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 05-12-2014, 01:07 PM         #10861
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 3 years ago '04        #10862
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Jeff Van GODdy
Thibs (if available)
Mark Jackson
Stan Duh Man Van GOdy

are still coaches i prefer....in that order but phillip wants a puppet to do his bidding so if that works, fine
 05-12-2014, 01:15 PM         #10863
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I'd rather have a Phil pawn than an established coach. It could be BJ Armstrong, Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright, Rusty LaRue, Joe Kleine, David Vaughn or Craig Hodges it doesn't matter.
 3 years ago '04        #10864
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Berman

Steve Kerr will be behind the TNT microphone Tuesday night in Oklahoma City for Game 5 — and likely will still be without an agreement in principle to coach the Knicks.

Even though the Warriors have been all but out of the picture for several days, financial terms of a contract still have not been worked out between Kerr and the Knicks, who seem to be in no rush.

An NBA source said there’s a possibility negotiations could drag on even beyond Wednesday.

Kerr’s camp had figured a resolution would have come by last Friday. But there doesn’t seem a great urgency from the Knicks because Kerr isn’t ready to work full-time for the club until after the Western Conference finals end in early June.

Kerr, as The Post reported, has decided to finish out his contractual duties with TNT and work the West finals with Marv Albert.

The Chicago pre-draft combine begins Thursday, but head coaches don’t always attend. The Knicks don’t have a first- or second-round pick, but will look to buy one at the end of the draft. Phil Jackson is expected to go to Chicago.

Kerr could still show up even without a signed contract. Kerr and Albert will do Game 5 Tuesday between the Clippers and Thunder, and aren’t scheduled again until Sunday for Game 7, if necessary.

The Post reported last week Kerr preferred the Knicks over Golden State because of his ties to Jackson, but that contract details still had to be ironed out. Agent Mike Tannebaum hoped to use the Warriors’ interest as negotiating leverage. But Golden State never made Kerr a formal offer.

What is Kerr worth? That’s the $24 million question. The Post has reported Kerr’s agent was looking for in the neighborhood of Mike D’Antoni money when the former Suns coached inked a four-year, $24 million pact to come to New York. However, there’s belief the Knicks were hesitant about spending that kind of cash on a big name with no head-coaching experience, even as an a.ssistant. Still, Kerr is the perfect fit for Jackson and held a higher position as the Suns president/GM/minority owner.

After D’Antoni departed, Woodson signed a modest three-year pact for about $3.3 million per season. Woodson had fired his agent Keith Glass before the negotiations to hire C.A.A.’s Terry Price. Glass has subsequently told The Post he would have sought at least a three-year, $15 million pact.

This is Jackson’s first negotiation as a team president. He’s facing the former Jets GM, Tannenbaum, who was known as a hardnosed negotiator in the NFL.
 3 years ago '04        #10865
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Meet me in OKC?

In a bizarre turn, the Knicks’ snail-pace negotiations with Steve Kerr has led desperate Golden State to make a final push for the TNT broadcaster.

The Knicks believe they are still prohibitive favorites to sign Kerr. However, the Warriors were planning to send their front-office types to Oklahoma City to try to convince Kerr to leave Phil Jackson at the altar, according to Yahoo Sports.

The Knicks don’t appear concerned and they could still reach a contract agreement with Kerr by Wednesday or Thursday, but it added another layer of intrigue to what should have been a slam dunk.
The Warriors’ sense of urgency occurred when their top choice, Stan Van Gundy started negotiating a five-year, $35 million deal with Detroit to not only be their coach but also have final say in personnel matters.

Kerr has decided emphatically he wants to coach the Knicks and learn under Jackson’s wing, ruining a mountain of errant speculation he prefers staying on the West Coast. But he is waiting on financial terms to be worked out in the ongoing contract negotiations. Kerr was in Oklahoma City broadcasting Tuesday night’s Game 5 of the Clippers-Thunder second-round series.

Kerr could still make it to Chicago and join Jackson for Thursday and Friday’s pre-draft combine since he’s not due back on TNT until Sunday in Oklahoma City if there’s a Game 7. The Chicago combine would be a place to interview a.ssistants for his staff.

The Post reported the Knicks weren’t in a big rush to finalize the Kerr deal and that it could last beyond Wednesday. The Knicks’ leisurely pace could be due to Kerr’s plans of fulfilling his commitment to TNT and not working full-time for the Knicks until after the Western Conference Finals in early June.

