Knicks Morning News (2016.06.30)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Time for Phil Jackson to do his job (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:56:08 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Time for Phil Jackson to do his job

  • [ – New York Knicks] Sources: Knicks strong favorites to land Noah (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:13:21 EST)

    Sources: Knicks strong favorites to land Noah

  • [New York Times] Knicks Look to Young Blood and Free Agency to Patch Porous Roster (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:24:30 GMT)

    The Knicks are set for a summer of change, with just five players under contract for next season and an expected $30 million to spend under the salary cap.

  • [New York Times] NBA Free Agency Just Hours Away and All Eyes Are on Durant (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:33:36 GMT)

    Miami President Pat Riley is a big fan of the symbolic 12:01 a.m. phone call to his team’s top targets. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says he would rather be sleeping at that moment. And more than $1 billion in deals will likely be hammered out in the next couple of days alone.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Extend Qualifying Offers to Barnes, Ezeli (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors extended qualifying offers to forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli on Wednesday, making them restricted free agents.

  • [New York Post] This one small Jeff Hornacek gesture really impressed Melo (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:47:48 -0400)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Perhaps one reason Carmelo Anthony was so moved by new coach Jeff Hornacek watching his recent workouts is the new Knicks coach traveled into Manhattan to do so. Hornacek watched a couple of Anthony's sessions at Anthony's own gym, Terminal 23, in midtown — not at the club's Tarrytown facility. They talked…

  • [New York Post] Here are the 5 biggest storylines as NBA free agency begins (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:15:51 -0400)

    The NBA's annual meat market starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and figure within seconds players, agents and team executives will be chatting, schmoozing, promising and lying all over the landscape. And multiple sources swear some of the players talking will not be named Kevin Durant. Of course, the Thunder superstar is the guy on everyone's…

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    So assuming Noah, we know have a few shooting guards being thrown that make absolutely no sense:
    -Turner (because he sucks, will be overpaid, but also because a back court of two of the worst three point shooters in the league is a horrible idea and a good way to waste Noah’s passing)
    -Jamal Crawford (because people don’t seem to be appreciating that he is not really an NBA player anymore and he and DRose would be the worst defensive back court in the league)
    -Dion Waiters (because)

    The pretty much leaves Bazemore if they can afford him or a likely overpaid deal for the barely one dimensional Eric Gordon (edit: forgot Courtney Lee). I’m a little nervous that Riley will correctly refuse to give Wade a hometown overpay and we will give him 3 years $50m with the rest of the cap to complete our 2010 dynasty.

    Lee really would be the logical bet because of the financial aspect of it all, in the sense that you could probably sign Lee and someone else for the roughly $14 million that the Knicks would have available after giving Noah $18 million.

    The issue, still, is that until we see the length of Noah’s deal, we really won’t know for sure what Jackson’s plans are for this team. A 1+1 would suggest that he is aiming more for 2017. Three or four years, though, and they’re in “win now” mode, in which case they’ll spend the $14 million on guys with long term deals and go over the cap to retain Galloway and Thomas.

    Rose and Crawford haven’t been good on either side of the ball. They would be the unanimous worst back court in basketball.

    The Knicks need offense and they need it badly.

    Eric Gordon sadly makes some sense, as well. Sadly because, well, come on, Rose, Noah and Gordon? It’d be like the walking wounded.

    I want to go over the cap to keep Galloway and Lance regardless though BC. I don’t think either is going to get a monstrous offer and those are contracts we can likely move if required to create space down the road.

    those are contracts we can likely move if required to create space down the road.

    That would be a first for the Knicks. 😉

    But anyhow, I meant using up all their cap space with longterm contracts and committing to Thomas and Galloway long term would basically render Rose’s money coming off the cap as moot. Which would mean that they really wouldn’t be players in the 2017 free agent class if they do commit longterm money this year and go over the cap to keep Thomas and Galloway. They can do one or the other and still be reasonably realistic players in 2017, but not both.

    Just saw this comment on reddit and had to share:

    You said…
    a couple of seasons ago
    Knicks in summer 2016:

    Two years ago, there was a chance Derrick Rose might get close to his old self again. Also, two years ago, Joakim Noah was good. We should bring them in.

    Knicks in summer 2013:

    Two years ago, Bargnani averaged 21.5 points/game. We should get him.

    Knicks in spring 2011

    two years from now, if we keep rebuilding, we might have enough pieces to trade for Melo and give him the support to make a deep playoff run. Let’s trade for him now.

    Knicks in summer 2010:

    Two years ago, Amar’e might have been young enough that we could count on him staying healthy for most of a five year contract. Let’s offer those uninsurable knees a max contract.

    Knicks in winter 2006:

    Two years ago, Steve Francis was still a good player. Time to trade for him.

    Knicks in fall 2005:

    Two years ago, Eddy Curry led the league in FG% and there was a good chance he’d have a stellar career. Let’s trade for him.

    Knicks in winter 2004:

    Two years ago, before the Nets/Suns swap of Kidd and Marbury proved how empty a player Marbury was, it might have made sense to trade for Marbury. Let’s get him now.

    Knicks in summer 2002:

    Two years ago, before major knee surgery, Antonio McDyess was one of hte best power forwards in the game. Let’s trade for him.

    Knicks in summer 2001:

    Two years ago, we had a good team and didn’t need to rebuild. Now that we do, let’s sign 30 year old Allan Houston to a long term max contract.

    Knicks in fall 2000:

    Two years ago, Patrick Ewing was already well past his prime. Let’s trade him for players on longer contracts who weren’t past their prime two years ago but are now.

    Cablevision in summer…

    A Rose-Gordon backcourt would be so much fun, lots of opportunities for over/under bets on games played.

    I’m rooting hard for Noah on a 1+1 or at most 2 yr deal and Courtney Lee. Lee just makes too much sense, especially given what Hornacek said about the 2 spot yesterday.

    OT: just saw reports OKC is trying to clear enough space to resign Durant and get Horford. How in the world can they clear that much space?

    OT: just saw reports OKC is trying to clear enough space to resign Durant and get Horford. How in the world can they clear that much space?

    It can be done in theory, but only by getting rid of Kanter and Singler’s contract (plus waiving Morrow and Ilaysova before their contracts become guaranteed). It seems unlikely that they would be able to do that, even attaching picks to them.

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