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Report: Jarrett Jack coming to Knicks camp on one-year, non-guaranteed deal

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The Knicks are bringing in another veteran point guard to camp, just to have a look.

There had been reports before they had interest in veteran Jarrett Jack, and he has convinced them his knees are healthy enough to deserve a shot. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders was first with the story.

Ian Begley of ESPN added:

The New York Knicks and Jarrett Jack are expected to finalize their agreement on Friday or early next week, sources told ESPN. Jack is the second veteran point guard to join New York, which also inked Ramon Sessions earlier this summer. GM Scott Perry had said that he’d like to have veterans to help Rookie Frank Ntilikina.

Jack was a respectable point guard off the bench a couple of seasons ago, but has played just 40 games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries. He’s had multiple surgeries, the latest of which was last March after he had gotten a 10-day contract with the Pelicans. He’s going to have to prove he is healthy, first.

On paper heading into the season, the Knicks have one of the worst backcourts in the NBA. There is the veteran Ramon Sessions, rookie Frank Ntilikina, and the man they dramatically overpaid Ron Baker, and in a pinch Chasson Randle (his salary is not guaranteed until the first day of training camp, Sept. 26). A healthy Jack could get minutes in that group, but they have him on a non-guaranteed deal for a reason.

Report: Josh Childress going from Big3 to Nuggets

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The Big3 is becoming an entertaining home for former NBA players.

Maybe also a proving ground for those players to return to the top pro league.

Former Hawks wing Josh Childress, who famously left the NBA in his prime for a lucrative contract in Greece, is joining the Nuggets.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders:

The Denver Nuggets and Josh Childress have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders.

The 34-year-old Childress hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013, and it’s been even longer since he was effective there.

Denver has 14 players on standard contracts, one shy of the regular-season limit, and they all have guaranteed salaries. Mason Plumlee also has an outstanding qualifying offer.

I’d be surprised if Childress sticks past the preseason, but this is at least an interesting flier.

Spurs sign undrafted former Virginia guard London Perrantes

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard London Perrantes.

Michael Scott of Basketball Insiders:

The 22-year-old Perrantes wasn’t drafted out of Virginia this year but made summer league appearances for the Miami Heat in Las Vegas and Orlando.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 10 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the MGM Resorts Summer League. He averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in Orlando summer league action.

Perrantes set school career records at Virginia with 138 games and 4,425 minutes. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.8 assists and 3 rebounds during his senior season. He made 40.9 percent of his career 3-point attempts (211 of 516).

 

Report: Knicks signing Michael Beasley

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Just in case they actually trade Carmelo Anthony after months of starts and stops, the Knicks have already found a high-volume, isolation-heavy, one-dimensional scoring forward to replace him:

Michael Beasley.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders:

New York is down to minimum-salary offers, and that’s probably all Beasley can command at this point, anyway.

The 28-year-old is a curious fit on a team supposedly focused on developing young players. Maybe this is a sign that new/old president Steve Mills’ talk of patience was just lip service, following a long succession of Knicks executives.

But Beasley might just be too good to pass up for the minimum. He was an effective scorer for the Bucks last season, justifying his gunning role and shortcomings elsewhere with above-average efficiency. Beasley got into the paint frequently and finished well, made his mid-range jumpers and even converted his 3-pointers at an impressive clip (though in a small, selected, sample). He could have decent trade value in the likely event the Knicks should be selling before the trade deadline.

The former No. 2 pick has run into trouble throughout his career, and now he’s heading to a huge market to join one of the NBA’s more dysfunctional franchises. There are potential pitfalls here (and plenty of jokes to be made). But there’s a solid chance this works out – which is about all you can ask for a minimum-salary player.

Reports: 76ers-Pelicans Jahlil Okafor trade talks include New Orleans sending 2018 first-rounder, Alexis Ajinca

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The Pelicans are tied for the NBA’s fifth-worst record.

They might be even worse next year.

That also might be someone else’s problem.

So, the rumored Jahlil Okafor trade apparently focus on New Orleans sending the 76ers its 2018, not 2017, first-round pick.

 

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders:

Justin Verrier of ESPN:

The 2017 draft is loaded. The Pelicans might dream of Okafor lifting them in the playoff race, but that seems far-fetched. So, it’d be foolish to deal that 2017 first-rounder, at least depending on the protections.

Trading a 2018 first-rounder becomes even more logical for New Orleans when you consider general manager Dell Demps’ seemingly shaky job security. Okafor could help the Pelicans become more respectable in the short term — and if the center doesn’t, Demps might be gone for the 2018 draft.

That’s why the protections on the pick, even if it won’t convey until 2018, will still be so crucial.

As lousy as this season has gone for New Orleans (19-32), next year could be even worse.

Anthony Davis has missed just four games this season. He has never missed fewer than 14 games over a full season. The top members of his supporting cast so far this year, Jrue Holiday and Terrence Jones, head into unrestricted free agency next summer. Meanwhile, underwhelming performers Solomon HillE'Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca are locked into long-term contracts. The Pelicans’ clearest path to even reasonable cap space involves Holiday leaving.

Dumping Ajinca (owed $10,247,192 over the next two years) would help New Orleans a bit. He holds negative value (though having him on the books would be less costly for the 76ers, who are under the salary floor and have more cap space in coming years than they know what to do with).

But there are still numerous viable paths to the Pelicans declining — even while adding Okafor. Okafor, a talented interior scorer with majorly concerning defensive limitations, does not justify an all-in move.

If you’re a New Orleans fan looking for good news, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Jahlil Okafor would start against the Pistons tonight. If the 76ers thought the trade were close, they’d probably sit Okafor until finalizing it.

Should Okafor escape tonight uninjured and these teams continue exploring the deal tomorrow, keep a close eye on the pick protections.