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2009 Active Off season

Where: Cleveland

When: 7:30 pm

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In the comments section of the Dallas related post, there was discussion of a hypothetical deal that would have sent Jared Jeffries to Dallas for three expiring contracts, two of which were young players with unproven track records.

During the conversation, I broached the notion that Donnie Walsh would not take three players with little or no use to this Knicks team just for the sake of dealing Jeffries.? Rather I presumed that Walsh will explore deals such as the oft-talked about deal involving Jeffries and Washington's Mike James because not only would James serve a purpose on this team, but such as deal would preserve roster flexibility.

Training camp has not started yet, so this topic is a bit premature.? However, let's take a look at what Walsh was faced with last fall.? Curry was out of shape and his season was essentially over before it even started.? The Marbury situation was a fiasco.? Jeffries got hurt early.? Danilo Gallianri was hurting.? Jerome James was hurt and he was a wasted roster spot anyway.? Mardy Collins was a third stringer.? Excuse me if I missed anyone else.

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So let me get this straight.

You trade two starters to move up to the 5th pick in the draft.

You draft Rubio with the 5th pick, a player who you know is temperamental about where he sees himself playing, along with the notion that he has to earn enough money to buy himself out of his Euro deal.

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We know Ramon Sessions is playing the waiting game, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote about today, but there is a key point worth noting.
"...The Knicks clearly expressed a strong interest in Sessions, but they were unwilling to do anything to compromise their chances of signing LeBron James or another elite free agent (Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh) in the summer of 2010. In a two-year contract offer to Sessions, they could only make an 8% decrease in the second year of the deal, leaving them with less flexibility next summer.

The only way the Knicks could have signed Sessions to a one-year deal would be if the Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. And why would the Bucks want to help an Eastern Conference foe by essentially handing New York the promising point guard?.."

This whole thing is unprecedented as far as I can tell. Last year, as a form of reference, Ben Gordon AGREED to play for the qualifying offer, but my first question is what if he didn't? Granted, Gordon was a first round pick and that has CBA implications as well, but could he have then become unrestricted and signed with a team at that point? Can the Knicks, then, offer Sessions a one-year raise that won't cut into the 2010 budget should he reject the qualifying offer October 1st? There's zero reason to believe that he would want to return to Milwaukee with the current roster then have to go and do this all over again next year. As the JS post states, as a second round pick and lack of service, he won't be unrestricted next season should he return on the qualifying offer. Wouldn't this situation bring more suitors, like Miami, into the mix as well?

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Dan Fegan was hired for this very reason- to get his client to a big market. So with Ricky Rubio's endorsement funds in the Twin Cities lacking, it would appear that the attention has turned into trying to force a deal to the Knicks.

But there are several key factors in play here.

First, David Kahn worked for Donnie Walsh, so you figure some of the patience that fans in NY have become accustomed to has rubbed off on the Wolves GM. He can field plenty of offers while his property is playing overseas. But, can he allow for the bad PR?

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Now let me preface this as not to upset anyone who is allergic to speculation. But I have a feeling there is something in the works regarding the Knicks roster. I've poked around and heard from several places that there is zero trade market for Nate Robinson, and along with the sign and trades that Donnie Walsh is mulling, I still firmly believe that this isn't the roster the team will head into camp with.

Sure, Walsh has to be careful, and we know he's patient, I just have a feeling that something is brewing.

Why? Well, call it a hunch. Let's forget about the having to deal a player in order to bring in Ramon Sessions, the fact that the Knicks haven't pulled the trigger on a one-year back up point guard option like Carlos Arroyo, Jamal Tinsley, Jason Williams or even Allen Iverson (even though we've been through that), I just feel a move coming.

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An earlier report noted that the Blazers were sure that the Knicks would match any offer to Lee, hence why GM Kevin Pritchard decided not to attempt to sign Lee to an offer sheet, yet from what I'm hearing out in P-Town, that wasn't the case. That said, a source confirms relative interest between both the Knicks and Blazers regarding a David Lee sign and trade.

