Is Basketball Back at MSG? Grading the Knicks Offseason – Part 2

Written by Kevin Meng

Yesterday we broke down the first half of the Knicks offseason.  Now on to the rest of the moves the Knicks made so far this summer.

Signing Courtney Lee to a 4 year, $48 million dollar deal

Not quite sure why Lee chose to play here, but I ain’t mad. In a starting 5 with a scoring forward, a defensive-minded center, the best Latvian big man since Kaspars Kambala, and a penetrating guard with a shaky shot, the one thing this team was lacking was a consistent three ball shooter and wing defender.

Lee has been a positive on the defensive end his whole career, playing bigger than his 6’5, 200lb frame might suggest. He also averaged 39% from bomb territory on 3 attempts per game last season. He was the one of the best shooters on a team that hoisted up the 4th most attempts in the league. With all of the attention on Mr. Anthony, KP, and Rose, he should thrive.

Seeing the deals thrown around for similar players like Kent Bazemore, and the premium put on 3nD wings, signing him for 12 per on average is a great deal. One marker of a good contract is the backend of the deal. A player might be worth their salary in the first two years and grossly overpaid the final two(Luol Deng to the Lakers??), but looking at Lee’s deal, he might even be underpaid in year 3 considering the new cap.

Finding the perfect compliment to the surrounding talent, and doing so on a fair contract? Here’s a big fat A for you, Mr. Jackson.

Grade: A

Signing Joakim Noah to a 4 year, $72 million dollar deal

Not sure if PMFJ still thinks he’s on his hippy retreat in Montana or not, but we have a sinking suspicion that he was on some serious mind altering substances when he signed this deal. When healthy, Noah is a still a very effective defender, good finisher around the rim, and great passer. Add to that his chemistry to Rose and the fact that we didn’t have a center, and the reasons for signing him are obvious. But 4/72 for a guy who can’t stay healthy and is on the downside of his career with a skillset that doesn’t age well? Yeesh.

In this market, players are going to get overpaid. There weren’t many C’s left on the market to get, and even fewer that fit what we needed, but this deal seems more like Phil panicked, realized he needed a C that could pass and be mobile on the court, and blew away the first one he could find with an offer he couldn’t refuse. Noah is still a good player, but he seemed angry at how Chicago did him dirty. Expect a big bounce back from him, but don’t expect him to earn the deal he signed. At least he isn’t Eddy Curry.

Grade: C+

Re-signing Lance Thomas to a 4 year, $27.5 million dollar deal

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Episode 206: Free Agency

Marc and Jay discuss the Knicks moves, Will calls in to explain how the Nets seem to have endless cap space, we go over all the free agency moves so far to see who got better and who is tanking and finish off with listener questions

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Episode 139: One Smith, Two Smith

The Knicks sign JR Smiths little brother.  Olympics talk, we talk about our excitement for mens basketball.  Top 5 siblings from other players the Knicks should sign.  Lots of listener questions. Download Episode 139

Offseason Grades – Eastern Conference

In episode 1 Marc and Jay started to give their grades for the 2010 offseason transactions, here’s the results:

Atlantic Division

Jays Picks

New York Knicks – B+
New Jersey Nets – C+
Philadelphia 76ers – C-
Toronto Raptors – D-
Boston Celtics – B+

Marcs Picks

New York Knicks – B-
New Jersey Nets – B
Philadelphia 76ers – C+
Toronto Raptors – F
Boston Celtics – B

Central Division

Jays Picks

Milwaukee Bucks – A-
Cleveland Cavs – F
Detroit Pistons – D
Indiana Pacers – B-
Chicago Bulls – C+

Marcs Picks

Milwaukee Bucks – A-
Cleveland Cavs – F
Detroit Pistons – C-
Indiana Pacers – C
Chicago Bulls – B-

Southeast Division

Jays Picks

Washington Wizards – B+
Orlando Magic – D-
Miami Heat – A+
Atlanta Hawks – F
Charlotte Bobcats – F

Marcs Picks

Washington Wizards – A-
Orlando Magic – B-
Miami Heat – A+
Atlanta Hawks – F
Charlotte Bobcats – D+

Episode 4: Southwest Division Offseason Grades

Jay and Marc give their offseason grades for the Southwest Division and recap the 1st half of the Knicks preseason.  Download Episode 4

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Episode 1 – Atlantic Division Offseason

Jay and Marc introduce themselves and explain what to expect on this podcast in the future.  We then give our ratings of the offseason transactions for the Atlantic division.  Subscribe on ITunes  Download Episode 1