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 3 years ago '04        #11021
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Berman

Phil Jackson’s roster overhaul has begun on the eve of the NBA Draft.

The Knicks and Mavericks executed a blockbuster deal Wednesday that sent center Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for point guard Jose Calderon, shot-blocking center Samuel Dalembert, point guard Shane Larkin, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and two second-round picks.

The Knicks will acquire the No. 34 and 51st picks in Thursday’s draft, but, more importantly, they upgraded their point-guard position and ended the Felton era. That was the priority in getting the veteran Calderon and the young prospect Larkin, who had an injury-marred rookie year after being a first-round pick out of the University of Miami.

The Knicks have decreased their cap space for 2015 by about $5.2 million. Calderon is to make a little more than $7 million per season for the next three years. Larkin will make $1.6 million in 2015. Felton was due $3.9 million in 2015. Interestingly, Felton earlier this week made a plea agreement on his gun charges that will avoid him jail time.

“The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues,” Jackson said in statement Wednesday night. “We have added players with this move that will fit right into our system while maintaining future flexibility.’’

Lakers point guard Steve Nash, hosting his soccer showdown on the Lower East Side, told The Post of Calderon: “It’s good. He’s good for the triangle [offense], too. Great shooter. Intelligent player. Brings chemistry and shooting. At the point-guard position, that’s very important.’’

The decrease in cap space for 2015 makes it even more imperative for free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony to take less than the maximum salary from the Knicks.

Chandler had expressed uncertainty about his future with the Knicks late in the season, saying both sides had “a lot of decisions” to make. Entering the final year of his pact, he returns to Dallas, where he won a title in 2011, but left as a free agent.

Chandler is scheduled to make $14.6 million this season and saw no future with the club focusing on the 2015 free-agent crop. It is likely he asked to see what Jackson could do on the trade front. Chandler didn’t seem to be the prototype Jackson center for the triangle — which benefits from a low-post, slick-passing big man.

Though their lockers were together, Anthony and Chandler didn’t seem especially close.

The Knicks were desperate to upgrade the point-guard position. The move should give Anthony more hope about the future, as Calderon solidifies their weakest position — though he isn’t known as a stout defender. His career offensive numbers are sweet — 10.2 points, on 47.9-percent shooting — 41.1-percent from 3-point range — and 6.8 a.ssists in 634 games over nine seasons with Raptors, Pistons and Mavericks.

The trade reunites Calderon, a Spaniard, with former Toronto teammate Andrea Bargnani. A source said Bargnani was crushed when Calderon was traded to Detroit in January 2013.

Jackson said earlier this month he would make a move to cut into the 2015 cap space for the right players, and he obviously believes in the Calderon-Larkin package.

“Phil would like to shake things up [in the draft],’’ a league source told The Post Wednesday before the deal was revealed. “He knows the team has to get better. He’s working on it.’’

In Dalembert, Jackson may have acquired a serviceable spot starter. Though he has slid the past couple of years, the 33-year-old 6-foot-11 Haitian averaged 7.8 points on a career-best 56.8-percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds and 1.18 blocks over 20.2 minutes in 80 games (68 starts) last season.

If Jackson waives Dalembert, the Knicks may be in position to possess their $5 million mid-level exception, as opposed to the taxpayer mini-midlevel worth $3.2 million, to sign a free agent in July.

In the draft, the Knicks could take Florida center Patric Young, whom they worked out, with one of their second-round picks. They have also worked out Arizona combo guard Nick Johnson.

The Knicks still have $1.8 million to play with Thursday to attempt a first-round move, with shooting guard P.J. Hairston a potential target, but it’s unlikely.

Larkin, the son of Cincinnati Reds great Barry Larkin, played in just 48 games as a rookie and had a brief stint in the D-League in his rookie year, after breaking his ankle in July during summer-league practice.
 3 years ago '04        #11022
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word is the Cavs are calling around to see about interest in the Magic's 4th and 12th pick (aka they might trade the 1st pick for those two), hopefully Phillip got a call and sees whats really good with that 12th pick at least.
 3 years ago '04        #11023
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According to Tommy Dee, someone offered to take Barg but NYK declined... Now I wanna know who that team was and for what... Better be good cuz Barg is gonna be awesome in the triangle
 3 years ago '04        #11024
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Kurt Helin

I’d be surprised if Samuel Dalembert is on the Knicks roster at the start of next season. I’ll give you two reasons.

One is that he is not a long term answer in New York, and if you watched him play last year in Dallas you’d know he’s not much of a short term answer, either (the Mavs defense was better with him in the paint, but the offense dropped off so much it more than cancelled it out). So Phil Jackson is going to see if he can trade him and get an a.sset they want in return.

He’s already started, reports Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.