In the beginning of the summer, the Blazers target was Andre Miller, an upgrade and veteran leader the team desperately lacked at the point guard position. That was? until it appeared that Hedo Turkoglu could be had. My source tells me that the team felt Turkoglu, coming off an impressive playoff, became attractive because of his "perimeter length," which has become a trend in the NBA these days.

Regarding Lee, the team was and is interested in a sign and trade, but was never interested in an offer sheet because, after Turkoglu headed north to Toronto, the team knew it could get Miller at a reasonable price. In fact, as much as Donnie Walsh is lauded for his patience, the Blazers feel that waiting out Miller was equally savvy business, feel they played their cards right and significantly upgraded at the point.

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I can understand the fan's frustrations about the fact that the team has failedto make a huge splash this summer. I like action as much as the next guy. But it's clear that Ramon Sessions isn't a get at all costs type of player.

With no apparent sit downs planned, the Knicks may move on as Donnie Walsh isn't prepared to dig too far deep into the 2010 budget for Sessions. We should have seen this coming, I mean if he's not doing it for David Lee or Nate Robinson, why would he do it for another player who isn't a proven winner and who also has limitations?

But my question is why wouldn't Sessions agree to a significant payraise for this year and less for next? Why wouldn't he want a guaranteed starting spot with the Knicks, without blocking a path for a major free agent next year? I mean the guy was in the D League two years ago. To be fair, I guess I could say the same for Lee.

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update via hoopsworld:
"...However, this is where it gets interesting. Here is a link to Robinson's verified Twitter account where you can see the post.
But, to follow that up, the Twitter feed of Goodwin Sports, the agency that represents Robinson, had this post a couple hours ago:
"Contrary to the NY Post, Nate Robinson/reps will NOT be meeting with the Knicks. Responsible reporters RESEARCH."
(UPDATE: You will no longer find this on their Twitter feed. It must have been manually deleted after being up for about three hours.)
In a word, harsh. Obviously there is some kind of disconnect here between Robinson and Goodwin Sports. Nate thinks he has a meeting and the Post confirmed a meeting with someone inside the team. However, Goodwin Sports is adamant such a thing is not going to occur and called out the journalistic integrity of Berman and the Post..."
Perhaps Robinson is meeting by himself without his reps, and it was assumed by the Post the reps would be there since Donnie Walsh is the Knicks general manager, Robinson is a restricted free agent, the Knicks have a $2.9 million qualifying offer out to Robinson, and all sides would really rather see Robinson a Knick in 2009-10, even if it is only for one season. It's a logical assumption given the situation.

Twitter: No new on the kinks my tweeps but I meet wit mr donnie walsh wed keep ur fingers X !! Hope it goes well..18 hrs ago.

NY Post:

"...Free agent Nate Robinson and Knicks president Donnie Walsh will meet tomorrow to discuss Robinson's status with the team in the wake of his arrest by the NYPD last week for driving without a valid license.

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Aside from a draft night trade for Darko Milicic, the Knicks have been patient this off season. However, since 2002, the Knicks have made many (few good) moves. Here's a look back at a few moves the team has made over the past decade.

August 29, 2008- Acquired forward Patrick Ewing Jr. from the Houston Rockets for the draft rights to center Frederic Weis.

July 24, 2008- Signed guard Anthony Roberson.

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At first the thought intrigued me. Imagine Allen Iverson in a Knicks uniform.

And when I thought more about it, I realized that we really aren't part of the Isiah Thomas Era anymore. Imagine if Zeke were still calling the shots this summer?

Fortunately for Knicks fans, he isn't, and they all should pinch themselves every time they think of the team that resides at 2 Penn Plaza.

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Via the Journal Sentinel:
"...Sessions still could return for the Bucks' $1 million qualifying offer, but he has little incentive to do that since he would remain a restricted free agent next summer. And he sure doesn't want to go through the endless waiting and uncertainty again, does he?

It has become abundantly clear that Sessions will not receive a mid-level exception offer (starting at $5.8 million). But if the New York Knicks are offering a deal in the $4 million per year range, it seems downright foolish for Sessions not to accept it.