A source close to Kerr said talks with the Knicks had been “quiet’’ on Tuesday, but they will have a better handle “soon.’’ It seems inconceivable owner James Dolan will be outbid by Golden State on Jackson’s first attempted coaching hire.

“Steve’s a really thoughtful guy, he’s weighing all his options right now,’’ Kerr’s agent Mike Tannenbaum said on “The Herd’’ on ESPN Radio Tuesday. “Obviously he has a very close relationship with Phil Jackson. thinks the world of him and we’ll see where the next couple of days go. He’s remarkable person, very talented, accomplished a lot. Any decision he makes will be a thoughtful decision.’’

The Post reported Tannenbaum, the Jets former general manager, was originally hoping to get in the neighborhood of Mike D’Antoni money — the four-year, $24 million pact he signed to join the Knicks from Phoenix in 2008. But the belief is the Knicks found the sum too steep for someone without any coaching experience.

Still, Kerr wants to work with Jackson, as Tannenbaum indicated.

Asked their relationship, Tannenbaum said, “Tremendous. It’s built on trust and mutual admiration and multiple championships. Anyone would be interested in coaching would have a great opportunity to have that as a resource. Steve is thoughtful, methodical, taking his time. Whatever decision he winds up making will be a thoughtful one. We’ll see how the next few days play out.’’

Tannenbaum is confident Kerr will become a star coach.

“Whatever Steve does, he’ll be successful,’’ Tannenbaum said. “He’s been preparing to be a coach for a number of years. When the day comes when he does coach, he’s done everything he could to put himself in position to be successful.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10866
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THANK YOU IMAGINARY GOD....Kerr to the Warriors
 3 years ago '04        #10867
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i think we should go after mark jackson now that kerr is out the picture
 3 years ago '07        #10868
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Some how I think the Knicks won and Greg Monroe about to be a free agent
 3 years ago '04        #10869
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Marc Stein & Ramona Shelburne

The New York Knicks, forced to regroup after being trumped by Golden State in the race to hire Steve Kerr, relaunched their coaching search Thursday with new president Phil Jackson and several other team officials in Chicago for the start of the NBA's annual pre-draft camp.

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the most likely scenario, even after Jackson was snubbed by the only candidate he has considered for the position since taking the Knicks' job in March, remains hiring a younger coach Jackson has worked with previously and can mentor.

Three candidates who will thus receive consideration from Jackson, sources said, are Luke Walton and Tyronn Lue -- former players under Jackson who have already begun their coaching careers -- as well as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher -- if Fisher elects to stop playing after this season as he has hinted.

Sources said Jackson also intends to explore whether the Denver Nuggets are in any way amenable to releasing Brian Shaw from his contract in exchange for some form of compensation. Shaw is a longtime Jackson favorite who, after missing out on numerous head-coaching jobs, just completed his first season with the Nuggets, posting a 36-46 record despite numerous injuries to front-line players.

But Shaw told the Denver Post on Thursday: "I'm not interested in doing anything other than what I'm doing right now."

Had Shaw not taken Denver's job last summer, sources say he would have been at the top of Jackson's list with Kerr -- and conceivably above Kerr -- for the Knicks' opening.

Even after missing out on Kerr, all indications are that Jackson remains resistant to coaching the Knicks himself.

ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported Thursday that the Knicks are also tracking Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, who has considerable NBA experience as both a player and an executive. But Hoiberg recently signed an improved contract with the Cyclones and has resisted all recent feelers from the NBA, with sources saying he rebuffed a strong push from the Minnesota Timberwolves to take over from the retiring Rick Adelman within the past month.

Sources say that Jackson likewise has interest in a number of veteran coaches he has worked with previously, including Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons, Bill Cartwright and Frank Hamblen. Cartwright, in fact, has already interviewed with Jackson since he joined the Knicks, but it's believed only Rambis from that group would be considered for the top spot on the staff.

Since Jackson joined the Knicks for an annual salary of $12 million, his a.ssociates have maintained that the 68-year-old plans to be "heavily involved" working alongside his first coaching hire, especially in training camp. The comparison to the way Pat Riley mentored Erik Spoelstra in Miami has been made often at Madison Square Garden.

There have been no indications to this point that Jackson, after missing out on Kerr, will consider hiring an established coach, despite the loud clamor from Knicks fans to pursue Mark Jackson, whose controversial dismissal by the Warriors after 98 victories over the past two seasons opened the door for the team to swipe Kerr.