That’s exactly what the Knicks should be doing — acquire a.ssets then try to turn those a.ssets into something else that can really help you. Shane Larkin may be able to help you in the future, but you see what he can bring you back.

Let’s say Jackson can’t find a taker for Dalembert in a trade. The other reason I’d expect Dalembert will not be on the Knicks roster is he can be bought out of his contract for $1.8 million, saving a couple million dollars for the Knicks in salary, plus the tax money that comes with it.

The New York Post reports that’s not going to happen, the Knicks plan on keeping him on the roster.

Despite speculation following the massive six-player swap with the Mavericks, The Post has learned Dalembert will not be waived by the Knicks in order to create a larger mid-level exception to spend on a July free agent. He may be the Knicks starting center this season, providing the defense Tyson Chandler once brought….

“He was in New York last night and for the last few days and that had nothing to do with the trade,’’ (Dalembert’s agent Marc) Cornstein said. “He loves the city. It will be a good fit. He gets to New York frequently, does a lot of charitable stuff here.’’

Of course the team didn’t say they were going to waive him — if you’re trying to trade him the last thing you let out there is that he’ll be available as a free agent in a few weeks.

Maybe the Knicks are serious and Dalembert is on the Knicks roster when the season tips off. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
 3 years ago '04        #11025
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Was not expecting this dude to be available lol
 3 years ago '07        #11026
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I knew we would get someone who was slept on, melo jr. #knickstape




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 3 years ago '04        #11027
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Was really hoping for Tavares to slip all the way to our 2nd pick doe
 3 years ago '11        #11028
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Now that we got some a.ssets, which one of these young dudes is getting shipped out?
 3 years ago '04        #11029
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Greek Freak 2.0

In Phil We Trust

2 fucling steals in the 2nd round
 3 years ago '04        #11030
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Looks like we bought another 2nd rounder from Indiana
 3 years ago '04        #11031
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And we get Louis Lebeyre with that Pacers pick
 3 years ago '04        #11032
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lotta undrafted talent, gonna be a hot summer
 3 years ago '07        #11033
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Can't think of many for the summer league team...

Patric Young
CJ Fair
Shawn Jones
DeAndre Kane (?) --> can someone provide good footage of dude?
 3 years ago '04        #11034
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 I Am The Truth said:
DeAndre Kane (?) --> can someone provide good footage of dude?

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 3 years ago '04        #11035
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Acquire rights to Labeyrie with the 57th overall pick

NEW YORK, June 26, 2014 – New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the team has drafted Cleanthony Early from Wichita State with the 34th overall selection and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Athens, Greece and the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League with the 51st overall selection. Both picks were acquired yesterday from Dallas.

Early, 6-8, 219-pounds, averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 36 games for the Shockers last season. The Middletown, NY native was named to the All-Valley First Team as a junior and senior after being named the NJCAA Division III Player of the Year twice for Sullivan County Community College.

Antetokounmpo, 6-7, 215-pounds, averaged 12.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 50 games for the 87ers last season after playing professionally in Greece for two seasons.

In addition, the Knicks acquired the draft rights to Louis Labeyrie, the 57th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft from Indiana for cash considerations. Labeyrie, 6-10, 200-pounds, is a 22-year-old Gonesse, France native who played professionally in his home country for the past three seasons.
 3 years ago '04        #11036
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these two might be the last articles i post all weekend, probably won't be around a computer lol
 3 years ago '04        #11037
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Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said one of the reasons he wanted to ship Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks was to "change some of the chemistry" of his team.

"To do that we felt (it was) important to bring in some new personnel and start with some character guys that we feel can carry this forward," Jackson said on Thursday evening.

In Jackson's first major trade as president, he sent Felton and Chandler to Dallas for point guard Jose Calderon, guard Shane Larkin, center Samuel Dalembert, forward Wayne Ellington and two second-round selections in Thursday night's draft.

Calderon is a strong outside shooter and is seen as a strong fit in the Knicks' triangle offense.

"Jose is a thoughtful guard. He's got great control of the ball. He pushes the ball up, accelerates it up the court," Jackson said. "He's a very good 3-point shooter. He organizes a team quite well and we anticipate he'll fit in to what we're trying to do."

Jackson sees Dalembert as a strong rebounder and interior defender.

"He can replace Tyson's defensive ability -- maybe not be the defensive player of the year like Tyson was, but he's going to be a quality defender," he said.

Jackson, who took over as team president in March, said he could see chemistry issues between Knicks players last season. The team finished with just 37 wins and missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

"Watching them play I saw guys that looked at each other like, 'You didn't back me up, you weren't here when I needed help,' " Jackson said. "There just wasn't the right combination or feel (where) it felt like everybody was in synch all the time."

