Knicks Morning News (2017.07.04)

  • [ESPN] Knicks sign Kornet to new two-way contract
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 10:14:50 PM)

    Knicks sign Kornet to new two-way contract

  • [ESPN] Vote: Where will Carmelo Anthony play next season?
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 9:47:00 AM)

    Vote: Where will Carmelo Anthony play next season?

  • [NYPost] Knicks center on experimental contract aims for permanent gig
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 4:13:47 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Knicks center Luke Kornet is one of the NBA pioneers — signed to the new two-way contract found in the brand-new collective bargaining agreement. The 7-foot-1 undrafted Vanderbilt center’s 3-point shooting and rim protection have been impressive enough in three games of summer league that he’s actually shooting to revise that contract…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ future point guard wants their old one back
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 3:18:34 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Knicks free agent Derrick Rose was far from summer league Monday — visiting the Bucks in Milwaukee on a recruiting trip. While the Knicks wait to see Rose’s market value in their attempt to sign a veteran point guard, their French lottery pick, Frank Ntilikina, would be happy to have him as…

  • [NYPost] What Knicks execs were really laughing at in Carmelo video
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 12:19:09 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Clarence Gaines Jr., former Knicks president Phil Jackson’s top adviser, reacted angrily when asked about an NBA TV video that some allege shows him and GM Steve Mills laughing at Carmelo Anthony’s workout tape. The tape showed Anthony doing running drills on a soccer field in Chelsea at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, taken…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose gets first whiff of free-agency interest
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 6:23:14 AM)

    Knicks free-agent point guard Derrick Rose has a suitor, and it’s no surprise: the Milwaukee Bucks, a 90-minute drive from his hometown Chicago. According to, Rose will

  • [NYTimes] On Basketball: Now Hiring: President, New York Knicks (No Experience Necessary)
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 6:08:16 PM)

    Celebrity status is a must; applicants must be adept at demoralizing young players. The candidate’s name should provide easy pun opportunities for the tabloids.

  • [NYTimes] Kevin Durant Is Said to Take Pay Cut in New Contract With Warriors
    (Tuesday, July 04, 2017 12:02:55 AM)

    Durant is expected to sign a two-year deal that will pay him about $25 million next season despite being eligible for as much as $34.5 million.

  • [NYTimes] Darrall Imhoff, a Decorated Basketball Center, Dies at 78
    (Tuesday, July 04, 2017 1:15:12 AM)

    Imhoff led California to the 1959 N.C.A.A. title, won an Olympic gold medal and had a long career in the N.B.A., including two seasons with the Knicks.

  • [NYTimes] The Saturday Profile: From N.B.A. Bench Player to Cult Hero in Turkey
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 7:52:57 AM)

    Ekpe Udoh led his team to this year’s Euroleague title, but he is revered primarily for what he does off the court: embrace Turkish culture.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks future remains uncertain
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 7:51:52 PM)

    Anthony’s future remains no less clear than whether Knicks executives were laughing at him doing running drills in the dark.

  • [NYDN] Knicks want veteran point guard to pair with Frank Ntilikina
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 4:36:42 PM)

    For an 18-year-old point guard, the ideal situation is to grow behind a veteran point guard, or allow time to develop physically.

  • [NYDN] Clarence Gaines on Melo video: ‘Get the f— out of here’
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 1:15:42 PM)

    In the wake of an awkward video circulating on social media, Knicks executive Clarence Gaines cursed at a reporter asking for comment.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose, unlikely to reunite with Knicks, meeting with Bucks
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 6:36:53 AM)

    Milwaukee has emerged as a possible landing spot for Derrick Rose.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina works out with light shooting
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 9:18:19 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Frank Ntilikina was on the court running and doing some light shooting before the Knicks’ summer league game Monday, and working out after it.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose meeting with Milwaukee Bucks, report says
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 9:15:31 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Derrick Rose could be playing for a team closer to home.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony open to trade to Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers, report says
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 7:51:11 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Carmelo Anthony has been training hard this offseason, as a video recently was posted of him running on a soccer field at 2 a.m. Perhaps he is getting in shape for his next team.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks sign C Luke Kornet to a two-way contract
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 1:33:14 PM)

    The Knicks are reportedly going to sign Vanderbilt C Luke Kornet to a two-way contract, per MSG Networks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Melo open to waive no-trade clause for Rockets or Cavs: report
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 11:50:52 AM)

    Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause to join either the Rockets or Cavaliers, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarkowski.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose to reportedly meet with Milwaukee Bucks
    (Monday, July 03, 2017 9:25:32 AM)

    Guard Derrick Rose will meet with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

  • 126 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.07.04)”

    I’m warming up to the idea of signing Rondo, if he comes with the expectation in check. I think it is important to have a playmaking PG to make the team play the right way, and we do not yet know if Ntilikina is going to be that guy (And I have the feeling that he will be more of a SG than a PG). And he is not that good that is going to be moving the needle much in terms of wins (Well, I guess you could put a totally dysfunctional team on the court without a PG, but that has off-the-court consequences).

    Rondo? Pass. Dude has been a problem everywhere he’s been at.

    Shelvin Mack is still available as a capable and inexpensive option. Team option 1+1 at 5Mil?

    I’d honestly rather have an experienced PG that’s also a team player than a head case.

    I see that the Knicks have reached out to Jonathan Simmons. I like it, but I hope we don’t overpay him.

    Thanks, KFINJ, it was entertaining. Filip Bondy was a long-time NYDN Knicks beat writer.

    On the less gloomy side, the restraint that Knicks management is showing during since the Phiring is kind of nice. I mean, I’m hungry for news, any news, but definitely no news is good news these days.

    geebee, that rape report is old news and the case was dropped. No doubt that it casts a dark cloud over Dotson, and that he deserves all the scrutiny he will get over the coming years due to his role in that incident. That said, I like what I’m seeing out of him on the court so far.

    Ben Simmons is a great player for two years but we have Lee and ntilinka at the two, where does he fit?

    And, are our choices rose or rondo, that sux

    the restraint that Knicks management is showing during since the Phiring is kind of nice.

    The restraint of the empty management office has been exemplary… I was sure that a night janitor with the keys to Phil’s office was going to sneak in there and send out a contract or two by now.

    (Maybe one did sneak in and send that offer sheet to Dion Waiters but was caught by Steve Mills doing the one job Dolan entrusts him to do: namely, keep close tabs on the menial staff to ensure the vendors don’t pocket any of the Crunch-And-Munch revenue).

    I wouldn’t have a problem with signing Rondo to short term contract if we weren’t the Knicks. In NY, the first mildly controversial thing Rondo says or does is going to get blown up into a major story about dysfunction in NY and how the Knicks are still a dumpster fire and Hornacek has lost the locker room etc…

    We are dealing with trash in the media trying to generate and exacerbate any issues on the team. If there’s isn’t a controversy they will create one like the one now where Knicks management was supposedly laughing at a Melo workout video. I’m so happy Gaines told them to “get the F out of here”. So now they try to turn is response into a story. This is a case where I wish smacking someone in the head was not illegal.

    Please no Rondo. He’s the opposite of what we need for a young and rebuilding team.

    I’m down with Simmons at any price. Plug him in as a small ball 3. Even if he’s a bust, we might as well spend that money. If we can get Simmons and somehow do a Rose sign/trade for Dellanova, that would be a fun team to watch at least.

    I think Teodosic would be a great signing. Three year contract. His defense might only be okay but everything else in his game is very good and he could help mentor frank and would add stability.

    So. By the end of the day Boston’s small forwards could be Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown, and Jason Tatum.

    Who do we have? An unwanted ‘Melo and Lance Thomas?

    I disagree about Rondo. Even in his worst situations, he’s been a pass-first PG. I’d much rather trust him than guys who either choose not to pass (Rose) or don’t have the ability (Mack.)

    I’d also be fine with bringing up a pass-first PG from the G-League or maybe signing a guy like Sergio Rodriguez as a stopgap. But Rondo would be far preferable to Rose or Mack.

    It looks like lots of teams are gonna regret passing over Bam. He looked like a man among boys out there. TJ Leaf looked OK too.

    I’d give it a month into the season before Rondo starts feuding with Hornaceck. Rondo himself is also known for padding his assists and pounding the ball for the majority of the shot clock.

    @17 those ARE boys out there. Most likely Bam is a high energy rebounding rotation guy right?

    Well, since Porzingis is already feuding with Hornacek, Rondo will fit right in.

