NBA 2015 Free Agent Season Open Thread

The offseason has officially begun!

Use this thread to discuss all the deals that will come pouring out of the NBA as soon as free agency begins!

Let’s hope that the Knicks get some good players!

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53 thoughts to “NBA 2015 Free Agent Season Open Thread”

  1. Woj breaking FA news already:

    Free agent Aminu Al-Farouq has agreed to a four year, $30 million deal with Portland, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

  2. Is AD a Derrick rose deal? How is he making almost 30 mil already?

    From my vantage point, and I’m no ephus, he’s eligible for 30% of the cap because he meets the Derrick Rose rule qualifications. Looks like that 30% is being derived from next year’s projected cap, not this one.

  3. If Aminu is getting 7 per we’re not getting Danny Green for anything less than 12.

    Knicks should have signed Aminu when DRed told them to

  4. Knicks are apparently meeting with Monroe right now.

    Also interesting tweet from Hahn:
    “Pitch #Knicks wants to make to FAs involves building, which means working with them financially to fit other pieces within cap space.” Not sure what the implications of that are, but I think it shows that we won’t just throw all our money at one or two guys. And hopefully not at anyone named “Afflalo.”

  5. It also means David West won’t be coming here because at 35, he isn’t trying to hear anything about a rebuild.

  6. Pitch #Knicks wants to make to FAs involves building, which means working with them financially to fit other pieces within cap space.”

    Bad strategy Phil. We’re not the Spurs. Just show Monroe and Green the money.

    Convince Calderon to take a buyout.

  7. I hope Dolan is 8000 miles away with no internet connection and lost his cell phone

  8. Positive sign. Phil thinking defense and maybe trading/waiving/buying out Calderon. Or maybe he meant to call the Beverly Hills Hotel to make reservation and contacted Patrick by accident.

  9. They need to hurry up get this Monroe deal done where they can knock on Danny’s hotel door in Braaazil

  10. If the Blazers didn’t like Batum’s shooting what’s going to happen when Aminu tries to shoot?

  11. Send Green a telegram: Stop…Spurs sign Gasol…Stop….Spurs sign Aldridge….Stop…..Phil Jackson wants to talk

  12. “Pitch #Knicks wants to make to FAs involves building, which means working with them financially to fit other pieces within cap space.”

    How the heck is their pitch “Take less money to come to a shitty team to help them rebuild”? I get “help us rebuild,” but expecting players to take pay cuts to do so?

  13. Middleton staying in Milwaukee for 5yr-70m. Green, Carroll and Wes aren’t gonna be cheap that’s for sure.

  14. Knicks talking with Corey Brewer.

    I don’t mind Brewer, but it’s an odd thing to be interested in, since won’t he make more money than the room exception? And if so, then they’ll need to take out of their cap room, and he isn’t worth that much, is he?

  15. By the way, my cap figure of $67.4 million is going to be low by at least $700,000 and possibly by as much as $1.7 million!! The league apparently did a bit better than expected, revenue-wise. It’s not a huge deal, of course, but any little extra bit helps!

  16. We’re getting hit by a lot of rain here in NYC (just got a flash flood alert on my cell phone – not a fun thing to hear so late at night) but I imagine this isn’t half as bad as other areas of the East Coast.

  17. would be interesting to know how the meeting with monroe went. apparently the bucks had a meeting with him afterwards at 2am, but i see no reason why he should prefer them over the knicks.

  18. They’re a better team, no? Also one currently without a go-to scorer, which he might enjoy. But yeah, it’s Milwaukee. If you have a choice between a decent Milwaukee team and a mediocre-to-bad New York team, I probably still pick the New York team.

  19. How the heck is their pitch “Take less money to come to a shitty team to help them rebuild”? I get “help us rebuild,” but expecting players to take pay cuts to do so?

    Exactly. If I’m Monroe, I walk out insulted that you’re playing those Melo head games. The guy might now feel guilty if he joins the NYK at the max. And why should he take less because Jax screwed up and the Calderon albatross contract is eating away precious cap? A better pitch would have been: Greg, you’re our #1 target, we think you are worth the max, we want you and Melo to spearhead our offense. I turned elite post players like Pau and Bynum into champions.

  20. yes, they’re a better team (probably all other nba team better are right now) but as you said, the factor for new york always plays a role, at least it would for me.
    trying to convince monroe to take less might be a strong reason for him to sign for example with the bucks assuming that the other ‘attractive cities’ such as LA or dallas already spent their cap space.

  21. i doubt that Phil is low-balling Monroe. Player and agent are probably doing due diligence. Monroe will get max offers from other teams so my guess is, he’ll go where he feels most comfortable going. Which is OK by me.

