Knicks Have Until Saturday To Decide On Ledo (And Mid-September For Galloway)

Although most of the excitement of the NBA offseason is over, the Knicks still have a few decisions to make. One such determination is coming up quickly. Ricky Ledo will make $100k guaranteed if he’s not waived by 8/1, which is this Saturday. If he makes the opening day roster, $200k of his contract is guaranteed.

The shooting guard hasn’t been particularly productive on the basketball court. His career to/36 is 3.6 and his ts% is 43.8%, which is down from the 50.6% his rookie year in Dallas. Although 4 summer league games don’t overrule 28 NBA games, Ledo performed poorly there as well against lesser competition. It’s hard to find any good reason for New York to extend his contract passed the weekend.

Fast forward a month and a half, and the Knicks will have a similar decision with Langston Galloway. They already kept him past one deadline, as he had a contract stipulation that guaranteed $220k if he made the roster on 7/1. But on 9/15, $440k becomes guaranteed if he’s still on the team. Although Galloway’s stats aren’t great either (48.9 ts%), he has a few factors in his favor. Galloway plays point guard, a more difficult position, and he’s a better defender. The Knicks were 2.3 points better per 100 possessions on defense with him on the floor. Add that New York is already in to him for a penny, makes it a more difficult decision.

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27 thoughts to “Knicks Have Until Saturday To Decide On Ledo (And Mid-September For Galloway)”

  1. I think Galloway is a decent value and based on Phil files, Phil seems to have a thing for the guy.
    As a third option at point and at the 2 (although undersized there), he’s a pretty good value.

    But he needs to improve his shooting: 78% of his shots are jumpers, but he has an eFG% of .456. He shoots 42% from 2 pt, 39% from 3. His FT% is good at 80, but given his weaknesses, getting better there would help quite a bit.
    His size and strength hurt him going to the hoop as well, where he shoots only marginally better, about 44%.

    Again, as a third option, $845K is a decent price

  2. Galloway seems like an obvious yes. His shooting numbers were obviously pretty awful with the Knicks, but he has produced reasonably on offense at other levels, and his defense was good enough that the offensive bar he needs to clear is quite low. Can he clear that bar?

    When I look at the breakdowns of his shooting stats from last year I see a pattern that encourages me. First of all he shot really well from 3 – 35%. So already he has the most important skill in place. A PG who is a very good defender and can hit 35% on 3s is already an NBA level player even without anything else as long as they’re not dragging down their numbers too much in other places.

    Galloway shot really poorly on twos of all types, but the key to me is that the majority of those baskets were unassisted (47% of his 2s were assisted, vs. 74% of his 3s). That matches what I was seeing, which is that Galloway was too often the guy trying to make things happen on offense when things ran out of steam late in the shot clock. He’s simply not equipped for that role, and hopefully with something more like an NBA team around him this year he won’t be drafted into it as often. If he can change the profile of his 2-pointers to be more like that of his 3-pointers – i.e. taking open assisted shots, I think he can be solid on offense.

    Ledo I really didn’t see anything that makes me think he’s an NBA level player. Given that Calderon is both an age and injury worry, and that two of our other presumed rotation guards are extremely inexperienced (i.e. inherently risky) I think we could use at least one depth guard who’s a relative “known quantity” at the NBA level (which doesn’t necessarily have to be a vet – Larkin would have qualified in my mind). I’m not sure there’s space for that guy and Ledo.

  3. Seeing how Grant ran the triangle, albeit in SL ball, I believe that Grant will see a lot of playing time at both guard spots this season. If he plays well defensively, then he probably starts. So Frank O, I agree. Galloway’s definitely the 3rd PG/ backup combo guard at this point. If he improves his shooting, it’s gonna make the decision a little tougher- but Grant’s much better than Galloway right now.

  4. Galloway should play more at 2 guard. He should probably start at 2 guard, especially if Calderon is the starting PG (which would be what I expect to happen). Afflalo/Calderon is a better version of the last few years of Knicks back courts that can’t stop a nosebleed.

  5. Porzingis and Grant are now signed:

    @IanBegley 2 minutes ago

    Porzingis’ deal (4 years, $15.5 million) & Grant’s deal (4 years, $6.3 million) are standard rookie contracts w/team options in Year 3 & 4.

    Not surprising, but still noteworthy, given that the Knicks took a while to get them both inked.

  6. http://nypost.com/2015/07/30/ex-knicks-lottery-pick-beats-back-depression-now-playing-for-1m-prize/

    Sweetney had often talked about the funk he was in during his rookie year, with his father dying just one month after former Knicks general manager Scott Layden pulled the trigger on the rebounding, low-post scorer from Georgetown. Sweetney now realizes he never pulled out of his malaise.

    IIRC Sweetney wasn’t on the active roster for parts of that first season. There is a good chunk of Nov-Dec where he doesn’t play at all. I think Isiah helped him get more playing time once he was hired.

    That must have been really tough on him mentally. Well now we know why he never realized his talent. He could have had a Boozer-like career.

  7. Does this mean that they might be clearing space for Moreland or Dragic?

    I think it is more an anti-Ledo decision than them thinking about a future guy. After all, they didn’t need to cut Ledo to add other guys to the training camp squad (the Celtics, for instance, have, like, 18 guys under some sort of contract at the moment).

  8. @10
    No, I heard that they are going to give Carlos Boozer Ledo and Ndour’s money!

  9. My surmise is that Knicks management decided Ledo had no chance of making the team and thought it was better for Ledo to waive him now rather than later so that he has a better chance of finding somewhere else to play.

  10. My surmise is that Knicks management decided Ledo had no chance of making the team and thought it was better for Ledo to waive him now rather than later so that he has a better chance of finding somewhere else to play.

    They also save the money, as the initial post notes. But one of the consistent themes of Phil’s tenure is his desire to put players into advantageous situations if they’re not staying here. That’s why he traded Pablo to Houston (getting two down-the-line 2nd rounders for it), it’s what he talked about with sending JR and Shump to Cleveland (in addition to getting JR out of his locker room), etc.

  11. My surmise is that Knicks management decided Ledo had no chance of making the team and thought it was better for Ledo to waive him now rather than later so that he has a better chance of finding somewhere else to play.

    Well, I mean, yes, I’m sure they’d like for him to get a shot somewhere else, but I think the most important thing was why pay a guy $100,000 if you know he’s not making the team?

  12. I was under the assumption that if the Knicks claimed Moreland off of waivers they would have to assume his salary. Would they need Ledo’s room to accomplish this? It seems that Denver and Miami have expressed interest in him in recent weeks so maybe there’s something there?

  13. I was under the assumption that if the Knicks claimed Moreland off of waivers they would have to assume his salary. Would they need Ledo’s room to accomplish this? It seems that Denver and Miami have expressed interest in him in recent weeks so maybe there’s something there?

    No, they had room to claim him even with Ledo on the roster.

  14. lol@sasha vujacic… did we already hit our scouting budget for the year?

    Phil is just looking to pad out the bench with champions. I’ve heard the team are also in talks to sign Adam Morrison and DJ Mbenga.

  15. Phil is just looking to pad out the bench with champions. I’ve heard the team are also in talks to sign Adam Morrison and DJ Mbenga.

    Eddy Curry is available. He won a championship more recently than Vujacic.

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