    @20, yeah, but he really stood out physically, and he’s only 20. His offensive game is raw, but not as raw as, say Biyombo, who I think is a good comparison. I think he’s a legit rotation guy right now, with lots of upside if he can develop. He and Whiteside will make a ferocious rim/paint protection/lob target duo.

    Yeah I mean Bam was a top 5 high school recruit by most measures. He’ll be pretty good, but not a great fit next to Whiteside. Maybe they’ll throw him into a Melo deal?

    I’d give it a month into the season before Rondo starts feuding with Hornaceck.

    That is exactly the problem with Rondo.

    I don’t care how good he is, what he can teach to to Frank, and how many shots he’ll get for KP. The NY media is a stick of dynamite and he’s a lit fuse.

    We’ve had endless conversations about the dysfunction in NY, but some of it is just small things that happen on every club being blow way out of proportion in NY. That impacts our ability to actually set out a long term plan and execute it. Management is afraid to do the right things. They know if it takes too long or they make a few mistakes the media will be gunning for them and they’ll get fired or run out of town.

    If KAT didn’t show up for his exit meeting we wouldn’t even know about it. But because it was KP, NY, and Phil, it turned into an international sports story, a major debacle, lead to Phil getting fired just before free agency etc.. It’s been like this for decades already. When you know you are in a poisonous media environment you can’t bring in guys like Rondo. If you do you are begging for more of the same.

    Thinking about this, I suspect that the Knicks signed a bunch of crap players to their summer league team in order to gauge how the prospects they were actually interested in reacted to being on a dysfunctional squad that can’t win. If they handle it well give them a shot in training camp.

    If we need to hire a stopgap PG, and I’m not super convinced we can’t just pull up another prospect or two out of the d-league, Let’s just get Sergio Rodriguez. Likes to pass, plenty of experience, super cheap, and won’t impact our draft position.

    are you guys aware the Clips have a dude named Diamond Stone? that’s a cool name. it’s like a router bit.

    George Hill to Sacto on the Teague deal. He makes more sense in Minny, actually, they could use the shooting and defense.

    And just when you think the Kings have their shit together they pay 2/24 for Zach Randolph. People keep talking about how tight this year is relative to last biut the Nets got Booker for much less and unlike Randolph he’s not 90pct done.

    Mets getting pounded again. Knicks in no mans land, Jets are pathetic. Don’t feel much like celebrating.

    Mets getting pounded again. Knicks in no mans land, Jets are pathetic. Don’t feel much like celebrating.

    I used to be a Mets/Knicks/Jets fan. When I moved to the West Coast in ’95, that’s when the Raiders moved back to Oakland, and the Raiders were the first team I liked as a little kid, so I bailed on the Jets and became a Raiders fan.

    For a long while, it was the same as being a Mets/Knicks/Jets fan, but that move is paying off now! Al Davis eventually died, and now we’re good!

    Why does Mil want Rose? And why would they sign and trade when they can just sign him? Report says Rose is “willing to take less” to play there. Sometimes they say when negotiating a job, you should balance stuff like personal days off vs salary!

    Randolph isn’t good anymore but the Kings are probably better than us next year. Less competition for the tank.

    Brace yourselves for the inevitable NY sports media take on NBA free agency: “Knicks whiffing in free agency shows no one wants to play in New York”

    the Kings are gonna take a while to mesh, but if Fox is the real deal and Labissiere / Hield continue improving, they might actually be good… they can start Fox / Hill / Hield / Randolph / WCS and have a pretty dangerous team.

    I don’t get the Z-Bo signing but it’s just as two year deal, no big issue.

    does that mean the celts now have pieces they might deal? like maybe marcus smart?

    It’s a shame about Hill that would have been a perfect contract for us.

    I just pray we don’t get desperate and bring in Rose or Rondo.

    Now I’m just hoping for Teodisic but I haven’t heard any rumors about us and him.

    Celtics need to waive players and trade at least one to get to a max slot. We’d better be on the phone offering to take smart, or even rozier…

    Even if he signs there, it’s good for us (other than having to watch something go well for Boston). Melo likely wouldn’t have agreed to go there, and this probably puts more pressure on Cleveland to make a deal rather than assume they have a straight shot to the Finals.

    the Hayward deal is apparently not done yet…

    I’d take Rozier or Crowder off the C’ s anytime, not Smart tho.