Sessions would have a chance to start with the Knicks and play in coach Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo system. And hey, maybe he would have a chance to play with LeBron James in future years, if the Cleveland star decides to pack his bags for Broadway when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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Clippers' coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy sounds as if the team is ready to hit training camp with the current roster following a trade for Rasual Butler, according to the LA Times.

"...Butler, a seven-year veteran, stressed he won't demand that role right away. His arrival adds another option at shooting guard and small forward to go along with Eric Gordon, Al Thornton, Ricky Davis and Mardy Collins. Dunleavy remains noncommittal about whether Butler would start, other than he'd play at both shooting guard and small forward.
Although Dunleavy remained open to trades and absorbing the rest of a $7.3-million trade exception they had after shipping Zach Randolph last month to the Memphis Grizzlies, he admitted, "I?m totally comfortable with where we are..."
As we've told you, the Clippers aren't pushing to acquire Ramon Sessions, and with the Bucks trade yesterday it appears that the Knicks could be the sweepstakes winners by default.

It makes sense that the Knicks keep an eye on David Kahn's trip to meet with Camp Rubio, which he is in fact doing this week.? It would appear that if the Timberwolves can't work out a buyout with Rubio or a trade with the Knicks this week, all sides will move on. Rubio will stay in Spain, the Wolves will stand behind Jonny Flynn, who continues to impress, and the Knicks will sit back down with Sessions and his agent Monday at the earliest.

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With thejournalnews' Mike Dougherty.
"...It's been a little frustrating, but my agent came up a couple of weeks ago and we had a meeting with Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni and found out where we were, and the purpose behind what's going on, and it kind of all makes sense to me now," Lee said. "We agreed on what I thought I was worth, so it's not a money issue. What it comes down to is they need their flexibility for the 2010 summer. Whether they can get LeBron or not, they need to have the flexibility to make a run at a guy like that. And that's completely understandable from my standpoint. We're going to continue to work on a few sign-and-trade possibilities; otherwise, we'll continue to work on a one-year-deal..."
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Via Real GM.
"...With Minnesota Timberwolves' President David Kahn bound for Spain this week, some feel the trip isn't necessarily to bring Ricky Rubio back to Minnesota.

One insider tells RealGM's Alex Kennedy that Kahn could be working out a scenario where Rubio would be dealt to the New York Knicks.

"The Knicks have closed off negotiations with all free agent point guards until next week. I think they're making a push for Rubio and if that fails, then they'll reopen talks with their other options," says the source.

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Via Gery Woelfel
"...While Clippers are in striking distance on deal 4 R. Sessions, Knicks aren't giving up. Still looking to trade player 2 free up more cash..."
As I said to Gery in a response to that post, it feels like these "clues" are straight out of Scooby Doo.

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Despite the latest tweet from Gary Woelfel...
"...Knicks almost had deal 4 R. Sessions a month ago. Now Clippers apparently close. Mike Dunleavy mum on topic..."
...a source has confirmed that the negotiations will commence again.

And lets be clear, it hasn't been a month because we told you that Walsh was waiting until after August 1st, which Woelfel later tweeted himself (see July 31st.)

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part...

Steve Kyler gets further into the discussion we had on TKB.tv on Friday.

"...The Waiting Game: For both restricted free agents Ramon Sessions and David Lee this summer has been about being patient and waiting out the process, and this week has been more of the same. Neither player seems any closer to a deal and?the word is the Knicks - who seem to have both players waiting in the wings with baited breath -?are not moving towards a deal anytime soon.

League sources say that Ramon Session's camp has re-entered talks with the Clippers about a sign-and-trade deal, however that does not appear to be moving any faster than the Knicks deal leaving Sessions as one of the best free agent names on the market.

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John Hollinger of ESPN wrote an interesting article recapping the summer thus far in the Eastern Conference. I agreed with him on many levels, including the off-season's that the Raptors (he calls them the Euraptors) and the Pistons have had. He claims that the Raptors spent a lot of money, but he is not sure if it will work. He thinks it might, but there is no guarantee. My take is that if Chris Bosh is the elite, max superstar that he himself claims to be, then adding supplemental players around him should be a good thing for that franchise. Even with all of their acquisitions, however, all eyes are still on Chris Bosh. As for the Pistons, Hollinger seems baffled at the moves that Joe Dumars has made. Frankly, I am too. Ben Gordon was a pretty good idea, but that team needs a true point guard more than a pure scorer. Charlie Villanueva received a contract that now looks to be more than market value. Then Dumars shelled out a contract to Chris Wilcox for 2 years and $6 million when better players were out there for the taking.

