knicks at the trade deadline
so with the trade deadline coming up, the knicks need some serious help. so what should they do? should they go for expiring contracts to make it easier to sign a big name free agent next year..or should they try to trade for big names who could help attract a big time free agent
Since playoffs are seeming more and more unlikely everyday, i think the only move the Knicks are looking to make is to unload the contract of Jared Jeffries or more preferably, and unlikely, the contract of Eddy Curry....
And I think they're only going to want expirings, the more capspace the better
But since I doubt any team is willing to take Jeffries or Curry, i really cant see the Knicks doing anything "major" at the trade deadline
They could try to convince Curry that getting money is a bad thing. Otherwise he will be on the team next year. If they had a pick they could package it with their ugly contracts but that option is out the window. Not many options. Try to trade for a guy who is buried on a bench but is actually good.
Patty Mills anyone?......... hes be an upgrade over Duhon, Pritchard is high on him but hhes played 5 minutes all year he could be cheap and hes proven he can dominate the D-league (averages 30 points a game) and had two 20+ point games in the Olympics hes small but a good defender goop three shooter and super speed decent at getting to the hoop not a great passer but he could be good with the Knicks..
Patty Mills would be a good pick up but Portland is high on him and all their other guys under 25. (basically the whole team)
You want a tiny PG with no NBA experience to replace a guy that is producing decent stats for this team?? Come one. The Knicks arent going to get any better this year. They will try to go for expiring contracts or something. Maybe Jefferies and Curry for T-Mac or something. Just a move that will be made just to be making a move. Dont get excited until the summer.
Ok. then how about they finally pull the trigger on the DJ Augustin trade.
That would be the better option because he has proved he can manage a team in stints and he can shoot. Who would they gave to give up though? Duhon? Chandler? Idk but it's better than Mills.
The Knicks have two big problems.
1. They have a PG who should be a backup playing no more than 12-15 minutes per game.
2. Although I love David Lee, they have a 6 foot 9 inch center who is physically over matched on defense against many of the big men in the NBA.
D'Antoni decided to go with an 8 man rotation that does NOT include any of the big men currently on the roster. I think that was a poor decision because the Knicks are almost always out rebounded and they offer little or no resistance down low on defense. They probably rank near the bottom of the league in shot blocking and intimidation.
As for Chris Duhon, there isn't a team in the league that's going anywhere with him as your PG.
David Lee is most definitely not a problem for the Knicks in any way shape or form. However, if Walsh does not intend on re-signing Lee this offseason they should definitely look to get value before the trade deadline for him.
I actually cant wait for the Knicks to decide they are out of playoff contention. Then they would finally give Hill and Douglas some minutes.
Although I like Gallinari alot, his lack of the ability to take defenders off the dribble is hurting him and the Knicks as a whole. He has been shooting around 33% lately because the scouting report on his says to play extremely tight on him to not allow him to shoot since he's not really a threat to blow past you. He desperately needs to work on his ball-handling skills in the offseason. He has also been very stagnant on offense by just hovering around the 3-point line without moving.
Nate Robinson is not part of the Knicks future and his minutes should be given to Tony Douglas.
Same goes for Bender who is taking minutes from Hill.
Despite what mant people on this website think, Jared Jeffries has been playing very well as of late and could quite possibly be traded before the deadline.
There is a strong possibility that Eddy Curry will accept a buyout this offseason before sitting an entire extra season on the bench. Curry likes money but he doesnt want to ride the bench for 2+ seasons in a row.
Duhon is not getting it done but there arent an abundance of available PG's right now. Start giving Douglas some of his minutes.
Offseason Wishlist for the Knicks:
Draft Lance Stephenson and Greivis Vasquez and/or buy a late first rounder if Xavier Henry is dumb enough to enter this draft
Sign Marcus Camby
Trade for rights to Ricky Rubio
Sign Shaun Livingston to min contract to fill out roster
Sign Sean Williams
Look at a player like Von Wafer to fill 2-guard spot
Hey knicksfreak, I love David Lee, but through no fault of his own, he is a problem for the Knicks.
David Lee's worked extremely hard to turn himself into what I think is a legitimate NBA All Star. However, he's playing out of position, he is a power forward playing center. When Lee's on defense, there is no shot blocking and no intimidation in the lane. Opposing players can drive at will with no fear of having their shot blocked. And most NBA squads have big guys who kill the Knicks down low because they offer little or no resistance in the lane.
And as I mentioned above, very few teams are going anywhere without a first class PG. That is another huge problem for New York.
If there is any problem it is Jared Jeffries.
No one can do it all... including Lee. If he was a great shotblacker/defender then he would be a top 10 player in the league. Very few players have a great all-around game. Everyone has weaknesses.
The perfect player to complement David Lee is Marcus Camby.
he had to go with the rotation. his undersized bigs play better and harder then the bigger guys so thats what he has to do. you play curry and hill and you gonna suffer big time and get blown out. the knicks are in a very very tough position and 2 stars or 2 very good players may be a better option then getting lebron because they will have a better deeper team( thats if they can even get lebron). money is gonna be tight for the next 2 years (after signing a big name free agent) this year they migh tbe able to trade jefferies but with the free agent class of the this summe ri really doubt it. im not so sure dj augustine is that big of a up grade over duhon. duhon is a pretty decent nba pg although there are better starters out there and dj has seemed to regress
Whats wrong with Mills? he had multiple 20+ point games in the Olympics, averaged thirty points a game in the D-League great three point shooter good slasher with his mad speed could be great with the Knicks and he made 8 three in his first D-League game (out of ten) say what you want about D-League competition but if you can sink threes like that you can score alt with the Knicks i think he would be a good fit more so than Portlands offense hes not a great fir for them and hes probably pretty cheap..
thats the olympics and thats the dleauge. the nba is awhole different animal. just because you do well in those 2 places doesnt mean you can do the same thing in the nba. if that was the case he would get alot more time in the nba and teams would be trying there best to trade for him. and even though the knicks arent that good they are wayyy better then the d leauge. i think morris almond led the d leauge in scoring and had 50 one game yet got cut from the knicks
yeah i was saying D-Leaugue numbers should be thrown out the windo only thing you can take away is hes a good 3 point shooter but the olympics are different. These are proffesional players (a lot them superstars in the nba especially on the U.S.A team which he put up 20) and their fighting for their country even harder than most teams might int the playoffs or finals. Like said Olympics is the huge reason why hes good.
The biggest problem I have with D'antoni is him not playing Hughes and Douglas. I really think this team could do a lot better if they started Larry Hughes at the Point or even Nate and having Toney Douglas and Chris Duhon come off the bench. The team has done a lot better with Nate on the floor. Also, Hughes provides size at the guard position and happens to play very good defense.