(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 8:50:00 PM)
James Dolan is ready to sell, sell, sell.
But before dancing onto Broadway, take note of this sour caveat: Neither his Rangers nor Knicks are included in the package.
Rather, the impenitent owner is close to unloading the Liberty to Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai, a month after not ruling out…
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 5:00:00 PM)
The Knicks and Enes Kanter are closer to a mutual divorce.
New York is discussing a deal to send Kanter to the Kings for former Knick Zach Randolph, as ESPN reported. However, sources told the Daily News it’s “very early” in the negotiations and the Knicks are looking for a “sweetener” in the deal,…
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 6:49:30 PM)
A reported Enes Kanter for Zach Randolph swap with the Kings would fulfill the Knicks’ desire to move the veteran center without taking back a contract that runs past this season, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. The trade makes sense on several levels, Berman notes. Kanter is unhappy with his reduced playing […]
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 10:53:11 AM)
The Knicks and Kings are discussing a potential trade that would see the teams swap the expiring contracts of Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). However, according to Wojnarowski, nothing is close yet, as Sacramento would prefer to send out more expiring money in any such trade. Getting […]
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:54:52 AM)
Catch up on the latest news, rumors and updates around the NBA as the trade deadline approaches.
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 2:09:34 PM)
The Knicks will surely look into acquiring a max free agent this offseason. But if they strike out, who else could they target?
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:11:28 AM)
The unhappy Kanter does not want to be traded, but the Knicks continue to be involved in talks for the 26-year-old.
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 10:18:52 AM)
A look back at how Kevin Durant’s 66-point game at Rucker Park in 2011 made him a New York City hoops hero as Knicks hope to land the star.
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:14:20 PM)
It’s tempting, but backup point guard Trey Burke won’t do it. The Knicks are heading toward a second half of oblivion and seeking second-round picks at February’s trade deadline for players brass is unsure about keeping for next season. The way Burke has been treated, he’s a clear candidate. Burke has returned to being Emmanuel…
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 12:24:15 PM)
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Knicks can go 0-41 the rest of the way and still have the same percentage chance of landing the No. 1 pick in the draft as they do today. That’s worth considering as Knicks coach David Fizdale talked up the season’s second half, expecting more wins. The Knicks hit the mathematical…
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 6:27:33 AM)
OAKLAND, Calif. — In a move that would make perfect sense for all parties, the Knicks and Kings have discussed an Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph swap, according to ESPN. However, according to an NBA source, the Knicks will need an extra futures asset — perhaps a future second-round pick — to pull the trigger. The report…
(Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:43:15 AM)
D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 23 points as they overcame a big early hole to get their eighth win in their last nine home games.
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 5:37:55 PM)
Enes Kanter has caused a geopolitical stir by hurling accusations at Turkey’s president and openly fretting that the country’s spies would kill him during a road game in London.
(Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:02:53 PM)
A year after sustaining a torn Achilles’ tendon, Cousins is expected to join the reigning champions latest this month during the team’s trip to Los Angeles.
63 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2019.01.10)”
This is a nice deal! Works in the trade machine.
Knicks……Randolph, Shump, McLemore, Koufos
Trade still works if Knicks send Lance or Hez or even both of them to Charlotte in same deal.
> Knicks rid themselves of the most incredible contract in their history without adding a sweetener and Strat may crow: I told ya so!.
> Hornets save $40m+ (even when you throw Hez or Lance in the deal) over next 2.5 years. But MJ is a competitive SOB and might be desperate to make playoffs and rate Batum > Courtney + Lance or Hez.
> Kings are in desperate need of SF. Stop trying to push THJ or Courtney to them when they have Hield + Bogs. Batum is posting a .6 bpm so far this year. At 30yo, he’s a risk and a serious overpay but Kings may figure they don’t have a chance at Harris in free agency even at max so they might decide to take Batum. If Hornets are game but want to try to break deal into 2 trades (Hornets-Kings, Knicks-Kings) saving them Courtney’s money, we tell them it’s this deal or no deal.
But we really need to shoot for the stars with this MEGA TRADE. I’d even throw in 2019 pick (#1 aka Zion protected). We’d have Davis, Mitch and 70m in free cap to sign 1 or maybe even 2 of KD, Kawhi, Kyrie, Butler. Remember Sheridan’s tweet that Davis had identified 5 teams to which he would accept a trade and NYK were one of them.
Ugh link to MEGA TRADE doesn’t work.
LINK to Hornets/Kings/Knicks trade.
