Chris Paul


In the wake of the new CBA in the NBA, fear not, big market fans. The war between have and ‘have not’ owners has passed, and there can be no better indicator that the big markets made out smashingly well than the Knicks’ acquisition of C Tyson Chandler, the prize of this free agent class. The amnesty provision that the Knicks employed to gain the maneuverability to sign Chandler to a 58M contract when they were totally tapped out by walking away from the 14M contract of Chauncey Billups, provided they were willing to write him a check for that amount, is surely a clause that deep pocketed teams will be way more willing to use to their benefit than the smaller market teams who took such a hard line during the lockout that they forced.

Begs the question: why such histrionics in the first place? Well, as astute observers of labor disputes in sport, we did kind of agree with Billy Hunter’s assertion that the league was trying to break the players, behind a core of small market owners like Michael Jordan, lead hypocrite, who wanted the lockout to stretch on to the point where the players were feeling the impact of missed paychecks. So why abandon course in favor of a compromise that more favored the Knicks than the Kings, Celtics than Cavs?

Because Stern’s public stance that 15 or so clubs were losing money was so obviously no more than just a posture. If the Charlotte Bobcats aren’t willing to pay Ray Felton 7.5M per for 2 years, the 27/28 truly healthy teams around the league can not pay the price for it. If Lebron and Bosh won’t re-up or up with Cleveland, then Stern in his infinite wisdom can not negotiate a CBA that alters Cleveland’s geography and ethnic demography.

Look at the Memphis Grizzlies. They heaped money on Rudy Gay and Mike Conley, absorbed the huge deal of Zach Randolph, and are poised to now lavish 70M or more on Marc Gasol. They aren’t exactly hurting.

The new CBA did as much for small markets as it could have. By making top tier free agent movement essentially prohibitive financially to the player by limiting salary and term, the deal ensures that most sensible players will be traded for prime assets rather than seeing them flee in FA, getting way more in return than they would in an after thought sign and trade. That’s as far as they can go. The league does not have the ability to restrict player movement beyond that.

They put franchises in places like Minnesota in the first place, and were happy to carve up the franchise initiation fees, but they can’t make players want to be there. As for the Knicks, you have to respect the Chandler move, which brings to the club the elements they lack: size, toughness, shot blocking, rebounding and post defense. You’d have to respect the move for both the creativity and the cost, when compared to say, Nene, at 70M for 4 years. And for their ability to recognize that Paul wasn’t getting done and for seamlessly and successfully changing gears and getting this done.

The Knicks do have a passable player in Toney Douglass at the point, and with Billups out a good bit, TD has plenty of experience in the lead. He should see a lot of open looks, and with he and Chandler starting, they look like a better defensive club. Iman Shumpert, drafted on the strength of his defense, may now see some time at point guard as well, which we’d prefer to Bibby getting significant minutes.

Weak at two guard, the Knicks are in talks to bring back Jamal Crawford, who would be a great addition. Should that trade go down, expect Landry Fields to go the other way. Knicks GM Glen Grunwald just told Mike Francesa that the team will soon announce the signing of Jerome Jordan, and that they are still hoping to bring back Shawne Williams, who resuscitated his career with the Knicks. Grunwald also boasted that NY will have a 5M and a 2M exception available next season, and a 2.5M exception available right now.

As for the Nets, if they did speak to Dwight Howard on Thursday without permission, the Magic should file tampering charges. Can’t the Nets simply text D12’s entourage, like every other team?

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Today we learned from both New York Papers that Knicks’ Team President Donnie Walsh nearly tendered his resignation over the hiring of Isiah Thomas (above) by Knicks’ and Rangers’ owner James Dolan (above), who will come in and work as a basketball consultant, and who, apparently, has remained very close with the owner with the deepest pockets and the shortest memory in the league.  It was only recently that Dolan was ordered to pay $ 11.5 M in a settlement to Anucha Browne Sanders, who Thomas sexually harrassed.  And Thomas got to keep the remaining money on his $ 21.5 M contract when Dolan finally fired him the first time, and deservedly so.  Thomas’ moves as GM put the Knicks in this woeful position where they had to totally strip the roster down to zero and build from scatch–a position that cost them points with the free agents that matter, who were all looking for other good players to play along.

