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2011 off season

Via Alan Hahn
According to several players, the Knicks' captain sent out emails about the plan to all 10 players under contract for 2011-12, plus draft picks Iman Shumpert (who is already working out at IMG) and Josh Harrellson and a few free agents from the 2010-11 roster. Center Jerome Jordan signed with a team in Slovenia (with an NBA out), so he will likely not be available to attend a workout unless the lockout is resolved.

Anthony, looking muscular and well-conditioned, poured in 27 points in the Melo-Goodman game and declared himself "back". He had been dealing with an elbow injury last season.

Speaking of back, Stoudemire recently said his feels "much better."

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Via NY Post
Kings owner Gavin Maloof told The Post at the lottery he will attempt to re-sign Samuel Dalembert, whom the Knicks could snatch if they offer a long-term mid-level deal.

Maloof said the Kings have the most cap space in the league. Nevertheless, Sacramento is stocked with young big men.

"We want to look at trying to sign Samuel," Maloof said. "We obviously like his skill. We have cap space. We're going to spend some money this year. We have DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson, but Sam was a big part of our resurgence at the end of the year. Hopefully we can look at re-signing him. We have money. We'll spend it."

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Via Tommy Beer
Lopez will make $2.9 million next season, and his qualifying offer in 2012-2013 will be $4 million.? Certainly seems worth a gamble from the Knicks perspective.? If New York could play Lopez 25-30 minutes a night, and then bring Turiaf off the pine for some added defense and energy, it might be recipe for success.

As far as what the Knicks could offer Phoenix, the key part to any deal might the $3 million in cash James Dolan could send to Sarver (assuming that is still allowed under the new CBA).? If the Knicks have a small amount of cap space, how about Bill Walker (Phoenix will be losing starting SG Vince Carter) and cash to the Suns in exchange for Lopez?? It might make sense for both teams.

Makes sense to me, assuming Sarver and the Suns aren't still bothered by the D'Antoni divorce...
Tags: 2011 off season, Knicks, Robin Lopez
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Via Daily News
(Allan) Houston outlined the Knicks' needs - including a young point guard and a shooter - but indicated they most desire a center. Their salary is structured so that cap space opens up after next season, when Paul, Howard and Deron Williams could become free agents.

"The biggest thing we need is rebounding and a down-low presence," Houston said. "It's unclear if you're going to find that in the draft or not. "

I also agree that the team most definitely needs a shooter. Someone who can stretch the defense in the half court.
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Our friend Justin over at KnicksGM has a good thought about the Knicks and Greg Oden, and it's something I've heard about from fans for some time. We need to be clear about the former #1 overall pick, however.

Oden's current contract with the Trailblazers expires at the end of the 2010-2011 season, the Blazers however still have a Qualifying offer or "Bird Rights" for an additional season. If Richard Cho (Blazers GM) decides to cut ties with the 7 footer then he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Knicks are looking to improve their front court depth this summer, but the recent re-signing of Chauncey Billups may have restricted the team from attracting the likes of a Marc Gasol or Nene Hilario type.First and foremost, if the Knicks are still targeting Chris Paul, then they can scrap the idea of using the MLE unless it's for 1 year for ANY big man. What player will give up guaranteed money? Secondly, the heat may have a say and Oden may choose South Beach when push comes to shove. Maybe he heads to Memphis if the Grizz lose Gasol because of his relationship with Mike Conley.

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Via LoHud Knicks
So might another viable target off the proverbial scrap-heap be former All-Star shooting guard Michael Redd?

Redd, now an unrestricted free agent, is coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Milwaukee, having suffered torn ACLs in each of his knees.

In 2010-11, Redd played in just 10 late-season games for the Bucks, and probably did not establish himself as a sought after prize in free agency. He?s played his entire career in Milwaukee, and sadly, that franchise is probably closer to being contracted than to winning a championship.

So would Redd consider the Knicks? Your guess is as good as mine ? and we all know money talks ? but regarding his playing future when asked last month, Redd said:more

We all know the Knicks need a capable 2 guard who can spot up and score. Redd is a player who would come pretty cheaply, but health is a big concern and he simply hasn't been healthy. He's played 61 games in the last 3 years.? The Anthony trade has put the Knicks in a situation where they have to get very lucky per dollar, and when he's on, Redd is a scorer. He'll be 32 in August. Talent alone, he's worth a look, but we're talking about a huge gamble.
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Via NY Post
With the chances slim of adding a quality center with the 17th pick in the draft and with an unkind salary cap situation in 2011, sources close to Knicks president Donnie Walsh say he has targeted Kings 6-foot-11 shotblocker Samuel Dalembert as the likeliest free-agent catch this summer... The Knicks realize some top free agents likely will stay put or be out of their financial range. Memphis' Marc Gasol and Dallas' Tyson Chandler are expected to re-sign, and the Clippers probably will match an offer to the young DeAndre Jordan.

That's where Dalembert comes in. According to a source, Dalembert likely would choose the Knicks if their offer is comparable with any others.

Dalembert has strong New York-area ties. He played his senior year in high school at St. Patrick's in Elizabeth, N.J., before heading to Seton Hall. An avid fundraiser for Haiti's economic plight, he also likes the visibility of being a voice for New York's large Haitian population.

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I said the other day that right after the game is not the best time to ask players about coaches. Too much emotion.

Tags: 2011 off season, Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Mike D'Antoni
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If you hear the name John Calipari continuously surface as a possible replacement for Mike D'Antoni, my educated guess is that it's because he's getting antsy in Lexington. Why would he leave one of the top college basketball jobs in the country to risk failing again in the NBA?

If Donnie Walsh returns, which is up in the air at this point, then you'd expect Mike D'Antoni to return. With the state of today's NBA, where agencies like CAA, which represents Calipari control things like never before, it's easy to speculate that the former Nets coach could find his way to NY if both Walsh and D'Antoni don't return and the Knicks find themselves with thin sideline options.

Calipari is a great recruiter, but hasn't won anything despite constantly loading up teams with NBA talent. He also had 2 Final Four appearances stripped while the coach at UMASS and Memphis. His one effort in East Rutherford was an utter disaster.

Tags: 2011 off season, Donnie Walsh, John Calipari, Mike D'Antoni
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