Danny Green says he’d be ‘crazy’ not to meet with Knicks

NBA free agency is officially underway, and one potential target of the New York Knicks is already toying with the notion of joining the team.

Making an appearance on ESPN Radio (via the NY Post), Spurs guard Danny Green said players that turn down a meeting with the Knicks “would be crazy.”

The Post reported that Green is asking for $12 million per year and his preference is to remain in San Antonio.

Green is a Long Island native. He was born in Babylon and played his high school hoops at St. Mary’s in Manhasset.

Sam Spiegelman

Of the shooting guards the Knicks have been linked to, I believe Green has higher upside than Arron Afflalo.

Green is a lights out 3-point shooter and has proven as much on the NBA’s biggest stage making two Finals appearances as a member of the Spurs. Additionally, the 28-year-old has the ability to guard multiple positions.

The  Knicks are reportedly close to a deal with Afflalo, who is demanding a three-year deal with between $36 and $38 million. That money could be better spent with a player like Green.


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Knicks contact two Rockets as free agency begins

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The clock struck midnight on Wednesday morning, and the Knicks were undoubtedly off and running.

New York started things off by being the first team to meet with Greg Monroe in Washington D.C.. In addition, the team will next meet with DeAndre Jordan (Wednesday) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Thursday) (Yahoo! Sports, July 1).

Much of this was to be expected. In a more surprising development, however, the Knicks have reportedly already expressed interest in the likes of Patrick Beverley and Corey Brewer, both currently of the Houston Rockets.

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Beverley is a pestering defender who confidently believes in his ability to shut down any point guard in the league. Phil Jackson has previously said he believes the Knicks are set at this position, but this is nevertheless the type of point guard the team could benefit from employing. The team’s offense doesn’t figure to go through the floor general too often, leaving Beverley to help spread the floor on offense, and otherwise focus on serving as a lock-down defender. When was the last time the Knicks have had a point guard with a similar mentality? He’d be a solid fit, depending on the price.

And then there’s Brewer, who plays with a similar tenacity on the defensive end as well. More of a slasher on offense, Brewer’s jump shot leaves much to be desired. He doesn’t serve as much of a scoring threat from around the perimeter. Still, if you mix and match players and slot Brewer in there with one or two other bonafide scorers, perhaps his own respective abilities will help balance things out a bit.

Where all the money necessary to sign such players will come from remains to be seen. Obviously some of the players the Knicks will talk to in the coming days are merely considered backup plans to the real targets. Still, the team is hoping to reel in up to three players who figure to receive big-time paydays this summer. Figuring things out, with the cap in mind, may prove to be a bit tricky.

Nevertheless, even in the first few reports of recruitment, Jackson is trying to develop a culture to build his team, regardless of which players actually end up signing. The desire to acquire aggressive hounds on the defensive end, to potentially put around Carmelo Anthony and perhaps Monroe, is there.

If Jackson succeeds, New York will look balanced.


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Ken Berger talks Knicks and free agency

NBA analyst Ken Berger joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss whether Phil Jackson can sell free agents on coming to the Knicks this summer.


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Knicks had sit-down with Monroe as free agency kicked off

The Knicks reportedly kicked off free agency by meeting with Greg Monroe in Washington DC shortly after midnight.

Monroe then reportedly met with Milwaukee representatives around 2 a.m., according to Marc Stein of ESPN (July 1).

The Pistons center, 25, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 69 regular season games.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Monroe is believed to be high on the Knicks’ list of free agents they would like to pursue (June 28).

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The mutual interest between the two sides has been well noted again and again. Monroe wants a more lucrative contract, which is something the Knicks can obviously provide. Still, it may be worth their while to do so, especially as he reportedly targets a shorter pact in anticipation of the new CBA.

While Monroe isn’t necessarily the strongest low post defender, he’s a very efficient scorer, and arguably an even better rebounder. He creates second-chance opportunities and is able to control the boards in a way the Knicks have craved for quite some time. He’d be a very good fit, if and when the team is also able to reel in a capable starting center. Monroe is not suited to play the five. If the Knicks are paying him that much money, they should want to get the most out of his abilities. This could mean slotting him at the four.

Still, it’s a good thing to see the Knicks be off and running, all the while getting a player like Monroe’s attention.


Earlier: Why the Knicks should target Draymond Green over Greg Monroe


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DeAndre Jordan drawing lots of interest

The Lakers are looking to clear cap space in order to pursue DeAndre Jordan and Lamarcus Aldridge, Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting (June 30).

Earlier on Tuesday, ESPN reported that Jordan is 50-50 when it comes to staying with the Los Angeles Clippers or joining the Dallas Mavericks this summer (June 30).

Jordan is a free-agent target of the Knicks and will meet with the team in Los Angeles once free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Wednesday. Jordan will also visit with the Clippers, Lakers and Mavericks.

Jordan is interested in finding a team where he can have a bigger role, instead of being the third option behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in Los Angeles.

