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    Originally Posted by STAT1
    Wouldn't mind bringing Azubuike back to see what he could do in this system, but not sure if he's fully recovered yet from his injury. With Shumpert also on the shelf w/a bad knee injury, we may need to pursue a more reliable option as a fill-in until Shump comes back.

    I would also consider Maurice Evans, he's an excellent defensive player, athletic & can knock down the open 3, which is really all we need out of our SG.

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    Absolutely, Mo Evans could work too. Regarding CDR -- I know a lot of guys don't like him, but I love his ability to score the ball. 6'7", real crafty, slick handle, really knows how to get to the rim. Not a terrible 3-pt shooter like some say, but yeah, he ain't automatic either. Tell you what though, if he was shooting a high % from 2-pt range and putting up points, I'll take it. He can do that. I think this dude can score on anybody. Always liked him.

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    Originally Posted by finestrg
    Cheap SG alternatives given our capped out situation:

    Chris Douglas-Roberts - 6'7", very good scoring skills, NBA experience along with some nice success at the NBA level in spurts for the Nets & Bucks. Would he come for the vet minimum or LLE? Maybe if we offered him the starting SG spot or at least regular rotation time i.e. 20+ mins.

    Scotty Hopson - 6'7", dude's a scorer and can do it from anywhere..Bad rap (unwarranted in my book--confidence in one's self doesn't = ****y) but he's got more than enough talent to play in the NBA. This guy's better than half the 2Gs in the NBA.

    Jamelle Horne - 6'7" wing, long, plenty athletic, good 3-pt shooter, can get to the rim, underrated defender that gives effort. I've always liked his game. Should've been much more in college--not necessarily his fault though. There was a ton of instability at Arizona while he was there. Felt like this poor kid had a new coach almost every year. Never had a coach that committed 30+ mins and a starting role to him.

    Sylven Landesberg - 6'6", a lot of ability offensively. Slashing game is outstanding and he's made great strides with his outside shot. Made a mistake not going to class at Virginia his soph. yr, got suspended, then declared for the draft too early when the school was ready to clear the slate and wanted him back. This kid can play though -- has played well in Israel the past couple of seasons. I would've drafted him ahead of Fields and Andy Rautins a couple of years ago w/o hesitation. Much better upside than those 2.

    Ryan Wittman - more of a SF but this kid's money from deep. Makes even more sense if we don't bring back Novak -- he could supplement Novak's outside shooting to a degree (maybe surpass it). My bet is he ends up on Washington's SL team with a good chance to make that team -- his dad Randy Wittman's the head coach there.

    Adrian Thomas - like Wittman, at 6'7" 225, he's more of a 3 in the NBA probably. And again, like Wittman, he's a little bit of a one-trick pony, but man, this kid can shoot the ball from deep. Did it in college at Miami and again in the D-League last year (39.8%, 107-269). No doubt about his perimeter touch. Quick release too. We could do worse. He'd really help spread the floor. His game reminds me of Shawne Williams' -- not quite as tall, probably a better shooter (Shawne only became a solid 3-pt shooter recently; this kid Thomas has always been an elite 3-pt shooter. Neither Thomas or Williams put it on the floor much).

    Hollis Thompson - a guy I would've taken with our draft pick at 48. Great shooter at G-Town with good size (6'8"). Nice upside in a lot of areas with that one decernible skill to hang his hat on.

    Austin Freeman - another fellow G-Town wing, undrafted 6'4" SG from last year's draft class. He can score. Thick & strong too from what I remember. Kinda reminds me of Sac's Marcus Thornton.

    Manny Harris - on Houston's SL team. I'm interested if they release him after SL's over.

    Othyus Jeffers - rock solid SG that was great in the DL last yr before finally getting called up by Washington. Did real well for the Wizards before blowing out his knee, I believe sometime last off-season. If he's anywhere near what he was before the injury, I'd take a flyer on him. Thick, strong/physical no-nonsense wing that had a lot of game at one point before the knee injury.

    Kelenna Auzbukie - we never got a chance to see the real Azu but he eventually made it back in the DL last year and eventually got a call up by Dallas at the end of the year. Like Jeffers, if he's got something left, he might be worth a shot. Showed he can still knock down 3s at least. Used to be a very underrated player in GS pre knee injury.

    Andre Emmett - dude has some miles on him now but he can play. One of the best players in the DL last year -- over 36 mins/game, 23.1 ppg on 52% from the floor (42% from 3), 5.5 rpg, 1.7 steals. Those monster numbers might warrant a closer look. Being 30 years old, I don't think the big lights of the Garden & NYC would faze him.

    Dionte Christmas - 6'5" good shooter/scorer at Temple and overseas the past couple of years. Just read that Boston's got him signed up for their SL team. If they don't take him, I'm interested.

