I love it how the New York Knicks can have a free agent offer out there to guy from the Lakers, and you don’t hear a word about it in New York. I wasn’t trying every second, but I did try a number of times to check the Knicks’ beat writers blogs, and I do read the papers every day, so I probably should have learned before today what the probable terms of the offer the Knicks made to Brown was, so I will thank The Post’s Marc Berman for finally enlightening us. Once again, very unimpressed by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News’s coverage of the Knicks, as I was all throughout the weeks leading up to and directly preceding free agency.
Berman reported that the Knicks likely offered Brown only a 1 year deal for $ 2.7 M–which is the only money they have remaining under the cap.
The Knicks, according to a source, offered Brown a one-year contract as they moved to protect their 2011 salary cap for a run at Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks offered Brown the full $2.7 million that they are under the cap. The Lakers have offered the fourth-year guard less per season, but multiple years.
“The Knicks did a great job selling Shannon on everything and their vision for him,” Bartelstein said. “They did a great job but the chance to go back and win a third championship for the Lakers is a tough thing to pass up. He’ll make a final decision (Thursday).”
The Knicks were leaning toward making the super-athletic Brown their starting shooting guard, but also saw him as a solid sixth man
Brown averaged 8.1 points in 20 minutes for the Lakers off the bench. The Knicks have been impressed by Wilson Chandler’s summer recovery from ankle and hernia surgery and is the favorite to start at shooting guard, even though he is on the trading block.
The Knicks’ decision to offer Brown just a one-year deal stems from their belief in Anthony passing up a Nuggets’ contract extension. Denver’s front-office shakeup in which popular GM Mark Warkentien was dismissed could make Anthony pause on wanting to remain in Denver.
Warkentien would be a candidate to join the Knicks’ front office, but Donnie Walsh reiterated he is not focusing on adding a GM as of now. Warkentien interviewed last summer for the Knicks’ vacant GM job that still has not been filled.
Now Brown really has no decision to be made here, with the world champions offering him a multi-year contract and the Knicks offering him 1 year. It’s a fantasy that Brown would come, win the starting job, and then hit a home run in free agency next year. While there are whispers that Chandler could go in a trade, and I’d be shocked if he’s not involved in the next big move the Knicks make, his departure is not imminent. It could take the Knicks until the trade deadline or longer to make their next big splash, and until then, Chandler should see a lot of minutes.
Very interesting stuff with regard to the offer being only 1 year because the Knicks are already preening for free agency next year, and they think Carmelo Anthony turned down that $ 65 M extension because he has the Knicks in mind. In the NBA–all sports, probably–players and teams who are prohibited from having contact with each other often do anyway. I would say that Anthony is a pipedream, but the Knicks should be looking very attractive by next year, and the guy is going to free agency despite being on a very good teamm who is offering him $ 21 M plus per year. He’s out of there.
The Knicks already keeping their cap clear for Anthony could be the result of Anthony’s people telling them to. And though Allan Houston has been rumored to be in line for the GM post, the Denver GM is a way better candidate. Should he have any sway with Anthony, all the better.
I’m glad the Knicks lost out on Brown, assuming it will go down as reasoned, and as his agent suggests. The Knicks have $ 2.7 M remaining to spend, and they have a very thin team with a few roster spots open. They need to try and get 2 players for that money instead of one.