Tag:Anthony Randolph
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 5:05 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

Knicks reportedly have deal in place to obtain a first-round pick for Anthony Randolph should they elect to pursue a Carmelo Anthony trade. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Knicks have a "contingent" deal in place to trade Anthony Randolph to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, according to a report from the New York Post .  The deal hasn't gone through yet due to Donnie Walsh being unsure about pursuing a trade for Carmelo Anthony, the only reason the Knicks want that pick. The Knicks have been pursuing the Randolph trade for months in case they can manage to get Denver to relent and open discussions (or if the Nuggets get so mad at the Nets as to open such discussions ). 

Randolph has been a disappointment his entire career. First in Golden State, where it was thought his problems were solely the result of Don Nelson's mismanagement, and now in New York, where the hyper-athletic youngster can't find time in Mike D'Antoni's system, which rewards hyper-athletic youngsters. He has pitifully low basketball IQ, difficulty with focus and has shown little to no playmaking ability. It's been the biggest disappointment for the Knicks in the last few months, which isn't bad considering how many pitches they've thrown. 

A first-round pick wouldn't be a bad asset to obtain for Randolph, even if Walsh and D'Antoni decided Melo was too much of a hassle to begin with. With no 2012 pick, as it was traded to the Rockets, nabbing two players in the top 20 would benefit the Knicks' depth. Additionally, should the pick be top-three protected, for example, it would provide them with an opportunity for a 2012 replacement pick, which would suit them fine, particularly since the Wolves seem to be headed nowhere near .500 in the short-term, Ricky Rubio or no Ricky Rubio. 

So Walsh may have the deal in place to start making moves. But with the Knicks still looking strong in the playoff hunt, he waits. This one may go down to the deadline wire on whether it goes through or not. 
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 6:09 pm

Danilo Gallinari out 2-3 weeks with knee sprain

New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari is out 2-3 weeks with what the team calls a "mild knee sprain." Posted by Ben Golliver. danilo-gallinari

On Sunday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari "crumpled to the floor" after suffering a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of a 98-92 home win over the Indiana Pacers. Shortly after the game, Berger wrote that Gallinari said the injury was "nothing to worry about."

An MRI conducted on Monday confirmed that Gallinari avoided any serious knee trouble, but the test did reveal what the team called a "mild knee sprain." Gallinari is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

At 19-14, the Knicks have arguably exceeded expectations more than any other NBA team so far this season, and Gallinari, a 22 year-old Italian forward, has been an important piece. Gallinari had started every game so far this season, and was averaging 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 34.7 minutes. He was also getting to the free throw line more frequently than any Knick not named Amar'e Stoudemire and was shooting 37% from deep, while leading the team in three-point attempts.

The New York Times reports that big man Ronny Turiaf will likely start in Gallinari's place, moving Wilson Chandler to the small forward position. Turiaf, a low-post bruiser and hustle player, brings a distinctly different style of play than Gallinari. He has started six games this season and is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. 

PostingAndToasting.com also writes that Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni may decide to fill Gallinari's missing minutes by increasing playing time for Shawne Williams and Bill Walker, rather than turning to seldom-used forward Anthony Randolph, who has languished on the bench since being acquired via trade last summer.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:53 am

Wolves are eyeing Randolph; Knicks want Ridnour?

Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks have been hunting for a backup point guard for some time now. And as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote yesterday, a candidate for some time has been Sebastian Telfair. The Wolves are said to want Anthony Randolph back in the deal who has been sitting for the most part on the end of the bench in New York.

Except it looks like the Knicks are more interested in the player Minnesota isn't that comfortable giving up. As Berger wrote yesterday, Luke Ridnour is off the table in trade talks with New York, but a report from Newsday says that the Knicks would consider moving Randolph if the deal included Ridnour, or a draft pick instead of Telfair.

What, Bassy Telfair ain't good enough for you, Donnie Walsh?

