Elfrid Payton re-signs and Carmelo Anthony stays in Portland


Carmelo Anthony takes a shot against Memphis
Carmelo Anthony takes a shot towards Memphis

A number of updates on the Knicks’ free company:

VANVLEET STAYS IN TOR: Fred VanVleet re-signed in Toronto on a four-year $85 million deal, sources affirm. Individuals with the Knicks, and most different groups across the league, anticipated VanVleet to finish up again in Toronto, as beforehand famous.

So New York – and people different groups – would have solely had a shot to signal VanVleet if the Raptors low-balled him. That didn’t occur. The Knicks added some extent guard on Saturday night, agreeing to a cope with Elfrid Payton. A participant who some within the group noticed as a goal – Carmelo Anthony – ended up signing in Portland (extra on each under).

After the Payton deal, the Knicks remained one among two groups within the NBA with important cap area.

New York nonetheless has its cap area as a result of Gordon Hayward reportedly signed a four-year, $120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. The Knicks had a suggestion ready for Hayward however had been unwilling to match the $30 million yearly over 4 years that Hayward bought from Charlotte.

(It’s a little bit of a shock that Boston misplaced Hayward with out getting something in return. They’d been engaged on talks in an indication and commerce. A possible sticking level? In latest talks, Boston had needed TJ Warren and/Aaron Vacation in a commerce and the Pacers had been unwilling to present them up. It’s unclear if that was nonetheless the case earlier than Hayward signed in Charlotte.

Relating to New York, the membership appears to be sustaining its flexibility heading into the 2021 offseason, which ought to function a powerful class of free brokers.

The Knicks even have two first-round picks and two second-round picks within the 2021 NBA Draft, which ought to function a proficient group of prospects.

(**New York acquired criticism for buying and selling Kristaps Porzingis to open up the cap area after which lacking out on the entire prime 2019 free brokers. That criticism was nicely deserved. Once you commerce a participant like Porzingis and create cap area to signal stars and don’t signal the celebrities, you’re going to be critiqued.

After the Knicks missed out on their prime targets, they signed a number of veterans to short-term contracts with the hopes of creating the playoffs and likewise sustaining flexibility. Most of the Knicks’ 2019 free-agent signings (Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Wayne Ellington) had been waived previous to free company. Clearly, that mixture of gamers didn’t assist the Knicks win. However exterior of Julius Randle’s three-year contract, the signings didn’t hamper the Knicks’ monetary flexibility. Former president Steve Mills and present GM Scott Perry deserve credit score for that.

However, sooner or later, New York wants to show its monetary flexibility into expertise basketball gamers.)

Again to the 2020 offseason: the Knicks signed Payton to a one-year, $5 million deal, Payton’s brokers, Aaron Mintz and Ty Sullivan of CAA, confirmed to SNY. 

It’s unclear if Payton can be signed by way of an exception or cap area. If he’s signed by way of an exception, the Knicks nonetheless have roughly $30 million in area. 

The Knicks have had curiosity in Jeff Teague. It’s affordable to imagine Teague is off the desk now that Payton is again. 

If Payton is the place to begin guard subsequent season, the Knicks may have a lead guard who largely defended nicely however is a profession 29 % 3-point shooter. Lineups with Payton and Julius Randle lacked spacing, which is one thing the Knicks must work round.

New York declined their $8 million group possibility on Payton earlier than free company. They’d curiosity in bringing him again, relying on how free company unfolded – and right here we’re.

The Knicks had curiosity in DJ Augustin, who signed a three-year $21 million cope with Milwaukee, per a number of reviews.

It’s unknown if New York had curiosity in Rajon Rondo, however they may have supplied Rondo extra annual cash than the two-year $15 million deal he signed with Atlanta, per reviews.

Value noting: previous to Rondo’s determination, some Knicks determination makers noticed Teague as a extra viable possibility than Rondo.

He’s not some extent guard, however New York was additionally contemplating Malik Beasley, sources mentioned (as Yahoo first reported). Beasley was a restricted free agent, so New York wanted to signal him to a suggestion sheet or government a sign-and-trade with Minnesota. “Curiosity was there, nevertheless it simply didn’t come collectively,” a supply mentioned. The Timberwolves re-signed Beasley to a four-year, $60 million deal, the Athletic reported.

Different gamers on New York’s radar: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. As SNY reported Friday, groups monitoring Caldwell-Pope’s free company anticipated New York to have curiosity. New York must provide Caldwell-Pope a big short-term deal to lure him from Los Angeles. The Knicks can provide Caldwell-Pope extra annual cash than the Lakers, who’ve reportedly added Dennis Schroeder, Wes Matthews and Montrezl Harrell in latest days.

Lastly, the Knicks can look to fill the void at level guard by way of commerce. Russell Westbrook reportedly desires out of Houston and John Wall desires out of Washington, The Athletic reviews.

I’d anticipate New York to proceed to take a conservative strategy in trades that internet a veteran on a long-term contract. We noticed them do this with Chris Paul. It’s affordable to anticipate them to do this in any future conversations about Westbrook or Wall trades.

With reference to Carmelo Anthony, there have been individuals within the Knicks group who felt that Anthony would match nicely with the younger gamers on the roster. We famous final night time that some groups felt Anthony was headed to the Knicks. That was based mostly on the apparent connection between Anthony and Knick president Leon Rose. It was additionally based mostly on some intel popping out of Portland. Coming into free company, some members of the Blazers group felt assured about re-signing Rodney Hood and including one other veteran ahead. If Portland landed that veteran ahead, it could have taken away a job from Anthony. That’s why some groups felt that New York could be a touchdown spot for Anthony. 

That ahead determined to signal elsewhere, leaving a transparent function for Anthony.



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