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Takes From the Last Week in Free Agency

Takes From the Last Week in Free Agency

I haven’t had a chance to get on here and blog about some of the recent happenings in the last few days of free agency. Here are my takes on some of the most interesting developments from around the league:

  • JJ Redick, Jared Dudley to the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler to the Suns, picks to Milwaukee. I love this trade for the Clippers and Suns. LA gets back two of the league’s better perimeter shooters, on good contracts, to put around Chris Paul in a new Doc Rivers/Alvin Gentry run offense. Both guys are good team defenders as well, making them both upgrades over the severely one-dimensional Jamal Crawford. Crawford’s ball handling abilities will still have value, but Redick and Dudley are both better fits (and players) next to Chris Paul. From Phoenix’s standpoint, they acquire one of the prized young assets in the league right now. Just about every team with a need at point guard was rumored to be going after Bledsoe at one point or another, but Phoenix is the team that gets him – and they didn’t give up that much. Jared Dudley is a good player, but at age 27 he’s not an ideal player for a rebuilding team. The question now for Phoenix is if they move Goran Dragic or play him and Bledsoe together. In 185 minutes last season, the Clippers were a +11.1 NET-RTG with Bledsoe and Paul on the court together, so it’s clear that Bledsoe can succeed in a 2 point guard alignment. The issue will be with Dragic, who is a much better player with the ball in his hands and who has struggled to play shooting guard in two point guard sets. Milwaukee was the loser of this trade, but not for the trade itself. Losing JJ Redick for second round picks isn’t ideal, but they were going to lose him anyways and did well to at least get minor assets for him. The problem was acquiring Redick in the first place. They parted ways with Tobias Harris, who was impressive late in the season, to get Redick for their meaningless playoff run that ended with a first round shellacking at the hands of the Miami Heat. I hated the trade then, and I don’t like it now. More

Knicks Salary Cap Situation and How it Impacts Offseason Moves

Guest post written by Tony Lombardo (@TweetKnick)

This is a hopefully brief look at the Knicks salary situation going into this offseason and what kinds of moves they can and can not make to improve the team. First, let’s look at the players already on the roster for next year:

Player Salary Salary Type Years Remaining
Amar’e Stoudemire $21,679,893 Guaranteed Contract 2
Carmelo Anthony $21,490,000 Guaranteed Contract 1 + 1 year player option
Tyson Chandler $14,100,538 Guaranteed Contract 2
Raymond Felton $4,180,000 Guaranteed Contract 2 + 1 year player option
Steve Novak $3,750,001 Guaranteed Contract 3
Marcus Camby $3,383,773 Guaranteed Contract 2
Jason Kidd $3,090,000 Guaranteed Contract 2
Iman Shumpert $1,797,600 Guaranteed Contract 2 + 1 year team option
First Round Draft Pick $997,300 Guaranteed Contract 3 + 1 year team option
Total $74,469,105 Guaranteed Contracts

The Knicks have $74,469,105 committed to eight players plus their first round draft pick on guaranteed contracts for next year. Barring trade or retirement, these are numbers we can lock in. We’ll get to how trades or retirements could impact the team in a bit. First, let’s look at other relevant salary numbers for the off-season. More

Paul Requests a Trade to the Knicks

According to Yahoo Sports:

Chris Paul’s(notes) agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him.

Nevertheless, the prospects of the Hornets executing a trade with the Knicks appear to be relatively dim. The Knicks simply don’t have the trade assets that come close to meeting New Orleans’ criteria for a deal. Demps has been listening to overtures from teams around the league, and has been actively working under the assumption that Paul would reject a contract extension.

