NBA Free Agency
Fans’ concerns can settle for a while after Anthony told Bloomberg News, “I’m not going nowhere,” when asked if he would become a free agent after the upcoming season.
J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying in New York to help the Knicks build on their best season in nearly decades.
The deal, which is the maximum the Knicks could have offered Smith, includes a player option after the third year.
J.R. Smith is far from the perfect player, but the Knicks have no choice but to sign him. If J.R. wants to bolt to a bad team for more money, he can.
The 27-year-old appeared in all 66 games for the Bulls last season — starting 43 of them — averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game.
The Knicks’ offseason has been nearly as crazy as their season. But with the final pieces in place, it’s finally time to take a look at their roster and figure out exactly how good they are.
Carmelo Anthony said Sunday it’s up to the New York Knicks to decide if they want to match the “ridiculous contract” that the Houston Rockets have offered Jeremy Lin.
The common argument out there is simply that Jeremy Lin is not worth 15 million dollars in his final season. No, he isn’t, but that doesn’t matter one lick from a basketball perspective.
Lin, at this point in his career, is a nice player. He can handle the ball decently and he can score fairly well while leading his team’s offense. But that’s it. He’s not a great ball player by any stretch.
The Houston Rockets had Jeremy Lin in training camp last December. Now they want him back. Lin has signed an offer sheet with Houston.
Newest recruit Steve Nash makes the universally hated Lakers instantly more-likeable.
Jason Kidd is a 10-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team selection, a four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection and an NBA Champion. But he won’t be starting for the Knicks next season.
After an article in the Daily News yesterday, a lot of Jeremy Lin talk has dominated the Knicks’ scene. Lin, nothing short of a phenomenon last year, is starting to see the dark side of being the man in the spotlight in New York.
Clearly on the downside of his career at age 38, Camby still provides a lot of value for the Knicks off the bench. He averaged nine rebounds in only 23 minutes, good enough for one of the best rates in the NBA.
Now that the Knicks have lost out on their top free agent, they will have to rely largely on internal improvement and progress to make that next step in becoming a championship-contending team.