The Knicks mostly sat out Thursday’s trade deadline fireworks, but they did make one move.
New York traded Pablo Prigioni to Houston for Alexey Shved and second round picks in 2017 and 2019. The Knicks drop Prigioni’s $1.7 Million contract for next season ($300 K guaranteed) and replace it with Shved’s expiring deal, using one of their trade exceptions to accommodate the former Rocket’s larger contract. The Knicks are low on future picks, and Prigioni was a strong candidate to retire after the season, so this is a good move.
However, a lack of assets caused by hasty trades forced the Knicks to sit on the sidelines while quality point guards like Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Knight, and Michael-Carter-Williams. With Dragic likely to sign with Miami long-term, it’s unclear if the Knicks will be able to upgrade their PG position going forward.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will reportedly miss the remainder of the season, as the team plans to announce his shutdown later today. Melo, who put off the inevitable in order to play in front of his home fans at the All-Star Game, will have knee surgery in the near future. Anthony will finish his campaign with averages of 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal on 44% shooting in 36 minutes of play. The 42 games missed will be a career-high for Melo.
The Knicks and Amar’e Stoudemire have reached a buyout agreement on the remainder of the forward’s 5-Year, $100 Million contract, which makes “STAT” a free agent effective immediately.
Stoudemire signed with the Knicks in the summer of 2010, and got off to an MVP-caliber start in his tenure with the team. But injuries took their toll on Amar’e, and before long, the contract had become an albatross. STAT’s deal was set to expire after this season; this move helps the Knicks save a bit of cash and gives Stoudemire the chance to join a contender.
UPDATE: Stoudemire has committed to join the Mavericks if he clears waivers, which is certain to happen due to his massive salary.
On Tuesday morning, I got a chance to interview Metta World Peace over the phone. Metta, an NBA All-Star, Champion, and Defensive Player of the Year, had some great (and funny!) things to say. We talked about Pandas, name changes, Melo, the Knicks, teeth, China, shoes, Kobe, acting, wrestling bears, and more! Sit back, go ahead and give it a read, and enjoy!