    It will be interesting to see how much Hayward moves the needle for the Celts. Crowder is a very good 2-way player, Hayward is average at best (and probably below average) on the defensive end. Nice that they made this happen and still have all of those draft assets.

    There is apparently still some chance the Knicks can trade Rose and Melo for something useful.
    Stay tuned.

    Agree with the comment above, Hayward is good and a nice move for Boston, but I’m not sure how much he moves the needle against the Lebrons.

    I don’t think he moves the needle much, but I also don’t think that’s entirely the point.

    The Celtics are clearly engaged in a two-way process, trying to ride the momentum of having a surprisingly good team when they didn’t really expect it to happen (with IT, Horford, Crowder and Bradley), while building for the future (Tatum, Brown, Smart and the 2018 Nets pick).

    In that sense, if they can pick up Hayward without giving up anyone in their future plans, it’s a no-brainer to be honest… Hayward is 27 still, so he’s more than capable of being a part of the Celtics mid / long term future.

    My concern for them would be that it creates a logjam in the position when Brown is looking really promising and Tatum is supposed to be the NBA-ready pick who will command minutes right away… if they were going for Hayward anyway, I don’t see how the Tatum pick fits their two concurrent timelines at all.

    Have some Jazz players kidnapped Hayward at his home to prevent him from signing with Boston!?

    It is rumored that if indeed Boston signs Hayward they will renounce Olynyk. He may be a nice pick up for us, don’t you think?

    Hayward is overrated but they’re probably going to win 60 next year and if Tatum is any good, they’re set for the future. That’s a dangerous team with the Cavs’ window closing after LeBron opts out to join the Warriors.

    As I watch some good PGs go off the board with altogether reasonable contracts, it’s clear the Knicks aren’t looking for a good vet. They’re looking for the Josh mcCown of PGs- someone who can play without the whole team falling apart but won’t be mad when the young guys take over mid season. Gotta figure someone like Shelvin Mack is the target although it should be for sub-MLE money.

    Not sure how I feel about the Jonathan Simmons rumors. He looked serviceable in the playoffs but he’s 27 and had some really ugly offensive numbers this year. Maybe a 2-3 year MLE-level contract but certainly nothing in the 8 digit range.

    I imagine that the Celtics view Tatum as a small ball 4, right? It’s Brown and Crowder who are getting squeezed by this. Brown can play a little 2, I guess.

    I think Hayward is properly rated as a second tier star in his prime who can do a little bit of everything. I don’t hear anyone putting him with up there with Lebron or Durant.

    I would think Boston has to trade Crowder or Jaylen Brown to free up minutes for the 2 new forwards. Houston seems like a possible match. Ainge and Morey making a deal would be fun.

    I want somebody like Ish Smith or Sergio Rodriquez. Someone who will get the ball to KP but is otherwise bad enough to help the tank.

    Brown has been pretty damn good in the summer league… granted, it’s the summer league, but I doubt they’ll trade him.

    it’s probably going to be Crowder, he was pissed during the season when the Hayward rumours started and he pretty much can only play the 3.

    The “Josh McCown of PGs” is what we need. Gimme a Shelvin Mack/Ramon Sessions platoon with Ntilikina working his way into more minutes as the season progresses.

    good Knicks move on not offering Hill something similar contract he is probably seeking.. Mack or Rondo on one year deal for now.. otherwise.. Deron? Rose? lol… Knicksy

    Shelbourne reporting that we’re still talking to Waiters. Not opposed to this.

    We’re still awfully thin on the wing, and would be even more if we can trade Melo. But is Waiters the guy we want in his place? All respect to Zach Lowe, I’m not ready to buy land on Waiters Island.

    I want for the memes and the Knicksiness of it all so long as the contract expires when Noah’s does

    not even a jd and the straight shots audience has suffered such trauma. the inmates are literally begging for Rondo and waiters. dude has downright clockwork oranged you good people.

    If the Knicks tank the season, does that mean fans should root for them to lose every game from the start of the season?

    Waiters at least kinda shot the three well last season… he sucks at everything else tho.

    I can’t wait to see a starting backcourt of Rondo / Waiters in October!


    I guess you could choose like 15 games to cheer for a win, could be worse.


