Toure Murry signs with Jazz

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Toure Murry has officially signed a 2-year deal with the Utah Jazz, according to reports. Murry did some positive things on the court in limited minutes for the Knicks last season, but New York’s backcourt is crowded, and it appears there was no room for Toure. As of now, the guards on the Knick roster are Jose Calderon, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Junior, Shane Larkin, and Pablo Prigioni.

-Tommy Rothman

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Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith to participate in star-studded Roc Nation Summer Classic for Charity

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Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith will head to the Barclays Center on August 21st to take part in the Roc Nation Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game. The two teams, captained by Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and former Yankee (and current Seattle Mariner) Robinson Cano, will square off to raise money for the PitCCh In Foundation (Sabathia) and the RC22 Foundation (Cano). Melo and reigning MVP Kevin Durant will be the honorary captains, and several other big names will star in the event, such as Derek Jeter, Dellin Betances, Felix Hernandez, Rudy Gay, DJ Khaled, Ne-Yo,  Victor Oladipo, Fernando Rodney, Jay Williams, CHarlie Villanueva, DJ Clue, Jazmine Fenlator, Kendrys Morales, Endy Chavez, and Angie Martinez. All proceeds from the event will go to charity.

How will money be raised through the event? Roc Nation has partnered with IfOnly and is offering several incredible “experience” packages for people who want to take part in the event. People can sign up to be a judge in the halftime slam dunk contest, or sign up to be an Assistant Coach for one of the teams. Parents can also sign their kids up to be a Ballboy at the event, and watch the game from under the hoop while assisting the players as they put on a show for the crowd. Each package comes with premium tickets to the event. 

Again, all proceeds go to charity, so Melo and JR are breaking their schedules for a good cause. Things won’t be as friendly when they head to the Barclays Center during the season, of course…

BREAKING: Kevin Love traded to Cavaliers

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Cross a big 2015 Free Agent target off the Knicks’ list, and pencil in the Cavaliers as the owners of the new “Big 3″ to beat in their conference. Cleveland has reportedly agreed to ship No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, last year’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, and their 2015 1st round pick to the Minnesota TImberwolves for superstar Kevin Love. Love will reportedly commit to a 5-year, $120 million contract extension as part of the deal. Yahoo was first to report the news.

-Tommy Rothman

 

BREAKING: Knicks, Kings agree to trade

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The Knicks and Kings reportedly agreed to a trade on Wednesday that will bring Quincy Acy to New York. The Knicks will also receive Travis Outlaw in the deal, while sending Jeremy Tyler’s non-guaranteed contract, Wayne Ellington, and a 2016 2nd-round pick to Sacramento.

The Knicks had reportedly been eager to move Ellington, who they had received in the Jose Calderon deal. They had considered trading Pablo Prigioni just to get rid of Ellington, but when this deal popped up, they decided it was a better option. Prigioni reportedly still might be traded, but the Knicks are not “desperate” to move him. It is unclear why the Knicks did not just cut Ellington, but they are in that gray area of the salary cap world where saving a couple million  dollars here and there can open up some pretty sneaky options for further roster-building.

However, the Knicks are not directly dumping salary here. Instead, they are using their overall financial advantage, and the Kings’ deficiency in that area, to help make a deal happen. The Kings are expected to waive Tyler, and possibly Ellington as well (using the stretch provision), so this might just be a case of the Kings looking to save a bit of money and open up some roster spots.

Acy, 23, is an undersized power forward who makes up for his 6’7, 230 pound frame with his hustle, intensity, and athleticism. Acy, who was part of the Rudy Gay trade last season, has great leaping and dunking abilities, is a good rebounder, and has a decent touch on his jumper. He is probably a more polished version of Tyler, although he might have a bit less upside.

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Outlaw, 29, signed a big contract with the Nets a few years back, which became a disaster after his game went into severe decline. Outlaw still has what it takes to be a pretty decent forward, but this is more of a “flier”, as Travis has to prove on the court that he can bounce back and regain some of his game.

I’m not sure what the exact reasoning for this trade is, but it seems like a pretty decent one. I’ll miss Tyler, giving up picks is annoying in general, and I had heard Ellington could shoot the ball, but I think we’re all really going to like Acy, who was a fan favorite back in Sacramento. And you never know about Outlaw. Let’s see if Phil Jackson has anything else planned.

-Tommy Rothman

 

Knicks sign Cleanthony Early

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After a longer-than-usual delay, the Knicks have officially signed rookie Cleanthony Early, who was taken with the 34th pick in this year’s NBA draft. Early is set to make the NBA Minimum Salary, just a shade over $507,000. 

 

Farewell, Raymond Felton (Music Video)

Raymond Felton had some highs and lows during his time with the Knicks. As time went on, we started seeing a lot more of the lows. I made an Andrea Bargnani Music Video last week, so I figured I’d try making one for Raymond Felton. Enjoy, and share!

Special thanks to ObGlobal.net for providing so many Felton clips for me to work with.

The video above leaves out most of Felton’s defensive catastrophes, but there were more than enough problems for Ray on offense. Good riddance…

-Tommy Rothman

JR Smith has discovered the Kermit Meme

 

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There are probably far more productive things JR Smith could be learning about right now. The Triangle Offense, perhaps? But upon second thought, that is not intertwined with any of my affairs.

Anyway, these are all screenshots of posts from JR’s Instagram. And speaking of Instagram, follow us at @NewYorkKnicksMemes ! 

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