Knicks Morning News (2014.12.27)

  • [New York Post] Psychics predict what’s in the cards for 2015 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:00:16 -0500)

    Here are some NYC-centric predictions for 2015 we're confident in making: No one will pick up that one half-full bottle of Snapple rolling across the floor of the E train,…

  • [New York Daily News] NBA suspends Knicks’ Quincy Acy 1-game for foul on John Wall (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:56:01 GMT)

    Everything is coming down on the Knicks right now. Why not a gavel?

  • [New York Times] Lillard Leads Portland Past Philadelphia 114-93 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:44:42 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 28 points and nine assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-93 on Friday night for their seventh win in the last eight games.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Top Grizzlies in Overtime in Smith’s Debut (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:41:42 GMT)

    Josh Smith immediately paid dividends for the Houston Rockets, while the Memphis Grizzlies remained spiraling on their longest losing streak of the season.

  • [New York Times] Suns Outlast Kings 115-106 for 5th Straight Win (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:32:44 GMT)

    Marcus Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds, Isaiah Thomas keyed the decisive run against his former team and the Phoenix Suns outlasted the short-handed Sacramento Kings 115-106 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Faried Grabs 25 Rebounds as Denver Beats Minnesota 106-102 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 04:56:43 GMT)

    Kenneth Faried had a career-high 25 rebounds to go along with 26 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Rondo, Nowitzki Carry Mavs Past Lakers, 102-98 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 04:17:48 GMT)

    Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 21 points in his fourth game with Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki added 14 to move up another spot on the NBA’s scoring list in the Mavericks’ 102-98 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads New Orleans Past San Antonio 97-90 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:50:43 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 97-90 victory over the slumping San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Quincy Acy of Knicks Is Suspended Over Scuffle With Wizards (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:49:07 GMT)

    The N.B.A. suspended Acy for one game without pay for his role in a brief on-court altercation Thursday afternoon with Washington’s John Wall.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Leads Thunder to Win Over Hornets (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:47:43 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 29 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-75 victory over Charlotte on Friday night, snapping the Hornets’ season-high four-game win streak.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Jarrett Jack Carries Nets Past Celtics in the Final Seconds (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:45:54 GMT)

    Jack hit a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds to play, lifting the Nets to a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics.

  • [New York Times] Perfect 10: Dudley Doesn’t Miss, Bucks Rout Hawks (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:17:43 GMT)

    Reserve forward Jared Dudley made all 10 shots, including four 3-pointers, and scored a season-high 24 points Friday night to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 107-77 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] Monroe, Drummond Lead Pistons Over Pacers, 119-109 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:08:45 GMT)

    Greg Monroe had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Andre Drummond scored 20 points and the Detroit Pistons ended a four-game skid with a 119-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] James Helps Cavaliers Rally Past Magic 98-89 (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:05:45 GMT)

    LeBron James had 29 points and eight assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 98-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Lakers’ Bryant Out for 3rd Straight Game at Dallas (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 01:17:44 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant is sitting out his third straight game to rest his sore body but could be back in the lineup when the Lakers return home for their next outing.

  • [New York Newsday] For Knicks, this might be a good time for a road trip (Sat, 27 Dec 2014 01:01:56 EST)

    West Coast swings are not generally recommended to soothe what ails NBA Eastern Conference bottom-feeders, but nothing else has worked for the Knicks, so perhaps a trip to Sacramento, Portland and Los Angeles will help.

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    21 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.12.27)”

    1. My prediction — in the next 24 hours, the Knicks will claim Tarik Black off waivers and trade Dalembert to Cavs or Mavs for pick(s).

    2. I agree with DRed ( and I like the movie clip). But Johnno, I find it more likely the Knicks will do nothing than trade Dalembert. If they want Black, which they might, they are more likely to waive Aldrich or Smith than do a trade. I think their allocation of playing minutes is more an indication if whom they like than any number of advanced stats

    3. Speaking of Cole, couldn’t Jax have negotiated a team option on his contract? Given Cole’s career to date, you’d think Barney Fife is his agent. First Cuban takes Phil to the cleaners and then Cole’s agent. The most depressing part of all this is that if Larkin and Cole were to play well the rest of the season, we probably wouldn’t be able to re-sign either of them. In Cole’s case, even if we could re-sign him as UFA using available cap or 3m room exception, we’ve missed an opportunity to net some surplus value for the first time in ages. We need at least a couple of those type of contracts to really be competitive.