    Mardy Collins - I know he's not a great shooter, but he's big at 6'6", can play some point and played well in spurts with us a few years ago. Good defensively which might be important since we'll be w/o Shumpert indefinitely. Came back from injury (strained MCL, then a pulled hammy) last year in the DL and had an excellent playoff run for the LA D-Fenders all the way to the DL Finals. Not sure how he would blend with Melo/JR Smith given the altercation at the Garden a few years ago. Probably not a big deal -- Jeffries was a big part of that scuffle and you would've never known it the past couple of seasons. Guys get over that **** quick I suppose. If we could beef up the outside shooting elsewhere, we could use his other skills.

    Chris Johnson - undrafted outta Dayton, 6'6" lefty SG/SF reminds me of James Harden a little bit. On Philly's SL squad.

    Lazar Hayward - a volume 3-pt shooter in the Q-Rich mold. Wrapped up a reasonably good career at Marquette with a good senior yr a couple of years ago. Underrated defender in college (1.88 steals a game his senior yr) and a real good rebounder (7.5, 8.6 his finally 2 yrs in college). Drafted by Wash in the 2nd round in 2010, didn't stick, now playing for Ok. City's SL team.

    DeQuan Jones - never really had the type of college career he should've given his elite athleticism but he's still a real dark horse for me. Undrafted out of Miami, this year's James White maybe. He's that good an athlete. His stats don't support taking a chance on him but he passes the eye test with flying colors. Threw down some monster dunks on guys last year. Just noticed that Orlando's got him on their SL roster. I believe the Magic play in the Orlando Summer League, not the Vegas League. We should sign him up. Plenty of guys play both leagues..Probably goes over to Europe somewhere to hone his skills. In a couple of years watch out. Remember the name.

    Sonny Weems - we all heard recently that the Knicks showed some interest. We could do worse I guess. A big, strong 2 and a good athlete.
    Thanks for the list!

    Many of those guys I don't know but I will say this, if they are atheltic slashers then you should cross them off the list because we got that in James White already.

    We need a legit 2 guard that can hit outside shots.

    I liked the idea of Azubuke but I doubt we will give a shot to someone with injury problems.

    I like Manny Harris, Hollis Thompson, Ryan Wittman, and Scotty Hopson I all heard those guys have potential and Harris lit us up once when he was with the Cavs

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    It's my gut feeling, but I believe knicks might have promised JR starting job so he would resign for the cheap. As for the backup, Cortney lee would me awesome, let's see what happens, I would totally approve

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    Originally Posted by dasilva1079
    It's my gut feeling, but I believe knicks might have promised JR starting job so he would resign for the cheap. As for the backup, Cortney lee would me awesome, let's see what happens, I would totally approve
    That's a good call -- maybe they did promise him a starting role. They should look to lock him up already though. I don't know what the hell they're waiting for. Get him to sign on the dotted line before he sees what some of these other guys are getting and changes his mind. JR Smith, even with some of his off-the-court BS, is a bargin at $2.8-2.9M or whatever his raise at 20% will be. Get it done already and move on. I'm sure there are reasons for it but there's just a certain passiveness about us this whole off-season so far that I just don't care for.

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    Originally Posted by dasilva1079
    It's my gut feeling, but I believe knicks might have promised JR starting job so he would resign for the cheap. As for the backup, Cortney lee would me awesome, let's see what happens, I would totally approve
    Doubt Lee would take vet minimum but looks like Boston might lock him up.

    J.R starting is not a big deal with me. He can spread the floor for Melo and Amare because he can hit an open 3.

    J.R suprised me with his ability to play defense and rebound as well.

    He is a steal for 2.8 mil

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    Raja Bell is so underrated.

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    Originally Posted by finestrg
    That's a good call -- maybe they did promise him a starting role. They should look to lock him up already though. I don't know what the hell they're waiting for. Get him to sign on the dotted line before he sees what some of these other guys are getting and changes his mind. JR Smith, even with some of his off-the-court BS, is a bargin at $2.8-2.9M or whatever his raise at 20% will be. Get it done already and move on. I'm sure there are reasons for it but there's just a certain passiveness about us this whole off-season so far that I just don't care for.
    You think JR is waiting to see what will happen to his brother in summer league?

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    Originally Posted by Paul1355
    Doubt Lee would take vet minimum but looks like Boston might lock him up.

    J.R starting is not a big deal with me. He can spread the floor for Melo and Amare because he can hit an open 3.

    J.R suprised me with his ability to play defense and rebound as well.

    He is a steal for 2.8 mil
    i'd like to keep JR but id prefer Bayless over courtney lee at the 2

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    Originally Posted by Paul1355
    Thanks for the list!

    Many of those guys I don't know but I will say this, if they are atheltic slashers then you should cross them off the list because we got that in James White already.

    We need a legit 2 guard that can hit outside shots.

    I liked the idea of Azubuke but I doubt we will give a shot to someone with injury problems.

    I like Manny Harris, Hollis Thompson, Ryan Wittman, and Scotty Hopson I all heard those guys have potential and Harris lit us up once when he was with the Cavs
    +1 on Manny Harris i think he would be a good fit here, Underrated player he has some work to do but he's pretty smooth

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