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    Default Knicks mull Brad Miller at center

    Knicks mull Brad Miller at center

    By MARC BERMAN
    Last Updated: 11:35 AM, April 20, 2010
    Posted: 3:10 AM, April 20, 2010



    If Marcus Camby is indeed off the free-agent market, the center-less Knicks may be desperate enough to investigate Bulls 7-foot backup center Brad Miller come July, according to a league source.

    Though he just turned 34, Miller still has something left in the tank -- he is a serviceable, decent-shooting big-man that coach Mike D'Antoni could use for his offense. Team president Donnie Walsh craves a center to give the Knicks the sizeable defensive interior presence they lack.

    Miller, facing LeBron James' Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs, played all 82 games for the Bulls this season and averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 23 minutes.

    The shot-blocking Camby, who was interested in having a second stint with the Knicks, was the better fit. He has had talks about a two-year, $20 million contract extension with the Blazers, ESPN.com reported yesterday. That kind of money is way out of the ballpark as the Knicks try to add as many assets as they can with their cap room.

    If they do not land two superstars for maximum contracts, the Knicks have the option of breaking up their $34 million in salary cap room into smaller pieces and signing three or four players, including a center. Shaquille O'Neal is a free agent, but he is 38 and did not have that much success under D'Antoni in Phoenix.

    Walsh acquired Miller for the Pacers in 2001, and Miller made the All-Star Game in 2003 before he left as a free agent for Sacramento.

    Blazers president Kevin Pritchard talked glowingly of Camby when the Knicks were in town last month, but Camby was skeptical he would fit in Portland next season with center Greg Oden expected to return from knee surgery.

    Walsh prefers not to bring back 6-foot-9 free agent David Lee unless the Knicks can play him at power forward, not center. Walsh and D'Antoni both feel that Lee needs a true center to play alongside of him. The Knicks want to bring back late-season signee, 7-footer Earl Barron, as a backup center, but they need a starter. The Knicks know they can't count on Eddy Curry.

    Camby would have been a great defensive fit and his family was excited about him returning to New York.

    "I know how it feels like to play for the Knicks," Camby said three weeks ago. "I know what it feels like to wear that jersey and represent that city. Once free agency comes, I'll take a look at it."
    I know this is just media speculation, and we're going to hear a lot of it between now and July 1st, but can we stop talking about aging, over-the-hill, past their prime players?

    I want a young team that can stay together and we can build from into a contender. Not a one-and-done team like the Celtics.

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    Speculation or no, I'll vomit if we get Miller. Old and slow gets us nowhere fast. Good passer, good shooter, has experience....who ****ing cares. He's a cop out if signed. We can do better, but in fairness to the idea------ he'd be cheap(ish).

    Talk of re-signing Barron interests me..... He's no spring chicken at 28 either though. Not a long term option but has some room to grow and showed some rebounding prowess in a short showing here. Has roughly the same credentials as Miller bar the passing.

    It's so pivotal (no pun there) to have a physical, preferably intimidating center. I don't care what anyone sais, a good, defensive center is essential to winning in the 2000s. Jordan's Bulls are the only team to have won it all without a decent defensive 5 or a really high level and defensively capable 4 since the 80s.

    I'll say it again, give Brendan Haywood a look. He, combined with Barron, does an enormous poo on the combination of Miller and Barron that's for sure. And would he be that expensive to sign on? Sure the best of his days are waning...... But he personifies that big, physical, intimidating presence that we so sorely need.

    A lot of people are saying that there'll be some good 5s available with our 2nd round picks. I'll believe that when I see it.

    If we do S&T Lee for Bosh and don't have a center in the paint, we'll win less games than this year.

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    if the knicks really want to throw away another season, then sign him.

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    I would rather trade Curry's expiring contract for Andres Biedrens.

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    Much rather invest in Donnie having the initiative and ability to male a play for Okefor, Randolph, DeAndre Jordan (?), etc.

    If things go as planned we don't "need" a shooting big or even bigtime scoring big. Let alone one who is of the age where Viagra isn't a choice but a genetic
    ncessity.

    Gallo, Walker, Douglas...Lee/Bosh, and I pray to god Morrows is more than enuff firepower. Let alone if we sign the big kahuna too.

    Young/in prime, defensive-minded, big and/or very athletic is what we need.

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    id rather have biedrins than okafor. both contracts suck. biendrins actually has upside.

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    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    I know this is just media speculation, and we're going to hear a lot of it between now and July 1st, but can we stop talking about aging, over-the-hill, past their prime players?

    I want a young team that can stay together and we can build from into a contender. Not a one-and-done team like the Celtics.
    Brad Miller is a backup center...and personally I like Earl Barron as our backup Center


    We need a legit Center to start that can block atleast 2 shots a game and grab 10 rebounds per....Kaman, Haywood, Okafor...should be top on the list

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    I would take him for the veterans minimum.

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    Default Mulling Mullen Miller

    Donnie Walsh mulling again. can't wait till he hires Chris Mullen to keep mullin some more

    Brad Miller, another F/C with no blocking ability? I don't think so. I agree, vets min, OK. c'mon, do we really need to rebuild team with guys on their last legs?

    from that biggie list, I'd be happy with, for pure defensive presence:

    Bosh or A'm'ar'e - as both are gonna cost max, i'd prefer Bosh
    Dalembert
    Haywood
    T-rex Thomas - wish we could've traded Al Brickington for TT
    Okafor, as long as we got a PG out of the deal (collison, paul) OR got rid of Heavy Curry ( hell I'd take anybody on list to get rid of that fat ahole).

    No to Haslem (DLEE is better)
    No to old knees:
    Dampier
    Kunt Thomas
    The O'Neals

    I'd rather the Knicks go young, get someone like JaVale McGee, or trade up to draft Cole Aldrich, DeMarcus Cousins, or Hassan Whiteside, or wait for 2nd round for Solomon Alabi or even Expe Udoh (great name, huge wingspan).

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    Is Walsh mulling Reggie Miller and Rik Smits out of free agency and retirement too? Wow I just love how he mulls every ex-Pacer piece of **** into our Knicks.

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    Originally Posted by Arod2k9
    Is Walsh mulling Reggie Miller and Rik Smits out of free agency and retirement too? Wow I just love how he mulls every ex-Pacer piece of **** into our Knicks.
    lolRikSmits. Nice one.

    As mentioned, if this does go down we can expect it to be for a leauge min salary and whatnot. And it's a big if. Either way it seems like a pretty inconsequential move -- let alone rumor.

    It does comically speak to our dire need for a legit frontcourt.

    I'm getting higher on TyrusT and pairing him with a Bosh if need be...im not sure I'm ready to relinquish Curry for Emeka...

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