Anyway, back to the Knicks. Hollinger wrote the following regarding the Knicks:

"New York: The Knicks didn't sign anybody, which is probably a good thing considering whom they targeted. Jason Kidd? Grant Hill? Does this make any sense for a rebuilding team? Hey, you want to put in an offer for Adrian Dantley while you're at it?

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First off to summarize on David Lee, hoopsworld.com publisher Steve Kyler says that the Knicks have a 4-year- $38 million dollar deal to Lee on the table and a one- year deal for 7-million, which Lee's camp is balking at.

Kyler also notes that Chris Duhon is a trade piece, maybe to Orlando who just traded Rafer Alston and could be looking for a backup point guard. According to Kyler,? the Magic could offer their trade exception, which they received in the Hedu Turkoglu deal. Remember, Kyler covered the Magic and for Basketball News Services.

I haven't heard the Knicks offer to Lee, but if his camp is looking for 10 or 11 per, I wonder if $38 million over 4 years, to Walsh, is the "right number."

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Although it may be a bit premature, and having listened to the doubts coming from the scout, I think I have a pretty solid feeling about Ramon Sessions in this system.

Before we get to that, many thanks to the callers from across the states, those calls not only humble me, but they really make the show great. (You can click on the media player to the right to listen now.)

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Via Marc Berman:

"...However, the Knicks want to sign Williams to a one-year deal, which could hurt their cause. Walsh said the team's interest in Williams is not related to their Ramon Sessions bid. It's possible the Knicks are using Williams to force Sessions into taking their long-term offer, which starts at less than the $5.8 million mid-level that Sessions seeks. "We're still talking," Walsh said...."
I'm baffled by all this. First of all, in this economy no one is giving more than a year to a guy just coming off retirement. Secondly, again, who are they going to move out of the backcourt in order to make room?

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Update: Source tells me that it's more Donnie Diligence, in terms of the delay, than trying to make a roster move, although that could happen soon after the offer sheet. The way the deal will be structured will ensure the Bucks don't match. I really still can't believe that part.

Via Hahn's Tweet: "What I have been told is the Knicks want Sessions and they will eventually get him. The price remains TBD. 13 minutes ago..."

Just had an interesting and long conversation with a former Eastern Conference scout who told me that he doesn't think Ramon Sessions is the right fit for Mike D'Antoni's pick and roll offense.

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Via Chris Sheridan (insider)
"...1. Tracy McGrady, Rockets

Remember last February how the Portland Trail Blazers were describing Raef LaFrentz's expiring deal as a "super-expiring" contract, because not only was it coming off the books; insurance was paying the tab. The Blazers ended up valuing it too high and were unable to move it for Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson, so it'll be interesting to see how much value Rockets GM Daryl Morey will place on McGrady's expiring deal. (Currently, Houston's front office is calling it a "super-duper expiring contract.")

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Update: The Bucks have released Bruce Bowen according to insidehoops.com...



Update: A source close to the situation tells me that Warrick chose the Bucks over the Cavs, who offered the former Syracuse star a $2 million dollar contract. Not sure how much the deal with Milwaukee is as of yet, but you'd have to assume it is more and the trade with Malik Allen shouldn't affect the offer sheet for Sessions, which as we told you, wasn't coming today.

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Frank Isola keeps bringing up Iverson. I am not in his head, but it appears that Isola is having visions of Iverson lighting up the Garden with his energy, his scoring ability, and his attitude. With the Knicks set to offer Ramon Sessions a deal, is Iverson really an option?? I do not think so.

