Friday, March 2, 2012

The Knicks and the Trade Deadline

With the trade deadline approaching, there may be some anxiety that Dolan will try to make another deal.

I don't see it.

J.R. Smith was a great pickup, but I don't see the Knicks tinkering with their roster again at this point. The only guy who seems completely unnecessary at this point is Bibby.  But I can't see Bibby having any trade value.  Knicks seems set at their point guard rotation with JLin getting about 30-35 minutes and Baron getting around 10-15 minutes.

I think one of the key quotes is this:
Not that it would be easy. Amar’e Stoudemire is unmovable, as teams can’t get insurance on his fragile knees and teams are wondering what’s happened to his game.
I heard a statistic the other day that Amare had been blocked 41 times this year already.  And this was before the All-Star Break.  41 times!  In less than 41 games!  Perhaps this, more than anything, shows his decline.  But again, I seriously doubt that any other team would trade for him, especially with his contract.

18 comments:

  1. Disgruntled Bucks SG Stephen Jackson is an awesome player who would immediately help the Knicks win games and compete in the playoffs. However, the Knicks have nothing to offer for him.

    If Brandon Roy could get out of Portland (rainy climate may be a partial contributor to the constant career ending leg injuries out there) and restore his health, he would be an ideal starting SG alongside Lin.

    Another guy that would immediately start for the Knicks is "La Bomba", Juan Carlos Navarro. That guy is a GREAT player who did well in the NBA. The Knicks cannot afford him, though.

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    1. why would you need another SG? We have Shumpert, Smith, & Fields. Roy has retired.

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    2. It would be nice to have a starting sg who can actually dribble, pass, and shoot.

      Roy wants to come back. I don't know if he can.

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  2. Ok...I've said it before but here it is in black in white. The media starting to try to tear Lin down. IN today's NY Post
    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/knicks_davis_could_take_lin_starting_qoW02zRxaWQQAon2WFSXuI
    Berman has headline that Baron Davis in line to take starting position from Jeremy Lin quoting Dantoni as that it might happen. That the 2nd team is killing the 1st team in scrimmages. This is just bad story...trying to create controversy and literally take Jeremy Down. No way should this ever be talked about let alone happen. Mike Dantoni owes his job to Jeremy Lin and this is the way he leaves him hanging in the breeze in NY Media????? F Dantoni...he should be grateful to Lin not embarass or disrespect him like that! This is bad and an example of how media is trying to tear down Linsanity and Jeremy Lin - so obvious.

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    1. Calm down... it's just a slow news day for the Knicks. The question posed in the article is if there will be a controversy come April if Davis continues to make progress. Davis, just a couple years ago, played 40+ minutes every game, and currently his body can only take 15 mins per game. He's got a ways to go. As a coach, you do not put a ceiling on a player working his way back from an injury. I think D'Antoni is saying the right thing for now. He is trying to juggle playing time for solid rotation that's 10-11 deep.

      There's no question the Knicks see Lin as their future PG. There might even be stretches where you'd see a Davis-Lin backcourt.

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    2. Gosh so many give pass to DAntoni on this .... surprised...Dantoni should have said, Jeremy is the starter and he's earned that the rest of the season for gettting us out of a hole. Instead he left open the possibility that Davis could start. That's wrong and its a disprespect to the hand that feeds you (lin). Jeremy should start looking for his now if that's the way the business is going to be played...get your shots, your points and stats cause that's how they are treating you. Davis is good player and a veteran but he's not the future of the knicks and they shouldn't care what davis feels now. By putting carrot out there to take Lin's spot....I'm sure it's going to affect chemistry of team and pit them against one another. Guess they love Drama in NY and it's way to tear linsanity down .

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    3. there's no way the front office will let lin sit being the cashcow he is for them. if i were lin i'd keep my options open and explore other possibilities out there after the season if they are going to treat him like that.

