JR Smith Trade Scenarios

The Knicks are looking into trading JR Smith.  Considering he’s played like crap for pretty much the entire season, had an offseason knee surgery, got suspended for repeated drug violations as well as fined for repeated unsportsmanlike conduct (shoelacegate parts 1 and 2) the market for JR is at an all time low.  Remember, when the market for JR was at an all time high after he got the 6th man of the year award the Knicks were still the only team to make an offer.  That being said I’m going to attempt to propose a few trade scenarios that would kinda sorta make sense for the other team (obviously any trade getting rid of JR makes sense for the Knicks).

Scenario #1

Milwaukee Bucks get:
JR Smith
Cole Aldrich

New York Knicks get:
Gary Neal
Carlos Delfino

Why the Bucks do it:  The Bucks really want to get rid of Neal and Delfino hasn’t been healthy in 4 years.  The Bucks save about 1M a year after this year and in theory replace Neals 3 point shooting.

Why the Knicks do it:  They get rid of JR Smith

Scenario #2 Continue reading

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Episode 114: Focus and Effort

The Knicks are on a five game winning streak which not only coincides with D’Antoni getting fired, it coincides with Carmelo Anthony trying! The Knicks beat Toronto and Philly. Ten things to worry about for the rest of the season. Some other news around the league, Fisher and Turiaf getting signed, Odom retiring and not telling anyone, and the battle for the last two playoffs spots in the east.  Download Episode 114

Episode 113: Mike Woodson: Greatest Coach of All Time

The Knicks played two very winnable games against the Indiana Pacers and showed everyone the team we all thought we were getting at the beginning of the season.  Faried vs Shumpert, Fisher vs being homeless, Woodsons performance for the rest of the season vs chances of keeping his job for another season.  Download Episode 113

Episode 79: It’s Been a While

We’re back!  Unfortunately the NBA is not.  The Knicks hire coach Mike Woodson.  We debate whether he has been hired as a defensive coach or not.  Ronny Turiaf breaks his hand.  NBA player rankings.  The Denver Knuggicks experiment is over before it started, Wilson Chandler signs in China.  Download Episode 79           Subscribe on ITunes

Sorry Earl Barron, We don’t need any stinkin’ 7ft Centers

Center Earl Barron became a free agent when he was not re-signed by Milwaukee yesterday, but Walsh said he would pass for now despite the Knicks’ center woes. According to a source, Walsh likes Barron, but doesn’t want to sign him because D’Antoni won’t play him over Jared Jeffries or Ronny Turiaf.

Great, why would we possibly need a guy who can help clog the middle? This also sounds like the reason Walsh won’t re-up with this team, he is clearly not on the same page as D’Antoni about how to improve this roster.

Knicks Roster Mid-Season Grades

Jay’s Grades

Kelenna Azubuike – Inc
Wilson Chandler   – A-
Eddy Curry    – F
Toney Douglas – C+
Raymond Felton   – A+
Landry Fields – A+
Danilo Gallinari – B-
Roger Mason – F
Timofey Mozgov   – D+
Anthony Randolph – D-   
Andy Rautins – Inc
Amare Stoudemire – A
Ronny Turiaf – B-
Bill Walker   – C+
Shawne Williams – B

Marc’s Grades

Kelenna Azubuike – Inc
Wilson Chandler   – B+
Eddy Curry    – F
Toney Douglas – B-
Raymond Felton   – A
Landry Fields – A
Danilo Gallinari – B
Roger Mason – F
Timofey Mozgov   – D
Anthony Randolph – D+   
Andy Rautins – Inc
Amare Stoudemire – A
Ronny Turiaf – B
Bill Walker   – C+
Shawne Williams – B