    Stockholm syndrome is a hell of a drug

    Hey Waiters had a higher assist % (23.8) than anyone on the Knicks last year except Brandon Jennings. If he lowered his usage down to where it was the year before (17.7) he’d probably be the best point guard on the roster! 2 years at 6 per wouldn’t be the end of the world but since the chances of him signing for that are slim and the chances that he’d actually keep his usage under 18 are pretty much nil I’d like to stay as far away from him as possible.

    Talk of Rondo and Waiters makes me legitimately sad. Waiters in his “good” season last year still had a TS% of less than 51% and a WS of .57. Simmons would be okay, his first year he shot well so who knows who the real Simmons is but we already have Lee. Why are we looking at 2 guards anyway we have lots of them. Randle, Baker, Lee and Frank are all best playing the 2. We have zero PGs.

    I think Rondo might be worse than Rose, because at least Rose would most likely be on a one year contract where Rondo probably wants at least two years. Both are truly nightmare scenerios. There are not two players I want less on my team than Rondo or Rose.

    We’ve sunk pretty low when people are hoping the Knicks sign Dion Waiters….have mercy

    Rondo’s signing with LA. I’m going to will it through positive thoughts!

    No Rondo. No Rose. No drama. (Well, less drama).

    Is there a MPB on Hayward, yet?

    I root hard for them to win each game as I watch, but I don’t feel bad when they lose. And they will lose a lot.

    Hayward to Boston official. They now have a lot of small forwards.

    Your move, Cleveland. Be funny if a Melo trade happens while both NYK & CLE are without a POBO.

    Listen here fellas.

    I don’t wanna read any comments about how “if Dion Waiters does *insert improvement here* he will be an asset to the team” after we sign Dion Waiters. He is here to help us tank and nothing less. He will not improve and if he leads the team in minutes we will lose 50+ unless Hernangomez and Porzingis turn into All Stars.

    I thought Bargnani would play well.
    I thought Derrick Rose would play well.
    I thought Melo would play well.
    I thought Joakim Noah would play well and be healthy this year.

    Don’t do it to yourselves. Jowles will just quote you months later when you’re wrong.

    Jae Crowder to be on the move soon. Ainge will probably secure yet another first rounder.

    Hayward to the Celtics for 4yr 128m fourth year player option

    He delayed so he could get his players tribune article edited lmao

    Boston has to unload salary to fit Haywards contract. Be nice if we can somehow take advantage of that.

    Yeah, well, Jaylen Brown makes about $5m. I’ll take him off their hands…

    Waiters is fun and we need a playmaker. Like Massive said he’s good for the tank but possibly out of our price range.

    Miami really could use Melo! S&T Waiters for Melo.

    Actually, Melo would slide right into Bosh’s slot.

    Wait, what?

    The Ntilakilla is ready!

    “Definitely I feel ready,” Ntilikina said. “I would do the best to work all summer to be ready for training camp and for the season coming. I can’t control what the management is doing. I’m ready for every challenge. I’m good with it.”

    So the Celtics need a backup center, if I understand their roster correctly, and they have a lot of guards on the roster. So how about KOQ for Smart?

    I can’t believe the Celtics could conceivably get the top two picks in 2018.

    So the Celtics need a backup center, if I understand their roster correctly, and they have a lot of guards on the roster. So how about KOQ for Smart?

    The trade machine rejected my attempt to swap OQuinn for Avery Bradley straight up, but we have cap space, and the difference in their salaries gives the Cs enough room to fit Hayward.

    Smart would be a very Knicksian addition, because he comes with the obligatory caveat of “if he ever learns…” that’s so beloved by this franchise.

    yes, if he ever learns how to shoot, he’ll be great. how about pursuing a dude that already can shoot?

    And just when you think the Kings have their shit together they pay 2/24 for Zach Randolph. People keep talking about how tight this year is relative to last biut the Nets got Booker for much less and unlike Randolph he’s not 90pct done.

    I think Z-Bo makes sense as a veteran presence (idolized in Memphis) and also a good bench player, who showed in the playoffs that he still has some gas.

    Regarding Hayward, I still think that Cleveland beats Boston + Hayward. If Jaylen Brown keeps improving like he’s showed he can, then the Cavs are in trouble.

    The only possible “countermove” right now by Cleveland would be signing Melo, but how the Knicks can make a profit out of it? Maybe waiting until the trade deadline, when the Cavs may be a little more desperate?

    The trade machine rejected my attempt to swap OQuinn for Avery Bradley straight up, but we have cap space, and the difference in their salaries gives the Cs enough room to fit Hayward.