ESPN analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy is another theoretical candidate who would excite Knicks fans, while Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau -- who sources say New York planned to pursue had Jackson rebuffed Knicks owner James Dolan -- still has admirers within the Knicks organization.

But one source close to the situation insisted that Phil Jackson is not worried about selling New Yorkers on his eventual hire.

Walton worked as a developmental coach this season with the D-League's L.A. D-Fenders while also doing Los Angeles Lakers studio work, Lue is an a.ssistant coach to Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers and Fisher is widely regarded as a future star in either coaching or the front office when the 18-year veteran decides he's ready to start the next phase of his career.
 3 years ago '04        #10870
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Begley

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson recently told point guard Raymond Felton that he will look to trade him in the offseason, a league source said.

Felton has two years remaining on a four-year, $15 million contract with a player option in the final season, so it may be difficult to find suitors for him.

But Jackson told Felton in a conversation the two had during exit interviews last month that he would explore trade possibilities involving the 29-year-old.

"He was pretty honest with him," the source said. The conversation was first reported by SNY.tv.

A league source said the Knicks will show interest in free agent Steve Blake, potentially to bolster their depth at point guard if Felton is traded.

Felton struggled with injuries this season, missing 17 games to various ailments. When healthy, he delivered an uneven performance for a Knicks team that won just 37 games and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.

He averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting. Opposing point guards averaged 22.7 points per game against the Knicks, a statistic that highlighted Felton's struggles on that end of the court.

Felton also dealt with off-the-court issues in 2013-14. He was issued two felony gun charges in late February and is scheduled to appear in court on June 2, at which time jury action may take place.

According to a criminal complaint provided by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Felton was in possession of an FN model 5.7x28 millimeter caliber semiautomatic pistol loaded with approximately 18 rounds of live ammunition.

The league may seek to suspend Felton after the legal proceedings conclude. There is also a possibility that the Knicks will look to void Felton's contract because of a morals clause in the deal, although that likely would be met by a legal challenge from the players' a.ssociation.

If Jackson is unable to trade Felton in the offseason, it may create an awkward scenario. He'd have a point guard on his roster who is well aware that the team would prefer he played elsewhere.

If the Knicks signed Blake, the veteran point guard would be the second former Laker to join the roster since Jackson's arrival. Jackson signed Lamar Odom to a two-year deal (second year non-guaranteed) before the end of the regular season.

Blake played for Jackson in Los Angeles in 2010-11. The 10-year veteran averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 a.ssists in 27 minutes this season for the Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
 3 years ago '04        #10871
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Berman

CHICAGO — No, Phil Jackson didn’t exactly throw money Steve Kerr’s way early on in the process of seeking a new Knicks head coach. By the time Jackson’s offer improved, it was too late.

The Post has learned Jackson’s initial offer to Kerr was a lowball of three years, $13.2 million. That offer stuck for more than a week before the Warriors got involved Tuesday. Kerr wound up agreeing to terms with Golden State on a five-year, $22 million contract — not the $25 million that was widely reported.

Had the Knicks originally offered Kerr five years, $22 million — $4.4 million a year — he probably would have closed the deal before Golden State could reenter the fray. Jackson only bumped the offer to four years in response to Golden State’s offer.

A source said Kerr wasn’t moving across the country for less money than the Warriors were offering. The Knicks have insisted Jackson, not owner James Dolan, handled the negotiations. Kerr never spoke to Dolan during the process, meeting with general manager Steve Mills and basketball operations director Jamie Mathews.

The Warriors had preferred Stan Van Gundy, who wound up in Detroit.

“I think Steve is a very bright guy who knows the game inside-out,’’ Van Gundy told The Post. “He’s very intelligent, got a great demeanor. There’s always adjustments when you go into a new job. He’ll have adjustments to make but he’s a bright guy.’’

A source said Jackson wants Tim Hardaway Jr. to play in the Las Vegas summer league despite his solid rookie season, in which he finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Hardaway did well at last year’s Chicago combine, but still fell to No. 24 in the draft.

“I was proud of his whole season,’’ said his father, Tim Hardaway Sr., who was at the combine as a Heat scout. “He exceeded everyone’s expectations. I was very happy for him. He’s still learning, still has work to do.’’

Hardaway said of his son’s combine performance: “He shot the ball very well, went through skills very well. He improved his stock, but a lot of people didn’t know his basketball IQ and everything he could do, so it didn’t matter.’’

Kerr voted Hardaway first on his rookie ballot.