But you can certainly see New York's side of this. Randolph is a talent. No matter what he's done so far, the dude's talented. And as badly as the Knicks want a backup point guard for Raymond Felton, they aren't ready to just settle on Telfair for Randolph. The Wolves have stockpiled a good number of draft picks over the past year or so, so maybe this is where Walsh says he can get that first-round pick from. And as any good general manager should, he has his eye on the better player in Ridnour, instead of Telfair.

Telfair has played a decent amount so far this season, appearing in 25 games and averaging just over 20 minutes. But the reason he's seen even that much playing time is because Jonny Flynn has been out with the hip issue. Now that Flynn is on his way back, Telfair is going to find the end of the bench a bit more.

Ridnour has played a bit more of a central role, starting in 25 of the 28 games for the Wolves. He's having a very Ridnour-like season, averaging over 11 points and five assists. He's always been a poor man's Steve Nash so Mike D'Anonti probably would love to get him into New York's system.

This is just another one of those crossroads for David Kahn. Telfair is obviously the player he'd rather deal, considering Ridnour was a free agent signed in the offseason. And is Randolph worth that and a pick? Maybe. The thing Kahn has to consider is that including Ricky Rubio, he's got like 18 point guards under contract right now. All of them can't play at once.

But maybe this is an opportunity for Minnesota to add more straight talent. The Wolves acquired another gifted lefty in Michael Beasley for a measley second-round pick but it's going to take more from New York because the Knicks aren't trying to dump anything and everything like the Heat.

Again, Berger said right now, Ridnour is off the table. But at some point, Kahn might have to reconsider.
Posted on: December 15, 2010 4:42 pm

New York still has No. 1 pick option?

Posted by Royce Young

After the Nets made big moves yesterday (well, today really) to position themselves for a better run at Carmelo Anthony, some wondered if the No. 1 pick New Jersey acquired from Houston was the one the New York thought they could ge t for Anthony Randolph.

But Alan Hahn of Newsday points out that if New Jersey can get a No. 1 for Terrence Williams (two in fact), that the Knicks should be fine tracking one down for Randolph. But obviously, the question there is, did the Knicks trade partner move on?

Thing is, the Nets now have two picks to shop while currently, the Knicks don't have one. Plus the Nets have Derrick Favors and the expiring contracts the Nuggets want. Again, Randolph should be able to get turned over for a pick (maybe two) but at this point, the Nets are the team making the major moves for Carmelo.

In the end - and you know this already but I'll repeat it just for fun - it comes down to where Melo wants to go. Right now, he has as much leverage as he can. The Knicks and Nets are clearly the frontrunners because those appear to be the two places he is good with going, plus they are pushing the hardest.

The Nuggets lose more and more leverage the longer this carries on because the asking price will drop. Right now, the demand is probably at its highest, with Denver coming off with likely its best deal in getting Favors, expirings and some picks. The Knicks can match, but they'll have to get that pick - or picks - in order to do it.

One option may have passed with the Rockets dealing with the Nets. Maybe the Nets did that intentionally to try and subvert the Knicks' trade partner. Who knows. But the key is acquiring that pick and Randolph should be enough to get it.
Posted on: December 11, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: December 11, 2010 11:45 am

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

Posted by Royce Young

Anthony Randolph has always been considered one of the most unique, talented and gifted players in the league. And when he was traded to New York as part of the David Lee trade, the common thinking was he'd have a chance to break out some.

That hasn't totally happened yet, but Randolph may have another unique value to the Knicks. He may be the player that brings them Carmelo Anthony.

According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks have fielded several calls from different Western Conference teams regarding a trade for Randolph. One of those has been with the Houston Rockets, who would likely send back the first-round pick that the Knicks traded them in last season's Tracy McGrady deal.

Knicks president and general manager Donnie Walsh has said that he regrets giving away that pick and has been working to get a 2011 pick back. The Nuggets have made their wishes clear that a first-rounder needs to be included in a potential trade, something the Knicks don't currently have.

A couple months ago, there was news about the Knicks having a first-round pick trade available to them when they needed it. Maybe this was it.

