Crawford to Decide on Free Agency Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, free agent Jamal Crawford will decide on which team he will play for this season. He is deciding between the Knicks, Trailblazers and Kings. The Knicks can only offer him the room exception for 1 year 2.5 mil. The Blazers can offer him the full midlevel exception at 5 mil and the Kings can offer more than that. On twitter, there has been much fan support for Crawford’s return to the garden but it is not looking like it will happen. Most people, including myself, believe Crawford will land in Portland. He will make 5 mil this year instead of 2.5 mil and Portland is closer to his Seattle home.

Shawne Williams is also a free agent and has garnered interest and contract offers from other teams. I would like to think the Knicks can get Crawford and keep Williams but if Crawford were to be a Knick, Williams would have to sign a vet minimum. I don’t think that will happen. At the end of the day it might be Crawford or Williams instead of Crawford and Williams. Or worst case, the Knicks lose out on both guys…

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Anthony Hyperextends Knee at Practice

It doesn’t sound serious but its a bit scary especially with no viable scoring threat behind him. D Brown is gone and Shawne Williams hasn’t been resigned. Right now if Melo went down for any period of time, Balkman and Walker would probably be the guys backing him up. Thats scary. Really really scary.

This is probably what i’d do to myself if I had to watch Bill Walker play an entire season as the starting small forward

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Knicks Miss Out on Barea

Free agent point guard JJ Barea has agreed to a 4 year $19 million contract with the T’Wolves. David Kahn strikes again as the Timberwolves now have 17 point guards on their roster. He would have been a nice fit off the bench with the Knicks but his tiny frame makes him a liability on defense. I’m not too bummed out that the Knicks won’t have Barea. I’d like Jamal Crawford but that doesn’t look like it will happen either. The team seems contented to go with Douglas, Shumpert and Bibby at point guard this season. Maybe another veteran point will fill out the roster but I think primarily those are the guys who will play. As long as Douglas doesn’t play 7000 miles an hour and take dribbling tips from Bill Walker then we will be okay.

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Jerome Jordan on the Verge of Becoming a Knick

From Marc Berman of the NY Post

Add another 7-footer to the team.

The Post has learned 7-foot center Jerome Jordan, a 2010 second-round draft pick, will be the next addition to the Knicks’ roster as he was involved in heavy contract negotiations late last night to bring him to New York, according to his agent Todd Ramasar.

As I said last night, I think this is a great move and the perfect time to bring Jordan over. If he has any game, which it looks like he does, then he will be a great addition to our front court as the backup center. The Knicks just went from being weak down low to have two 7 footers at the center position and arguably one of the top three greatest scoring power forwards in NBA history. I am unbelievably excited about this upcoming season because now the Knicks will have some toughness and size around the rim and that should make for an improved defense. Defense is now the key for this team and they have improved very quickly.

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Turiaf Headed to Wizards

So Ronny will be gone after all. This contracts the sign and trade talk we heard earlier because now the Knicks have the cap space to sign Chandler as a free agent. Its sad to see Ronny go. Even if he’s made of glass and he can only play 15 min a game, I think he would have been a solid backup center behind Chandler. Now I think Jerome Jordan has to be brought over unless the Knicks are going to play Jeffries as the backup center. If Jeffries is the backup 5, then who plays the backup 4? I think they should make Jeffries the backup 4 and then have Jordan and Harrelson battle it out for the backup center spot.

I’m going to miss this

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Tyson Chandler Highlights and Interview

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Here is the link to his interview on Ben and Skin this morning

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Chris Paul Will be a Laker

Well Chris Paul is not going to be a Knick. The Lakers went ahead and swapped Pau Gasol and Odom for Chris Paul. The trade is proposed to be a 3 way with Houson. Lakers get Paul, Houston gets Gasol, New Orleans gets Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic.

Honestly, I think the Lakers get worse. Their biggest advantage was having the two 7 footers down low. They no longer have that and have a gaping hole at the 4 and an injury prone Andrew Bynum playing center. The Lakers bench seemingly looks worse than what the Heat or Knicks have right now. I think if the Lakers then get Dwight Howard then its a different story but this team right now definitely isn’t the best in the Western Conference. OKC is better. Memphis might be better. Portland looks good. LA right now is in transition but right now they do not improve from this deal.

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Knicks Close to Signing Tyson Chandler

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Wooo!!!! Its almost final. Billups out. Chandler in. I think Chandler is a great signing. Is he overpaid a bit? Sure but in today’s Eastern Conference, a big man can make all the difference. Miami: No center. Chicago: Noah is good but Chandler is just as good. Boston: No center. Atlanta: Undersized Al Horford. Orlando: Dwight Howard is leaving. The Knicks may have the best center in the Eastern Conference right now. I love also that Billups is gone. I have respect for Billups but he was a horrid fit with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. He shot the ball too much and he wasn’t a distributor.

Chandler will have a 4 year, 58 million dollar deal which means Turiaf will also need to go in order to make the salaries work. I think the Knicks have to bring Jerome Jordan over now. What better center to learn from than a leader like Chandler? I think this is a home run by the Knicks assuming Chandler can stay healthy.

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Money Mase, We Hardly Knew Ye

According to the NY Post

Mason out, Tinsley in?

Free agent guard Roger Mason, a central figure in labor negotiations as union vice president, won’t be returning to the Knicks.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be back with the Knicks,’’ Mason told The Post. “I’ll miss the city, fans and most in the organization.’’

According to a source, Mason likely is to return to the Wizards, where he played two seasons from 2006-08. Mason’s agent also has talked to the Nets, New Orleans, Golden State, the Lakers and Boston.

I’m kinda sad to see Roger Mason go. I liked him in the playoffs last season. I thought he could have helped the team last year but his early struggles led him to eat pine for most the season. Unfortunately, Bill Walker received significant minutes during the 2nd half of the season that I believe Mason could have filled more adequately. I thought Mason was fun to watch in game 4 vs Boston when he helped lead a comeback that ultimately fell short.

Possible replacements for Mason are current Knick Andy Rautins, free agents Grant Hill and Michael Redd and former Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley (yes that Jamaal Tinsley and yes he is still playing basketball).

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First Knicks Spreecast

Tonight I appeared on a great Knicks talk Spreecast with Dan from Knicksfan.net, Jared from Outside the Arc and Jamie from LoHud Knicks Blog that was set up by Chris Delgado who did a great job.

It was a great show and I had a lot of fun talking Knicks with some of the more knowledgable guys in the business.

Here is the link to the archived Spreecast. Enjoy!

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