Knicks reportedly won’t sign second-round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Sam Spiegelman

The Knicks’ trade to acquire Quincy Acy and retain him on the roster does not bode well for second-round draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo and his chances of earning a spot on the roster.

According to Real GM, Antetokounmpo is deciding between joining the Knicks’ D-League team is Westchester or a deal to remain in Italy/Spain.

Acy’s contract becomes guaranteed on August 15, and unless the team decides not to keep him on the roster then Antetokounmpo will not be a part of the 2014-15 squad.

In order for New York to keep his rights, they must extend him a required tender by September 6.

Pro Basketball Talk laid out the team’s options in regards to the future of their second-round pick: 

I don’t know what promises Antetokounmpo made (many second rounders agree to play in the D-League or overseas before the draft, which increases the likelihood of being selected) or what New York can do for him (many teams in this position help their draft pick find work in exchange for him declining the required tender). But if nothing is on the table for him, Antetokounmpo should consider accepting the tender.

That would likely lead to him joining the team for training camp and, unless the Knicks make another move that trims the roster, getting waived before the regular season begins so they can reach the roster limit of 15 players.

Antetokounmpo would then become an unrestricted free agent. Considering he sipped to No. 51 in the draft, no NBA team would likely be beating down his door immediately. But if he excels in the D-League or overseas, he could negotiate with any NBA team rather than just the Knicks, an advantageous position.




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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

A VERY MELO WEEKEND:


What began five years ago as a simple activity has grown exponentially and taken deep roots in Puerto Rico, which has caused this year's "Very Melo Weekend", created by NBA player Carmelo Anthony, come armored with more celebrities and more activities throughout the weekend, including to a boxing card on Friday night, according to the front court player of Puerto Rican descent of the New York Knicks.

"I am happy to return to restore my fifth pitch in Puerto Rico and impact lives in a positive ways. This is my fifth year here and want to do something big. We started doing something small with an activity of a single day and in order to restore a basketball court chosen. Now, five years later we managed to expand our presence throughout the weekend called "Very Melo Weekend" where we have a full schedule of activities, "Anthony said during a press conference at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

"For me it is a blessing to keep coming here and increase our presence. Could you do this in New York or Baltimore, but I prefer to do it in Puerto Rico, where my roots are, "he said.

His schedule for the weekend includes a golf tournament which starts on Friday at 9:00 am at the St. Regis Resort in Rio Grande Bay and lunch for the participants, a welcome party at 7:00 pm and boxing card at the hotel at 10:00 pm

Then on Saturday, Anthony will be part of a celebrity softball game on the Guaynabo Pepito Bonano Stadium and then have a party for your guests at night. Your weekend then ends on Sunday at noon with the presentation of the court to remodel, which is the court of the Condominium Los Olmos in San Juan.

"I invited several of my teammates, I know some celebrities to come to the event and enjoy the weekend. Comes special guests. Some are yet to be confirmed, so I do not want to name names. I assure you I will be, "Anthony said with a laugh, though he did not disclose specific names.

"We're going to enjoy a good weekend. We will have a golf tournament, a softball game and assist the court to devote. And this year we will have a poster boxing on Friday night at the St. Regis hotel after our dinner. Look how far we've come now. Good start small and grow never imagined this step. But we want to keep doing more and this weekend will bring friends and celebrities to enjoy the island and back to the community, "he said.


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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

MELO IN PR: 


Carmelo Anthony and counts the days to the start of the 2014-2015 NBA season with the New York Knicks.

And the beginning of the new era in the team with Phil Jackson as president and Derek Fisher as new head coach striker has 30 years with butterflies in my stomach, like a rookie to debut in NBA.

"This is a new beginning for me in my life. Although I'm back with the same team after my contract extension, for me it's a new opportunity for the team and for the city, "Anthony told Primera Hora during his visit to Puerto Rico this week to host several activities its foundation on the island. "Sentiment I feel right now is similar to that felt when I was chosen in the lottery incoming NBA. I am eager to wear that uniform again. "

According to Anthony, the team's vision for the future convinced him to make the decision to return and so far the management has taken steps to correct the Knicks could be a contender.