Pels……………KP, Knox, 2019 Pick (#1 protect), Frank, Dotson, Kornet, THJ, Courtney
Knicks……….Davis, Johnson, Payton, Miller, Frazier (all expiring except Davis)
As I tell Strat 5 or so days a week, if you speak vaguely enough any idea can sound reasonable.
In this context, being “not in favor of giving up on someone” means signing them to a contract. So to what contract would you sign Mudiay? He’s making $4.2M this year, does he deserve a raise?
Anyone see the video of Doncic glaring at Carlisle after he tried to sub Doncic out after a bricked 3? And then came back and drained a deep one? Carlisle better not try that Larry Brown “I hate rookies” shit on Doncic.
Doncic had a night last night. And he only went 10-16 from the line. When he starts shooting 85% from the line rather than 74% he’ll really be cooking with gas.
Monster line from Giannis in the clash of the MVPs game. 27-21-5. Harden of course had 42-11-6 but with 9 turnovers.
Also, opening KB and seeing “Dolan close to selling team” is not cool. Not cool at all.
If we were just worrying about Mudiay’s shooting and finishing, I’d be more apt to signing him and being patient with him. He has size, penetrates well, make plays, is not afraid and is improving. The problem is that he’s also a bad defender. Improving enough on both ends to become a good basketball player seems like a bit of a long shot. I would not pay much more than the kind of contract we are giving to Burke now. Both are NOT good basketball players. Even though Mudiay may be more likely to become one because he’s bigger and younger than Burke, unless we get either cheap, we’d be better off picking up someone else on the cheap as a filler backup next year.
IMO, Frank is definitely the better basketball prospect. He may not be the typical PG, but he’s younger than both of them and already a better defender. He may never have some of the handling and other offensive skills that Burke & Mudiay have, but Frank as a 3&D player that can be a secondary play maker is overall better than Mudiay or Burke is likely to be.
It may be more a matter of fit. The way this management is building the team, Frank may not have a role here. He might be better off helping a team oriented organization like the Spurs, Celtics, or Warriors win a future championship than having no good role on a team that’s tanking every year because it doesn’t value players correctly and plays an inefficient style.
I saw a weird poll on Twitter about who had the better stepback, Doncic or Harden. I mean, come on, Doncic is amazing. I love that guy, but Harden’s stepbacks are legendary. It’s not even close.
Lee is not hurting anything. He’ll probably be off the books before we are out of the lottery. The problem is Hardaway. He’s worse than Lee, makes significantly more, will be around longer, and management thinks he’s good.
As far as I can tell they aren’t even trying to move him because they don’t even know they should be.
Doncic’s got a bit of a mean streak, this is something most people who didn’t watch him at Europe will be surprised about. He’s very temperamental and emotional, which I’m sure will make up for a big media story one time when he blows up on a teammate or a coach when in fact it probably only means that he cares a lot about the game.
Why stop at just those teams? Let’s get every contender in on the Frank Ntilikina sweepstakes. No good team is crazy enough to pass up on the opportunity to add Frank Ntilikina. They all got to where they are now by stockpiling players like Frank Ntilikina.
In a more structured offense his TS% is a lock to go from .439 to .470 or so. Right now his BPM ranks 326th out of 342 players who have played 250+ MP, but in the right situation I could easily see him getting to 290th. Maybe even higher!
I wonder if Boston would consider including Tatum in a Ntilikina deal?
Honestly, not much of one. but for something like that or a little more I’d sign him. If some other team wants him for more, let him go. I was making a case he is a reasonable backup long term, nothing more.
If KP comes back and is healthy, Knox develops and we have Timmy, Ntilikina is probably better as the starter, because there will be enough scoring on the floor with him to let him be lousy on offense and still be ok.
You don’t think his $12M AAV salary comes with any opportunity cost? The Nets just got a first round pick for taking on one year of Kenneth Faried’s $13.7M salary.
Actually, you’ll have to excuse me as I forgot that Courtney Lee can be traded for a first round pick whenever we want.
I’m not arguing he’s a good overall player now. I’m arguing he’s almost half way there and still young enough to improve the other side by enough to become a solid player on a very good team that uses him correctly. I don’t think this team will be smart or patient enough to try to see that through or use him properly because they place too much value on shot creation and scoring. Other teams might.
@5 lol thought the exact same thing.
@7 you know who else has a really good step back is Barrett. He just needs to get a lot better at shooting.
I think given the direction we took under new management (which was to allow a few decent players to leave so we could bring in former lottery busts that still suck and accidentally tank even worse), Lee is a total waste on this team. The much graver error was using 20 million of cap space they were handed and giving it to Baker and Hardaway. Had they filled it competently (or rolled it over) and not made other mistakes, we might be good enough now to tempt a Durant or someone else like that to come here to fill out an already pretty good team.
