Knicks Keep Billups

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Knicks Keep Billups

http://www.insidehoops.com/blog/?p=7590

The New York Knicks have a pair of star forwards in Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, but they are lacking in talent at the guard position, and today have made a decision that greatly shapes what the team will look like in 2010-11.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks have decided to pick up the one-year, $14.2 million option on Chauncey Billups’ contract.

As the most talented guard on the Knicks roster, Billups is past his prime, but provides leadership, competitiveness, scoring and experience.

In the future, the team is expected to eventually target young star point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams.

Read more: http://www.insidehoops.com/blog/?p=7590#ixzz1KkfEPOLb

What are your thoughts?


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i dont like it. i feel like

i dont like it. i feel like he doesn't fit in with D'antoni's offense at all...the knicks just looked out of sync when melo and billups came over...they need a young PG who can create shots for amare and melo

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TaylorCondrin I don't think

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I don't think this entire roster fits D'Antoni's system. Melo, Billups, and Fields seem a lot better in a half court game. Stoudemire, Walker, and Douglas are the only players that fit D'Antoni's system.

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i just read this on the

i just read this on the wire...keeping Billups another year isnt a bad idea..Walsh also resigned with the team..But what will they do with D'Antonio? Him being there will determine what type of players might be brought in...

They will have about 6 or 7 new members on their team next year.....And they really need to add a rebounder and shot blocker more than anything....

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Samuel Dalembert sounds like

Samuel Dalembert sounds like someone the Knicks should go look into.

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I bet Paul excepts $14 on his

I bet Paul excepts $14 on his New York Knick contract next offseason.

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Not a lot to lose

It is a one year option. They were not going to sign him for less, he definitely could have bolted. Not to mention, he could definitely be a nice trade chip also, so for a team looking at adding a younger third wheel, he would not be the worst player to have. Look at what Felton has been doing on the Nuggets people, Chauncey is not at all as bad as people seem to think. Just so happens that Ty Lawson was a great pick by the Nuggets, and he has made Felton more than likely a trade option used in Denver's near future.

Billups may be earning slightly more than he is worth, and he is no longer in the elite group of PG's, but it is a fantastic trade chip for a number of reasons. One is, he is still able to play a nice role in keeping a team somewhat competitive, they know what they are getting with him. Also, his one year deal means that you free up a nice fat contract off of the books. I will put it this way, the Knicks are better off paying Billups than looking for a PG this off-season, where it will be a total zoo and there is no one as good as Chauncey available. You could eventually ship Chauncey to say, New Orleans or New Jersey (not to mention San Antonio still being a possible destination as well), or you could ship him for some nice young parts and depth.

Lets put it this way, it is better to sign him for one year at too much money than to have a multi-year deal with an aging PG who I do not believe they see lasting long into their future. Easier to ship veterans in the last year of their deal as opposed to being in a longer term contract.

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I can live with the Knicks

I can live with the Knicks picking up Billups' option. At the same time, I feel that we would be better served restructuring his deal in order to sign a few role players this offseason and keep Billups long-term. In either case, we'll still have some $5 million to work with in cap space in order to upgrade the roster.

I'm hoping we use this money available money to then package Ronny Turiaf, Landry Fields and cash incentives for Nene Halario and Aaron Affalo of the Nuggets. The Nuggets are rebuilding and have no real need for Nene or Affalo at this point. For the Knicks, these two players would fill the huge gaps in talent that exist at our 2 and 5 positions in the starting lineup. With our 17th pick, I hope we draft Lucas Noureiga (another Brazilian center) and trade Toney Douglas for the draft rights to Nolan Smith of Duke.

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oh canada

dont joke like that now lol

i think knicks are banking on a lockout and a shortened season. that would be great for billups being more healthy for the playoffs.

i didnt mind billups staying, because when healthy hes a very good points and border line allstar point at this age. when hes not healthy were going to be in big trouble

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Hahaha I said 14 dollars, I

Hahaha I said 14 dollars, I meant 14 million dollars and I meant accepts. Ouch.

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Billups is Melo's friend and

Billups is Melo's friend and I think that factors into this decision. Also, since Billups contract will be an expring contract, to a certain extent, the bigger it is next year the better. Knicks are going all in for as long as Amare's knees hold up. So they might take another star but overpaid player at the trading deadline if someone wants to dump a salary. Joe Johnson has what many consider one of the worst contracts in the league. In certain scenarios Atlanta would consider trading him for Billups just because it would release Atlanta from having to pay all that money in the future. Billups's expiring contract could also be used in a sign and trade for C. Paul.

And for now Billups is good. He is a proven winner. Yes he doesn't fit the system. No he doesn't run the pick and roll all that well with Amare. But has skills, heart and class. Nothing wrong with keeping him on the roster.

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I think you had to look at

I think you had to look at their not being many point guard options available. Also Billups and Melo are tight. We all know if Billups does not get injured, Knicks Celtics is a different playoff series. Also Dalembert is going to get paid so he may be out of Knicks price range. More teams will look to stack up to the Lakers, OKC, and now Grizz because of their size. A lot of top Centers will get overpaid regardless of CBA.

If Melo is serious about all these players wanting to come to New York than they should not have much trouble getting a decent bench. Also once Billups contract is up, I am sure Knicks can keep him for cheap to back up their young future point.

I see him getting a Fisher like deal after next season.

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man if cp3 went to the knicks

man if cp3 went to the knicks they would be a circus team... ridiculously amazing...

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