Knicks Morning News (2016.02.05)

  • [New York Times] Resurgent Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers Past Pelicans, 99-96 (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:21:55 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant kept his right arm extended upward, his hand dangling as he held his follow-through on a 3-point shot with a minute to go.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, DeRozan Lead Raptors Past Trail Blazers (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:15:30 GMT)

    Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 59 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-103 at the Moda Center on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Hold Off Blazers for 110-103 Victory (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:57:37 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 30 points, DeMar DeRozan added 29 and the Toronto Raptors snapped Portland’s five-game winning streak with a 110-103 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Brewer Lights Touchpaper to Fire Rockets Over Suns (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:21:27 GMT)

    Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer had a season-high 24 points and made two three-pointers in the final two minutes to lead his team to a 111-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Pistons 111, Knicks 105: Knicks Erase 27-Point Deficit Before Rally Falters (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:06:43 GMT)

    After a flirtation with .500, the Knicks had their most unfortunate loss of the season and find themselves losing ground a week ahead of the All-Star break.

  • [New York Times] Brewer, Ariza Lead Rockets Past Suns 111-105 (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:54:55 GMT)

    Corey Brewer scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza 22 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Ginobili Will Miss a Month (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:44:42 GMT)

    San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will be sidelined for at least a month after having testicular surgery.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Blow 27-Point Lead, Recover to Beat Knicks 111-105 (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:31:00 GMT)

    Anthony Tolliver’s only shot of the game helped the Detroit Pistons avoid a colossal collapse.

  • [New York Post] It sure sounds like Stan Van Gundy’s ripping Derek Fisher (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:04:03 -0500)

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Pistons coach and GM Stan Van Gundy scoffed at the notion the Knicks are a young, "developing” team not ready to make the playoffs during a trademark pregame rant that seemed aimed at recent remarks by Knicks coach Derek Fisher. Fisher said recently on ESPN Radio he wouldn't be "disappointed'' if…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ comeback falls short in 111-105 loss to Pistons (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:21:10 GMT)

    Losing because of one of their ugliest starts of the season probably would have been easier to take than going down like this for the Knicks

  • [New York Daily News] Barkley says Knicks a playoff ‘lock’ if they get Jeff Teague (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:20:07 GMT)

    Charles Barkley had what was for him a “when pigs fly” moment in October when he predicted the Knicks would be a playoff team.

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    36 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.02.05)”

    1. Random guy I think the knicks should possibly consider spending money on: Allen Crabbe.

      We have an awful backcourt, and while PG is the bigger hole, PG’s aren’t really available. Unless they decide to go all in on Jordan Clarkson (whom I think one could argue both for and against as a big signing), who can play PG especially in the triangle, Crabbe may be a more prudent signing than say….Batum, and may be cheaper than Fournier.

      Fournier and Crabbe are both 23, both tall shooting guards. Crabbe is 6’6 with a 6’11 wingspan. Very similar per 36 numbers ( http://bkref.com/tiny/6wN7r ), with Crabbe coming off as a better shooter and worse rebounder (and likelier worse at driving, at least so far). Fournier had his breakout this year, Crabbe likely has yet to have it due to being stuck behind 2 great offensive guards (dame and CJ).

      I don’t think teams are stupid, so Crabbe will likely get at least 10 mil…I don’t think Portland would match, and don’t think Orlando would mat Fournier but i’m less sure about Orlando. Thoughts?

    2. I like the suggestion. Fournier rejected a four year $32M contract extension, so you may be right he will get $10M or so per year, but I don’t think Crabbe will. Either one would be a potential successor to Afflalo, which would be nice to have. I think we’d have to make him an offer as a free agent and see if the Blazer’s match it. They are rebuilding, and we are too, so I don’t see a good basis for a trade.

    3. Can Crabbe play defense?

      Speaking of the Blazers, remember when Las Vegas said they’d win around 27 games?

    4. I like crabbe. I like Tyler Johnson even more. If the Knicks continue to obstinately refuse to build for the future, then signing those two would be an alternative way to get me to buy in again.

    5. By all reports I’ve read, and based on what little I’ve seen of him, Crabbe is not a good defender at this point. The Knicks really need better point guard play and perimeter defense, that’s what they should be focusing on.

    6. If the Knicks continue to obstinately refuse to build for the future, then signing those two would be an alternative way to get me to buy in again.

      I’ll pass that onto Phil. He has been wracking his brain trying to figure out how to bring MFC back into the fold again.

    7. Yeah crabbe apparently isn’t a great defender despite his wingspan. I’d have to learn more to figure out if he’s simply learning or just lazy. Fournier is by all accounts a solid positional defender, but his DRTG is worse than Crabbe’s, so idk. Skiles is also his coach which probably helps.

      The Knicks really need better point guard play and perimeter defense, that’s what they should be focusing on.

      I mean yeah. Lol. It’s easy to say they should “be focusing on it” but there are no point guards who are both passable and good at defense within the knicks reach next year, so how much “focusing” are they going to do, really? To me, you unfortunately have to punt the point guard question to the year after next, barring a very unexpected trade.

      http://www.spotrac.com/nba/free-agents/guard/ who in there is good at defense who isn’t conley, beal or bazemore?

      Additionally, while defense helps, value is value — if you have a guy with the physical tools who is a prime candidate to be a bargain signing — as crabbe is, given his lack of minutes, his shooting, and his age — are you going to pass on that? I’m legitimately asking, I think it’s reasonable to say yes, if he’s 23 and cant play defense already, you should not spend the money. On the other hand, I think it’s entirely reasonable to say no, sign him up, hope he can learn defense, and at worst have a guy still likely to outperform a 10-11 mil/yr contract.