"I think they've made ​​some solid moves that impact the team," speaking of the acquisitions of players like the Spanish guard Jose Calderon and forward selection Cleanthony Early in the draw. "Management has done a good job of trying to square a team that may not be stars but if players are within the system to be implemented."


"I do not expect to win a championship this year. That's something that takes time and everything has to be in sync, from management to players. We have much work to do, but something that drives me. I know we can start creating the foundation of what we do. It's the start of a good process, "said Puerto Rican player. "Next year we will have enough money to spend within the salary cap. But this year it is important to take the necessary steps towards those who will in the next year. I want to concentrate on building what we want from this year. "

Regarding the arrival of the team Fisher, Anthony said he felt comfortable with novel technical and anticipates good things about it on the court.

"Since I signed the first thing he did was give me the book with the triangle offense system for me to learn it," Anthony said.

"It's a rookie leader but a very respected person His knowledge of the game goes beyond what people think. And I think it will be a good leader since his freshman year. I talk to him all the time. And he is so excited to start as I am. This does not often see the leaders. Usually you do not see leaders who care about you, calling you to see what you need and he has started a good relationship with me on that. I think our relationship will be positive. "

Anthony said he aims to play on the island with his Knicks at some point in their career, preferably by 2015, and said he will push for that to happen.

"I'd love to play here. I have not seen the preseason schedule, but if I could force a game to be here. In the near future I would sit with the Knicks to come up with a game to Puerto Rico. Could do for next year, "Anthony said, adding that he will return to the island in September to vacation with some of his fellow Knicks.

"I want to come here to the island for a couple of weeks with several players to know us better and develop good fellowship before our training camp. The Knicks can not do it legally (as an institution), but I can do it on my own and bring several boys to Puerto Rico to enjoy a few days together. "


VIA-PRIMERAHORA.COM (GOOGLE TRANSLATE)


ChamanTKB
ChamanTKB

Smooth as silk...the Zen master strikes again with the mark of Zorro ... "Z"

Only the Zen Master knows....lol

wingo43
wingo43

Can anybody confirm for me whether that Pro Basketball Talk article accurately describes the rules relating to the rights a team retains on an unsigned draft pick?

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Has Randolph ever been right with any prediction in free agency? Can anyone answer?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Amar'e and Prigioni to Philadelphia might actually work. Philly needs to spend about $25 million more in salary to get to the 90% of the cap, which they have to spend under the CBA.. Amar'e and Prigioni make about $25 million in salary. 

So why does Philly to the deal? They tell Amar'e they want to buy him out because they are going with a youth movement. STAT agrees to take less to get out of Philly and becomes a free agent. Philly gets up to the minimum salary level, but pockets millions. We might have to give up something to make the deal work, but at least there is a reason for Philly to take STAT; money.

Marvel_
Marvel_

The Melo/PR trip tells me who's NOT getting traded. Can't say I'm upset. JR with guidance is gonna be scary good, as for Larkin, Early, Timmy,I  like all 3.


(*prays amare isn't on the trip so theory can be valid )


bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Robert Randolph claiming Phil is making a play for Bledsoe...

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Good news. This guy is way too raw and a liability out there.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@MeloStat301 I swear, those who don't like Melo, with all due respect, can stick their fingers in their collective @sses.

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@MeloStat301 this is his best statement all spring and summer :D deserves a blog post

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@MeloStat301


Anthony said, adding that he will return to the island in September to vacation with some of his fellow Knicks.


"I want to come here to the island for a couple of weeks with several players to know us better and develop good fellowship before our training camp. The Knickscan not do it legally (as an institution), but I can do it on my own and bring severalboys to Puerto Rico to enjoy a few days together. "

VIA-PRIMERAHORA.COM (GOOGLE TRANSLATE)


:D

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@SheSaidSpikeWho What? C'mon now. Play the game. You're the all-star and leader of the team. That sort of drivel shouldn't be in your thoughts. All that tells me is that you rather take the LeBron route and wait another season for a blue chip to take the burden off of you instead of you assuming the leadership role and try to pull off the impossible. Phil has arrange the deck for you with a more veteran, blue collar team. You should expect to win the title this year. Teams in different sports have done a lot more with much less.