A federal jury decided Madison Square Garden and its chairman must pay $11.6 million in damages to former New York Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders in her sexual harassment lawsuit.

A verdict earlier Tuesday found that Knicks coach Isiah Thomas subjected Browne Sanders to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults, but that he did not have to pay punitive damages.

The jury did find, however, that Madison Square Garden committed harassment against the woman and decided she was entitled to punitive damages.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/02/sports/main3318386.shtml

Thomas was hired, despite already having a job, as the coach of the Florida International University basketball team, which he is retaining.  Somehow.  Because this seems like a glaring conflict of interest, the fact that Thomas is coaching against potential future Knicks, or coaching potential future Knicks.  Hopefully, the NCAAs and the NBA will figure out the rules that this breaks, and enforce them to the max.  Thomas is back less than a week and has already almost caused the resignation of Donnie Walsh, who, say what you want about him, will be running a fairly competitive team this year with a potentially great future ahead.

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Walsh, when consulted by Dolan on the possibility of hiring back Thomas, completely disapproved of the move.  And Amar’e Stoudemire told a reporter that Walsh was “livid” over it.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh is livid that Isiah Thomas is back in the organization and feels his standing with the franchise could be compromised by owner James Dolan’s decision to rehire Thomas, The Post has learned.

According to a Knicks source, Walsh told Thomas in a face-to-face meeting two weeks ago he did not want him working for the organization. Dolan and Thomas had agreed that Thomas could fill the team’s general manager vacancy if Walsh was OK with it.

When Walsh told Thomas he objected, Thomas went back to Dolan, who still has a love affair with the Hall of Famer and seemingly is on a mission to rehab Thomas’ image.

Without Walsh’s knowledge, Dolan and Thomas hatched a scheme in which Thomas could become a part-time consultant while remaining the coach at Florida International. (The NBA is reviewing whether the arrangement violates NBA rules on scouting procedures.)

Walsh, who had thought the Isiah issue was dead, was not debriefed until after the hiring was agreed upon, and he reluctantly put his name on a joint statement with Dolan. It was only recently that Walsh found out Thomas had been in Dolan’s ear for months, offering free advice.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/walsh_your_back_AgooDKBkBqzS3vtJDZu7VP

So Isiah has apparently hit home with Dolan on a few points that have resonated.  Definitely on the recruiting angle, though Thomas never would have had the space to acquire even one difference making free agent, the way he extended the Knicks’ salary cap, so that should be moot.  Here’s his other big argument: D’antoni sucks.  For Thomas, that’s a great angle because Dolan does not like D’antoni.  Remember the game the Knicks were up 15 in the 4th with 7 minutes to play against Sacramento at home and lost?

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/02/09/2010-02-09_knicks_slip_as_as_kings_soar.html

Apparently, Dolan was very unimpressed with the coaching and he let Walsh know about it for a reported 15 minutes.  But having Isiah back here to make any type of decision related to basketball, whether it be on a coach–recall he hired Lenny Wilkens over Mike Fratello–or a player or a contract is very questionable.  What free agent wants to come to a disharmonious franchise?  From that standpoint alone, Thomas hurts the team.

The other thing at play here is that Walsh, love him or hate him, has made some important relationships in the league.  When he steps aside, he will be able to usher in a very reputable guy here to run the team.  But what reputable guy is going to come in, as is, with Isiah whispering in Dolan’s ear over any mistakes or criticisms?

Dolan is a loyal guy.  He is sticking by Glen Sather through this ten plus years of mediocrity on the hockey side.  But if he doesn’t like you, you are gone.  D’antoni could be that guy who is gone, in those terms.  But where does Isiah fit in, in a positive sense?  It’s a universally unpopular move, and as such, would probably be frowned upon by potential additions to the team.

