The Knicks have Carmelo Anthony back, but Phil Jackson is far from done.
ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are willing to deal guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin according to a league source (ESPN, July 20th).
The Knicks have a log jam at the guard position and the only untouchable player on the team is Tim Hardaway Jr.
Smith is a former sixth man of the year while Shumpert is an excellent defensive guard. Larkin was obtained along with Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert in the Tyson Chandler trade (TKB, June 25th).
The Knicks lost their Las Vegas Summer League finale on Saturday night 82-79 to the Hornets. Patrick Ewing coached the Hornets, while Derek Fisher stepped in on the sidelines for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 27 points. >>> Read more at NBA.com.
Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the 2014-15 season to rehab his knee. When he comes back, a reunion with Phil Jackson in New York is a possibility. >>> Read more at Hang Time Blog.
Former Knicks Ticky Burden, 61, is battling a rare illness. >>> Read more in NY Post.
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When he received the entry pass on the elbow, the triangle formed action commenced. Jeremy Tyler saw his first two outlets but opted to hold onto the ball and wait for his backdoor cutter. Tyler threaded the needle beautifully and has shown, albeit in the Las Vegas Summer League, that he has the right instincts to be a vital cog in Derek Fisher’s offense.
His fight to to earn his opportunity continues.
SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog has learned that the Knicks have until September 15 to decide whether or not they will exercise their $948,000 option on Tyler, whose place in the rotation has become murky with the recent additions that the Knicks have made to their front court rotation.
“They haven’t exercised the option yet,” Tyler told TKB during summer league play in Las Vegas.
“Summer league is extremely important for me for that reason, so I gotta play hard and play together but also showcase my talents and my skills. I need to give [the Knicks] a reason to bring me back,” he said.
As for whether he would like to return, Tyler didn’t play coy.
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Metta World Peace could be coming back to New York.
The former Ron Artest would like to come back to the Knicks now that Phil Jackson is the president of the club per the New York Post (Berman, July 19).
The Knicks are considering a training camp invite for the city native and former St. John’s star who was released during last season by the Knicks. The Knicks currently owe Peace $250,000 off his contract. The veteran forward would have never asked for his release if he knew Jackson was going to be in New York. Peace was a key part of the last two Lakers’ titles under Jackson in Los Angeles.
In hoping to duplicate some of the same success he experienced with both the Bulls and Lakers, Phil Jackson has clearly been comfortable aiming to lean on some of his previously proven players and confidants.
Of course, World Peace was a key member of Jackson’s later success in Los Angeles.
Not only has the Queens native been interested in returning for quite a few months now (he reportedly met with Jackson back in March), he also told ESPN LA that he wouldn’t have accepted New York’s buyout offer, had he known the thirteen-time NBA champion was coming back to the Big Apple.
If the forward’s first stint in orange and blue is to be considered a let-down, it shouldn’t attributed to being his own fault. He looked good in patches, though consistent minutes never really came his way. It’s difficult to develop a rhythm when one is either a) not playing at all, or b) only thrust into games on spur of the moment’s notice. Consistency is key.
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Jim Boeheim says the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t have been a better option than the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony because of the questionable health of Derrick Rose going forward.
“Chicago was no guarantee, what if Rose is hurt?” the Syracuse coach told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog at the Peach Jam, where he is recruiting. “What if he can’t play? Who have they got? Who have they got?”
Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA title with the Orange, added: “They got a good coach [Tom Thibodeau] but they don’t have any other players. It all hinges on Derrick Rose because they wouldn’t have been able to get [Pau] Gasol if they got Melo. So if Derrick Rose was perfectly healthy and played this year then I think maybe Chicago maybe. He may be heathy, we’ll see what happens.”
After losing out on Anthony, the Bulls responded with a Plan B of big men Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, while re-signing guard Kirk Hinrich.
Gasol, meantime, said in an interview with the Spanish Daily Marca that Rose “is well recovered” and Gasol is”not worried about” Rose’s health.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. has been selected to practice with Team USA as they prep for the FIBA World Cup (Isola, July 18).
Hardaway will not be on Team USA, just practicing against them.
Earlier: Why NBA Summer League should be Tim Hardaway Jr.’s time to shine
Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton react to Carmelo Anthony’s five-year contract with the Knicks…
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In an exclusive with the New York Daily News, Phil Jackson talks about his decision to return to the Knicks and Madison Square Garden.
“For me, the key is building trust,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to be the kind of president who huddles privately with the GM and keeps everyone else in the dark. In my new role, I’m not going to be as hands-on with the team as I was as a coach, but I can open up the circle and make sure everybody with good ideas gets a chance to be heard.”
Read More: Jackson’s full article in the Post (July 18)
With the signing of Jason Smith, Phil Jackson continues to shore up respective holes on the Knicks’ roster. The front court is set, with a bevy of quality guys ready to assert themselves down low for the team. Such big men are all examples of those who are used to warranting big minutes, so if they all stay in town, competition among them is sure to be fierce.
It’ll likely prove difficult for the Knicks to capitalize on any trade value those in the team’s front court may offer, largely due to the fact that Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire both have unflattering expiring contracts.
But if Jackson truly believes either one of them needs to go, perhaps he can capitalize on New York’s back-court depth to accomplish such a move. By pairing up either big man with another asset, it may be easier for a team on the other side of the deal to pull the trigger.
With that in mind, Iman Shumpert likely represents one of the Knicks’ more desirable trading chips. After playing in 74 games during his third season in the NBA, the young gun proved to be the healthiest he’s ever been. He averaged the highest-rebounding average of his career with 4.2, but was otherwise underwhelming.
Shumpert appeared to lack the same type of fire and intensity on the defensive end that he’s carried himself in years’ past. Previously, the Knicks were able to turn to him to shut down the likes of Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, etc. As Shumpert was coming up, such players had previously posed as threats to the Knicks in the postseason. The team counted on him to keep them at bay, and often times, he did.
For one reason or another, the team couldn’t seem to rely upon him so heavily this past year. He was otherwise unable to deliver. What’s more, Shumpert has also failed to progress into the type of offensive player the Knicks expected him to be. He can’t run the floor as a one, nor does he have the necessary shooting touch to spread the floor as a two.
Of course, the potential is still there. Shumpert is just 24 years old, and the flashes of intrigue he’s displayed in the past are still relatively fresh in the minds of other teams.
The potential is there, but there’s no denying that his stock has taken somewhat of a dip. Before Shumpert becomes a restricted free agent and the Knicks are potentially forced to overpay and/or lose him for nothing, it may be best to capitalize on his remaining value before it’s too late.
That same value could come in the form of enticing a team to take on one of the team’s larger contracts along with him. Sometimes having a “addition by subtraction” mentality is all it takes to make necessary improvements.
J.R. Smith said he wouldn’t blame the Knicks or Phil Jackson if they traded him after the way he played last season (Herring, July 16).
“The way I was playing, I was playing like a person who didn’t want to be there, not looking as focused as a person should be in the situation we were in,” Smith said (Botte, July 16). “I wouldn’t blame him at all.”
Smith was coming off the Sixth Man of the Year award last season, but scored 14.5 points in 32.7 minutes per game, as opposed to the 18.1 points in 33.5 minutes per game in his award-winning season.
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