If I were to take a guess, I would say that the vast majority of Knicks fans want nothing to do with Iverson. Can I blame them? Iverson went to Detroit last year and the results were not pretty. To make matters worse, Chauncey Billups helped bring the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals, perhaps proving that Iverson's brand of basketball does not win in the NBA. Last season was not a memorable one for Iverson. The lack of interest in the former MVP and scoring champ.

So again, is Iverson really an option? Let me play devil's advocate for a second and present this scenario. Iverson was brought into Detroit to play the point, a position he is capable of playing, but not the position he is best at playing. He was brought to a veteran team that was well set in its ways. The incumbent roster was comfortable playing with each other. Taking out Billups and adding Iverson (two completely different players) ruined that comfort level. Iverson changed that gameplan.

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Via Marc Stein
"...There were strong indications Thursday night that the New York Knicks were assembling the final details of an offer sheet they believe will ultimately land Milwaukee Bucks restricted free agent Ramon Sessions.

Terms of the proposed deal were not immediately available, but NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that the Bucks were indeed bracing for the offer sheet and also more likely to pool the free-agent cash they're prepared to spend this summer to try to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to the signature of athletic power forward Hakim Warrick rather than matching what's coming to Sessions from the Knicks.

One trusted source insists that the Knicks believe they can extend Sessions far enough to dissuade Milwaukee from matching but without affecting their well-chronicled strategy to leave enough salary-cap space to recruit one maximum-salaried free agent in the summer of 2010. An offer sheet to a restricted free agent must be for at least two years, but it remains unclear how much of New York's $5.9 million mid-level exception Sessions would receive.

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via the Fanhouse:

"Point guard Jason Williams, who is trying to return to the NBA after a self-imposed, one-year retirement, will be in Memphis this weekend for a meeting and a workout with the Grizzlies.

Williams, 33, is expected to formally clear waivers Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent and available to any team in the league. The Clippers, who had signed him to a contract a year ago before he retired, waived their exclusive right to him last week.

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As restricted free agents' situations appear closer to resolutions, sources say that Donnie Walsh is ready to offer Milwaukee point guard Ramon Sessions the first Knicks restricted contract of the summer. The deal would be a modest one, but it would cut into the precious 2010 fund, something Walsh been reluctant to do. But the delay appears to be over the status of Bruce Bowen with the Bucks.

Despite reports that the team is moving on from pursuing the Bucks point guard, word out of Milwaukee on Tuesday night is that the Knicks are still very much in play. That would be the reason why the reported signing of Nate Robinson is now in limbo.

"Sessions is more of a priority than Nate because he fits the system so perfectly," one source said. "But it would seem the Bowen situation seems to be holding everything up." more.

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Via BrewHoop:
"...Still, an offer sheet would have to be for at least two seasons (them's the rules) and so signing Sessions to any deal would take a bite out of the Knicks' massive projected 2010 cap space.? Moreover, Walsh's purported interest in Jamaal Tinsley doesn't speak highly of their interest in Sessions, though the Tinsley talk is all preliminary at this point.? As Hahn notes, Walsh doesn't really have serious competition for Sessions at this point so he's reasonable in taking his time.

The problem for the Knicks is that the lack of competition is somewhat illusory since the Bucks don't have to bid on him.? And if they're only going to offer $3 million per season then it would seem obvious for the Bucks to match.? An MLE deal for four or five years should get the Bucks to pass, but it doesn't sound like Walsh is interested in going that route--at least not right now.? That could change, but from a Bucks' perspective no news would seem to be good news..."

I've been told that the Bruce Bowen situation is the hangup, although Walsh could have tried to force their hand if they signed Sessions to an offer sheet. If they wait until August 1st the Bucks can waive Bowen and save 2 million towards the luxury tax. Then they can match any MLE offer. But are they waiving Bowen so they can sign Hakeem Warrick?
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Jason Fleming of Hoopsworld wrote a solid piece on the state of all restricted free agents, including Ramon Sessions, who is still in play for NY from what another source with knowledge just told me, in addition to David Lee and Nate Robinson. Fleming is correct, from what I understand, the Knicks are really mulling whether or not to add the deal past 2010, which they would have to and they should, unless they have another PG in mind.