And let’s not forget he sexually harrassed that woman.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wwordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

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.

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/knicksblog/knicks_target_brown_likely_staying_kd2zx71UnixSAcR2NuZC8M

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.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/knicks-news-chicago-police-after-curry-knicks-offer-contract-to-lakers-g-shannon-brown/ 

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/knicks-newest-fantasy-sell-chris-paul/

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.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks could acquire Portland point guard Rudy Fernandez (above), who lost his starting job there to Brandon Roy.

The Knicks are one of three teams in the running to acquire guard Rudy Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers, The Oregonian reports.

The 6-foot-6 Spaniard and his agent have requested a trade, and the team had discussions with the Knicks, Celtics and Bulls.

“I’m confident that Portland is cooperating and finding a solution for everyone involved,” agent Andy Miller told the newspaper.

Two seasons ago, Fernandez made 159 3-pointers, an NBA rookie record. He is unhappy serving as a backup to Brandon Roy and being used primarily as a shooter rather than a playmaker, according to the report.

The Knicks don’t appear to have much to offer for Fernandez, who was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft by the Phoenix Suns.  Below are his career statistics:

Career Season Averages
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
08-09 POR 78 4 25.6 0.425 0.399 0.839 0.6 2.1 2.7 2.0 0.9 0.2 1.10 1.42 10.4
09-10 POR 62 2 23.2 0.378 0.368 0.867 0.6 2.1 2.6 2.0 1.0 0.2 1.16 1.40 8.1
Career 140 6 24.5 0.406 0.387 0.851 0.6 2.1 2.6 2.0 0.9 0.2 1.13 1.41 9.4
All-Star 1 1 22.0 0.400 0.500 0.500 1.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 0.0 2.00 1.00 14.0

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/rudy_fernandez/career_stats.html

Fernandez is 6’6 and 25 years old, and comes from the same hometown as Rafael Nadal.  Fernandez feels he can be more of a playmaker than Portland has allowed him to be with Roy commanding the ball so much, and rightly so.  But what the Knicks would reasonably give up and live with parting with is not very much.  Since Fernandez was a first round pick, Portland should expect at least a first round pick in return, and that is a steep price for the Knicks to pay considering they recently spent $ 16 M on Raymond Felton.

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The report says. “Some of the teams interested in Fernandez have offered a future first round draft pick, while other offers would pair Fernandez with another Blazers player.” It does not say what the Knicks’ offer would be.

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/knicksblog/report_knicks_in_running_to_get_sva9KkCPAXJCDQ23TffMGK

Again, you’d hate to give up the draft pick, especially with a team so thin, but Rudy Fernandez would upgrade the talent level on the team and would be a viable chip as an asset they could trade.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

The Knicks love a good circus.  For one, that is what their seasons are like–part comedic, part greusome, with a lot of ‘how did they manage to do that?’ moments.  Not in a good way.  Circus’s love their sideshows to keep the people entertained.  Knicks’ owner Jim Dolan could have settled with Anucha Browne Sanders, but instead opted for a long, public trial in which Isiah Thomas and then Knicks’ star Stephon Marbury got on the stand and anhilated the team’s flagging image.  Do you remember the married Marbury brag in open court about pressuring a 20 year old girl for sex in his Bentley outside the garden?  The farther we go back, we can recall Patrick Ewing in open court, admitting to the world that the Knicks’ legend would have oral sex arranged for him with the dancers when he went into Scores by the Gambino Crime Family.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2007/09/12/2007-09-12_knicks_marbury_admits_luring_woman_into_.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/us/in-testimony-patrick-ewing-tells-of-favors-at-strip-club.html

Since the Knicks had no first round pick last year, there was no benefit to them not doing anything and everything they could to have a good record, especially when selling the proposition/fantasy that they’d be signing Lebron James. 

