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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

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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 ESPN.com and confirmed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com

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 SI.com, 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.
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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

But apparently, the Heat and Lakers were interested.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

in another move the knicks signed john stockton....



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Yes!!!

I always wanted us to get Baron Davis since he was drafted.  Of course that was  back when he was still good.  



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

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.
Rotoworld is saying he might be back in 2-4 weeks.  A month ago reports had this dude basically paralyzed from the waist down and now he get's amnestied and is looking at a starting PG for the Knicks.  The duration of his injury goes from 8-10 to 4-6 and in some cases 2-4.  At this rate, he'll be ready for the CrossFit games in a couple of days.  Sketchball.  The dude didn't want to play for the Cavaliers and malingered an injury to get out of there.  Please don't try to say this isn't what he did.  There was no magic herbal treatments from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman that miraculously healed his injuries. He didn't go to House M.D for a consultation.  I know he's looking at a better situation now, but that was shady.  I'm surprised Dan Gilbert just didn't let him rot at the end of the bench, or let B-Diddy park his Hoveround at the end of the bench while he rehabbed his 15 slipped discs in his back. He's gotta pay him anyway, and after that letter he sent to David Stern post Chris Paul to the Lakers trade, Gilbert seems bent on trying to fix the system and its flaws, or what he appears to be flaws.  A dude basically falsifying an injury in order to get amnestied to go from a lottery team to a playoff team would certainly appear to be a flaw.  It is what is I guess.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Hes definitly not underpaid, and just so you know the cavs are paying him 24 million over the next 2 years but the hes also getting 2.5 million more from the knicks since he signed as a free agent and not through amnesty so over the next 2 years hes making 26.5 million and thats not even including whatever deal he signs next season, must be nice.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

underpaid??  the cavs are paying him 24 million dollars just to play for the knicks!  this is an easy signing for ny..they're only paying 1/12 of his salary this season...








Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Any team that actually puts their faith in Baron Davis really has a sense of desperation. Davis plays when he wants to play, not any other time. I would almost guarantee that as the season goes on, he will feel underpaid and unappreciated. It is probably no big deal, since the Knicks are not expected to do much this year anyway. I guess it all boils down to the same issue as everything usually does, money. Not enough money to keep Billups, and saying a prayer and signing Davis. The Baron is a very talented athlete, but is a head case. He will do ok to start, but his interest will wane as the season goes on.




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Report: Knicks to sign Baron Davis

Davis could add a real fire to the already star-studded Knicks. When he catches hot he is a real nuisance. He can easily fit into the run n gun system and provide some demoralizing dunks. It's a real good fit, especially now with Bibby in place to take the helm in case of injury, or him just being a bust. I really hope he doesn't go to the Heat because they have a future star PG in Norris Cole, who will hopefully be a starter within a month of the season. I can't really see the Lakers signing him either because they want to save money where they can. Knicks are definitely looking like a real good team, especially in a weak Eastern division.


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