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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Knicks Sign Green & Hunter

Memo from the Knick front office:

NEW YORK, December 12, 2011 – New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward Devin Green and forward/center Chris Hunter. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Green, 6-7, 212-pounds, played 27 games for the L.A. Lakers in 2005-06 for a total 136 minutes. The Hampton University alum spent the last five seasons playing overseas in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Puerto Rico, China and Bulgaria. He split last season between Shangai (China) and Lukoil Academic (Bulgaria) and averaged 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds over 34.1 minutes for Shanghai and 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.2 minutes for Lukoil Academic.

Hunter, 6-11, 240-pounds, originally signed with New York on Apr. 14, 2009, following a D-League All-Star season with Fort Wayne. He holds NBA career averages of 4.5 points on .502 shooting, 2.8 rebounds and 0.60 assists over 13 minutes in 60 games with Golden State during the 2009-10 season. He returned to Fort Wayne last season, where he holds career averages of 18.6 points on .546 shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists over 54 games (47 starts). He played collegiately for four seasons at the University of Michigan.

The Knicks roster now stands at 13.

57 comments on “Knicks Sign Green & Hunter

  1. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    I get the idea of filling out the rest of the roster with young guys with upside, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with these guys. Aren’t there any interesting undrafted rookies out there?

  2. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Not really, it doesn’t sound that bad. But it’d be pretty funny (in a horrific way) if the Knicks’ three best players all had knee problems. By the way, I guess I should be more worried about the injury when you couple it with the fact that Melo had knee surgery in the offseason (and elbow surgery!).

  3. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
    I get the idea of filling out the rest of the roster with young guys with upside, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with these guys. Aren’t there any interesting undrafted rookies out there?

    These guys are camp-filler till the Shawne/Crawford/other amnestied guys (Baron) situation gets sorted out.

  4. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    These guys are camp-filler till the Shawne/Crawford/other amnestied guys (Baron) situation gets sorted out.

    Oh good, that’s fine, then.

  5. TDM

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): These guys are camp-filler till the Shawne/Crawford/other amnestied guys (Baron) situation gets sorted out.

    I sure hope that is true. I saw that the Knicks signed Shump and Jorts, and that they intended to sign Jordan, but I never saw a story saying that they did, in fact, sign Jordan. Did that happen?

  6. BigBlueAL

    TDM: I sure hope that is true.I saw that the Knicks signed Shump and Jorts, and that they intended to sign Jordan, but I never saw a story saying that they did, in fact, sign Jordan.Did that happen?

    Jordan was at practice today but still cant technically be signed since his buyout from his old team’s contract isnt done yet and something about his work visa I think I also read.

  7. KnickFanInCelticLand

    Spree8nyk8: Is anyone worried about Carmelos knee?

    No. The official word I just read was “mild hyperextension.” Assuming this is true, he would be a mild ligament injury that occurs when you over straighten the knee. It is a type of sprain. In that Melo walked off the court on his own suggests his knee is stable (no rupture of the ligament) and will be back playing soon….educated guess from media info would be a week. However, since I did not physically examine his knee, my answer is only as good as the official word. If I did examine him I could not even opine because of a little thing called HIPPA.

  8. BigBlueAL

    D’Antoni said Melo will be back at practice Tues or Wed. Melo told media it wasnt a big deal and Hahn tweeted he wasnt limping at all.

  9. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    If the Knicks can’t re-sign Shawne Williams, anyone else think James Posey would be a good plan B?

    Playoff-tested vet, can hit from outside, defend multiple positions — sort of an older, slightly past-his-prime Shawne Williams

  10. Spree8nyk8

    Guess I’m a little leary because when Marcus Lattimore went off the field the report was mild sprain and the next day he was out for the season and killed his heisman hopes.

  11. BigBlueAL

    Isola tweeted that the Knicks are trying to get Crawford to take their mini-mid level. I certainly dont understand wanting Crawford back but if all it will cost them is 2.5 mil bucks for 1 or 2 yrs then Im definitely down for that.

  12. d-mar

    BigBlueAL:
    Isola tweeted that the Knicks are trying to get Crawford to take their mini-mid level.I certainly dont understand wanting Crawford back but if all it will cost them is 2.5 mil bucks for 1 or 2 yrs then Im definitely down for that.

    I’d be down with that too, but I can’t imagine Jamal taking that kind of money to play for NY. There’s ego involved, and in the NBA $2.5 MM is like minimum wage for established players.

  13. BigBlueAL

    d-mar: I’d be down with that too, but I can’t imagine Jamal taking that kind of money to play for NY. There’s ego involved, and in the NBA $2.5 MM is like minimum wage for established players.

    For 1 yr though he might have no other choices. Make that this year and become a FA again next off-season.