“I guess he thought had had a good enough season,’’ Hardaway said. Or Kerr thought he’d be coaching him.
 3 years ago '04        #10872
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i'm in the small minority that truly believes Phillip never really wanted Kerr, he was just co-signing him to get a job somewhere else
 3 years ago '04        #10873
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Berman

All along, the Knicks were preparing for the distinct possibility Kevin Love would never make it to 2015 free agency, that they would need to potentially do a sign-and-extend trade similar to the way they obtained Carmelo Anthony.

A report Sunday said Love has already told Minnesota officials he will not sign a contract extension this summer and will become a free agent in July, when their chances would appear bleak. Hence, rampant speculation is Love will be traded by the Timberwolves either this summer or by February’s trade deadline.

According to an NBA source, Knicks president Phil Jackson has been plotting to be involved in making something happen with Love via a trade.

However, the report stated rather than the Lakers and the Knicks being Love’s top two choices, the power forward is more interested in Golden State and Chicago. It’s unclear if Steve Kerr knew Love’s preference when he chose to coach the Warriors, but it’s very possible.

Adding Love to the Knicks’ mix with their 2015 cap space is one of the selling points for Anthony to stay in New York. It’s doubtful a team would trade Love for just a rental. Another source said the Lakers also will make a monster push at trading for Love, who played at UCLA.

The Knicks believe they have the expiring contracts — Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert in particular — the Wolves might want so Minnesota can keep cap space to go after the star-studded 2015 free agent class.

But the Knicks can’t give up a first-round pick until 2018. Saving that 2018 first-round pick for a potential Love deal was one of the factors in the Knicks deciding not to offer it to Toronto during Kyle Lowry talks.
 3 years ago '04        #10874
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If Phil Jackson calls, Jeff Van Gundy says he’d be happy to talk hoops with the Zen Master.

Jackson is in the midst of “Round 2” of his coaching search after being turned down by Steve Kerr.

Sources told ESPN.com last week that Jackson is looking for a young coach who he can mold and has a strong knowledge of the triangle offense. As of last week, the Knicks president hadn’t shown any proclivity to look outside of his inner circle for a coach.

But Jackson can always change his mind.

If he does, Van Gundy, who is reticent about discussing current coaching openings, said on ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” Sunday that he’d be happy to “talk basketball” with the Zen Master.

“If Phil Jackson ever wanted to talk basketball with me, which, listen, who knows if that's true, but if he ever did, of course I would take the time, because I'm sure I could benefit from the conversation,” Van Gundy told O’Connor.

Van Gundy and Jackson were rivals when Van Gundy coached the Knicks and Jackson led the Bulls. There was bad blood between the two, which is only natural given the intense Knicks-Bulls rivalry in the 1990s.

But Van Gundy was highly complimentary of the Knicks’ hiring of Jackson last week when speaking on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd."

Van Gundy, though, is considered a long-shot candidate for the Knicks’ job.

Instead, Jackson is expected to talk to former players such as Derek Fisher, Tyronn Lue and Luke Walton. Former player Bill Cartwright is also considered a candidate, as are former Phil a.ssistants Jim Cleamons and Kurt Rambis.

Well-traveled head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg are on the Knicks’ radar, as is Denver head coach Brian Shaw.

Hoiberg is the only name mentioned above that is not considered to have a close relationship with Jackson.

At this point, Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are not believed to be serious candidates. There is also no indication that Phil Jackson himself is considering coaching the Knicks.

Van Gundy said Sunday he understands why Jackson would want to hire someone he is close with and who is familiar with the triangle offense.

“I think it makes sense for him to talk to people that he philosophically shares a great deal of agreement on,” Van Gundy told O’Connor. “But even if you haven't coached, certainly, in a triangle system, I don't think that will preclude him from looking at people, because while you may not have had expertise, or experience coaching in the triangle, most coaches believe in unselfishness, floor balance, and defensive rebounding.

“So I'm not sure that whoever he hires is going to have had to have worked for him. I think it would be a benefit if he had worked with him before, but I think a lot of people could coach in a manner in which he would find it as a positive.”
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Steve Kerr reached out to ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy for advice while he was sorting out his coaching options.

So what did Van Gundy tell Kerr about New York?

“I didn't see that there were any negatives for Steve coaching in New York. I think they would've had a chance to improve. I think he and Phil [Jackson] would've had a united front, and I think the buffer of Phil would've made his relationships with the front office outstanding,” Van Gundy said Sunday on ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show.”