    When I looked at the trade machine, we were still over the cap because Rose has not been officially renounced. So I didn’t even try the trade. If we sign and trade Rose or he gets hired somewhere else, then I think the KOQ for Bradley or for Smart trade will work. O’Quinn makes less than Smart or Bradley, so it shouldn’t be an issue from the Celtics end. I would rather have Bradley than Smart, I just think it is more likely the Celtics are willing to trade Smart. And I know he has deficiencies, but having a usable point guard for $4.5M a year committed for just two years seems OK from the Knicks end of the deal.

    I doubt Smart ever progresses past defender off the bench. His shooting has been going backwards. That said I’d trade O’Quinn for him in a minute.

    I’m going to say it again because maybe the Knicks brass reads this blog but we should sign Teodosic. He is exactly the kind of pass first PG that would really help develop our young players and his age doesn’t matter because we want Frank to be the future. 3 years 30 million, sign Teodosic and we would have at least a fun team to watch.

    Then float a Melo for Porter sign and trade, see if Washington bites and Porter would be interested. I don’t think Washington is going to match a max offer for Porter. I think them matching anything is a bluff, they don’t want to be in the luxery tax and Porter locks them into a team that is 4th maybe 3rd seed at best.

    Porter agreed to a 106m max deal with Brooklyn

    If wizards don’t match BK might very well be better than us next year lol (that’s a good thing but also ridiculous

    Celts would have to give up more than Smart, though, if they were taking back KOQ. They need to shave off about $4 mil to fit Hayward under the cap, right?

    @ShamsCharania 10m10 minutes ago

    RFA Otto Porter has reached agreement on a four-year, $106M max deal with Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell The Vertical.

    We’ve heard this song before. Wizards will match. But good on Nets for trying.

    Our only hope is that this shit is too simple for even our temp POBO to fuck up. a) Trade shit for draft picks, b) don’t sign anyone, and c) collect high pick next year.

    I’m in on Teodosic, good enough to help KP / Willy / Ntilikina, not good enough to keep this team from another decent lottery pick.

    Otto will probably get matched, but I still like him a lot.

    That’s a great move for the Nets, nothing to lose and I think they have a chance to get him.


    That’s the best part about Teodosic. Makes us a lot more fun to watch, stabilizes the team but doesn’t move the needle too far.

    I’m totally on board for Teodosic, why not take a flyer on him? Check out some of his highlight reels, the guy has some Pistol Pete in him. Not a lot to lose by signing him, and we need PG’s pretty badly at this point.

    Utah is likely in shock right now. I wonder if they’d have any interest in Lee and/or OQ?


    some reporters have said they are interested in Rudy Gay, so yeah, I’d say it’s safe to assume they are in shock.

    Patrick Patterson signs with OKC for three-year, $16.4M deal. Nice pickup. He could be their starting PF.

    We’ve had this discussion before and it’s a fascinating one. Otto Porter is a very good player and he’s young enough where he can still improve. However, maxing him out locks you into a roster where your only hope of becoming a contender in the next few years is if Porter makes a leap and if you let him go, you’ll have max cap room next year. What is the better approach?

    if I’m the Wizards, I max Porter.

    I don’t think they’ll ever truly contend with this core without some major luck, like finding a great player in the draft or something like that, but it’s still Washington… they’ll never be a top free agent destination and as the Lebron era fades out, they might be a top 2 team in the east even without major leaps from anyone.

    it’s better to hope this core gets better and try to supplement them than take a flyer that you’ll ever manage to draw a better player than Porter to the Wizards.

    If the Knicks sign Waiters they have to find some way to clear cap space so they can also acquire Rudy Gay. That would be like the Knicksy Singularity.

    I’d max porter as well. His youth means he could improve and it’s always possible to flip him later. Oladipo got flipped for George and Levine for Butler.

    I actually think Wall making a mini-leap is more important for the Wizards then Porter. He had a career high ~.540 ts% last season, if he can manage to make another leap in efficiency to about .570 it would make a huge difference… if he can get to the line more, that shouldn’t be so hard to do.

    on a different note, I’ve been joking about Gay being destined to be a Knick so much that I’m actually scared it might happen now.

    @117, Teodosic looks good enough in those clips. He’d immediately be the best pg on the team.
    Sign him now…

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