  14. BigBlueAL

    Now that I think about it more, I would be pretty damn excited to sign Crawford for that amount. If it does happen (still highly doubt it) I hope he is the 6th man like he was in Atlanta.

  15. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Yeah, while I am a fan of the man himself, I am not a fan of the player. However, for $2.5 million, how could you go wrong? Why would he take that, though? He has to be able to get more than that, no? Or is this the exact thing the players were worried about – the mid-level guys losing millions of dollars?

  16. BigBlueAL

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
    Yeah, while I am a fan of the man himself, I am not a fan of the player. However, for $2.5 million, how could you go wrong? Why would he take that, though? He has to be able to get more than that, no? Or is this the exact thing the players were worried about – the mid-level guys losing millions ofdollars?

    I will always have a soft spot for Crawford. During those horrible Isiah years he was a bright spot for the most part (along with David Lee’s emergence).

    I will never forget his 52 pt game vs the Heat, an amazing performance (believe he hit like 11 shots in a row).

  17. Kevin McElroy

    BBAL,

    Respectfully disagree. To me he was symbolic of the exact (on-court) problems with that team — lack of positional definition, horrible shot selection, horrible defense. It wasn’t really his fault — he always belonged on a better team as the 6th man — but he was a singular manifestation of Isiah’s fetish for shoot-first combo guards.

  18. BigBlueAL

    Totally agree Kevin, just that it was hard not to root for and like Crawford which is kinda what Brian was saying.

    He did give us fans some exciting moments like that game vs the Heat and a few game-winning shots.

  19. iserp

    Billups to the Clippers, i guess they will just wait to 2012 for Howard or Paul. Who are the Hornets going to deal with now?

  20. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Well, it is a bit like six of one, half dozen of the other. Yes, he (or Curry, but I guess him more because he actually played) was the centerpiece of how poorly Isiah managed the Knick roster, so seeing him play a below-average lead scorer for years was brutal, but at the same time, with such a brutal team overall, at least he could occasionally give you exciting moments. I mean, come on, there are few Knicks in the past 10 years that have had highlight reels better than Crawford’s. When he was on, he was on (he just rarely was on and always shot like he thought he was on when he wasn’t). Outside of the Lee tip-in, Crawford’s game-winner against Denver was probably one of the most amazing highlights we had this past decade.

    EDITED TO ADD: I see Kevin and Al both came to that same conclusion while I was typing. ;)

  21. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    I wouldn’t say that Billups being on the Clippers means that they are out on Paul. They could easily play them together in the backcourt, and having Billups allows them to give up Bledsoe without worry.

  22. Kevin McElroy

    I’ll take Nate’s New Year’s evisceration of the Hawks. But agree on Crawford’s bright spots being BRIGHT. He was the Knicks best streak scorer since probably Bernard. My favorite thing about him was that he was actually useful with the ball at the end of quarters or the shot clock — a role where Houston had been miscast for half a decade before Jam came along.

  23. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Oh, by the way, thank goodness Billups didn’t end up on the Heat. Heck, I’m just happy that he didn’t end up on an East team, period. I don’t want to have to play against him a bunch of times, because he’ll just be so vocally lame that it will annoy me on end.

  24. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Kevin McElroy:
    Say what you will about Billups but we will be longing for the days of Charlie Ward and Chris Childs at the point by mid-January.

    Looks like Mo Williams got amnestied by the Clips. He’d be GREAT on the Nix if he clears amnesty waivers

  25. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Kevin McElroy:
    JUST saw that.Agree.I’ve always enjoyed Mo Williams — especially when he turned into an Emo Kid after The Decision.

    Then again, if multiple teams bid on Chauncey “I could not do a worse PR job if I tried” Billups, you have to think Mo’s going to get offers

  26. Kevin McElroy

    Here’s an idea (and excuse me if its been thrown around already because I’m just getting over my lockout-induced-not-reading-NBA-blogs hissy fit): what about a trade for Goran Dragic? The Rockets were ready to include him in the Paul deal and he might be disgruntled. They already have Lowry and Jonny Flynn. Dragic has one year left at $2.1M, some nice upside, and a history with D’Antoni. What if we sent them Balkman or Walker and a 2nd rounder or something? Far-fetched?

  27. Kevin McElroy

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
    I can’t see how Mo Williams could avoid getting picked up.

    Yeah not really saying it’s realistic, just agreeing with Bobbo’s point that he’d be a great fit. And the idea of him having a segment on the halftime show where he reads break-up poetry he wrote about LeBron and Clyde gives critical commentary makes it worth at least clinging to some faint hope.

