Maurice NDour looked good for the Knicks at Summer League. He had great energy and outworked people at both ends of the floor, was disruptive on defense thanks to his length, and a averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 51.2 percent.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said they liked what they saw from NDour, but they were not sure they would have an open roster spot for him come training camp.
So instead NDour is headed to Dallas, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.
There are two reasons for NDour — who is from Senegal and played his college ball at Ohio (not State) — to make this move, and money is the first one. If you’re going to get cut, get the largest payday you can.
Second is not getting cut at all — where can he make a roster?
Dallas gives him a chance as a reserve center. Zaza Pachulia will be the starting five this season in Dallas, but they are bringing a lot of players to camp to see who might back him up . Greg Smith and Bernard James could return after playing in Dallas last season but neither are for sure. Jarrid Famous got a camp invite like NDour, and Satnam Singh will be in camp but is much more likely destined for a season in the D-League.
Dallas famously lost out on DeAndre Jordan this summer, and that left the team in need of rim protection inside. NDour and Famous will get a chance to prove they can provide that.
We all knew it was coming, now it is official:
Amar’e Stoudemire is a Dallas Maverick.
He was bought out of the last year of his Knicks contract so he could go chase a ring (plus the Knicks should play their younger guys to
tank for a draft pick see what they’ve really got). For Dallas, they needed depth up front since trading Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rajon Rondo deal.
“I’m excited to be a part of a first-class organization,” Stoudemire said in a released statement. “To play alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and other great players, I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for me to compete for a championship.”
Stoudemire is not the high-flying athletic guy who played with the Suns, was a six-time All-Star and signed a max deal with the Knicks. Injuries have robbed us of that explosive guy.
However, Stoudemire is still good on the pick-and-roll and Dallas gets nearly 30 percent of its offense off that play (the only team that runs it more is Orlando). He can help them on the offensive end, but he’s not much of a boost on the other ends.
Still, for a veteran minimum he’s an upgrade over Greg Smith and Charlie Villanueva for the Mavs.
Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees may have robbed him of being the MVP-level player the Knicks thought they were getting (which is why the team bought his contract out), but he could still help out a contending team in limited minutes.
There were a lot of teams interested; rumors included Golden State, Dallas, San Antonio, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
But it sounds like Stoudemire may have made up his mind.
Dallas needs depth up front. When Tyson Chandler steps off the court the Mavericks are 5.8 points per 100 possessions worse. When Chandler sat out with a sprained ankle before the All-Star break Dallas started and leaned on Greg Smith. Behind All-Star Dirk Nowitzki the Mavs have Charlie Villanueva.
That’s not striking fear into any teams in the West as the Mavericks head into the playoffs. Frankly, Stoudemire will not either, but he can be an upgrade.