Source: With eye toward cap space, Jackson shopping Bargnani and Stoudemire

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

Anyone who thought that Phil Jackson came to New York City to sit around and wait until July 2015 may be mistaken. According to a league source, his grandiose vision of building a contender may begin sooner than anyone — even Carmelo Anthony — thought possible.

Andrea BargnaniOn the heels of a Monday morning account from ESPN that states the Knicks have engaged the Philadelphia 76ers on a salary-dumping Amar’e Stoudemire trade, a league front office source tells SNY.tv and TheKnicksBlog that the Knicks have also been shopping Andrea Bargnani. Jackson, according to the source, recently rebuffed a trade offer that would have seen Bargnani and Tim Hardaway Jr. sent out in a similar cap-clearing maneuver.

Days before Tyson Chandler was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a six-player trade that also saw the Knicks net two second round draft picks that turned into Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Jackson turned down the proposed Bargani trade, the source says.

According to the source, Jackson believes that he can find a taker for Bargnani and his salary without sacrificing Hardaway Jr., despite the fact that Bargnani has appeared in just 118 games over the past three seasons. Bargnani has one year and $11.5 million remaining on his current contract.

As it stands, Jackson is believed to not only be actively shopping Stoudemire, but Bargnani, as well.

The end game, according to the source, is jettisoning their combined $34.9 million salaries off of the Knicks’ 2014-15 ledger, potentially making the Knicks a late entrant into this summer’s free agency marketplace.

Parting the Red Sea would probably be an easier endeavor, but if Jackson were able to move both Bargnani and Stoudemire without taking back and salaries and opted to walk away from Jeremy Tyler, Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, Toure’ Murry, Kenyon Martin and Cole Aldrich — all of whom are either free agents or subjected to team options — the Knicks could find themselves somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million under the NBA’s projected 2014-15 salary cap of $63 million.

The Knicks would be woefully thin up front, but the team would have enough money under the cap to both re-sign Anthony and then scour the free agent market for some additional help. According to the source, that is Jackson’s “Plan A” for this summer, and it is believed to have been a part of his pitch to Anthony, who, according to multiple reports, was reluctant to re-sign with the Knicks without some assurance that the team would be able to field an upgraded roster around him for the 2014-15 season.

With players officially able to sign contracts on July 10, any such deal for Stoudemire and/or Bargnani would need to happen quickly. However, as of Monday, a number of impact free agents remained on the market. The list includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Pau Gasol, Luol Deng, Chandler Parsons, Lance Stephenson, Trevor Ariza, Caron Butler, Evan Turner, Andray Blatche, Shawn Marion, Rashard Lewis and Marvin Williams.

At this time, it is not clear whether or not the Knicks have decisive interest in any of the aforementioned players, but with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls among the teams that have entered this offseason with the ability to create significant cap space, a league source tells SNY.tv and TheKnicksBlog that Jackson’s goal is to emerge as a late entrant as a player, as well.


 




275 comments
moeb
moeb

ramona " lakers " shelburne is on espnradio ny being a homer. talking melo feels disrepected by phils low ball pitch to melo and the lakers would LOVE to pay melo like a superstar cause look how they " took care " of kobe. Give me a break!

Shana Dale
Shana Dale

Melo might jus b waitn to c if bosh will go to houston seems like everybody is confused if I was bosh I would go wherever gives me the most$ lebron jus seem to make evry1 look soft but knicks get rid of whoever u need to bcides this FA summer is really bcomn a bummer. #NO MOVEMENT # MELO CHOOSE ALREADY

tw22
tw22

Philly would be perfect for stat, the franchise can afford to take him on even if he gets hurt and his contract is uninsured.

pagey72
pagey72

If he can move both of these guys, give him Executive of the Year immediately!

C0P0
C0P0

Put your hands together for the stones on Phil Jackson. He isn't f'ng around. Moving mountains, at least trying to and making The Knicks contenders, NOW. Melo re-sign. Re-sign and win at home. Win it all! Let's do this Melo!

CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

Me believes the Zen Master and Fish will get a lot of sweetheart deals!  Not ala LA and Boston (which won them championships - Gasol, Garnett) because the league won't go for lopsided deals any more, but they will get the best of deals like the Dallas deal. 

rico
rico

How do the Sixers and the Knicks make a trade for Amare? 