  28. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Kevin McElroy:
    Here’s an idea (and excuse me if its been thrown around already because I’m just getting over my lockout-induced-not-reading-NBA-blogs hissy fit): what about a trade for Goran Dragic?The Rockets were ready to include him in the Paul deal and he might be disgruntled.They already have Lowry and Jonny Flynn.Dragic has one year left at $2.1M, some nice upside, and a history with D’Antoni.What if we sent them Balkman or Walker and a 2nd rounder or something?Far-fetched?

    Dragic showed up in Phoenix after M’DA left, but yes, he was in Gentry’s modified SSOL. He’d be nice, but the question is, what do you offer? Shump/Jorts/Bibby can’t be moved. I wouldn’t do DWTDD or Landry for him. We can’t offer Balkman plus $ since all of it went to DC in the Chandler trade. The cupboard’s pretty bare right now.

  29. Kevin McElroy

    Balkman’s salary gets us there without adding cash, I think ($1.6 for $2.1 works doesn’t it?) Throw in a 2nd rounder to get them value. Houston also has trade exceptions.

  30. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Dwight Howard is such a doofus. He really should just shut up. Every time he talks he just sounds worse.

  31. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Kevin McElroy:
    Balkman’s salary gets us there without adding cash, I think ($1.6 for $2.1 works doesn’t it?)Throw in a 2nd rounder to get them value.Houston also has trade exceptions.

    We can tell him about Balkman’s through-the-roof Wins Produced from his rookie season

  32. Mulligan

    Apparently Clippers also renounced Ike Diogu, Craig Smith and Jamario Moon. Wouldn’t mind Moon to give us more wing depth… Also, i always thought of Big Ike as Golden State’s version of Mike Sweetney, so… that could be cool too.

  33. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Mulligan:
    Apparently Clippers also renounced Ike Diogu, Craig Smith and Jamario Moon. Wouldn’t mind Moon to give us more wing depth… Also, i always thought of Big Ike as Golden State’s version of Mike Sweetney, so… that could be cool too.

    Craig Smith is available? He’s a homeless man’s Paul Millsap!

  34. Z

    Count me down as a guy who, despite my more rational judgement, would like to see Jamal back in NY. I liked Jamal’s style and poise and rootability. Unfortunately, that was all off the court. On the court he was infuriating, but I still wanted to win with him so badly. In a reduced role, with a reduced contract, I’d be thrilled to root for him in the blue and orange again.

  35. art vandelay

    Never in a million years did I think I would be here hoping Crawford would return to bolster our backcourt and give a little more scoring punch, as to me he always represented the worst of the dark ages under Isiah….but yes, for $2.5 Million if he is willing to accept that (which I highly doubt he is), I would be thrilled to have him back here!

  36. daJudge

    As a fourth option, Crawford would be pretty effective. Not a great passer, but his offensive punch would create even more match up problems. He’s not exactly the kind of guy I would leave open. What about his D? I know I watched him many times, but I can’t get a good read on what to expect from him playing with a dominant defensive Center. Maybe his flaws will be negated somewhat by this awesome new line up. “I luv this team,” Mojo Nixon. Thumbs up. On a purely subjective level; hell, I really dug this guy. While seemingly irrelevant, my guess is that his own teammates feel the same way. That’s a plus and maybe a big one. Glue or solvent? I’d say glue. Sign him for $$2.5.

  37. Shad0wF0x

    For 2.5 I’d like to have Jamal onboard. Depending on who we’re playing we might not have to worry too much about his defense. If a Tony Allen type is out there, send out Jamal. If an O.J. Mayo type is out there, send out Iman.

  38. Hawk86

    @49 From espn ny

    Amare Stoudemire – 1
    Landry Fields – 2
    Bill Walker – 5
    Tyson Chandler – 6
    Carmelo Anthony – 7
    Jared Jeffries – 9
    Devin Green – 13
    Chris Hunter – 14
    Mike Bibby – 20
    Iman Shumpert – 21
    Toney Douglas – 23
    Renaldo Balkman – 32
    Josh Harrellson – 55

  39. Shad0wF0x

    @51

    Oh no I meant if we sign Jamal for that 2.5 mil exception for 1 year. Crawford can be inserted to defend someone that doesn’t really need to be defended. And we’ll get instant offense as well. I’d like to hang on to Iman for the rest of the year at the very least.

  40. ess-dog

    John Kenney (@JohnbKenney):
    Did anyone else watch the knicks scrimmage video? Who is the number 14 that unleashes the ferocious dunk? http://knicksnow.com/posts/1746-all-access-training-camp

    Hunter’s a big boy. We could use some muscle at the end of the bench. That clip of Shumpert was nice too. He pretty much shook off TD for that open look and drained it. His form looks really good. I’m starting to get cautiously excited about him. We could still use a better passing guard on the team.

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