StraightShot
StraightShot

That's great to hear.  I hope that down the road, the D-League continues to grow and becomes a more viable competitor to NCAA basketball.

brookdon
brookdon

If I were Minny, I would prefer younger cheaper controllable Bennett over Thad, especially since Minny is tanking anyways.

brookdon
brookdon

LMAO for a second round pick? Sheesh

phenomenal
phenomenal

@zebeto its weird... as hilarious as the situation is with RR, i wish he'd stop... cause (even though I don't know the actual deal), I kinda want it to go down.  Not sure why.  But I feel like him tweetin all this ish is gonna mess it up!

ChamanTKB
ChamanTKB

@KnickelusKnickleby @rgm891 

hey .. pseudo Presidents and GM's Phil is everywhere .. "Z" ...lol

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Marvel_ @Knicks_Fanatic 

It's just a thought around Robert Randolph rumor and why it might be feasible to make the deal. It would put us under the apron and able to have more flexibility. It would open up roster spots.

Marvel_
Marvel_

@cautious @Marvel_ @Knicks_Fanatic 

how do we get them?


I'm late, just wanna get a feel for the angle.


I love a good hypothetical trade.



zebeto
zebeto

@OLDKNICK3 @phenomenal @zebeto .....if not thad young then. could it be part of a 3 team trade ?
,,,,

,,,and could that 3rd team be DET (monroe??)

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Thad is going to MINNY, no?

Marvel_
Marvel_

@Mel Brown

 3-4 teams is a lot of moving parts.


On top of giving up an asset to have Philly take the salaries ...


Seems like a looong shot. Idk



Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK3 @Knicksgirl35 

Philly wants Bennett from the supposed Love deal. Minny wants Young and wants to move Martin and Berea.

NYK- J Richardson, Martin, Berea

Phil- Bennett, Amar'e, Prigioni,

Minnesota- Young

zebeto
zebeto

@OLDKNICK3 @zebeto well see .......but it could end up as a big 3 or 4 team trade with lots of role players .

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@Knicksgirl35 @OLDKNICK3 Also, our problem is too many guards. Personally I would love the Knicks to go after David Lee since GS is not trading him to Minnesota. He'd be a great rebounding guy and the second scorer to Melo.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@Knicks_Fanatic We don't have enough guards? If we move Amare I want nothing back but future picks. Get under the tax threshold try and work out a deal for Monroe.

zebeto
zebeto

@Knicks_Fanatic  dont see how knicks get any better with that trade ....2 SG and a PG ..........but good example of a 3 team trade nonetheless. ....... add Detroit in the mix and Knicks end up with Monroe ,and call it a day !

Marvel_
Marvel_

@cautious

 don't see us having the assets to pull off Bledsoe or Monroe tbh

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Josh Gabriel @Knicks_Fanatic 

I'd assume that we would have to include someone else, say Early. But that would be a framework. Perhaps Prigioni would go to Minnesota to play with Rubio. If we are going to move Amar'e it would be something like that.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@Knicksgirl35 I just don't know if the Knicks can swing that trade. I guess they'd give Bargnani, Shump, and other assets for him. I would think Bargnani's contract would be of interest to them since it's expiring and it frees them from Lee's deal a year early. Doubt it happens.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@Knicksgirl35 I love the patience that Phil is displaying. I feel his trades were timely, with the first just before Melo signed, and the previous one just when things slowed down. I'd expect him to make more deals, in due time.

rgm891
rgm891

@Josh Gabriel @Knicksgirl35 The best part is that he's getting rid of the players we all want off the team. The next trade/trades he makes will be interesting.  

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@rgm891 @Josh Gabriel @Knicksgirl35  It's just nice to see an President/GM come in with a plan and him actually taking steps to execute it. I feel like in the past the Knicks made blind, shortsighted moves without actually having a plan. All of Phil's moves have a purpose and you can see it clearly.