The Knicks should have been doing everything and anything possible to win games.  And they opt to sit Nate Robinson, perhaps the team’s best scorer, for 5 weeks and 14 games.  The Knicks who can not score and on whom Robinson stars.  Did they really teach Nate Robinson a lesson?  Did they improve their season in any way when the coaching staff banished Nate Robinson, and soured the team’s and player’s relationship, to the point where a scoring machine is traded?

These young players who the Knicks hope to attract have probably all taken note of the Nate Robinson situation, and must have reservations about Mike D’antoni, who was chosen for the job over Mark Jackson, who would have been the far more likely candidate to get along with his players, as he did with his teammates in his excellent career as a point guard in the NBA.  Speaking of point guards and fantasy sells, the Knicks latest pipedream is landing Chris Paul in a trade somehow, despite denials by Paul yesterday that he wishes to stay in New Orleans.  Paul devalued himself by publicly speaking about a trade, and his denial needed to happen.  He’s got to be the good soldier until the Hornets can get him out of there.

But why would they trade him to the Knicks?  This is still a very thin ball club with a bare cupboard when it comes to ammo for a major trade.  The Knicks need to do whatever they can to improve their roster, and keeping improving it, if they are to have any chance at Paul, who when one thinks about it, can imagine ten or more teams putting together a better package for Paul than the Knicks.  Recently Knicks President Donnie Walsh was pandering in the press about Amar’e Stoudemire being the only untouchable player on the team.  Even so, I’m not sure that other teams view the Toney Douglasses and Danillo Galinaris as these great young players, the way the Knicks do. 

This summer, we heard a lot about D’antoni wanting guys who were right for his up tempo system.  But what about when he has a guy like that, like say, Nate Robinson, and he’s unable to get along with him.  Make no mistake–Stoudemire and D’antoni did not see eye to eye when they were together in Phoenix, and Stoudemire was vocally critical of D’antoni.  It shows a major a flaw–the inability to make relationships work with top players.

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The best things the Knicks can do to attract top players, is to keep adding young talent and have a coach with a good reputation with the players.  If D’antoni is not that guy, let’s pray the Knicks can get Mark Jackson in there next.  He deserves a chance, and after so much shenanigans and scandals, would be a great face for the franchise.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

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If new Knicks’ power forward and $ 100 M man Amar’e Stoudemire (directly above) thought he’d be playing for Team USA at the World Championships next month and chilling on the Dream Team’s bench at the elbows and in the ears of the best America has to offer, then he couldn’t have been happy when the Knicks told the centerpiece of their rebuilding project this week that they were denying him permission to play. 

The Knicks informed their new power forward Monday night, just days after Stoudemire tweeted: “There isn’t anything that would stop me from playing for the U.S.”

Stoudemire was disappointed but accepted the decision, according to team president Donnie Walsh, who wasn’t willing to risk his free-agent prize on a 15-day tournament in Turkey. The U.S. team opened training camp Tuesday in Las Vegas.

“He really wanted to play but understood our position,” said Walsh, who added that Stoudemire needed more rest after playing through the end of May in the Western Conference finals. “He was a man about it.”

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, did not return a phone call.

Insured players typically don’t need permission to compete for national teams, but Stoudemire’s contract wasn’t covered because of his medical rap sheet. Microscopic surgery on his left knee in 2005 and a detached retina in 2009, among other health issues, have limited the 27-year-old to only three 82-game seasons in his eight-year career. Durability was a major reason the Suns declined to offer Stoudemire a max contract, even after he was named to four consecutive All-Star teams and played every game last season.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/21/2010-07-21_knicks_block_amare_shot.html

Stoudemire, the only top tier free agent the Knicks have managed to acquire this off-season, albeit one near the bottom of the top tier, was one of only 5 players this month to earn a contract at $100 M or more.  But Stoudemire’s 2005 microfracture surgery makes his contract uninsurable.  The Knicks are still reminded of the last mistake they made on an uninsurable player because that player is on the roster and a constant eyesore–Eddy Curry.  Isiah Thomas signed Curry to a $56 M/7 yr deal in 2004 that was uninsurable due to a Curry heart condition.  The Knicks had hoped that Curry would attend their summer league in Las Vegas because he has played so little basketball the last two years.  Curry did not show up for the voluntary workouts and Curry already thinks Knicks’ coach Mike D’antoni is holding it against him.

