This decision would be HUGE for NYK. Obviously. This would mean we can let Fields go, while keeping LIN, NOVAK & SMITH.
We would still have our MLE (Nash), or Bi-annual, while handing out a few vet min.
He'll never be a shooter... He's a tweener. Not big enough to eb a true NBA SF, not enough offense to be a SG. There's a reason he slipped to the mid 2nd round. He has not outside game, and the Knicks need that from their SG.
He plays decent enough defense, can slash and rebound, and is good on the run...
If we're confident Shumpert will return around DEC/JAN, and if JR Smith opts-in, Knicks can get away with another year of Fields, or bringing in a vet to handle the load until the Shump-Smith combo lock down the SG spot.
But the Knicks have to address the SF position. We need a true SF to spell Carmelo. We should draft one in the 2nd round. It'll be full of SG/SF bodies. We should use use the vet min to bring in a low risj/high reward option.
As for SG... Man, this is tough. I would prefer we allocate our slim resources to shore up the PG position. Dream scenario is we end up being able to bird rights LIN, and give full MLE to Nash. This means we have to bring back Fields.
HOWEVER, if we fail to get Nash, then we should look to split the MLE between LIN & a SG (Jamaal Crawford). OR, give LIN half the MLE, and trade for a salary-dump SG (Ben Gordon).
Ben Gordon would be great playing in MSG. He can shoot.
Shumpert, Smith & Gordon would give us our starting SG, our 6th man off the bench along with our backup SG.
This would also mean that Fields's role would simply be defense, rebound, and back up Carmelo. Less the better.
No even sure if BG is possible though. He makes about 12 mil this year & next. It would take sign-&-trade w/ Fields (5 mil), TD-Balkman-Jordan (4.5 mil).
The Raptors, Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Warriors and Nets are interested in signing Jeremy Lin, sources tell Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy.
Because Lin is a restricted free agent and his salary is controlled under the "Arenas Provision" in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it's going to be very difficult to pry Lin out of New York. Regardless, expect several teams to "express interest" in Lin as free agency gets closer.
Lin to Kings for Tyreke Evans
Reke and H20 workout all summer on his jumper and he gets back to 20-5-5 ROY Tyreke Evans while STAT and Melo learn how to play together when then sign and trade JR Smith to the Celtics for Avery Bradley
What a dream scenario
^ Tyreke and Melo would fit together like Melo and Amare. But worse, imo.
A legit, all-star'ish PG is what we need, and ideally one with qualities high on IQ and/or pure PG skills.
Shumpert, JR.....we have SGs with real starting ability, and finding a SG to fit a team like ours will never be that tough (or important) of a task, compared to PG.
If we get another SG, I'd just want it to be a sniper, Kyle Korver-type. We gotta see how Shump recover, of course, and what happens with JR (even if he signs with us, we need to him to mature his game a bit).
id trade Fields for the bradley guy though lol throw in jerome if i had to. Bradleys defense is unbelievable could you imagine Shump Bradley and Chandler on the floor at the same time!
Landry Fields, Novak, Shump, Jorts, and Jordan are great players to have when our roster of players workout & prepare at the Knicks facility during the offseason for the 82 game regular season. All of the above 5 players co-exist with Lin-Santy playing off the ball.....imagine how well these players would perform when they practice how to screen left or screen right with two to three touches before the shot.
Lin-Sanity did great by keeping the movement of the ball getting 3 touches before the shot consistently, which open up alley-oops for Tyson Chandler, and back doors for Jefferies, Fields, Shump, plus a slashing Lin-Sanity down the middle.
The big error on our offense all season long.....were certain players (no names) holding the ball in one spot for 3 to 5 seconds, then dribble the ball for 3 to 5 seconds, then shoot the ball when fully covered by one or two defenders. If the ball go in the basket we jump with excitement, but that only happen 36% of the time. One of our players started this act, then the next player follow the act, then it became a domino teammate act.
I guess this is where Lin-Sanity got his name, Lin was the only player "sane" enough to stop the domino act (ISO-plays)...which return in the postseason.