Chandler drew headlines last season when he questioned coach Mike Woodson's defensive schemes. Felton, meanwhile, was charged with two felony gun counts and last week reached a plea bargain to avoid jail time. Jackson didn't reference Chandler or Felton specifically when he talked about chemistry issues but said he wanted Felton's legal issues to be resolved before agreeing to the deal with the Mavericks.

Jackson hoped that the rest of the Knicks' players were paying attention to the trade.

"Well, we want to send a message to all of our players that we are on the move and we are making changes and we are making changes to move forward in the direction that we want to go," Jackson said. "We want to be more aggressive defensively, we want to have a certain sense of offensive alacrity, getting up and down the court and challenging defenses to get back and protect the basket."

Jackson said he's fielded "a lot of calls" about a "couple" of Knicks players but declined to name who those players were. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported that the Knicks had talked to teams about trading Iman Shumpert for a first-round pick earlier this week.

The Knicks' president was asked if he "consulted" with free agent Carmelo Anthony about the trade. He corrected the questioner to say that he "informed" Anthony about the deal.

"He saw the value in it and was appreciative of it," Jackson said. He later added, "We just felt that what we are doing appeals to (Carmelo) also and he realizes where he has been and how we want him back."

Jackson also addressed his decision to trade Chandler, who is entering the final year of his contract this coming season. In the transaction, the Knicks forfeited $5 million in cap space in the summer of 2015, when they hope to be able to attract big-name free agents.

"We didn't want to watch another player go off and not get anything in return, so to speak," Jackson said.
 3 years ago '04        #11038
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Ohm Youngmisuk

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Phil Jackson says he doesn't know what will transpire with Carmelo Anthony once free agency begins with LeBron James also on the market.

But the Knicks team president reiterated that he wants Anthony back in a Knicks uniform and again discussed the possibility of Anthony potentially taking less money to help the team be competitive.

"It's a big question because there are so many things that can happen out there," Jackson said when asked if he is more or less optimistic about keeping Anthony as July 1 approaches. "We really don't know. With LeBron getting in this free agency, and all this stuff, kind of tipsy and turvy right now.

"We don't know what all that means. But we have every confidence that Carmelo is good for what his word is, that he wants to be in New York, he likes playing in New York, he wants to compete, he wants to be part of a playoff team that is competitive toward a championship."

Anthony said this past season that he would consider taking less money if it meant being part of a winning team. Jackson talked about that recently and again Thursday night.

"When I take his word, he's the one who opened that up, that it wasn't about the money," Jackson said. "So I challenged him on that, because I wanted our fans to see he's a team player, that he was going to do what's best to get our team ahead farther and faster.

"But you know, that's not going to be an issue. I think there's gonna be things happening in the league in the near future in the NBA that's gonna grow this league, and monetarily it's not going to be an issue for us to do it."

Jackson was asked if the Knicks will offer Anthony a maximum contract. They can pay Anthony up to $129.1 million over five seasons.

"We haven't come to that," Jackson said. "But the perception is we want Carmelo to be as interested in winning. When saying he's competitive and wants to be on a competitive team to also being able to demonstrate that if push comes to shove in a situation where he may have to take a little bit less and we're more competitive to bring in another player to help us bring this concept along."

Jackson said Anthony hasn't told him when he hopes to make a decision. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported that Anthony is planning on visiting with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls once free agency begins July 1. Anthony can receive up to a max of $95.9 million over four years from other teams.

Jackson would not discuss whether he will consider doing a sign-and-trade if Anthony opts to leave.

The Knicks traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton on Wednesday to Dallas for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and two second-round 2014 draft picks. Jackson said Anthony was informed of the potential of the trade when the two teams began talking.

Jackson believes the trade improves the team, especially its chemistry. He said the Knicks "want to send a message to all of our players that we are on the move and we are making changes."

Jackson, though, acknowledged that creating enough cap space to be a player in free agency next month remains "a very difficult task."

"We have many handicaps obviously with our salary cap being what it is," Jackson said. "But, you know, there's always a possibility. We're not going to rule ourselves out of any gambit that could possibly put us in the chance to really do something special."

But the Zen Master understands that he doesn't have any control over what will transpire in July and how it only takes one significant bidder to lure away Anthony.

"Well, we don't have control," Jackson said. "Someone goes into free agency, that is what it is about. They have the option to do that. They get a chance to see what other people have to say about it. He is (going) to step into a situation in which people are going to appeal to him and his better self and about what their team is and he is going to have to make that judgment call."

"And we just felt that what we are doing appeals to him also. And he realizes where he has been and how we want him back."
 3 years ago '04        #11039
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Melo expected to make his decision in two weeks and he's not even gonna visit Miami so looks like they are not a "threat"
 3 years ago '04        #11040
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Looks like Phil is gonna try to get Gasol, goddamn at Gasol and Barg on the floor together. Should give Melo mad space to do what he wants
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