The Knicks have played 50 times on Christmas, most in NBA history, including each of the last six years.
It appears that streak will end.
Marc Berman of the New York Post:
the Knicks won’t be playing on Christmas, zapped from the annual nationally televised, five-game festival, according to a source.
The Knicks will find out what they’re missing right away when they stage their season opener Oct. 28 in Milwaukee against new Bucks center Greg Monroe, according to an NBA source.
The Knicks’ home opener will be Oct. 29 against the Hawks
New York is obviously a huge market, and that’s what had gotten the Knicks games on the NBA’s premier regular-season date. The Knicks went 2-4 on Christmas the last six years, and then-New York forward Quincy Acy fought John Wall last year. Adding further embarrassment, the Knicks finished just 17-65.
Make no mistake: The Knicks had to get really bad for the NBA to leave them off the Christmas schedule. They get all benefit of the doubt.
We’re still left with four known Christmas games:
The Spurs and Rockets are probably the most prominent teams not accounted for, and the Texas rivals would make a compelling matchup, I wouldn’t be surprised if the fifth Christmas game is San Antonio-Houston.
The Kings signed undrafted Eric Moreland last summer, and he got his salary guaranteed because he suffered a season-ending injury.
Now faced again with whether or not to pay him – Moreland has an Aug. 1 guarantee date – Sacramento is cutting him loose.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
The Kings will have 15 players – the regular-season limit – including David Stockton, whose deal is unguaranteed with no guarantee date. Everyone else – including recently signed James Anderson, Quincy Acy, Seth Curry and Duje Dukan – have fully guaranteed salaries for next season.
I’m a bit surprised Sacramento didn’t keep Moreland with the intention of waiving Stockton later. But the Kings still have the $2,814,000 room exception, and they had to act on Moreland now. If they sign another veteran, they might wind up waiving both Moreland and Stockton.
Sacramento’s big-man rotation just became too crowded with DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos and Willie-Cauley Stein ahead of Moreland.
Moreland – a good shot-blocker and rebounder – could benefit from this move. Because he’s on a minimum contract, any team can claim him on waivers (preference given to the worst team last season among claimants). Presumably, that team would offer a clearer path to playing time for Moreland, who has another unguaranteed year on his contract after this one.
The Kings ran out of roster spots for Quincy Acy last year, so they traded him to the Knicks.
Now, Sacramento has a place for him.
Acy is a nice addition, assuming he signed for the minimum salary or around it.
He’s an energy forward, capable of hitting the glass and making hustle plays. It’s a little concerning his best season was his rookie year, but he’s still a viable player. He started 22 games for the Knicks last season.
Like all their signings this offseason, the Kings got a little better. Good enough to change their direction as a franchise? I doubt it, but Acy is nice to have as an end-of-bench player.