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Knicks sign Baron Davis

Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 12:14 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Update: The Knicks have officially announced the signing. Also, the New York Times reports that Davis signed for the veteran minimum under the veteran exception, which means the Knicks still have the room exception granted under the new CBA and are expected to continue their pursuit of James Posey, recently amnestied by the Pacers

After using the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups, the Knicks have been hunting a new starting point guard. Mike Bibby recently signed, but that's not exactly the answer.

Baron Davis was amnestied by the Cavs and cleared waivers, opening up the opportunity for him to sign anywhere. And that anywhere has turned out to be the Knicks, according to and confirmed by Ken Berger of

With the Knicks being well over the cap, the deal had to be for the veteran minimum or the "mini mid-level" the Knicks have. According to, it is indeed for the $2.5 mini mid-level.

Which is why this makes a lot of sense for New York. It's a low risk, potentially high value signing. Davis still has a lot of game left, it just comes down to motivation and health. And with him being in New York playing on a solid Knicks team, you have to think he's going to be ready.

He's dealing with a back injury though, and could be out up to 8-10 weeks. However, after being amnetied by the Cavs, that timetable miraculously dropped to 4-6.

Other teams reportedly going after Davis were the Heat and Lakers, so the Knicks landing their target to likely start once he's healthy is a big move. Not to say Davis is going to be a star or anything, but considering the options right now for New York, Davis is about as good as they could do in their situation. Bibby is a nice veteran backup, Toney Douglas isn't a point guard and Iman Shumpert is mostly an unknown. Davis could at least step in and handle the offense.

Which shouldn't be all that difficult considering Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are part of it. Where the Knicks will likely continue to struggle is the defensive end. Davis isn't known as much of a defender, so the addition of Tyson Chandler could be very important to seal off all those drives given up by Davis and Carmelo.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:40 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

I'm happy.....I'm a nets fan but hoping anyone can make moves and beat the heat.....yes I'm one of those people

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:37 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Great pick up Knicks!!!! 

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:36 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

charlie tuna

have you looked at the NHL standings recently
seems like the wild are on top
maybe you should rethink your comments

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:31 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

LOMAX = less than a genious. "No big deal. He's nothing special, and Knicks will be lucky to win 40 games this year. Don't believe the hype."
I a 66 game season 40 wins, is 40-26, or 14 games over. 500. Or almost 66% of the games- won. Imbecil.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:00 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

No big deal. He's nothing special, and Knicks will be lucky to win 40 games this year. Don't believe the hype.

If they win 40 games they had a very good   &nbs

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:49 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

No big deal. He's nothing special, and Knicks will be lucky to win 40 games this year. Don't believe the hype.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:11 am

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Every league has bad teams unless you count Little League where every player gets a trophy. Look at the perennial bottom feeders in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and even big time international soccer leagues around the globe.

MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals are built for failure. Small market, low payroll, but a rich history remains. The NHL has teams like the Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, etc, have little chance of smelling the Stanley Cup. The NBA, similarly, have teams that are going to be perrenial underdogs for the same reason. The Kings, Raptors, Timberwolves, etc., are at a disadvantage to be sure. Such is life.

Not everyone gets to drive the Maserati and have a 10 bedroom mansion in life and it applies to sports. What you're asking for is a little league in Peoria, Illinois where all the kids get a trophy at the end of the season. Not realistic. And as far as contraction is concerned, even the worst Major League Baseball teams and NFL teams still make money because of TV rights and revenue distribution. The NBA has $9 billion reasons why they should not fold any teams. The new CBA has readjusted teh revenue split between owners and players to prevent owners from losing money. NBA owners should now concentrate on drafting well and scouting. Giving Kwame Brown $7 million is not the wisest thing to do.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:55 pm

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Why the NBA is doomed....
They had a chance to fix it and didn't.
Hard cap and no exceptions - done deal. Fans could believe their team had a chance.
Is this any different than college? We have 15 scholarships to offer. UNC /KY/ etc.... they are offered 3 more scholarships as the boosters have kicked in an extra 4.5 million. Great job! Way to look out for everyone. We know you get it back in tv revenue......
I'm One hoping the league must contract!!! Let's see how you like the late 70's ABA.
Wow we are down to 8 teams. How about the best team plays all the other All-Stars??
BRI is nothing. Won't affect the idiots now..... sorry the kids (players) of the future....
* Stern and Owners..... Talked a great line and failed all. You should have protected the league and players.. now and future.
* Aren't you now liable for every bad trade? Your fuduciary reponsibilities are now a responsibilty of the commish....

Players... most I like!!! Stars and owners.... I hope you rot! Youv've ruined the game, the comp., the league.
Baron Davis, Chauncey Billups, , Battier free to sign with the best? Really? 
Great system.
Please do not support them.
Raptors, Kings, Grizzles, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Suns, Jazz... and on...... Why do we go watch? 

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:39 pm

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

No Pepper is an idiot with an even dumber name.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:23 pm

Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Yea sure, Baron Davis was a good player at one time, and will do wonders for the Knicks.... in the 15-25 games he plays in this year. 

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