But I’ve been saying this all along.
Rebuilding almost exclusively via draft instead of a combination of picks, free agents, trades, etc… is a 6-7 process IF you get LUCKY and IF you do it right. However, don’t expect any top free agents to come to your team until you are well into that process. We chose this path and executed it poorly.
I see why pundits would compare Doncic to Harden — they’re both “crafty” primary ball handlers with “questionable athleticism” who look for a stepback three or a layup, and can do either about thirty times a game if they want to.
But Doncic is 19, so it’s ridiculous to ask who’s better, even at a specific skill like stepvack 3d. Harden is the damn MVP and probably should play Rock Paper Scissors with Giannis for this year’s award. When we’re crowning Doncic league MVP in 2021 (which I’d probably bet on right now with decent odds), those hot-take artists can actually have the conversation in earnest.
Strat, if you took over the team in the summer of 2017 can you say specifically what you would have done? What team building method would have better utilized the skills of 32 year old Courtney Lee?
Please be as specific as possib–ah what the hell I know this question ends your participation for the day.
I really drank RuRu’s Kool-Aid on that one. I hated the trade but I was desperate to believe there was some hope.
There is one thing I do believe in, even when I’m rational (and there is data to support this): bad players of a certain age can get good bc the age matters more than the number of minutes played.
Bad age 19 and 20 seasons don’t say as much about a player as bad age 23 and 24 seasons. Bargs was too old for anyone to have thought he could have become a better player by being used as a pick-and-pop specialist, and in retrospect I’m embarrassed I did the mental gymnastics required to believe that. But regardless of how many thousand minutes of terrible basketball he accumulates, I’m not writing off Frank until I see his age 21 and 22 seasons.
These are idiotic discussions because it’s impossible for me or anyone else to know who was available and willing to sign in NY at that time.
What I can tell you is that I would have signed you for 20m for 1 year over signing Hardaway to his deal. So if there was no one that I wanted willing to come, I’d get another look 1 year later.
So let’s say any free agent other than the top-15 players or so would’ve come to NY on the same contract they actually signed. Then who?
As you know, no disagreement re: Hardaway.
The Ringer on Kurucs….
I guess DLee was a solid player, warts and all. And there have been others maybe. MitchRob! But it’s amazing that across the last twenty years that we have had so few pop-ups like a Brogdon or a Kurucs.
Pretty good article on P&T suggesting changes that Fiz should do:
I’m still hoping that soon Knox, Robinson, Frank, and Trier can all play together a bunch. Of course they’ll suck, but just see what happens since all are under contract for next year. Work them with Dotson, Kornet or Vonleh.
If we’re actually trying to win the two best solutions would be to get Mitchell healthy and back on the court and to bench Knox, who is fucking terrible. But we should keep playing Knox and we absolutely should not be trying to win games. We should be losing with our young players and maybe giving some time to Courtney so we can at least try to trade him. Sit Timmy down with plantar fascitis for a while and play Dotson and Frank.
I love it when lavor postell is critical of the Knicks. He’s really good at it.
Honestly we should spend the rest of the year trying to get the kids on the team to learn how to make a fucking pass. Lee is the only wing player on the team averaging more assists than Luke Kornet. Dotson and Knox don’t passs at all and Trier is as likely to turn it over as he is to get an assist.
Again, these are nonsensical questions. If you were in management at the time, you’d know who was available and who would have considered coming to NY. We do not. There may have been better opportunities or there may not have. We do not know. What we can do is evaluate what they did. I am saying that what they did was so bad I would have signed “stratomatic” or “thenoblefacehumper” to a 1 year contract for 20m instead. If I did that, some people might call me an idiot for wasting time and space on a old “has been” like “stratomatic”, but given the available options that might have been the least bad move possible.
all our problems solved in one swift move
we would buy out parsons
Whether it was intentional or not (and it wasn’t), we are “all in” on the double dip tank this year. So just play the kids and get some development out of them while we see what kind of pick we get this year. We would be in year 3 of the rebuild (1 year we had no 1st rounder), but the KP injury and some moves we’ve made, made us worse.
Year 1 – Porzingis
Year 2 – No Pick
Year 3 – Frank
Year 4 – Knox, Robinson, Trier
If we stay on the all draft path and get some development we should be good in 3-5 years. We can build quicker if we can get someone good to be crazy enough to sign here.
That only frees up an extra $5 million for the Knicks this offseason.
im betting we can save a few $M on buy out
all of this feels like a payday loan from Derek Fisher
Lol…these motherf…ers are worse than Trump!
Phil Jackson will soon be ready to talk about his Knicks tenure. First, he needs to collect his last paycheck.
