Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterIt’s hard not to love the Knicks’ recent trade with the Kings. They turned nothing into something, as Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy could both end up making positive contributions this year. In any event, New York had nothing to lose either way with a deal like this.
At this point, Outlaw is a well-known veteran. What you see is what you get. Unfortunately, while that could sometimes means double-digit scoring off the bench, it may also mean inconsistent play from a player battling injuries. He’s the wild card and/or X-Factor in this deal, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
The Knicks are assumedly excited about Acy, who brings along with him some much needed toughness, intensity, and defensive grit. He’s an explosive player down low who likes to get into the face of his opponent.
Much of that was on display during NBA Summer League last month, which is where Steve Mills (on a conference call late Tuesday evening) said the Knicks got a closer look at Acy. Perhaps they had a chance to catch this ferocious dunk from the video below: To read more of this story, click here
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The Knicks will send Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and a second-round pick in the 2016 NBA draft to the Kings in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw (Amick, August 6).
New York will pay Outlaw $3 million next season, while the Nets owe him $4 million from his deal that was amnestied in 2011. The Knicks have informed Acy they will guarantee his deal for next season. Acy makes $915,000 (Amick, August 6).
New York has reportedly been trying to deal Ellington, who they acquired in the Tyson Chandler/Raymond Felton-for-Jose Calderon swap earlier this offseason.
Per the report, Sacramento will waive Tyler and use the stretch provision of Ellington to help create salary cap relief.
Acy, a 6-foot-7 small forward, averaged 2.7 points per game in 15 minutes per night last season for the Kings.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
Jackson has followed up the Knicks’ offseason trade with the Mavericks by making smaller but savvy moves along the way. This deal with the Kings is no different.
On the surface, turning Ellington, a player who figured to get little to no minutes while donning orange and blue, into anything more productive, is a plus.
While Outlaw has been plagued with injuries and has otherwise underachieved throughout his career, he still represents a guy who can hop off the bench and potentially score double-figures on a given night. He’s a tough player who can help pace New York’s second unit defensively. If healthy, the swingman could really bolster the the team’s depth.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterWhen selling Carmelo Anthony on the team’s future, Phil Jackson & Co. obviously stressed the summer of 2015 as a period where the Knicks could potentially make some noise in the free agent market. Until then, the season ahead was/is expected to be one of transition as the team awaits further flexibility and cap space.
Having said that, being forced to play the waiting game hasn’t exactly stood in Jackson’s way this summer. He’s been able to make changes, some more drastic than others. The likes of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton have already been shipped out of town, whereas players such as Jose Calderon, Cleanthony Early, Jason Smith, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin figure to be among those new faces donning orange and blue next season.
Don’t be surprised if Jackson still isn’t done.
The whole point to bringing someone of the thirteen-time NBA champion’s caliber aboard is so that the team can employ him to right the ship. Changes will be made accordingly as Jackson continues to experiment and explore potential moves that he believes will help improve the team along the way.
Without much flexibility to be had, Jackson figures to leave no potential stone unturned in hopes of putting his own spin on this team to the fullest. Maximizing any and all potential avenues for such flexibility is a must.
And that’s exactly why New York is already beginning to shop sharpshooter Wayne Ellington. Acquired in the trade with Dallas, the guard has impressive offensive prowess from deep, but is displaced amongst the rest of the Knicks’ players at the position. What’s more, his contact also makes him somewhat of a worthwhile commodity in a deal.
With Early officially signed, Ellington stands to be the odd man out with the roster at a steady fifteen players once again. Jeremy Tyler’s (currently on a non-guaranteed contract through September) future with the Knicks is also still up in the air. Each player has talent, but also stand to be easiest to cut/trade, should Jackson prefer someone else in either one’s spot.
The Knicks’ roster makeover may not be over. They’re considering dealing guards Pablo Prigioni and Wayne Ellington to create roster space (Stein, Aug. 5).
Prigioni, 37, has played the last two seasons with the Knicks and has been one of their more popular players.
Ellington came from Dallas in the draft-day deal that sent center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks for guard Jose Calderón, center Samuel Dalembert, Ellington, guard Shane Larkin and two second-round picks.
The Knicks used those picks to select swingmen Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterIn addition to emerging as a fan-favorite over the last two seasons, Prigioni has also served as a little bit of a leader for this team. He’s been depended on in crucial moments and has previously been trusted to run the floor with the Knicks’ first unit. A seasoned-veteran of international competition, Prigioni is one of the most intelligent and mature players currently donning orange and blue. He’s a steady floor general on a team that otherwise looked lost last season.
Needless to say, he’s someone Coach Derek Fisher can depend on in the triangle offense.
Potentially including the point guard in any sort of package-deal with Ellington is more so about the Knicks’ priority to create roster space/flexibility, and less about any sort of displeasure they may have with Prigioni.
Phil Jackson is expected to make drastic improvements and changes to this roster. Without much cap flexibility until 2015, he needs to continue getting creative in attempting to do so. Should the Knicks still have their eye on a potential leftover free agent or two, creating such space is a necessity.
Prigioni is a quality player with a very reasonable (and short) contract, arguably making him one of New York’s more desirable (and not to mention, easily movable) commodities at this point.
It just comes down to who else may be out there, and whether or not the Knicks prioritize such prospective players higher than Prigioni.
The Knicks will play two preseason games against the Celtics in Connecticut in October (Iannazzone, Aug. 5) The teams will meet Oct. 8 at the XL Center in Hartford and Oct. 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. The Celtics announced their nine-game preseason schedule Tuesday (Celtics, Aug. 5); the Knicks haven’t officially released theirs.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterThe throw was probably a little too high and outside for Terry Collins’ tastes, but as Tim Hardaway Jr. put it on Instagram, “Thank the Lord I didn’t pull a @50cent.”
The Knicks’ guard threw out the first pitch at the Mets game Monday and spoke to youngsters from New York City’s YMCA as part of the Citi Kids Program. Take a look below to see his baseball skills.
SNY’s new show, Oh Yeah…, looks back to when the Jets, Mets and Knicks all won championships in a 15-month span between 1969 and 1970 after the Knicks’ NBA title victory in May 1970.
Oh Yeah… takes viewers on a trip down memory lane by re-visiting the most entertaining, offbeat, and perhaps forgotten local sports topics over the past 40 years with each episode devoted to a specific year. New episodes air Sundays at 10 pm on SNY.
Sam SpiegelmanThe Heat, Jazz and Clippers have all showed an interest in signing free-agent guard Toure’ Murry, ESPN New York reported.
The Murry news comes on the heels that the Knicks came to terms with No. 34 overall pick Cleanthony Early, who like Murry also played his college hoops at Wichita State.
Murry averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 assists in 7.3 minutes per game last season for New York, and is worthy of getting re-signed. If not, he will certainly find himself on an NBA roster elsewhere.