Simply put, this could get ugly. He wants to be in NY, the Knicks want him, but the Knicks have no pieces to trade. Unlike the Anthony deal, in which guitar Jim overrode Donnie and gave up 5 starters and 4 draft picks, the Knicks have nothing on the roster that New Orleans (or any other team in the league) would want in return for a superstar like Paul. If this trade is going to happen, I think it will happen at the 11th hour. I do not expect a deal to get done before the season starts. If the Knicks were smart they would contact Paul behind the back of New Orleans and tell him to play hard ball. If the Knicks want to make this a great trade, they need to give up as little as possible. Paul and the Knicks have all the leverage here. New Orleans has very little leverage. New Orleans could have some great offers out there for Paul but no other team will agree to a deal unless Paul signs an extension. If he really wants to be a Knick, he needs to keep his mouth shut (unlike Melo who publicly said he wanted a max deal) and hold his ground about becoming a Knick. The only way this trade happens is if New Orleans gets desperate to make a deal and they accept a lesser trade from the Knicks.

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Broussard on Paul: “This is Not About Money”

ESPN’s Chris Broussard gave an interview on ESPN New York’s Rucco and Lundberg today and he discussed the possibility of Chris Paul coming to New York. In the interview he said he believes that Paul would come to New York for less money which is music to a lot of Knick fans ears. He also said he thinks the Hornets would trade him to New York if there was something to trade for (thanks Melo) and he gave his opinion on a potential Amar’e-Dwight Howard trade.

Here is the interview

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Celtics Also In the Hunt for Chris Paul

According to multiple sources, the Celtics have offered Rajon Rondo in a trade for Hornets guard Chris Paul.

The Celtics have been discussing trading Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul, according to sources. But the Hornets don’t appear interested in a two-team deal.

Danny Ainge has been searching for a third team that would give the Hornets young pieces that would help Dell Demps in his rebuilding plan.

It is also unclear whether Paul would agree to an extension, something Ainge would need to execute a trade.

Via ImaGM

Paul has the power in this deal because, like Carmelo Anthony last season, he will be a free agent at the end of the season and any team trading for Paul will want him to sign an extension prior to the trade. However, Moke Hamilton had an interesting tweet on the subject:

 

It has been widely accepted in Knick nation that Paul will be playing alongside Melo and STAT but I warn Knick fans to beware of other teams. Paul is a superstar and other teams have more cap space and trade assets. He wants to play in New York yes but it makes more financial sense for him to maybe play elsewhere. It will be interesting to see what happens but right now there is absolutely no guarantee that Paul will be a Knick in 2012.

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Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony Appear at “Watch the Throne” Concert

Last night, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Hornets point guard Chris Paul made an appearance together at the “Watch the Throne” tour at Madison Square Garden. It has been no secret that Anthony and Paul have become closer during this lockout. The stars have been in lockout negotiation meetings together, they have played in numerous charity games together and they have gone on a Jordan brand tour in China together. Just last month, Anthony publicly said he would love to play with Paul. Personally, I think this is a good thing that the two are hanging out and going to concerts. Obviously this has no impact on basketball or anything but I think the more Melo and Paul continue to build a good relationship with each other, the more likely it is that the impending free agent Paul will bring his talents to Madison Square Garden in 2012. Lockout pending of course…

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Carmelo Anthony Wants Chris Paul on the Knicks… Duh

On Thursday, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said what everybody knew; that he would love to have Hornets guard Chris Paul in a Knick uniform.

“If it works out and he comes here and they allow him to come here, you’ll see a smile from ear to ear,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “It’s not just me. It’s everybody [in New York]. If he decides to leave New Orleans and goes somewhere else, they’ll be feeling the same way I’m feeling.”

Isn’t this why we are having the lockout? Cause owners do not want players recruiting each other and joining up in big markets? I love Melo as much as the next fan but this is not the time for him to be saying things like this. Also I do not really see the reason for saying this. Everybody knows that he would like to join up with Chris Paul. Everyone knows about the infamous Melo-LaLa wedding where Paul made a toast to a big three in New York (along with Amar’e Stoudemire).

Obviously I would love to see a big three with Paul also. Whether or not it would be best for the team would have to be decided by the roster and pieces around them but either way it would be entertaining and the team would have a great chance to be great. I really do not get why Melo said this at this time, probably the worst possible time to make comments like this, and I do not think it is necessary to say that in public. Everyone knows that, why say it? Telling it to a New York paper is not going to make it happen or heighten the chances of it happening so why say it? I love Melo but I think it would be just best if he keeps this Chris Paul stuff on the DL. You know, since there is a lockout going on where the fight is about superstars changing teams it is probably best to just not say the free agent stuff. Just saying…

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Melo, CP3, D Wade Discuss Their Signature Shoes

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Hornets point guard Chris Paul and Heat guard Dwayne Wade all discuss their jordan brand shoes with Slam Magazine.