    4. After all that hype, Kentucky-Louisville is 22-18 at halftime. And that’s why I can’t watch college basketball.

    5. Speaking of Cole, couldn’t Jax have negotiated a team option on his contract? Given Cole’s career to date, you’d think Barney Fife is his agent. First Cuban takes Phil to the cleaners and then Cole’s agent. The most depressing part of all this is that if Larkin and Cole were to play well the rest of the season, we probably wouldn’t be able to re-sign either of them. In Cole’s case, even if we could re-sign him as UFA using available cap or 3m room exception, we’ve missed an opportunity to net some surplus value for the first time in ages. We need at least a couple of those type of contracts to really be competitive.

      I’m pretty sure that his cap hold is low enough (it’s pretty much just the minimum salary) that the Knicks can keep his cap hold if need be. And if they do that, then they can re-sign him for up to $5 million (using Early Bird Rights). And there’s little chance that Cole will play so well that he will make more than the MLE this offseason, so the Knicks likely won’t lose Cole even if they play him a lot of minutes.

      Larkin, though, yeah, they’re screwed there. If the hope is for him to play just because they plan on trading Calderon and Prigs, then fair enough, he’s not a bad stopgap, but there’s no point in developing a second-year guy who you can’t pay more than the minimum salary to.

    6. I doubt teams are lining up to give big dollar deals to the third string PG on the worst team in basketball.

    7. Towns has made some dumb mistakes in this game but he is a fine player. He has great rebounding technique, plays good team defense, has some good post moves, runs the floor well for a big…

    8. Brian, isn’t the maximum we could pay him using early bird rights 175% of his current salary or about 1.75m in his case? I believe (not sure) the team would have to renounce his early bird rights at the start of 2015 summer or have the 1.75m cap hold be in place. And wouldn’t the NYK be limited to 3m room exception (presuming they wouldn’t use any of 66m cap) if they decide to sign him as UFA since the team starts this summer under cap and I presume would not choose to operate as a team over the cap? It just seems Phil should have been able to negotiate a 2 to 2.5m team option; he’d still have the flexibility to not exercise the option and sign him to 3m room exception deal. Finally, if Cole’s WS/48 of .143 holds up I think there will be teams ready to pay him more than 3m.

    9. Finally, if Cole’s WS/48 of .143 holds up I think there will be teams ready to pay him more than 3m.

      There weren’t after last season.

    10. He didn’t play a sufficient number of minutes last season and I don’t think GMs have as much faith in Kurylo’s law as Mike does. Plus he played against scrubs.

    11. Cole barely played last year. If Dalembert gets traded Cole should see at least 15-20 minutes a night (if not more) even if Bargs comes back so I think more teams will be interested. I still doubt he gets a real payday but he should certainly have a few teams willing to pay more than the minimum. And IMO, while Acy’s foul was completely uncalled for, you don’t walk away from a teammate who’s basically surrounded by opposing players- not a good move by Cole. A pretty crappy one in fact- if you have a problem with Acy’s foul (and you should) tell him in the locker room but have his back on the court. I’m not saying Cole should be ready to throw punches but he should have at least tried to get everybody separated.

    12. I agree, hard foul as it is, the Knicks team should have each other’s back, Cole walking away not even attempting to break the fight and Calderon and Prigs just looking. Melo eventually came over but a bit too late. Shump just got in the way, unfortunately. It just shows they don’t look out for each other.

    13. MOTION: That the name Cole David Aldrich never be spoken or written of on this forum and that Dec 18 Derek Fisher Holiday be repealed because of this conduct.

      Nice to see Cole’s not looking for a fight, but turning your back on a teammate when he’s in trouble – that’s bad.
      Teammates are supposed to have each others back, not walk away. . . especially when you’re the biggest guy on the team. You didn’t see Nene walk away…or anyone else. Oakley wouldn’t walk away. Ewing wouldn’t walk away. Kenyon Martin wouldn’t walk away.
      He should hope his teammates don’t see that video.

    14. Cole was holding the ball when he walked away from the fight, he wanted to make sure it didn’t get hurt.

    15. Brian, isn’t the maximum we could pay him using early bird rights 175% of his current salary or about 1.75m in his case? I believe (not sure) the team would have to renounce his early bird rights at the start of 2015 summer or have the 1.75m cap hold be in place. And wouldn’t the NYK be limited to 3m room exception (presuming they wouldn’t use any of 66m cap) if they decide to sign him as UFA since the team starts this summer under cap and I presume would not choose to operate as a team over the cap? It just seems Phil should have been able to negotiate a 2 to 2.5m team option; he’d still have the flexibility to not exercise the option and sign him to 3m room exception deal. Finally, if Cole’s WS/48 of .143 holds up I think there will be teams ready to pay him more than 3m.

      Since he has been a Knick for two years now, it’s 175% of his current salary or 104.5% of the league average salary, which is basically the MLE. So they’d be able to easily re-sign him so long as they keep his cap hold, which is only for roughly the minimum salary of $900,000 or so.

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