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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-09-19


New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-09-19


New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-09-19The Knicks spent the offseason merely flirting with roster moves, mainly because it's next summer when the real romancing will take place. And even with the ability to bring in some short-term, cheap additions to bolster a roster that produced just 32 wins last season, team president Donnie Walsh opted to stand pat.

So there was no pursuit of Allen Iverson, who eventually signed with the only team that had any real interest in him: the Memphis Grizzlies. There was no interest in Sasha Pavlovic, who was bought out by the Suns and took a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Even Ramon Sessions, whom the Knicks had targeted as a restricted free agent, was left to take an offer from the Timberwolves, mainly because the Knicks decided against adding a multi-year contract that would eat into the precious salary cap space in 2010.

Rashad McCants, Jerry Stackhouse, Wally Szczerbiak and all other notables who were unsigned were not people of interest. But because a team needs extra bodies in camp, the Knicks brought in the likes of former Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt, former Lakers forward Sun Yue and a player off the summer league roster, forward Warren Carter. What gives?

Simple mathematics. First of all, Mike D'Antoni is notorious for keeping a tight rotation that rarely goes beyond eight players per game. The roster is already packed with young players -- Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, David Lee and Nate Robinson -- who are expected to get a bulk of the minutes, not to mention the incoming rookies Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas. That's six players right there and we haven't mentioned veterans such as Chris Duhon, who was arguably the team's best player in the first half last season before he broke down under a heavy workload of minutes, and Al Harrington, who led the team in scoring last season with 20.7 points per game.

Then there's Eddy Curry, who has spent the offseason reacquainting himself with conditioning, newcomer Darko Milicic and one of D'Antoni's favorites, Jared Jeffries. Did we forget to mention Larry Hughes, who, as we saw in Chicago, behaves on the bench about as well as Kanye West at an awards ceremony, and where he may (or likely, may not) fit in all of this?

The feeling is that none of the players available on the open market for a short-term deal would have made enough of an impact to add them into the mix. The plan is to let the young players develop and protect the cap flexibility for next summer, not go the mercenary route and run the risk of tainting the young players in the process.

In fact, for the first time in years -- if not ever -- the Knicks won't be among the top two in payrolls this season. They will still, of course, be over the luxury tax threshold.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 19, 2009

 

 
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