Too good not to be true.
Frank is only a better prospect than Mudiay because he’s younger and hasn’t amassed as many execrably bad minutes as Mudiay. Neither of them are really “prospects” any more than any other random young point guards floating around as the 13-15th men on the rosters of crummy teams. Arguing about which of these guys is the better prospect is like arguing about which member of O-Town is going to have the best solo career.
You know exactly who the free agents were during this time. You know what contracts they signed. You know what trades were made. You know what picks were made. So on, so forth.
Which one of them should the Knicks have made instead of tanking? List a single one!
He would have “won trades,” duh
the lavor postell who posts here is actually the SJU legend, right?
for the record, I am not actually Hubert Davis.
Angling for the dual role of coach/GM, eh?
You’re right, though. Fiz should institute Norman Dale’s four-pass rule.
well this board is lit as hell today
Frank passes a lot. Unfortunately, it’s usually to a player standing 5 feet to the right of him.
Doesn’t THJ have a trade kicker? That would seriously hurt any chance to trade him, even if the brass doesn’t think that he and Mudiay are part of the core going forward…
Wait a minute, our Lavor Postell is the real Lavor Postell?
He is absolutely not the real lavor postell
I can guarantee you he’s not, but he’s a hell of a sound critic.
the real lavor would have fit right in tho, so the door’s wide open
Postell, with 97 career points, believes he is their equal.
”I look at it like this,” Postell said after scoring 2 points on 1-of-7 shooting in Monday’s loss to Denver. ”Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell don’t do anything that I can’t do. The only difference is that they get an opportunity.”
…Chaney said that Postell’s low ranking has more to do with poor defense than business. When told that Postell said he holds his own against Sprewell and Houston in practice, Chaney chuckled and responded, ”They beg for him to guard them.”
…Postell has a different take. ”I love to play D now,” he said. ”If we play L.A. and Coach says, ‘Lavor, you’ve got Kobe Bryant.’ I’d be like, ‘I would love to have Kobe, Coach. Thank you.’ Great people got to guard great people.”
real recognize real
I don’t know if lavor postell is Lavor Postell, but I’m Spartacus!
I guess this would be the time to reveal that my government name is Moochie Norris.
Well, he could be the real one, I’m actually Stephon Marbury for example.
I just referred to him as lavor postell since that’s the name he uses here, while he uses a different one for his Poasting and Toasting articles. So just wanted to give him credit here for his article there. 🙂
He once said something here about being on an ESPN podcast that made me think it was actually him.
so painful to get a little tease of possible roster trades, and then – crickets…feels like the team has had a bunch of days off in between games lately…kind of cool there’s a few upcoming games which will be on a national broadcast…
1/11 – espn: home vs pacers
1/17 – nbatv: home vs wiz
1/21 – nbatv: home vs okc
things are a bit slow at work…i’ll usually get a few weeks a year when things will slow down to a more civilized pace…
trying to use this down time as effectively as possible – spent the day trying to figure out how to aim better in fortnite…didn’t know this, but, they have something called “bloom” which adds a degree of randomness to where your bullets fly…
with a general target/aim accuracy of 10% in the game – i’m guessing though i’ve got other issues going on…just bought some joystick “extenders” for my ps4 controller off amazon – before today, i didn’t even know that was a thing…also, need to look at figuring out the sweet spot for adjusting my controller’s movement and aiming sensitivity…guess i’ll also be spending time watching some sypher vids…
playing since last spring – been playing more lately…not sure how it’s possible – but, i think i’m actually getting worse…that, coupled with watching my 7 year old godson get progressively better is causing me quiet a bit of angst…
yeah, i guess life is pretty good when your biggest concern is how to outplay a seven year in a video game…
still about a month away from the nba trade deadline…
oh yeah, forgot to add: Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way….
The only thing I remember about Lavor Postell was that he was on MTV once on a show with Spree who was talking about his rims during that time he had his own line of rims. Postell did not say a single word during the show.
If the Heat can turn Justise Winslow into a legitimately good point guard let’s start trying point Vonleh
we’d have to trade him to Charlotte first
Heat tried hard to lose a twenty some point lead
Ja Morant jumped over a kid today.
Kanter misses practice after eating 7 burgers & fries
Brilliant! That should help up his trade value.
That dunk… my god. That would be a career #1 highlight for most NBA guards. Sign me up.
And it wasn’t even the best play of the night by a basketball player. A very soft, emo looking tall man on the Denver basketball collective threw the ball very far and I still don’t know how he knew where Murray was.
LaMarcus Aldridge had how many points?
154 to 147? What kind of basketball score is that?