Who else is ready to see what the first offseason in the Phil Jackson era is going to look like?
The New York Knicks are in a position to do a ton of things this summer. After an extremely disappointing finish to last season, the Knicks are ready to hand the Zen Master the reins and watch him work. No stranger to building competitive teams, Jackson will do his best to put a winning product on the court at Madison Square Garden.
The biggest story surrounding the team this offseason will be the free agency of Carmelo Anthony. Will he stay or will he go? He was fantastic last season, but the Knicks might not have the pieces in place to lure him back.
Anthony is currently the subject of rumors, but he isn't the only one. There are multiple rumors that the Knicks are in the middle of right now.
Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets?
This particular rumor strikes me as fascinating. Chris Broussard of ESPN has the full scoop:
In any event, assuming the [Houston] Rockets obtain the cap room to sign [LeBron] James or Anthony, the next step would be to give up star guard James Harden in a sign-and-trade for whichever superstar (James or Anthony) they don't sign as a free agent. Faced with the prospect of losing their superstars, both New York and Miami would be open to accepting Harden in a sign-and-trade.
It's no secret that the Rockets really want Melo. It's surprising, though, that they would be willing to deal Harden to the Knicks in order to obtain him in a sign-and-trade. This would only happen, of course, after the Rockets were able to lure James as a free agent.
Instead of focusing on losing Melo to the Rockets, let's focus on the potential addition of Harden to the Knicks backcourt.
First of all, having Harden and J.R. Smith in the same backcourt would be incredibly exciting. Both of these guys can shoot lights-out, and we could potentially see 12 or so three-pointers a game from that duo alone.
WFAN.com's Joe Giglio broke down exactly why acquiring Harden would be a good move, via CBS New York:
Harden may be a defensive liability that was exposed in the postseason, but don’t let a few bad games in May change the bottom line with the 24-year-old scorer. Harden, years from his prime, is the perfect two guard for Jackson’s triangle offense and an ideal building block for the next contending Knicks team. ...
Much has been made about Jackson’s immense success when coaching some of the league’s best players and tandems. With more championship rings than fingers, Jackson’s famous triangle offense has always been at its best with a scoring shooting guard leading the pace.
It's unknown as to what kind of legs this rumor has, but it's definitely something worth monitoring moving forward. Harden could usher in a new era of success in New York.
Knicks Looking to Deal Shane Larkin and Samuel Dalembert?
The Knicks acquired Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and Samuel Dalembert in a deal for Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler this week, but Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal tweets that Larkin and Dalembert could be on the move again:
I'm hearing the Knicks are trying to move Dalembert and Larkin in a separate deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) June 25, 2014
There's a very good chance Dalembert won't be on the roster come the beginning of the season. While he's still a force in the paint and can improve a defense, his lack of offensive skill essentially makes his defensive additions irrelevant.
While the 33-year-old won't net much of a return, the Knicks might look to get his $1.8 million salary off the books to clear room for better, younger contributors.
In Larkin's case, the 21-year-old guard is clearly worthy of a decent return. Larkin is a useful player, but the team already has too many guards in Calderon, Ellington, Smith and Pablo Prigioni.
As the most valuable of the bunch, Larkin could (and should) be on the move.
We'll see what materializes in the next few weeks.
Undrafted Free Agent Patric Young a Target?
According to a source, Young, who averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds as a senior, worked out for Jackson this month and impressed. The 6-foot-10, 245-pounder is considered an early second-round pick but his stock appears to be rising. An ESPN.com mock draft had him at No. 30.
Fast forward to Friday, and Young went undrafted. That doesn't mean the Knicks shouldn't look at him as a free agent, however.
Young has the potential to be a very good rim protector and rotation player at the next level, but he likely went undrafted because of his lack of ceiling. What you see is really what you get with the 6'10" center.
Assuming Dalembert is moved, Young could find himself some decent minutes with the Knicks. While he wouldn't start, the Florida product would end up splitting time with a veteran.
There's no news on this front yet, but given the rumors heading into the draft, don't be surprised if Young is a Knick in the near future.
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