Happy Walters (agent for Amare) posted on twitter: “There will be a sign and trade with NY. Will give you all more cap space courtesy of Amar'e.” According to RealGM “The trade exception of $16.5 million is equal to Stoudemire's first-year salary ...

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Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks by sign-and-trade?


Happy Walters (agent for Amare) posted on twitter:

“There will be a sign and trade with NY. Will give you all more cap space courtesy of Amar’e.”

According to RealGM

“The trade exception of $16.5 million is equal to Stoudemire’s first-year salary in New York and means that Phoenix would be landing a player like David Lee in return.

The Knicks are expected to receive a second-round pick and an additional $800,000 in cap space in the deal as they will be able to start Amar’e’s contract at a lower price.”

    
 



NBA Orlando Summer League Day 3


Top performers from Day 3 of the Orlando Summer League

Damion James (Nets): James has out played fellow rookie Derrick Favors through the first three games. James scored a game high 30 points (9-of-18 shooting). The Texas rookie is averaging 20.7 (2nd overall) points and 6.3 rebounds.

Paul George (Pacers)- George followed up his eight rebound, seven steal game with 15 points and nine rebounds. The 10th overall pick has displayed his versatility through the first three games.

Jrue Holiday (76ers)- Holiday had his best game yet with 25 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 three-pointers. Overall he is fifth in scoring and second in assists.

Honorable Mention: Joe Crawford (Magic), Josh McRoberts (Pacers), Lance Stephenson (Pacers), James Harden (Thunder), Marreese Speights (76ers)

    
 



NBA Orlando Summer League Day 2


Top three performers from Day 2 of the Orlando Summer League:

Gerald Henderson (Bobcats): Henderson had team highs of 21 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. He made 10-of-11 free throws and has scored over 20 points in his each of his first two games.

Terrence Williams (Nets): Williams had a game high 24 points (8-of-12 from the field). He also chipped in seven rebounds and seven assists. The second year player is averaging 23.5 points, seven assists and four rebounds through two games.

Patrick Ewing Jr. (Magic): Ewing scored 17 points (7-of-12 from the field) with three rebounds, two blocks, two threes and one steal. He scored 12 of his team high 17 in the second half.

Honorable mention: Damion James (Nets), Lance Stephenson (Pacers), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Luke Harangody (Celtics), James Harden (Thunder)

    
 



NBA Orlando Summer League Day 1


Top three performers from Day 1 of the Orlando Summer League:

Lance Stephenson (Pacers): Stephenson had game highs of 21 points and eight free throw attempts. He also chipped in with four rebounds, three assists and one block. The Pacers need a play maker and they believe Stephenson could run the point. The 40th overall pick in the NBA Draft already looks like a steal.

Luke Harangody: Harangody led the Celtics with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. He made four three pointers which shows his improved outside shot. Hiz size and basketball IQ could help him get playing time during the season.

Jrue Holliday (76ers): Holiday had a team highs of 23 points, 11 free throw attempts and eight assists. He looked comfortable running the pick-and-roll. The second year player also showed chemistry playing alongside Evan Turner.

Honorable mention: Evan Turner (76ers), Terrence Williams (Nets), Patrick Ewing Jr. (Magic), Jeff Adrien (Magic), Gerald Henderson (Bobcats), B.J. Mullens (Thunder)

    
 


Knicks targeting Luke Ridnour, Kyle Korver, Mile Miller and Ray Allen?


According to the NY Daily News: “The Knicks could also have the inside track on signing free agent point guard Luke Ridnour whose price tag is too high for Milwaukee. Ridnour would serve as the perfect mentor for second-year point guard Toney Douglas, having been used in a similar role last season with the Bucks and their rookie Brandon Jennings.”

My take: For the second time in his seven year career Ridnour appeared in all 82 games last season. He averaged 10.4 points, 4 assists and scored 0.8 three pointers in 21 minutes per game. Ridnour, set career highs in field goal percentage (47.8), three point percentage (38.1) and free throw percentage (90.7). He has made $6.5 million in each of the past three seasons and is 29 years old which means the Knicks should not overpay.

According to RealGM and the NY Post “The Knicks will send other front office members to meet with Kyle Korver, Mike Miller and Ray Allen. The Knicks are in the market for another three-point shooter to spread the floor in Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense.”

My take: Korver led the NBA in last season in three point percentage (53.6). However, he attempted a career low 2.1 threes per game. During the playoffs he continued his hot shooting converting 47% of his threes. Korver. would be the ideal target because he is the youngest (29) and should come the cheapest out of this group. Mike Miller has durability concerns and made $9.1 million last season. Ray Allen is turning 35 and has made at least $10+ million every season since 2000.

    
 


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