After concluding the preseason with a 4-2 record, the Knicks will look to carry similar momentum with them as the regular campaign begins. They'll have to do so with fewer men, however, as roster cuts are now looming in the days that follow.Over the course of the offseason, the Knicks slowly but surely filled out their team. Early on, it appeared as though players like Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour were prematurely given fully guaranteed deals. Further questions arose when Lou Amundson was signed to a guaranteed pact last month. This gave New York fifteen guaranteed deals, leaving little room for young guns on training camp deals to legitimately challenge for spots. At least, that's what many could have concluded. Instead, both Chasson Randle and Ron Baker impressed and proved to be quite valuable with the Knicks already spread thinly at point guard. After an interesting preseason, there's sure to be a shake up on this roster.
Up until about a month ago, the Knicks were primed to head into training camp with fourteen guaranteed contracts. The seemingly open roster spot meant that young guards Chasson Randle and Ron Baker would be able to battle it out and aim to prove themselves, despite only having partially guaranteed pacts. However, signing Lou Amundson in the eleventh hour instead threw somewhat of a wrench into that plan. Surely, either youngster can still be retained in favor of Amundson (or anyone else for that matter) when it's all said and done. But as a veteran, Amundson's contract costs more to cut, and there's little denying the Knicks appreciate his value as a returning player.Despite this, New York has a much more pressing need at the point guard position. Rolling the dice with just two floor generals is risky for any NBA team. When those two players are injury-prone veterans Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, it's easy to see how thinly the Knicks are left, when one of the two is not available.
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As the preseason has progressed, the Knicks have received positive boosts from youngsters like Chasson Randle and Ron Baker. Such efforts would normally put the pressure on big men Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee, each of whom have guaranteed contracts for this season. But as fate would have it, they too have emerged with plenty of promise and intrigue to be impressed by.
While certainly inexperienced, each player represents a potential diamond in the rough to develop further. All of them seem to have visibly higher ceilings than Lou Amundson, which could make the veteran the obvious odd man out.
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We've been talking a lot recently about the Knicks' final roster decisions and one name to take out of those who may be in jeopardy is Marshall Plumlee, who continues to get rave reviews from inside the Knicks organization.
Coach Hornacek on starting Marshall Plumlee tonight: "I like his energy. Marshall has been doing a great job in practice."
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As the Knicks (1-1) head into their third preseason game tonight at Madison Square Garden there's plenty to discuss about the roster, playing time and keys to ultimate success as fans have had the chance to watch the team on the actual basketball court.
Sounds like the perfect time to check Twitter and field some questions.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks wouldn't hesitate to cut a player who has a guaranteed contract if the situation calls for it, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Begley noted that the Knicks have 15 players on guaranteed deals, meaning one player would have to be cut if the team wanted to keep a player on a partially-guaranteed deal.
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The Knicks have agreed to a contract with F Lou Amundson, the team announced on Monday.
While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say it is a one-year, fully guaranteed contract, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Amundson has appeared in 70 games over the past two seasons for the Knicks, averaging 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.
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After agreeing to terms with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, the New York Knicks are trying to create more cap space by trading one of its players, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.
The Knicks have approximately $8.5 million in cap space after the two signings, according to Begley. He writes:
Noah agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal, while Lee agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract. Carmelo Anthony will earn $24.5 million next season, Kristaps Porzingis $4.3 million and Derrick Rose $21.3 million, according to Basketball-Reference.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
In what has become a traditional matinee matchup for the Knicks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the team surprisingly came out with all guns blazing to start. Unfortunately, so did their opponent, the 76ers.
Both teams were successfully firing from all cylinders as the game began. A defensive effort was nowhere to be found. Philadelphia pounded the ball inside to Jahlil Okafor (20 points) for much of the first three quarters, and the big man easily had his way with New York's front court. Ish Smith was helping his team run circles around the Knicks. After two strong middle quarters for the home team, they slowed down in the fourth, but the 76ers did not.
This led to the evaporation of an 18-point lead. The Knicks were in dire straits, but luckily, a seemingly still-hampered-by-injury Carmelo Anthony bailed them out with a game-tying 3-pointer. Two overtimes later, and New York came out victorious, 119-113. Here's a look at some more observations from the Knicks.
- Jose Calderon had a lot of trouble slowing down Smith. Though the opposing guard was overzealous with his own shot, his 16 assists brought out the best in his teammates. Once the Knicks made a key switch that saw Langston Galloway defending him instead, they were able to maintain a lead and control the tempo a bit more.
- It's up for debate whether or not Derek Fisher should be credited with making key substitutions down the stretch. Did he time them correctly, or were they made simply out of desperation? The Knicks lacked respective injections of offense and defense when they needed to mix things up. Galloway and Lou Amundson, among others, eventually came up with huge plays and stops with the game on the line.
- Anthony was clearly still hampered by his nagging injury, despite playing an intense 49 minutes. He was grimacing throughout, hesitating to attack the basket. His shot was way off, despite his clutch make in the fourth. The Knicks should consider sitting him again against the Jazz on Wednesday.
- Nonetheless, as Anthony served as a bit of a decoy, Arron Afflalo stepped up in his stead. The guard is a very efficient scorer who is a near perfectionist at pushing off defenders and cashing in on off-balance jumpers. He led New York with 25 points, whereas Anthony had seven assists.
- New York was against the ropes at different points in this contest, but free throw shooting was a big difference maker in a game where both teams were otherwise strong offensively. The Knicks shot 83 percent to the 76ers' 52 percent, as the loser fell short of converting on clutch opportunities late in the game. New York did not.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks are normally able to play LeBron James and the Cavaliers rather competitively. But in proving why he's a step above Anthony in superstar status (aside from his championship rings) James has another gear as he steps it up a notch late in the fourth quarter to help his team run away with a victory.
Seeing as how the Knicks have to wrestle for a victory against a James-led squad even with Anthony powering the charge, Wednesday's matchup had even less hope going into it with Anthony sidelined. But with his star teammate sitting out, rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis stepped up in a mighty way. The triangle offense is all about creating good spacing and sharing the ball, but there's no doubt the Knicks' offense was catered to the big man a bit more on this night.
Porzingis was red hot for three quarters, sinking four shots from deep en route to scoring a team-high 23 points on the night. But unfortunately, he had little help. While New York fell asleep at the wheel in the fourth, James heated up as expected, giving his Cavaliers a 91-84 win. Here are some more observations from the loss.
Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson, Keith Schlosser
Amundson would add some depth to the Knicks' frontcourt and could be one of the veteran's willing to sign for minimum this offseason. Amundson is reportedly hoping to sign with a team next week.
ESPN's Marc Stein reported last week that Amundson was also drawing interest from the other Eastern Conference contenders, including the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers, as well as the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings.