After injuries and a poor overall construction of the roster helped send the Knicks to their worst start in franchise history, Phil Jackson pulled the plug, and essentially euthanized this dismal season.
It remains to be seen whether or not Carmelo Anthony’s knee issues force him to shut it down at some point, but if he does return from an absence that’s seen him miss the last six games, he’ll be rejoining a roster barely capable of competing after the trade that sent two of the team’s better players out of town.
J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were traded to Cleveland, as part of the three-team deal that also sent Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City. And Jackson isn’t done dealing — he’ll attempt to also move more of New York’s veteran players on less than desirable contracts, while potentially keeping one because of his vision for the future.
The New York Knicks are actively trying to trade veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani as part of their ongoing roster clearout, according to league sources.
But sources stressed to ESPN.com that trying to trade away Amar’e Stoudemire is not part of the club’s current plans. …
Knicks president Phil Jackson, in publicly taking the blame for the team’s dreadful record under rookie coach Derek Fisher, said Saturday that “no one should be surprised” if the club continues to reshape its roster through deals prior to the Feb. 19 trade deadline.
But sources maintain that the Knicks are not looking to move Stoudemire and, at least for now, intend to keep him for the rest of the season. That could theoretically lead to Stoudemire — who has relished his time with the Knicks despite the club’s struggles — re-signing with them over the summer at a reduced rate.
First things first: No one is trading for Andrea Bargnani. He’s barely played this season and last due to injury, and while his contract (worth $11.5 million) is expiring, the Knicks wouldn’t take back similar salary unless they were able to acquire someone they viewed as part of their long-term plans.
Calderon is a lights out three-point shooter when healthy, and while his contract is slightly problematic because it has an additional two years beyond this one for $15 million in total, he’s at least a serviceable veteran point guard who could be successful in a variety of situations.
The Stoudemire part is curious, if only because the Knicks should be open to getting assets for anyone at this stage of the rebuilding process. But with a contract that pays him more than $23 million this season, it may be a moot point, because of the amount of salary that would need to come back in order to make a deal feasible.