    I’m going against conventional wisdom here and declaring that I am OK with missing out on Monroe and the high-priced wings, and with signing 2-4 veteran role players to shorter/smaller contracts and letting the young guys play. If Melo doesn’t like that, let him demand a trade, get some assets back and away we go.

  22. totally agreed!
    getting 2-3 pretty good players now seems more enticing but this won’t win us a chip. i’d also go for some cheap veterans and young players while preserving cap space for next year (probably to take an expiring contract + pick(s) in some 3-team trade?).

  23. By the way, my cap figure of $67.4 million is going to be low by at least $700,000 and possibly by as much as $1.7 million!! The league apparently did a bit better than expected, revenue-wise. It’s not a huge deal, of course, but any little extra bit helps!

    If the higher figure is true, we would almost have cap space for two minimaxes. We could try to get Middleton by offering an almost minimax of 2+1 years; if Milwaukee matches, at least we screw them up a little, and then they would have less money for other FAs. And then we could sign Monroe.

  24. i doubt that Phil is low-balling Monroe. Player and agent are probably doing due diligence. Monroe will get max offers from other teams so my guess is, he’ll go where he feels most comfortable going. Which is OK by me.

    I’m going against conventional wisdom here and declaring that I am OK with missing out on Monroe and the high-priced wings, and with signing 2-4 veteran role players to shorter/smaller contracts and letting the young guys play. If Melo doesn’t like that, let him demand a trade, get some assets back and away we go.

    Oh sure, I agree with that. It just doesn’t seem like Jax’s strategy at all. But I would agree with a strategy like that. Essentially punt this season, develop the youngsters and then hopefully add a couple of good guys next year instead of trying to invent an entire new core roster all at once. Yes, there is no first round pick, but that’s a sunk cost. That pick is gone. Don’t hurt your team long term so that Denver gets a worse 2016 draft pick. Who cares at this point?

    That said, eh, Monroe is okay, too. I like him well enough, so I will be fine with them signing him.

  25. If the higher figure is true, we would almost have cap space for two minimaxes.

    Still not quite there, but yes, very very close if the $2 million figure turns out to be the correct one (the league says it’ll be at least $68.1 million now with a chance at $69.1 million).

  26. $2m more plus a Calderon salary dump would create some serious room. $14m, $14m, and$10 or Any number of combinations would be promising.

  27. My preferred strategies (being reasonable):

    Plan A: Greg Monroe + Danny Green or Carroll or Wes Matthews, call it a day in FA. Find a veteran big at the room exception, try to resign Shved/Jason Smith/Acy/Cole to minimum contracts for continuity.

    Plan B: Greg Monroe + Afflalo at a # that makes it possible to get another young big (ie. Kyle O’Quinn). I would be fine giving Afflalo even up to 4 years if he’d take around 9 per year starting. a 4 year $40MM contract is going to look really affordable in the coming years even though the idea of giving a 29 year old player seems nuts. Otherwise same as above.

    Plan C: Lopez/Koufos + SG + young big

    Failing that — Phil has to know when to pull the plug and not ridiculously overpay for marginal players just to make it look like he did something. He’ll need to find his inner Hinkie and then start renting out our cap space for assets while preserving space for the big run in 2016. If Melo can’t get on board with that, then it would be in everyone’s best interest to let him go for a bunch of assets and play the kids.

    by the way I can see why Phil has so much interest in Afflalo and Wes Matthews. Both are elite post up smalls, averaging 0.99 PPP on post up plays — ie. both in the top 5 of ALL players with >100 post-up possessions.

  28. Afflalo isn’t worth four million, never mind 9/36. he’s literally the only notable free agent I wouldn’t consider for any team, much less the Knicks.

    Afflalo on a four year contract would be a death knell and immediate albatross.

  29. Since aminu is signed there’s no reason we shouldn’t make a play for crowder at 5-6 million I think.

  30. On Afflalo what happened to him last season. He has a career best season in 2013-2014 with a .574 TS (which was in line with his usual good seasons of 570-580) and a career high usage and assist ratio while his TO ratio was around where it usually was.

  31. I want no part of Afflalo. He is not young, not a good defender, and had a bad season last year. I only would understand to sign him if we get him for cheap, and expect him to perform to his previous level. But 8+ money is what he was worth at his previous level. I would sign him for 4 million a year, if not, i’d rather have any other FA.

  32. Good news is West isn’t signing with NY. Bad news is neither is anyone else. I hope if all else fails they just preserve the cap space/sign one-year deals. Would hate to give Afflalo a panicky 3/36.

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