The Knicks plan to pitch just that to Jordan — being the No. 2 option behind Carmelo Anthony — in addition to having an easier path to the playoffs and becoming an All-Star in the Eastern Conference.

Sam Spiegelman

Jordan to New York was always a longshot, but it picked up up a bit of steam when it was reported that what the center was looking for made sense with the Knicks.

With only ‘Melo in the fold, Jordan does have a chance to see increased offensive touches and have a bigger role with the Knicks. Additionally, he’d spark the team’s defense and be a lock for the center spot in the Eastern Conference All-Stars, only facing competition from perhaps Brooke Lopez, Chris Bosh and Joakim Noah.

Additionally, it’s much easier for New York to make the playoffs in the East as opposed to the very competitive West. In the East, even a record below .500 could earn a No. 7 or 8 seed. That is most certainly not the case in the West.

The Mavs plan to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge as well, but it doesn’t make sense they’d target the both of them in a frontcourt that already features Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki.


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6 players the Knicks should target in free agency

Sam Spiegelman

We’re merely hours away from the start of NBA free agency. The rumor mill is in full effect already and many names are being linked to multiple teams.

The New York Knicks have emerged as frontrunners for a handful of top free-agent targets and as potential destinations for some of the marquee names on the market as well.

The question is whether New York can land some of these max-contract type of players, and if so, how many of them?

The Knicks have multiple needs across their roster, including in the frontcourt, perimeter shooting, wing defense and backcourt depth.

Here are six players the team could target in free agency this summer:

1. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF

Arguably the top free-agent player available this summer, Aldridge already has no shortage of suits. Among them are the Knicks, Lakers, Spurs and Mavericks.

Aldridge was Option A in Portland but reportedly wanted to leave town in hopes of joining a team that had better chances of winning a championship. Yet somehow, Aldridge is reportedly favoring the Lakers in free agency.

But perhaps Phil Jackson can convince Aldridge he can be a part of a new-look team with the Knicks, where it’s easier to become an All-Star and to advance far in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

2. DeAndre Jordan, C

Let’s consider Marc Gasol a near-lock to stay put in Memphis, meaning Jordan takes the honor of the best free-agent center in this year’s class.

Jordan is in full demand this summer and will generate interest from the Clippers, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks, among many other teams.

The Knicks’ pitch to Jordan is that he’ll be the No. 2 option behind Carmelo Anthony in New York as opposed to the third option after Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in Los Angeles. Apparently, a more significant role is what Jordan is looking for in addition to an easier route to the playoffs and being named an All-Star.

Both Anthony and Kobe Bryant have made phone calls out to Jordan, who has so far yet to reveal his hand. He could completely transform the Knicks from a defensive standpoint and add a nice flare on offense with his dominance around the rim.

3. Greg Monroe, C

If the Knicks can’t ring in Jordan, then Monroe is likely the No. 2 option to be the team’s center for 2015-16.

There is apparently mutual interest between Jackson and Monroe, and given the host of teams jawing after Jordan it makes it all the more likely the Knicks settle for Monroe.

Many consider Monroe a good fit for the Knicks’ triangle offense because of his ability to pass the ball. He also may not command the full max deal, which gives the team a little extra spending money to go after other players.

Whether he’s Option A or B, Monroe brings size and the ability to flourish on both sides of the ball to the Knicks, who lack any semblance of a true center on their roster right now.

4. Reggie Jackson, PG

While it is most certainly a long shot that the Knicks will be able to pry Jackson away from the Pistons, there’s no hurt in at least making a pitch to come to New York.

The Knicks tried time and time again to trade for Jackson while he was a member of the Thunder, but given the Piston’s recent trades it appears the team has the idea of Jackson being its main point guard going forward.

The Knicks traded for Jerian Grant last week during the 2015 NBA Draft, and although he’s considered an NBA-ready prospect, the team could benefit from having a proven player alongside him in the backcourt.

Both Jackson and Grant have combo guard abilities, and if somehow, someway the Knicks makes an offer Detroit won’t match, it could be well worth it.

5. Arron Afflalo, SG/SF

The Knicks are reportedly the favorites to land Afflalo, who would instantly add a scorer to the mix the team lacks since trading away J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Last season, the 29-year-old averaged 13.3 points and shot almost 42 percent from beyond the arc between stops in Denver and Portland. In his career, he’s averaged 11.4 points per game.

Afflalo is an upgrade to any player the Knicks currently have on their roster, but is nowhere near the top echelon of sharpshooters in this league. He is, though, a cheaper option that could potentially take advantage of his situation in New York if the team adds a number of frontcourt contributors to be the focal point of the offense.

6. Danny Green, SG/SF

If the Knicks wind up not chasing after Afflalo, perhaps the former champion Green would be an even better option.

Green, who we’ve seen in a handful of NBA Finals can drain it from downtown with ease, also has the ability to defend multiple positions. Not to mention that Green is a Long Island native.

Statistics suggest that that Green, 28, is just about the same player that Afflalo is, but with better defense. To be honest, between the two potential shooting targets, the Knicks should grab whoever they can get for less money.


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