"...Sessions- While the talk of Sessions in New York seems to have died off ? since they don't have any contracts past next season ? it's still very clear the Los Angeles Clippers do want him, and the Philadelphia 76ers could be interested as well. So why haven't they made an offer? They aren't really sure if the Bucks would match or not. The Bucks will not be luxury tax payers and are currently less than $1 million away from the tax after signing rookie Brandon Jennings today, so presuming a Sessions offer would top that number they would have a decision to make. Given the strong play of Jennings in Vegas and the fact they still have veteran Luke Ridnour, it does look like the Bucks are prepared to move on. Of course, until an offer sheet materializes, they don't have to do anything.

Nate- The latest reports from parts of New York is that Robinson may soon get offered a one-year deal worth $5-6 million, which it's expected he would sign. From other parts of New York it seems like nothing to that effect is being offered, let along close. What is clear is Robinson isn't getting any calls from any other team, so his options are limited. If the Knicks truly do offer him that much, he should sign it as fast as he can, because the other option is playing for only the QO.

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Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times in Milwaukee is reporting that the Knicks are still poised to make an offer to Ramon Sessions.

Via Twitter:

"...Calm before storm ... Knicks/Clippers still poised to make run at Ramon Sessions. 76ers may make pitch too..."
To me, if true, and judging from his other tweets Gery has been adamant that the Knicks are still very much in play,? this means that the Knicks could be mulling a sign and trade for David Lee, but where is still unclear. Walsh has to be mulling through a few offers.

And if Sessions signs here, what happens to Nate? They can't just let him walk so I'm curious as to what will happen on that front.

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Some of you know this information, but others have sent emails to me about cap "holds" and we'll do our best to explain.

Cap holds were essentially designed to prevent a team from undermining the salary cap by signing outside free agents before re-signing their own.

A hold cannot exceed the maximum contract offer allowed to a player on the open market, nor does it apply for restricted free agents once they are renounced.

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So I got home late last night and I had the chance to skim over all the posts from the past week. First of all, thanks to the boys for doing a great job (as usual) with the posts.

So let's start with Boozer. Bringing him in at the cost of David Lee would be risk, but it would be the best possible move this summer, by far, in my opinion. Boozer is an Olympian and a legitimate inside-out threat who would thrive here. Unfortunately, I believe? there's no chance the Jazz would want to deal for Lee, not when they've matched for Paul Millsap who (like Lee)? has plenty of positives but is still a limited player. That's a lot of money to invest in similar players. I think Boozer would ask for too much come the off season, but the Knicks would be in control, and it wouldn't impact the idea of bringing in another star player. Simply put, Boozer is much closer to a 1-A player than Lee is.

Ramon Sessions apparently was a nice thought, but I think the full MLE over 5 years is too much and I have the feeling that the Bucks would match any offer. Scott Skiles, I believe, wants Sessions as his quarterback so they can bring Brandon Jennings along slowly. Much like the Wolves, the Bucks will ultimately have to make a PG decision, but Jennings is still a few years away and by locking Sessions in to just under $6 million per allows the Bucks the ability to move Sessions down the road.

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Via Marc Berman:
"...We have interest," Walsh told The Post. "I'm looking into it. He played well for us [last year]. He's a pro."

In fact, after watching yesterday's second straight summer-league loss, a horrible 96-73 defeat to the Pistons, Walsh is bolting Las Vegas today with too much on his plate, including the Carlos Boozer and Andre Miller sweepstakes. Walsh said he will not be able to get enough done in Vegas and wants to be in his Manhattan offices.

Thomas, from northern Jersey, was obtained last November in the Zach Randolph deal and averaged nine points on 46 percent shooting in 21 minutes. At the trade deadline, Walsh shipped Thomas to Chicago for Larry Hughes and regretted it, as Thomas was missed on both ends. After seeing the rawness of first-round pick Jordan Hill, Thomas may have become more appealing.

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Funny how just a year ago everyone thought the NBA was going to lose slew of players to the pocket heavy Euro teams. It had died down to a degree. However according to Alan Hahn, it sounds as if Nate is getting a serious offer from overseas.