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    4. The Knicks are a team with players with perceived big egos - Melo, JR, Amare, Davis. The coaching staff is trying to get 11 guys to work hard and play as equal parts of a complete unit. Their job is to help players put ego aside and do what's best for the team. They can not proclaim anyone to be a guaranteed starter for the rest of the season, no matter how much of a cashcow he is. That would be marketing, not coaching. As a JLin fan, if Baron Davis is performing better than Jeremy, I'd rather D'Antoni start Baron and let Lin come off the bench. That's what team basketball is all about. Have you guys paid attention to what Lin has been saying in interviews??
      JLin was pinned as a marketing ploy by some journalists and fans at Golden State. Looking back, I think that put a lot of unnecessary pressure on him and in some way effected his development. We don't need that to happen again.

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  3. i wouldn't worry about that. lin will continue to get his numbers and baron will continue to be an excellent option when lin rests. new york and controversy is to be expected and espn is trash most of the time.

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  4. I'd like to see the Lin-Davis backcourt.

    I'd also like to see Anthony at the 4 in the Shawn Marion role. Stoudamire isn't doing much more than clogging up the paint and Anthony would be a beast as a D'Antoni PF. The Knicks have plenty to fill in for Anthony at the 3. Problem is, Anthony at the 4 would mean Chandler or Stoudamire has to sit. The way he's playing now, Stoudamire would be better off as the first big man off the bench.

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  5. Ah.... D'antonni doesn't know how badly B. Davies can play. If you watched Clippers basketball, he sucked big time. Couldn't make any shots from long range, too lazy to penetrate. All he does is lob passes to jumpers ( Blake Griffin). Lucky Knicks have some jumpers otherwise there's nothing fantastic to see with Davies. Jlin is head and shoulders above Davies in terms of determination and motivation. D'antonni doesn't know his personnel and Davies's history. Good luck with that if you're gonna start Davies. Knicks will crumble again.

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  6. The Knicks are not considering starting Davis. Berman has had credibility issues. But he's not even saying that the Knicks will start Davis. He's throwing it out there as a possibility because D'Antoni wants the starters to accept potentially playing less minutes because they are suddenly a pretty deep team. Again, it's a slow day and Marc Berman has nothing really to report. He has a tendency to do this kind of stuff.

    I think Baron Davis will be better than his Clippers days. He's slimmer and more engaged. This could be his last chance to make a deep playoff run. I think he will be motivated. Going forward, if Davis continues to improve, I think D'Antoni will let Lin and Baron's playing time overlap, increasing Davis' minutes while keeping Lin's at around 35, as a possible solution to the Miami Heat trapping defense.

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  7. Davies plays no defense and has no motivation. He only wants the bright lights to promote his off-court dealings like films, etc. The only bright spot bout Davies is Jeremy is still a rookie in a sense and he can still learn some things from Davies.

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  8. The physical decline Stoudemire is going through reminds me of what Antonio McDyess went through.

    McDyess started out as a thin leaping dunker. As the years wore on and the injuried piled up, McDyess had to reinvent himself into a role player. He was very effective playing a Kurt Thomas type of role in later years.

    I can easily envision Stoudemire becoming a low usage veteran power player who focuses on passing and defense. I just hope it doesn't happen soon.

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    1. It's not worst case scenario if STAT turns into the KG of today, Dice, or even Kurt Thomas, because they are actually decent defensive players. The biggest beef I have with STAT is that he is such a defensive liability that really cannot be make up by other players on the court.

      Ideally I wish his game will evolve into a Horace Grant type of 15-10 guy, but the knicks front office probably will need to find Oak to install that defensive mindset into STAT's mind.

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    2. Stoudemire is the 2nd coming of Chris Webber - horrifically bad defense and all.

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  9. I think JLin will be fine. The Knicks don't need to guarantee the starting role to anyone for the rest of the season. If JLin starts shooting less than 35% on the floor and average more than 6 TOs a game for few weeks, then he could be coming off the bench until he gets his rhythm back. But I don't think that will happen. I think JLin will continue to play the way he has- taking good shots, playing aggressive, shooting near 50% on the floor, getting to the line, and helping his teammates get easy scores. If he cuts down on those turnovers, that would be a bonus. Hopefully Davis can continue to play like he did against Cleveland, and then the Knicks would have the best 1-2 punch at point.

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