Kerr was Jackson’s first and only coaching candidate. He spurned the Knicks and took a job with the Golden State Warriors earlier this week.

Golden State offered Kerr a five-year, $25 million deal and an opportunity to work closer to his San Diego-based family. The Knicks offered him a four-year, $20 million deal including incentives, a league source told Ian O’Connor.

But money wasn’t the only factor at play in Kerr’s decision. Coaching in Golden State allows Kerr to be closer to his family.

The presence of Knicks owner James Dolan also may have played a role in Kerr choosing the Warriors over the Knicks.

Marv Albert told ESPN New York during Kerr’s courtship that he felt it was important for Dolan to leave Kerr and Jackson “alone.”

Albert later told the New York Daily News that he advised Kerr, his ex-TNT broadcast partner, that things “never end well” for Garden employees. He cited the difficulties of working for Dolan, who has a history of meddling in basketball decisions.

Van Gundy did not relay the same concerns to Kerr.

The ESPN NBA analyst said he didn’t have an issue with Dolan while he coached the Knicks (1995-2001).

“You hear all these criticisms about Jim Dolan, and frankly, it may be a new time at the Garden now where I coached in a different time there. But I had what I think Steve was going to have, in that everybody who coaches needs a guy in between them and ownership to be a buffer. I had that in Dave Checketts, and Dave took my venting and frustrations and took their venting and frustrations and only shared with each other what was important to try to win,” Van Gundy said. “And I think Steve would've had the same exact thing with Phil Jackson, and I think that's a necessary thing."

Van Gundy also said that dealing with the New York media isn’t as difficult as some a.ssume. He relayed this to Kerr.

“Whenever anybody from outside of New York thinks about a New York coaching job, their immediate thought is how hard the media is. And I said, 'Listen, I didn't see it that way.' And I had my share of bad headlines and things of that nature. But I never looked at it as a negative,” Van Gundy said. “In fact, I looked at the media as a positive. I found it an interesting give and take, but also I think it kept the team on edge, too, because oftentimes you didn't always have to be the bad guy by calling a guy out because sometimes the media would do the same. And I thought the same for the fans.”

Van Gundy added that he wasn’t surprised that Kerr chose the Golden State job over working for the Zen Master’s Knicks.

“I would've actually been more surprised, and I told him this, I would've been more surprised if he would've said no to Golden State once Golden State made him an offer,” Van Gundy said. “... When you look at where his children are and where his family resides, to me, just the familiarity of that state and that conference that he worked in when he was there in Phoenix as general manager, it all aligned ... I think Steve made a very sound decision.”
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right now on WFAN they're saying the Knicks are trying to trade for Kevin Love...



















... who we gonna give up for dude?
 3 years ago '04        #10877
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 Parkchester said:
right now on WFAN they're saying the Knicks are trying to trade for Kevin Love...

... who we gonna give up for dude?
hearing Shumpert & Chandler
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 Born_Loser said:
hearing Shumpert & Chandler
they can go

every draft has a Shumpert type of player
 3 years ago '04        #10879
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This year's is the 13th first round pick the Knicks have traded or swapped in the last 27 years. What came of them:

As we await tonight's NBA Draft Lottery, it's always a fun (sarcasm) time to review Knicks draft history.

It should be noted that Mark Jackson is the last player the Knicks drafted who went on to be NBA Rookie of the Year. He was selected in 1987.

Since then the team has often fallen short on talent and 40% the time didn't even have a first rounder in the draft.

So what happened to all those picks since 1987? Let's review:

1988 - 11th overall pick went to Bulls in a swap of picks via the Charles Oakley trade. Bulls took Will Perdue. Knicks grabbed Rod Strickland at No. 19.

1989 - No. 22 pick went to Blazers (Byron Irvin) via Kiki Vandeweghe trade.

1993 - No. 26 pick went to Orlando (Geert Hammink) via 3-team trade (Clippers) for Charles Smith and Doc Rivers.

1995 - No. 24 pick went to Mavericks (Loren Meyer) via Rolando Blackman trade.

1998 - No. 16 pick went to Rockets (Bryce Drew) from Blazers, originally from Chris Dudley trade.

2000 - Acquired No. 18 pick from Raptors in Dudley trade, then flipped it later to 76ers for rights to Mirsad Turckan.

2001 - No. 18 pick went to Rockets (Jason Collins), originally to Suns in Luc Longley trade.

2002 - No. 7 pick (Nene) went to Nuggets via Antonio McDyess trade.

