New York Knicks
Felton’s suspension without pay was announced Thursday, two weeks after he took a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but avoiding jail time.
Knicks GM Steve Mills said the deal helped better balance New York’s roster, which was heavier at shooting guard but not deep at small forward behind Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony doesn’t have many years left in his prime. It’s the summer of 2015 or bust. Unfortunately for the Knicks, their options next offseason are somewhat limited.
Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol without a license.
Assuming the Knicks want to play a nine- or 10-man rotation for most of the season, Fisher is going to have to bench guys that expect to play serious minutes.
The Knicks are expected to have enough cash for a power play in free agency next year. But Phil Jackson could be setting himself up for some moves in the meantime.
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“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 that situation that we were, in the trenches. I wouldn’t blame them at all.”
With too many wings and not enough big men, the Knicks had to add more depth up front, and they did that by signing Jason Smith.
They should still be happy that their star is back and that the Knicks will be very competitive for the next four to five years, but it is going to be very hard to get to a championship level during that same time frame.
The details of Carmelo Anthony’s new contract with the Knicks are no longer a mystery. And it looks like he made out pretty well for himself.
Hopefully, you are sitting, because I am about to do something unprecedented — praise Carmelo Anthony.
If you can’t move ‘em, laud ‘em. That seems to be Phil Jackson’s new mantra now that he’s embraced the reality that no one wants to take Andrea Bargnani’s big contract in a trade.
Fisher thinks the ‘Bockers can do something special in his rookie season as head coach, but they’ll have to prove it on the court.