    8. Does anyone know anything about Delon Wright? I was listening to a podcast that said the Raptors need help at the 4. So I looked at the Raptors roster ans saw him there. He is a point guard that was drafted last summer at number 20 and played until D-league until very recently when he was called up to the Raptors. If we traded, say Amundsen for him, it would be like getting another point guard from the same draft that gave us Grant. We could use another young guy at that position.

    9. Porzingis has been looking more like Bargnani than a future superstar lately.

      Obviously he’s still way better than Bargs, but the direction has been negative. He’s basically been an inefficient scorer that’s not rebounding much and playing suspect defense lately. Plus, I don’t buy all this “wearing down” BS. All rookies are faced with the same issue, but many slowly improve as the season progresses and few go downhill.

    10. I liked Crabbe when he was coming out. I just do not see how the Knicks can get him.

      Young players I think the Knicks should try to aquire are McLemore, Shabazz, Fournier, Crabbe, & Tyler Johnson. The problem is that the Knicks lack the trade chips to make trades and the FAs are restricted. I still think AA and Calderon have value around the league but the Knicks do not seem to want to trade them.

    11. I liked Crabbe when he was coming out. I just do not see how the Knicks can get him.

      He’s a RFA. They would put an offer out, and if Portland didn’t match, he’d be a knick. Given that they have most guard minutes allocated to Dame and CJ, and many dollars of their future cap, they may choose not to pay him should he get an offer north of 10 million, which would be reasonable.

      If you’re Portland, how much are you willing to spend on a backup shooting guard?

    12. I think the key word there is “help” at the 4. I don’t think Lou qualifies. ;)

      Definitely, but if Toronto wants something better, they have to give more.

    13. Definitely, but if Toronto wants something better, they have to give more.

      I guess what I’m saying is that the 20th pick from the most current draft is going to take a lot more than Lou to acquire. It’s not like the Raptors are looking to dump him, ya know?

    14. Wow, Mitch Lawrence is reporting that the Clippers are considering trading Griffin to Denver. Damn, they must either A. be really pissed at him or B. think his hand is not going to be healthy any time soon.

      Who would you take on Denver for Griffin? Gallinari, I figure, has to be the centerpiece. Him and Barton and a pick? Him, Barton and someone else? One of their young centers?

    15. Three team trade that sends Anthony to LA and Gallinari (and Jokic (and Barton)) back to NY?

    16. Three team trade that sends Anthony to LA and Gallinari (and Jokic (and Barton)) back to NY?

      making me aroused

    17. After thinking of it, Jokic has to be untouchable. Nurkic, though, is likely available in a Griffin deal.

    18. How about this trade?

      1: Mudiay/Grant
      2: Barton/Galloway
      3: Gallinari/Lance
      4/5: Jokic/Lopez/Pau

      PLUS we’d still have oodles of cap! Durant? Westbrook?

    19. I don’t know if it would take more than Amundsen. I can understand they mought not want to do that, especially if they are looking at the future. But if they are looking to improve now and need a backup 4, we have one. I know it’s s long shot, night I’m operating from the point of view that we are sellers.

    20. Lou is bad and old. They’re not trading their first rounder from this past draft for a bad and old backup four. They’d be much better off just waiting for waiver season, where there will be plenty of mediocre old fours to choose from.

    21. How about this trade?

      1: Mudiay/Grant
      2: Barton/Galloway
      3: Gallinari/Lance
      4/5: Jokic/Lopez/Pau

      PLUS we’d still have oodles of cap! Durant? Westbrook?

      Shit. That actually kind of makes a certain amount of crazy sense. The Knicks would never give up Porzingis, but damned if that deal wouldn’t make them at least think about it.

      Honestly, I think the key problem (besides the standard “Melo is never leaving, so don’t bother coming up with trades involving him” caveat) is Gallinari is not signed long term, so the freed up cap room wouldn’t be as helpful.

    22. Trading for Mudiay would be a huge mistake. He has been absolutely putrid, like worst-player-in-the-league bad. He’s not quite Anthony Bennett-level bust, but he’s awfully close.

    23. Phil screwed up by not signing Lin and Schved this offseason instead of Seraphin, O’quinn and Sasha. I respect him greatly but can you imagine how much better we would have been with these two inexpensive additions?

    24. Gallinari would be pretty darn good in a lineup with Paul and Jordan. I kind of hope he ends up there, to play some meaningful games. He’s been really good this year. Rarely turns the ball over. Gets to the line. And wouldn’t have to rebound much with Jordan, which is the big weakness in his game.

    25. Gallinari would be pretty darn good in a lineup with Paul and Jordan. I kind of hope he ends up there, to play some meaningful games. He’s been really good this year. Rarely turns the ball over. Gets to the line. And wouldn’t have to rebound much with Jordan, which is the big weakness in his game.

      He’d definitely be the main piece, but I’m sure that he, alone, is not enough for the Clippers to part with Griffin. So who do you think the other piece(s) would be? Nurkic, Gallinari and…what? Would Denver part with a pick for Griffin?

    26. I would never trade Kristaps Porzingis. I instantly hate that trade.

      I agree, but Jokic has to at least make you think about it, doesn’t he?

    27. That means Thomas is out Sunday, as well, as being in the concussion protocol means that Tuesday is the earliest he can play.

    28. Melo out-knee

      I honestly sort of like them being conservative with his knee. If the guy’s never going to leave (and he’s never going to leave), they might as well preserve him for the future.

    29. Prepare yourselves for 15-20 Aaron Afflalo turn around, heavily guarded line drive jumpers. Should be magnificent to behold.

    30. This season has really taken a turn for the worst lately. But I still agree it’s good to be careful with Melo’s knee and Thomas’s head

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