2004 - No. 16 pick (Kirk Snyder) went to Jazz, originally to Suns in Stephon Marbury trade.

2006 - No. 2 pick (LaMarcus Aldridge) went to Bulls in Eddy Curry trade.

2007 - No. 9 pick (Joakim Noah) went to Bulls as swap in Curry trade. Used No. 23 to take Wilson Chandler.

2010 - No. 9 pick (Gordon Heyward) went to Jazz, via Suns, via Marbury trade.

2012 - No. 16 pick went to Rockets (Royce White) via Jared Jeffries/Jordan Hill salary dump trade.

2014 - Lottery pick goes to Magic (Dwight Howard trade) via Nuggets via Carmelo Anthony trade.

So that's a lot of first round picks that went unused. The most damage, so far, came from the McDyess, Marbury and Curry trades. Four of the five picks lost turned out to be lottery picks. Of course the Anthony trade still has to be judged because of the lottery pick status. The Nuggets also can swap 2016, which goes to the Raptors via the Andrea Bargnani trade.

The Knicks won the NBA's first lottery drawing in 1985 (Patrick Ewing), but haven't won a draft lottery since the new system was implemented. There is a 0.7% chance their slot -- owned by the Magic -- comes up at No. 1.

But it won't...right?
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson continues to send out signals that he's in no rush to hire a coach until he can seriously discuss the position with Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that Jackson is planning to proceed with a deliberate coaching search after the Knicks, convinced they were getting Steve Kerr, watched their runaway No. 1 candidate choose the Golden State Warriors instead.

Fisher's interest in coaching remains a matter of debate, with Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks telling the New York Daily News over the weekend that it wouldn't surprise him if the 18-year-veteran decided to play on for one more season. Either way, Fisher is trying to deflect all questions about his future -- as a coach or front-office executive -- until after the playoffs, hoping to limit distractions as the Thunder prepare to face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals starting Monday night.

During the last round of the playoffs, Fisher said, "I would tell people to allow me to finish my career as a player before they give me another job after that. It's humbling, just to think about people thinking of me in that manner, especially while I'm still playing. [But] I promise you this is the last thing on my mind at this point. I really haven't thought about it that much. Hopefully there's a lot of basketball left to be played this season for sure. Once that's done we'll go from there."

Sources say that in addition to Fisher, the Knicks still have interest in Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw but do not currently plan to ask the Nuggets' permission to speak with him. Because league rules restrict teams to offering only cash or draft picks as compensation for coaches, and not players, sources say New York fears it likely can't meet the Nuggets' demands if it were to try to get Shaw out of his contract.

Jackson is a longtime Shaw fan who, sources say, would have had the Nuggets' coach atop his wish list (along with Kerr) had Shaw been a coaching free agent this summer. But the Knicks' barren cache of draft picks would appear to snuff out any hope of extricating Shaw from the last two years of a three-year contract that averages roughly $2 million per season. Shaw posted a 36-46 record this season with the injury-riddled Nuggets. New York, for the record, doesn't have a first-round pick to offer any team in any deal until 2018.

Jackson's preference since ousting Mike Woodson has been hiring a coach he's worked with in the past, either as a player or a former a.ssistant like Shaw. But sources say that the limited options at his disposal after missing out on Kerr could prompt the 11-time champion coach to start broadening his approach.

ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard confirmed over the weekend that Jackson has discussed the vacancy with veteran NBA coach Mike Dunleavy. Sources say Jackson has not ruled out a sit-down with Knicks fan favorite Mark Jackson, who has rejoined ESPN as a broadcaster after his dismissal by the Warriors.

Former NBA head coach Kurt Rambis, who worked as an a.ssistant to Mike D'Antoni with the Lakers last season, and current D-League developmental coach Luke Walton of the L.A. D-Fenders are on Jackson's short list as well. But sources say Rambis and Walton are more likely regarded as potential a.ssistants for the eventual head coach, with another of Jackson's former players with head-coaching experience -- Bill Cartwright -- having already received an interview for what was presumed to be a spot on Kerr's bench.

Los Angeles Clippers a.ssistant coach Tyronn Lue, who played briefly under Jackson as a Laker, has also been mentioned repeatedly as a name on Jackson's radar.

The Knicks, sources say, remain convinced that they were on the brink of a deal with Kerr when Stan Van Gundy unexpectedly took the Detroit Pistons' offer to serve as their coach and team president last week, which led to Golden State making a renewed pitch to Kerr that ultimately trumped New York's offer.
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