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Last week, when the Knicks made the mysterious decision to sign Russian 7 footer, Timofey Mozgov, it is believed they informed Mozgov that he would back up newly acquired Center Ronny Turiaf who came to the Knicks as part of the David Lee sign and trade.  At least, that’s what Curry’s agent believes took place, as was reported by the New York media.

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It seems strange that they would guarantee playing time to a guy unable to start on his European League team and who has never played a minute in the NBA.  When D’antoni was asked about it, he responded by saying that he couldn’t promise any time to a player he hasn’t really seen, and that the Knicks would find a place on the floor for a well conditioned Curry.

In terms of the decision to hold Stoudemire out of the Worlds in Turkey next month, it’s simply a smart play on their part from the standpoint of protecting their big new investment.  Remember, this is the Knicks we are talking about, who found a way to trade Marcus Camby for Antonio McDyess and then watched McDyess go down for the year in the final minute of the first half of an exhibition game.  While they have lost out on their target of 2-3 years in Lebron James, they have probably had the 2nd best off-season of any team, were in the mix for James despite doing everything wrong up until that very week, and despite the very questionable Mozgov signing.  I like the decision to hold Stoudemire out of international competition.

If Stoudemire thought he’d be pitching potential free agents like Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony on joining him in New York next month in Las Vegas and Turkey, he will either be doing so as a spectator, or via twitter and text message.  Hopefully the decision to hold him out of these games does not impinge on the Knicks’ ability to recruit or acquire top tier players in the future.

As for Amar’e, who took the money the Knicks threw at him, he doesn’t play for country anymore.  Now he’s just a New York Knickerbocker.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Newest Knick, point guard Raymond Felton (above).

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The Knicks may have lost out on the Lebron James sweepstakes, but one day after announcing the David Lee sign and trade that netted them Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, and Ronny Turiaf, the Knicks have solved a problem at a long standing trouble spot, agreeing to terms on a three year contract with former Bobcat and North Carolina Tar Heel, Raymond Felton–who was perhaps the best remaining free agent available.

The Knicks reached an agreement in principle Friday with Felton, the free agent who played five seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, including the last two under former Knicks coach Larry Brown.

The deal could be finalized as early as Saturday. Three days ago, Duhon signed a free agent contract with Orlando.

Felton’s contract is believed to be a three-year deal worth approximately $25 million, which doesn’t preclude the Knicks from pursuing Chris Paul or Tony Parker next summer. The Knicks were also considering Luke Ridnour, but felt that Felton was the better player to go along with Amar’e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/09/2010-07-09_new_york_knicks_reach_agreement_in_principle_with_free_agent_point_guard_raymond.html

Raymond Felton’s career stats:

 
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
05-06 CHA 80 54 30.1 0.391 0.358 0.725 1.0 2.4 3.3 5.6 1.3 0.1 2.27 2.26 11.8
06-07 CHA 78 75 36.3 0.384 0.330 0.797 0.7 2.8 3.4 7.0 1.5 0.1 2.95 2.31 14.0
07-08 CHA 79 79 37.6 0.413 0.280 0.800 0.5 2.5 3.0 7.4 1.2 0.2 2.70 2.33 14.4
08-09 CHA 82 81 37.6 0.408 0.285 0.805 0.7 3.1 3.8 6.7 1.5 0.4 2.78 2.33 14.2
09-10 CHA 80 80 33.0 0.459 0.385 0.763 0.7 2.9 3.6 5.6 1.5 0.3 2.10 2.15 12.1
Career 399 369 34.9 0.410 0.327 0.782 0.7 2.7 3.4 6.4 1.4 0.2 2.56 2.28 13.3

Felton is 26 years old, is a career starter, and has only missed 11 games in his NBA career.  He represents perhaps the best point guard solution the Knicks have come up with since a young Mark Jackson.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

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