis MVP in 1970. Willis only had a double-double, although what a double -double: 36 and 36 (that’s right, points AND rebounds). The Knicks win game 5 and go on to beat the bullets in 7, I believe. And listening to Marv was sublime: “Rebound Reed, ahead Frazier, who drives, and lays it up and in! He’s fouled, and it counts!” Remember, it was Clyde vs Pearl as well!

      Pearl was one of my favorites as well. I was so happy (but skeptical) when he joined the Knicks, but he graciously deferred to Clyde, who still speaks of all of his former teammates with reverence. I recall hearing Clyde, on different broadcasts, call each of Willis and Dick Barnett and Red Holzman his idol.

      One last story: when Pistol Pete went crazy for 68 against the Knicks, he did it against Clyde. At one point during the game, Clyde said to Pearl “you wanna take him?” to which Pearl replied: “hey man, you’re the defensive specialist, not me!” Here’s hoping somehow the Knicks organization can recreate the magic of that team.

    60. dtrickey

      Any scouting for us on Terrance Ferguson’s season?

      He was solid for Adelaide. Didn’t have a huge role with the team, however by all reports given his age and experience, the coaching staff were happy for him to be a bit player. His numbers don’t pop off the paper (15 mpg, 4.63 ppg, .470 TS% 4.54 drb% to name a few) , but in game he was pretty important for Adelaide as a pop up shooter. He works well in a motion offence and looked to be (at least from the games I saw) a pretty good passer. Definitely needs to hit the gym as he got bullied a bit by some of the bigger more experienced players on D. Once he got comfortable in Adelaide’s system, he definitely looked to use his length and lateral quickness more, but as I said needs a few summers in the gym. If he falls to the 2nd round would be worth a look. I could see him going late 1st if there is a team willing to develop a 19 y.o.

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