The entire payroll for the whole 76er team is 25 million dollars, 

where Stat this year will make 23.5 million.  If you have to take back equal salaries 

the knicks would have to take the entire sixes team maybe without Henry Sims.



@pie in the sky

chicagofan
chicagofan

Great thinking by Phil, who I have a lot of faith in. But let's face it, to make a deal, you need a taker.  And the folks on the other end are not dumb (except for Donald Sterling, but that's another matter).  If I'm peddling a bag of garbage for big money, am I going to find any takers???? 

meloedout
meloedout

Amare will actually put up all star numbers if he goes to 76ers. They have a good pg. Its better if Amare can leave the Knicks.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

SAS fibally said something relevant. Melo is waiting on the mia situation

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

didnt mcroberts try to take lebrons head off in the playoffs? i wonder how he feels about that now?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

WHY ARE YALL STILL LISTENING IN HERE??  NEW POST IS UP!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Marc J. Spears: The Hornets offered the full-mid level to Josh McRoberts as well. @Marc Stein had McRoberts story first. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo -


Wow MJ....you lose napier and mcroberts to Riles...smh....

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Marc Stein: ESPN has learned that McRoberts will receive Heat's full midlevel for the next four years ($23 million) with a player option after Year 3 Twitter @ESPNSteinLine -

elram
elram

@rico 

Teams under the cap can trade regardless of the $ as long as they dont go above the cap. Meaning if one team is under the matching salaries dont come into play.

johneco
johneco

@rico  You don't know what you're talking about.  We don't need to take back salary (that's the whole point of the proposed trade) because they are under the cap.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

@Gee Daniels I love Amare resurection but if I can move him and Bargani that is a awesome reset right away and our options become endless.

rico
rico

@Gee Daniels If he could play a sub-atomic particle of D you might be stupid and "roll with him" but he can't play D and his knees are a paper cut away from being gone forever.  If you can move him you must.  23.5 million…zowie

elram
elram

@orlando_knickfan

I dont buy it, so what, if lebron leaves he slots in there? can you imagine if that happened and he didnt win a title the kind of ridicule he would get

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@OLDKNICK the Bosh replacement or the Birdman replacement?  if it's Bosh the heat are in trouble.

rico
rico

@Gee Daniels I love Amare, his work ethic his exciting offense but his salary is too restrictive as are his knees .  Any GM moves Amare if he can.  I'd welcome him back on a Vets minimum when his present contract expires.



Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Stat only plays hard when the ball is in his hands!

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@Sandro Guedes  noone's defending him, I don't think, but I think Phil has the final word and he wants to trade him so...!!

rico
rico

@elram @rico I thought they could dump we had to match.

If I cam incorrect then that's great news.  I'll be happy to drive Amare to Philly for a box of Cheesesteaks



rico
rico

@johneco @rico I said IF you have to take back salary which I believe WE DO! See the made the cap and the "equal salary in trades" rule so the team over the cap cannot dump salary. So the Sixers can do what they want but I believe we have to tale back the value of Amare. 


I MAY be wrong but I don't think so.  

I also love when  knowitalls say…"you don't know what your talking about"  


Do your homework sparky and get back to me or better yet, go back to palukaville.

rico
rico

@Daniel Nguyen @MeloStat301 because who wants to talk about the "Melo decision" anymore? The hope of dumping the Bargs and Stat contracts is actually exciting to think about.


More "waiting for Melo" is not a new topic…

hydro
hydro

You're wrong dude. Since Philly is under the cap, they can take in salary without sending out. It's one of the advantages of having cap space. More flexibility in the trade market.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@OLDKNICK @BiggieTKB i hate Dolan for pushing him out.. i dont hate on the man for leaving


if dolan gave him full control and a piece of the pie like Arison did he might still be here.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

I would have to disagree! MELO is a monster!

rico
rico

@BiggieTKB How can people "like" that when it's wrong. ITT owned the Knicks when Riley bolted. If you don't know who ITT was, google em.



Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

I love Amare! But he is not even worth half of 23 million! MELO is!

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

I'll give you that, and that's why I like Stat. But outside of his first year Stat has given us nothing even close to what we are paying him because of injury or not(some self-inflicted) he has not produced! MELO has been a horse and produced! He is absolutely worth a max contract! Let's just hope he's smart enough to know that it's nearly impossible to win in today's NBA unless your best player takes less then max!