"...Nate Robinson may be getting a big fat Greek payday. Newsday has learned that Olympiakos, the Athens-based team that last summer lured Josh Childress away from the NBA, has offered the Knicks' 5-9 guard a two-year contract.

Robinson, 25, a restricted free agent, could earn $10 million in the deal, according to a source. Knicks president Donnie Walsh said Tuesday that he had no information about the offer from Olympiakos other than the initial report by a Greek media outlet Monday night.

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I've said this before and I'll say it again, if Eddy Curry is going to play the where are the minutes for all these front court players.

If you're going to trade Jared Jefferies, he has to play. If you think the Darko Millicic deal was a relative steal, then he has to play. And how about the instant impact of rookie Jordan Hill for 10 minutes a game. How's that going to go over in this town if Hill starts the season stuck to the bench.

And how about David Lee?

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We know Donnie Walsh has full intentions of making this Knicks team better and you'd have to think that he's exploring all his options.

Obviously, we know that job one is to remove Eddy Curry, and you know that if James Dolan wants updates or progress reports on how the big guy is doing, they are serious about the guy restarting his career. His hard work will pay off with minutes and hopefully the revitalization of his career elsewhere.

I was interested to see an agent talk about the Knicks not being relevant, but that all can change.

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Good piece by Bill Rhoden of the Times:
"...In a conversation Wednesday, Hill said he was all but convinced that New York was where he wanted to be. The more I reflected on our conversation, the more it became apparent that while Hill really did love New York, the city, New York, the Knicks, was another matter.

To satisfy his love of the city, the Hills may buy an apartment in New York. At the end of the day, Hill conceded that he was unsure he could endure the many losses before the franchise regained respectability.

The Knicks lost 50 games last season and their prospects for improvement seem dim.

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A source with knowledge of the situation in Philly has told TKB that GM Ed Stefanski recently low-balled Andre Miller with a one-year/$6 million dollar offer and that his unrestricted free agent point guard obviously took it as "a slap in the face."

The rift between the two was the main reason Stefanski sought out Mike Bibby last week.

Stefanski is allowing the market to dictate Miller's value in the same way that Donnie Walsh is doing with both David Lee and Nate Robinson (except they are restricted), but, more importantly,? the Sixers GM isn't afraid of losing Miller.

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It sounds as if the Knicks will soon announce the signing of lottery pick Jordan Hill soon as they are working out the final details, TKB has learned.In fact, the deal was supposed to be done today.

Nothing to report on the Ricky Rubio situation and I'd expect it to be like that for a while. I talked about that situation on in my SNY.tv space today.

The bottom line for me is that now the Knicks have to turn up the heat and start aggressively pushing for upgrades and from what I'm hearing, there is nothing on the docket of any significance.

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Via Marc Berman
"...One scenario is the Knicks trading Jeffries back to Washington for guard Mike James, who's expendable following the Wizards' additions of Randy Foye and Mike Miller. The contracts of James and Jeffries match..."
It's a deal that works for both sides, despite the fact that JJ2 has another year on his deal. I've always been a big fan of James, hopefully the Wizards are still fans of Jeffries'.

James would give the Knicks solid backcourt depth, but we know that getting that contract off the books is also equally important to that of on court production.

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The Suns have stepped up their attempt to keep Grant Hill in Phoenix according to the Arizona Republic.
"...The Suns' chances to retain free-agent forward Grant Hill improved after a Suns contingent of Managing Partner Robert Sarver, General Manager Steve Kerr and coach Alvin Gentry traveled to Orlando to meet with him Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Suns guard Steve Nash also helped Phoenix's recruiting cause, putting in a call to his co-captain and good friend, Hill, to lobby for his return to the Suns. Nash's move falls in line with sources saying that the Suns and Nash have made significant progress toward a contract extension for the point guard.

The Suns pushed back a meeting with forward Amar? Stoudemire to woo Hill in person but are expected to tell Stoudemire that they are keeping him in their plans for the coming season.

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The sensational story is the idea that the cap could drop again in 2010, and let's reiterate "could."