Ken Berger's recent report that the Nuggets are now moving into trade mode with Anthony means teams will likely get a lot more serious to position themselves to get him. The Dec. 15 date is almost here when players that were acquired during the offseason can be moved (Randolph is one of those). And in Berger's report, it's clear the Nuggets will trade Anthony by the trade deadline if he's absolutely not going to sign an extension. Which he's not going to.

We've known that Carmelo wants to play in New York for a while, but the question is just whether or not the Knicks could put together an acceptable trade for him. Now, it looks like they're getting closer.

The question is, is Walsh going to have any hesitations with the team playing so well right now? Obviously a deal for Carmelo is a little bit down the line so the circumstances will likely be different. But with the Knicks having won 12 of 13, is Walsh willing to mess with what's working? I'm saying definitely yes, because all the Knicks have proven is that they're capable of beating average and bad teams, not the elite squads. The Knicks are headed in the right direction without Carmelo. So they probably feel like he might be the missing piece to something big sooner than later.
Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:37 am

Melo wants Spike Lee to make him a Knick

Posted by Royce Young

This just feels like one of those stories too good - or at least too straightforward and slightly weird - to be true.

Marc Berman of The New York Post has something interesting on the Carmelo Anthony front this lovely Thursday.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Walsh has been motivated by information from Lee, a Knicks season-ticket-holder, that Anthony's first choice is far and away the Knicks. According to the source, Anthony has had several conversations in recent weeks with Lee, who has in turn informed Knicks brass of Anthony's feelings.
Of course then there's the information we already know that Carmelo "definitely, 100 percent wants to be a Knick." Which is potentially why he's stayed so mum on the topic right now. He's using back channels to get things done, instead of working on the front. It's smart PR and it's the best way to get things done.

And let me stop you right there - since Lee is not part of the Knicks organization (not officially, at least), this isn't considered tampering. So Carmelo evidently has Lee's ear, who is influential in the Knicks front office.

That's nice and all, but it doesn't matter what Spike Lee says to Donnie Walsh. As Ken Berger reported last night, the ball is in Denver's court. It's their call. They can trade Carmelo when they want, or not trade him at all.

But as Berman noted, the Knicks have made everyone on the roster available to the Nuggets, sans Amar'e Stoudemire. But right now, Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's dead body (plus his contract) just isn't enough. So maybe the Knicks are working in a third team. Or maybe they intend on waiting out the Nuggets a bit until they soften.

This is a step for New York though. Up until basically this week, they weren't really even considered a contender for Anthony outside of the fact that's where he wants to go. New Jersey has always been said to have the best deal (and they still do), but at least the Knicks have gained some traction. So that's something.

At some point, Carmelo Anthony will be packing to head to another city. And if we're to believe he's enlisted the help of an influential filmmaker, maybe it'll eventually be the place he so badly wants.
Posted on: October 20, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 8:29 pm

Knicks are moving on Melo, but is it smart?

Posted by Royce Young

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has pulled in a bunch of new information about the potential of Carmelo Anthony to New York (or to somewhere) and it's not as easy as it might seem. The gist is though, the Nuggets appear more ready than ever to move Carmelo, but want to do it on their time, not his. 

The Nuggets are still hoping that Anthony will have a change of heart and a good start can convince him maybe Denver is the place to be. Of course as Ken points out, that could certainly backfire as the Nuggets are looking at opening the season without Kenyon Martin or Chris Andersen. A bad start could mean Carmelo actually starts saying he wants out now.

And according to Berger's report, the Knicks don't have a deal nearly as attractive to the Nuggets as what New Jersey would have. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports the Knicks story has "no legs" to it. And that's even with the Knicks really sweetening the pot.

So it doesn't look like a deal is as close as it might seem. But let's still ask the question: Should the Knicks be making this kind of effort? In the proposed talks, New York would be losing Anthony Randolph, Danilo Gallinari, a first-round pick they acquired from someone and Eddy Curry's valuable contract. But they would get Carmelo Anthony. Is that a good deal for the Knicks?

