Knicks Morning News (2015.07.01)

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Leonard, Spurs Agree on Parameters of 5-Year Deal (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:46:41 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard is going to be a fixture for the San Antonio Spurs for years to come.

  • [New York Times] Big Names, Big Markets in Pursuit as NBA Free Agency Opens (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:19:47 GMT)

    Big names, big bucks and big markets in pursuit.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Anthony Davis, Pelicans Agree to Max Extension (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:49:41 GMT)

    Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed on a five-year extension worth more than $140 million.

  • [New York Times] The Best Free Agents Realistically Available (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:05:55 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap and Monta Ellis are among the N.B.A. free agents who could make an impact on another team.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Liberty Ends Drought Against Sky (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:43:46 GMT)

    Tina Charles scored a season-high 26 points to give the visiting Liberty their first victory over Chicago in three seasons.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Cavaliers Dole Out Offers (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:45:52 GMT)

    Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert all received qualifying offers as Cleveland indicated it wanted the players to return.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Think Big as Free Agency Is Set to Begin (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:57:48 GMT)

    The Knicks will be focused on size and players who complement their triangle offense as Phil Jackson continues to remake the roster.

  • [New York Times] Garden Hires New President From Agency With Knick Ties (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:05:15 GMT)

    David O’Connor was a longtime executive of the Creative Artists Agency, which represents Carmelo Anthony, as well as the Knicks executives Allan Houston and Mark Warkentien.

  • [New York Daily News] What are the odds? Knicks’ chances to land these free agents (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:03:21 GMT)

    The day Knicks fans have been waiting for, pointing to and dreaming of throughout the disaster of last season finally is upon us.

  • [New York Post] Spurs free agent Danny Green: I’d be ‘crazy’ not to meet with Knicks (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:26:54 -0400)

    Spurs free agent shooting guard Danny Green is back from vacation in Brazil and agreeable to a meeting with his hometown Knicks. Green, the Babylon, Long Island native, said just…

  • [New York Post] Knicks say Porzingis will play in summer league, but his brother’s not so sure (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:50 -0400)

    It would be nothing short of a nightmare if their super-skinny European project Kristaps Porzingis is too injured to participate in the Knicks summer league that opens July 11 in…

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    6 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.07.01)”

    1. Put me on record for officially saying the Knicks “big” FA signings should be:
      Greg Monroe
      Kosta Koufos
      Wesley Matthews (should be cheaper than Afflalo and Green given his injury and age- although I would LOVE to see Danny Green in a Knick uni)

      I think that’s a good team in the East. Then Phil can bring back Cole, Shved, Lance Thomas, and Ledo. That happens, and I think Phil will have done a good job with his 1st stab at free agency when it comes to actually building around Melo. Is Extra E available? He’d make a great bench addition as well. Rumors almost had me ready to say “sign Wade!!” at first, bu that would end bad- real bad. At first I really wanted DeAndre Jordan on the team, but now, given his “demands”- I don’t think so anymore. He’s gonna get nearly 20 mil a season, and at the salary he’s gonna command- he’s got to be a better offensive player. Should be a fun ride over the next few weeks..I can’t wait to see how it all works out.

    2. Wesley Matthews (should be cheaper than Afflalo and Green given his injury and age- although I would LOVE to see Danny Green in a Knick uni)

      nope it’s already been reported that the Mavs offered Matthews $12m and for now he’s holding out for $15m.

      The best thing we can hope for is that the Kings strike out on Rondo and all these guards they’re going after. They are our best shot at someone taking Calderon without a bounty, though Rondo/Cousins would basically pay for league pass in the 15 games that it lasted.

    3. Yeah, I think the events of last night made it clear that anyone we are hoping to get on a bargain deal will actually get paid more than we were hoping to pay. That’s what makes someone like Monroe such a good value if we can get his signature on a contract: there is a maximum amount he can be paid that’s not in any way crippling, and could turn out to be a bargain as early as next year. And that’s why I’m nervous about the front office reportedly trying to get him to give even a small discount. Just pay the man, and move on to whatever wings are available, whether in free agency or in a salary dump from a team looking to overpay a free agent.

      Don’t screw around, Phil. Get it done.

    4. This is gonna be a like a fantasy baseball draft when suddenly all the closers are going for 2X projections and the stragglers are clinging to their prep sheets until someone panics and bids $47 for Keith Foulke. This bodes extremely well for Drew Gooden.

    5. So we find ourselves wondering how to cobble together a team and it don’t look good. I have been thinking why we have sucked for so long and I think it’s a combination of incompetence and a divine curse. On the incompetence side, I looked into the history or our draft choices. In 1964, we took Willis; 1965, Bill Bradley; 1966, Cazzie Russell and 1967, Walt Frazier. All except Cazzie reside in the Hall of Fame and we won two titles anchored by these guys. Then darkness fell on the House of Dolan. A flicker of light was Bill Cartwright (1979) who played in the All Star game his rookie year and never thereafter. In 1985, we got Patrick but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. 30 years (thirty; many years) have passed since we drafted Patrick and in not one case did we get a keeper let alone a Hall of Famer. And if the incompetence was not enough, a curse has been implemented against us. In the normal universe, when a college player enters the NBA, he improves during his first five or so years. What happens to us is that we get promising rookies such as Channing Frye, Landry Fields, Shump-Shump and the Lesser Hardaway and they outperform expectations in their rookie year so that we can feel like, for once, we were smart and lucky; we’ve got a gem. And then in the subsequent year or years the weight of the curse causes them to suck and they wander off to enjoy a mediocre career at best.

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