The cap has grown every year and it took a severe economic downturn to push the needle down. But let's be honest, a Knicks jersey with 23 on it could do wonders for the NBA's "BRI number", as could the television numbers in this town as well as globally. So when people talk about the money a player would make in terms of supplemental income in New York, you also have to remember the positive dollar figure that's attached to the league as well.

It's significant.

Tags: 2009 Active Off season, Donnie Walsh, Eddy Curry, Where 2010 happens
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You can bet that if Portland really wants Lee, they would throw in a 2010 first rounder in a deal containing Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw, a pair that we told you is atop their offering list. I'm not sure Walsh does that deal...

The following was written by Bill Obenauer, who has contributed in this space before. As always, we encourage fans to speak their minds in written form, so if you have some commentary please send it to theknicksblog@gmail.com.

"...If you listen to Mark Bartlestein, every team in the league is currently after David Lee, but if you go ahead and Google "David Lee Rumors" or "David Lee Free Agent Rumors" you find nothing of substance. The reason for that is simple: there is nothing of substance.

Tags: 2009 Active Off season, David Lee, Donnie Walsh
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So the Knicks aren't fooling around.
"...According to the Arizona Republic, the Knicks have thrown some serious cash Grant Hill's way.New York offered Hill the option of a one-year, $5 million contract or a three-year, $10 million deal, according to an NBA source. Hill, 36, might not expect the same offer from the Suns, but the swingman said last week that he wanted to be "fairly compensated" after concluding a two-year, $3.8 million contract for the Suns. Phoenix was prepared to use a portion of its mid-level exception, set Tuesday at $5,854,000 as a whole, to re-sign Hill, who is its free-agency priority...."
I'd be shocked if he turned the Knicks down...
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Tomorrow is the first day that players can officially sign their new contracts with teams.? For the Knicks, there has been little of note on one of their free agents, Nate Robinson, and some speculation but no firm offers for their biggest free agent, David Lee.

On the flip side, the Knicks have pursued Jason Kidd, but he has decided to stay in Dallas.? Plan B?? That's Grant Hill, who visited yesterday and who the Knicks have made an offer to in excess of the bi--annual exception.? Hill is likely to choose among New York, Phoenix, and Boston.? If he decides to play in Boston (which is what I would do.? The Celtics are desperate for bench help beyond their front five.? Adding Wallace was a major step, but they are not done.? Hill can help boost that team back to a title), then Donnie Walsh will go back to the drawing board and cross another name off the list.?

Speaking of that list, who else might be on it?? It is very, very possible that Walsh only had two names on that list when free agency opened on July 1st.? It is very possible that it was either Kidd and/ or Hill, or bust for Walsh this off-season.? If Hill spurns the Knicks and decides to go for a ring, Walsh has the option of looking for another player to fill the gaps on this team or he can simply wait and see what happens with the Lee and Nate situations.? If either leave, Walsh will likely look for a S&T for either player (definitely Lee).? That scenario would hopefully net the Knicks a couple of young, quality players.? In my own opinion, that is what I think Walsh will end up doing.? Perhaps he will try and acquire a cheap veteran PG, such as Ty Lue, or perhaps try and trade his trade exceptions for a young, average PG.? Perhaps the Lakers, who just re-signed Shannon Brown, and are looking for a way to make the finances work to?bring back Lamar Odom, would be willing to shed a couple of million dollars off their payroll.? Farmar appears to be third on their depth chart behind Fisher and Brown.? That would be a great move for Walsh.

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Via Jason Quick of the Oregonian
"...Since the stunning reversal Friday evening, the Blazers have been active, according to agents around the league. Andy Miller said the Blazers first inquired about Andre Miller shortly after the free agent market opened July 1, but then the dialogue ceased. After the Turkoglu deal fell through, his phone line lit up again.

"I talked to him more this weekend than I have since the start," Miller said of Pritchard. "I talked to him Saturday and Sunday, but not (Monday)."

Mark Bartelstein, who represents Lee, said Pritchard took the same approach with him - talking briefly with him on July 1, then more frequent calls after the Turkoglu deal flopped. Bartelstein said the Blazers are interested in Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward/center, even though he plays positions where the Blazers appear well-stocked, with LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla.

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