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What is Isiah Thomas up to?


Over the past couple weeks, numerous reports have surfaced about former Knick coach and president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas being related in potential New York Knick related activities. There have been reports that he has been trying to help recruit Hornets free agent to be Chris Paul to New York as well as reports that he has been working out Amare Stoudemire at FIU. So what really is going on here?

Thomas is absolutely involved with the Knicks. His love affair with Knicks owner James Dolan has not stopped since Thomas was forced out by the NBA. Dolan tried to get Thomas on as a consultant but that was rejected by the league because Thomas is currently the head coach at FIU. The same FIU where Amar’e Stoudemire has been working out this offseason. The same FIU that is hosting a street game next month in which Stoudemire, Melo and Chris Paul are all participating in (Thomas favorite Eddy Curry is also expected to play in that game).

These are not coincidences, Isiah “Zeke” Thomas is absolutely involved with the New York Knicks. This should not come as a surprise to Knick fans because he never left! He has been in Dolan’s ear throughout this entire “post-Isiah” period. Thomas helped recruit Melo and Amar’e to New York and he was advising Dolan throughout the Melo trade. Hell, it was probably Isiah’s idea to throw in 4 starters and a plethora of draft picks. Maybe we give Dolan too much credit for undercutting Donnie Walsh’s negotiations, it was probably Isiah! After all he never did know how to manage a team. We only had a 130 million dollar payroll when he was here. He is a god awful executive mind. Did we have some talent? Sure but every team has some talent, we had a few talented players but the team was an absolute joke. Between his point guard Stephon Marbury and his retarded antics, his center Eddy Curry weighing 400 pounds, the Renaldo Balkman pick, his drug overdose, and his sex scandal that cost the Knicks 11.6 million, Isiah Thomas single handedly destroyed his reputation and the reputation of the Knicks in terms of on-court success and off-court class. Any logical human being with half a brain would ban this guy for being within 500 feet of any member the Knicks organization and 10,000 feet away from Madison Square Garden. But James Dolan is no logical human being, he is an absolute moron. Not only did his highly publicized friendship with Thomas continue but it continued to flourish. After Thomas was released by Donnie Walsh, Dolan tried to bring him back as a consultant. Behind the scenes with no official team role, Thomas was brought in to help recruit Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Now Thomas is helping to recruit Chris Paul to the Knicks.

This is all part of Thomas’ master plan to return to Madison Square Garden in 2012. By recruiting the 3 superstars to the Knicks, Thomas hopes to re-ingratiate himself to the fans of New York. Then, once the contract of Mike D’Antoni has expired after next season, Thomas will swoop in and return to the perch that he believes should still be his. To be honest, this is probably the smartest thing that he has ever thought of. Obviously most fans will still dislike him, but I believe if Chris Paul is a Knick in 2012 many fans will forgive Thomas for his 5 years of mismanagement, losing and off-court problems.

Overall, this entire plan is scary as hell. The Knicks are on the path to success and grabbing Isiah Thomas will absolutely kick the Knicks right into the bushes. He was never a good coach, he has no place in any NBA organization and the only person blind enough to see that is Dolan. Hopefully, my assumptions are incorrect but I have a bad feeling that I am correct and we will see the man they call “Zeke” return to the garden in 2012.

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Sunday’s Melo League Game to be Streamed on SI.com

This sunday, Sportsillustrated.com will be streaming a live feed of the Melo League vs Philly League Game. The “Battle for I-95″ will include superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. I am excited to watch this game as I am itching, like all NBA fans, to see some basketball. The Philly league roster for the game includes Lou Williams, Hakim Warrick, the Morris brothers, John Salmons and Wayne Ellington. The game is set for 6 pm eastern time at the Palestra on the UPenn campus.

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