In a lot of ways, yes. Anthony is a huge star, will bring a ton of attention to the Knicks and paired with Amar'e Stoudemire, they'll have a nice team. Carmelo is a player capable of winning some on his own but adding in a talented guy like Stoudemire just means that this team could be pretty solid.

But if New York trades away Gallinari and Randolph, plus the assets that could potentially improve the team more down the line, what's left? They'd have Carmelo, Amar'e, Ray Felton and...? I'm drawing a blank. Unless players like Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov and Toney Douglas have abilities hidden within that they're waiting to break out, aren't we just kind of looking at a situation similar to what the Cavs faced all those years with LeBron? Granted, Stoudemire is better than any castmate LeBron had, but Carmelo isn't the same caliber player LeBron is.

The Knicks obviously are dying for Carmelo. And since they know he wants to be there, they're willing to do what it takes. Randolph is a talented player, but unproven. Understandable sending him. The first-round pick, no big deal. Curry's contract is a nice asset, but you've got to give up good stuff to get back good stuff. Gallinari is where it's easy to get a little hung up. He's not a superstar, but he screams Excellent Role Player.

Plus, when you read some accounts of Anthony's game, are we really so sure he's the superstar player we think he is? For instance, Jeremy Wagner of Roundball Mining Company had a nice takedown of Anthony's game in which Zach Lowe of SI's The Point Forward expanded on. The conclusion appears to be that yes, Carmelo Anthony is a good player. A bedrock superstar though, he is not.

The Knicks aren't necessarily selling the farm to acquire Anthony. But Gallinari is a high price to pay because he's New York's most valuable trade piece. Tough call.

If the Knicks were willing to risk it and wait, maybe the Nuggets would take less at the trade deadline. Or there's potential Anthony doesn't go anywhere and just becomes a free agent next summer and can choose wherever he wants to go. Then nobody would have to give up anything to get him. Denver is practicing patience with Anthony, hoping they can convince him to hang around. Maybe the Knicks should hope he does too.
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 12:28 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

Melo talks swinging towards New York, away from New Jersey. Posted by Matt Moore

So the season starts in a week, and Melo is still a Nugget. Will he stay there?

After our own Ken Berger reported last week that the Nuggets remain intent on moving him, there's word picking up that the Knicks may be getting back into the talks. Chris Sheridan reports that the Knicks are trying to work out a deal to move either Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph to acquire a player that the Nuggets have more of an interest in. It's a curious report, in that you'd think that either A. Denver would be satisfied with a young forward with either shooting prowess or considerable athleticism, or if they did want one of those moved for an asset, it would be a draft pick they'd be shopping for. 

New York's pick this season was held by Utah due to the last of Isiah Thomas' genius maneuvers. In trying to clear space to bring in one of the Big 3 free agents, the Knicks obtained Tracy McGrady's expring contract from Houston. In return, they had to agree to a pick swap this year and to give Houston its 2012 pick as well. Teams are restricted from trading consecutive first rounders. 

If the Nuggets move Anthony, they'll be in a rebuilding mode. And while acquiring good players is good for the ticket sales, it's draft picks and movable assets that will help them get back into contention through a rebuilding process. 

It's still hard to see a scenario in which the Knicks can get back into this thing, unless the Nuggets are beginning to relent to Melo's pressure to move him, and move him where he wants. 

There are numerous reports that the Derrick Favors angle that would send Anthony to New Jersey is dead, based off of both the Nuggets and Nets backing off. Favors looked good in the second half against New York last night, after a dreadful preseason, so both sides have reasons to walk away from the deal. 

After seeing the Knicks in preseason, it would actually be kind of unfortunate to see Anthony wind up in New York at the cost of their young nucleus. Randolph and Gallinari provide a nice balance to each other's games, Stoudemire looks every bit the superstar they signed him to be, and Timofey Mozgov looks like a promising center prospect. Even Raymond Felton looked like the guard they need him to be for the first time last night. Adding Melo would give them a second superstar and a major scoring threat, but would also damage their flexibility and versatility, things which are important in Mike D'Antoni's system. 

We'll have to see if the Knicks feel they have to strike while the iron is hot or not. 
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