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Friday, October 24, 2014

NY Post: Knicks Unlikely to Re-Sign Cole Aldrich

Marc Berman has a new article up that’s mostly about how Melo is likely to re-sign with the Knicks (I tend to agree), but buried in the article is a disturbing little nugget of information:

The Knicks have other free agents in center Cole Aldrich, Shannon Brown, injury-prone Kenyon Martin and point guard Tour’e Murry, whom the Knicks have until Monday to offer a $1 million qualifying offer to make him restricted. Only Murry has a shot at returning.

I suppose you can take that with a grain of salt (Berman has been known to get things wrong on occasion), but the way that he says it so definitively suggests to me that he has a pretty good inkling of what the Knicks’ plans are regarding ol’ King Cole. If Berman writes the truth, then that would be a shame. as Aldrich is more than capable of being a member of the Knicks rotation.

18 comments on “NY Post: Knicks Unlikely to Re-Sign Cole Aldrich

  1. yellowboy90

    will there be any bigs on the team? Cole it was fun. I will miss your effective awkwardness.

  2. sugarslim5

    The Jason Kidd crisis is a good sign that the Knicks lose Melo, probably to Dallas. The media can act like it was preplanned, forgetting that Phil made it happen with the Felton/Chandler trades.

  3. Brian Cronin Post author

    What does the Nets’ coaching situation have to do with Melo’s free agency?

  4. Brian Cronin Post author

    By the way, while I do think that Melo is going to re-sign with the Knicks, I think that he has been planning on re-signing all year long and opting out was more about getting a new long term locked in sooner than later while also getting his ego stroked for a week by other teams courting him. I don’t think Phil Jackson is especially important to Melo’s decision-making. And yet no matter which way Melo ultimately decides to go, it will be framed as a referendum on Jackson’s relationship with Melo, which I don’t think is fair.

    I think if Melo stays, it will be because he never wanted to leave in the first place. And if he leaves, it will be because he knows that the Knicks won’t be ready to win a championship next season, which is something Phil Jackson was never going to be able to do anything about.

  5. sugarslim5

    What does the Nets’ coaching situation have to do with Melo’s free agency?

    Call it a hunch. Like Kidd and Fisher being so similar.

  6. sugarslim5

    2014 at 5:29 am
    By the way, while I do think that Melo is going to re-sign with the Knicks, I think that he has been planning on re-signing all year long and opting out was more about getting a new long term locked in sooner than later while also getting his ego stroked for a week by other teams courting him. I don’t think Phil Jackson is especially important to Melo’s decision-making. And yet no matter which way Melo ultimately decides to go, it will be framed as a referendum on Jackson’s relationship with Melo, which I don’t think is fair.

    I think if Melo stays, it will be because he never wanted to leave in the first place. And if he leaves, it will be because he knows that the Knicks won’t be ready to win a championship next season, which is something Phil Jackson was never going to be able to do anything about

    It’s always dangerous when a star player starts roaming around to other teams on his own. Lebron isn’t doing that, when he did, he ended up in Miami. This time they can’t contact him, he’s resigning.

  7. Brian Cronin Post author

    Oh sure, I agree that it isn’t an ideal situation for the Knicks. But the other teams can only lure him away if he truly is open to the idea of being lured, ya know? If he is, then yes, fair enough, he will likely leave. But I think that that was a decision he made a long time ago (namely “Do I want to compete for a championship in 2014-15 or do I want to stay where I am most comfortable and hopefully compete for one starting in 2015-16?”) and I don’t know what that decision was. I tend to think that it was the latter, but I obviously cannot say for certain.

  8. sugarslim5

    When you put Felton and Chandler on that team it increases their chances because of the friendship between them.

  9. Brian Cronin Post author

    The friendship between Melo and Chandler? I don’t believe they actually are friends, at least not to the extent where Chandler being on a specific team would make Melo more likely to go there.

  10. johnno

    Uh-oh. I sure hope DRed takes the time to read the article so that he realizes that it’s Berman spouting nonsense. If he just reads the headline he might jump off a bridge somewhere. Sigh…we’re gonna miss DRed ’round these parts…

  11. Zanzibar

    Remember Phil named Cole/Melo/Chandler/Shump as players he liked? Chandler – gone. Cole – gone. Shump – trade rumors. Melo – who knows. It’s starting to look like boss Phil in his Al Pacino role: a kiss before sending those players on a one-way boat ride. I figured Woodson not playing Cole at all increased our chances of re-signing him and I would have favored giving him all or part of bae (if below apron). Poor DRed, he’s probably in church right now asking: Why? Maybe he’ll make like another prominent poster here and head on over to the discussion board of team which signs Cole.

  12. lavor postell

    If we use the BAE is their a hard cap or is that only the MLE?

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I think Berman’s just throwing some shit out there though. Aldrich is a solid defensive and rebounding big who is actually fairly effective offensively and most importantly is a good passing big. I think Phil’s at least going to try to sign the guy but if he gets more money from somebody else it’s hard to imagine he’d turn it down given he hasn’t made a ton of money in his career thus far.

  13. ephus

    Use of the BAE or the full MLE creates a hard cap at the Apron.

    Knicks could use Non-Bird Rights to offer Cole 20% above the veteran’s minimum. If they give a player option on year 2, that can guarantee Cole around 2.4 million. Next year, if Cole opted out, he would have Early Bird Rights with the Knicks.

    Let’s see if that is enough to keep Cole.

  14. Ted Nelson

    I would imagine that Phil Jackson has a lot to do with Melo’s decision. Jax is defining the future of the Knicks organization, and Melo is about to decide whether or not he wants to be a part of that future. Almost by definition his opinion on Jax’s plans will come into play.

    Brian, you seem to be assuming that Melo’s mind is already made up. Could be, but it’s also very possible that he is legitimately weighing his options right now.

  15. ephus

    Apron number will be finalized at the end of July Moritorium. If salary cap is $63.2 million, the Apron will be around $81 million. It is $4 million over the luxury tax line, which is set at ((53.51% of projected BRI – aggregate cost of benefits)/30).

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