Knicks Morning News (2015.12.26)

  • [New York Daily News] Kristaps Porzingis getting little All-Star love from voters (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 04:32:58 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis will need a big comeback to become the first rookie since Yao Ming to get voted into the All-Star game.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Hold Off Lakers 94-84 in Bryant’s Last Xmas Game (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:33:33 GMT)

    Chris Paul and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers’ starters thought they were done after three quarters. Despite a 28-point lead, they were wrong.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | College Basketball: Oklahoma Wins Diamond Head Title (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 05:11:19 GMT)

    Buddy Hield scored 34 points and Jordan Woodward had 28 — both career highs — to help No. 3 Oklahoma beat Harvard, 83-71.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | College Basketball: Hawaii Knocks Off Auburn (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 05:05:11 GMT)

    Chase Fischer led Brigham Young to an 84-76 win over Northern Iowa on Friday in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Heat Survive in Overtime and Extend Holiday Streak (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 04:55:43 GMT)

    Bosh had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade added 19 as Miami improved its record on the holiday to an N.B.A.-best 10-2.

  • [New York Times] Rockets End Spurs’ 7-Game Streak With 88-84 Win (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 04:51:33 GMT)

    The Houston Rockets had their best defensive performance of the season in a victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Cavaliers 89-83 in NBA Finals Rematch (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 02:06:38 GMT)

    Even when all those long-range shots aren’t falling like usual, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors showed they are quite comfortable grinding out wins.

  • [New York Times] Warriors 89, Cavaliers 83: 192 Days Later, Cavaliers Again Fall to Warriors (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 01:55:00 GMT)

    The Cavaliers waited more than six months for another crack at the Warriors, who defeated them in the finals, but the result was the same as Golden State overcame sloppy play to improve to 28-1.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant, Despite Struggles, Has Big Lead in All-Star Voting (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 00:25:29 GMT)

    Bryant’s 719,235 votes more than doubled the total of LeBron James, the N.B.A. said in announcing the first returns.

  • 7 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.12.26)”

    To continue the Afflalo for Gasol thread from yesterday, that seems like the kind of deal that Phil might be interested in, but would Chicago? They want a wing, but they might not want Afflalo b/c he could opt out at year’s end. So, it all might be moot.

    However, if the deal went down, that could free up Lopez to be traded for the guard help so badly needed. Perhaps Phil could charm Gasol into opting in for next year? He would be a nice mentor/stopgap until, hopefully, KP ready to take over at the 5. Some combination of KP, OQ, and Hernangomez could be the future there as soon as next year.

    Like some of you, I’d prefer trading for young assets, but just not seeing any rumors in that direction. What team is willing to give up some assets for players the Knicks currently have? The best available guard that I’ve read about is Lawson, but he’s an expensive headcase, though he is also an expiring.

    I wonder if both sides would be willing to do Calderon, Seraphin, and Amundson for him? The salaries are close to matching. I wouldn’t do that, though the deal would get the Knicks out from under Calderon’s salary next year…

    Like some of you, I’d prefer trading for young assets, but just not seeing any rumors in that direction. What team is willing to give up some assets for players the Knicks currently have? The best available guard that I’ve read about is Lawson, but he’s an expensive headcase, though he is also an expiring.

    Just because there isn’t a good trade out there right now doesn’t mean we have to make a bad one.

    Also, this notion that the Knicks have to shed salary for next season is…misguided I think. We’re not going to be players in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, and other than him there isn’t a FA next season that I’d be all for throwing a max at, and the next tier can be gotten with the space we’ll have; with or without Calderon.

    Making trades just to do something would be a mistake. Wait for the right move, and stand pat for now. We’re not in any position to be making moves that do anything other than set us up a few seasons from now to be contenders.

    I think all of the rumors re: Bulls is just noise. They’re starting to play better, so I expect that they will stand pat unless they regress from this point.

    Also, I wouldn’t touch Lawson even if he could be gotten for free. Houston would have to pay me to take him off their hands.

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