Once again, the Knicks are considering slicing away part of their future flexibility for a quick fix now.
New York has been shopping around for a point guard as the play of Raymond Felton has deteriorated this season. Their original goal was Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, but they couldn’t find a quick deal then after the Rudy Gay trade the Raptors became good (relative to the Eastern Conference) and now Lowry is off the market as Toronto looks to make a little playoff run.
Their new target is Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Knicks' focus leading into Thursday trade deadline is upgrading at point guard. And word is a new name intrigues them: Atlanta's Jeff Teague
There are a few issues here and Stein touches on one of them — the Knicks have been planning for cap space in 2015 to go after free agents such as Kevin Love and others, you want to cut into that money for Jeff Teague?
The other, bigger problem, is what the Knicks can offer in a trade — Iman Shumpert isn’t going to be enough, both in terms of salary and value. The Hawks would want someone like Tim Hardaway Jr. in on the deal and the Knicks are not looking to move him. The Knicks don’t have a first round pick they can move for four years.
Teague is a solid point guard, averaging 15.6 points and 7.2 assists a night, with a true shooting percentage of 50.7 (below the league average). He’s good, if not always aggressive enough, but would be an upgrade over Felton.
But he is owed $8 million a season for three seasons after this one. Is he really worth that to the Knicks?
Kyrie Irving: ‘I see you. I see everyone. More than just your physical presence, I see your energy. I feel it. I know it’
“I see you,” he said. “I see everyone. More than just your physical presence, I see your energy. I feel it. I know it.”
“I think that the most important thing that I strive to live by is extremely by truth and by consistently giving others the truth, without any judgement, without constraints, without anything extra except the understanding that I see you,” he said. “I have family members who come from knowing energy, and it was passed along to me.”
Rose has been out with what seemed like a relative minor, for him at least, ankle injury. The 29-year-old could stick in the league for a while thanks to his reputation and ability to attack the rim to create shots for himself. But the guard is a shell of peak form after years of more serious injuries. This isn’t the career anyone expected for him when he was named the youngest MVP ever in 2011.
The Suns made Mike James – a 27-year-old rookie on a two-way contract – their starting point guard.
Though he eventually ceded the role to Tyler Ulis, James – the only player on a two-way contract to start an NBA game – is still a rotation regular. He’s an aggressive defender and possesses plenty of offensive moves.
The problem: Unless demoted to Phoenix’s minor-league affiliate before then, he’ll max out the 45 allowable NBA days for a two-way player Dec. 6.
We’d still like to get him on the 15-man roster and we’re looking at different ways to do that.
The Suns can unilaterally convert James’ two-contract into a standard one-year minimum deal. Both sides could also negotiate a longer contract.
The bigger issue is clearing a roster spot.
Phoenix has the maximum 15 players with standard contracts with no obvious cuts. Derrick Jones Jr. doesn’t play much, but the 20-year-old’s athleticism creates intriguing upside. Second-rounder Davon Reed is hurt, though teams rarely cut bait so quickly.