JR Smith is getting… Married?!

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JR Smith’s days of being distracted by Instagram Supermodels appear to be over.

Smith, who has been fined for posting naked photos of models, been caught (by me) following models during games, allegedly been thrown off his game in the playoffs while lusting after pop star Rihanna, and has gotten into enough trouble off the court that he is having trouble latching on with a team this summer, is apparently looking to settle down. Smith, despite being in the midst of a two-year relationship with another woman, proposed to the mother of his daughter Demi, with the help of Demi.

Here is a video of the proposal, posted, fittingly, on JR Smith’s Instagram.

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Is JR a new man? Probably not, but if he signs with a team and makes it through the first month without taking more than two contested fadeaway jumpers per game, we may have to reconsider.

BREAKING: Knicks sign Kevin Seraphin

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The Knicks have used their “Room” Mid-Level Exception on big man Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin, 25, was the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and spent the first five years of his career with the Wizards. The 6-foot-9, 264 lb. Seraphin plays center and power forward.

Seraphin made big strides last season, and provides the Knicks with a strong, athletic post player whose excellent hook shot makes him a threat with his back to the basket and possesses a viable mid-range jumper. He has often been referred to as a “black hole” in the post, as his inability to move the ball and play within the flow of the offense has hurt his teams in the past. However, his ball movement was better last season, and if he embraces the unselfish principles of the Triangle Offense, his proficiency on the block should help him thrive without needing to force shots.

On defense, the French big man has become a strong interior defender, with his huge wingspan and strength making up for his relatively short stature.

Seraphin will receive $2.8 Million on his 1-year contract. The Knicks, who signed SG Sasha Vujacic last week, now have 13 guaranteed contracts and a 14th player (Langston Galloway) who will certainly make the team. They have one more roster spot up for grabs in training camp, and can only offer players the minimum salary (which varies depending on the player’s experience).

Seraphin averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks on 51% shooting in 15.6 minutes per game last season. He shot 71% from the free throw line.

Knicks sign Wesley Saunders

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The Knicks have signed SG/SF Wesley Saunders. Saunders, 22, graduated from Harvard in May and was not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6’5 Saunders played for Utah in the summer league. Saunders is one of two Ivy Leaguers under contract— the other is Jeremy Lin.

Saunders was the 2014 Ivy League Player of the Year and won the league title in all four of his seasons with the Crimson. Saunders led Harvard to first-round NCAA upsets as a sophomore and a junior, and the Crimson put a huge scare into UNC in this year’s tournament. Saunders averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as a senior, shooting 45% from the field and 77% from the line. Saunders also saw a huge uptick in both volume and efficiency from beyond the arc, shooting 43% on 2.5 attempts per game.

The scouting report on Saunders? He has a tremendous basketball IQ (not surprising) and is a good ball-handler and passer with a good shot. However, he is not an elite athlete, so he will not threaten teams with his quickness.

Saunders was given a partially-guaranteed contract, meaning that he will have a chance to earn a roster spot in training camp. Maurice Ndour figured to get an invite to training camp, but instead signed a deal with the Mavericks after a strong Summer League performance with the Knicks.

The Knicks still have the $2.8 Million Room Exception to spend on Free Agents.

Knicks spend remaining Cap Space by signing Lou Amundson

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The Knicks have re-signed 32 year-old PF/C Lou Amundson to a 1-year, $1.65 Million deal. Amundson was acquired mid-season in the Smith/Shumpert trade and averaged 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 21 minutes per game for the Knicks. The veteran big man, who has played for 10 teams, is known for his hustle and grit, which helps him make an impact defensively and on the boards despite his lack of explosiveness. He is also a good passer for somebody his size, although he is not a threat to score himself and is a miserable free throw shooter. Amundson’s veteran leadership should help the team, although he is unlikely to play big minutes.

The Knicks have seemingly used all of their cap space, leaving them with the $2.8M “Room Exception” and unlimited Minimum Salary slots to fill out the roster. The Knicks have four roster spots remaining, although one of those will almost certainly be taken up by the partially-guaranteed contract of Langston Galloway.

Knicks sign Lance Thomas

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The Knicks have re-signed forward Lance Thomas to a 1-year deal with $1.6 Million. The 6’8 Thomas, 27, was acquired from the Cavaliers in the JR Smith/Iman Shumpert trade. Thomas averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds in 40 games for the Knicks last season, and won over Derek Fisher, who sees him as a good fit in the Triangle system.

The Knicks have around $1.5M left in cap space, as well as the $2.8M Room Exception.

BREAKING: Knicks sign Kyle O’Quinn

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The Knicks have acquired big man Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic.

The 6’10 O’Quinn spends most of his time at the Power Forward position but can also play Center when needed. The 25 year-old Queens native will receive $16 Million over 4 years, with a player option in the fourth year. The Knicks will send the magic cash, as well as the option to swap second-round picks with the Knicks in 2019.

O’Quinn is a very solid rebounder and a pretty good defender who can block some shots. He is a strong finisher around the rim and a fairly viable scoring option once he is within 10 feet. He is a classic “hustle guy” who will create plays with his energy, and is a nice passer for a big man. O’Quinn averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds, a block and an assist in 16 minutes of play for Orlando. His career per-36 totals are 13 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2 blocks.

This is a great contract for the Knicks, as they will pay O’Quinn very little and have him for a few years if he blossoms. It is exactly the kind of deal they should have tried to set up when they signed Derrick Williams.

O’Quinn won’t be a stud for the Knicks, but he could be a very solid role player, and will certainly help out on the glass. NBA executives are saying that the Knicks made a good move, and I agree.

The Knicks are apparently out of cap space after this signing, although they still have the $2.8 Million “Room Exception” to spend before they fill out the roster with minimum salary players.

BREAKING: Knicks sign Derrick Williams

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The Knicks have signed PF Derrick Williams. Williams was the #2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The 6’8 Williams, who played his college ball at Arizona, began his career with the Timberwolves before being traded to the Kings.

Williams possesses elite athleticism and great length. He is a very good finisher at the rim (70%) and is dangerous in transition, where he has the ability to blow by defenders and throw down highlight dunks (one of which is pictured above, against a solid defender in Bismack Biyombo). While he has the tools to be a good defender, he is mediocre on that end, due to inconsistent effort and faulty awareness. Williams is not a good jump-shooter, although, at 32% from 3, he could become a decent shooter for a forward if he can make a slight improvement (maybe around 37%).

Williams averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds per game in 20 minutes for the Kings last season.

Player Analysis: Williams has useful traits and obviously has upside, but he is by no means a bona-fide starter, and the Knicks could use more talent at the wing, preferably somebody who could shoot or defend, if not both. However, the Knicks do need players who can get to the basket, and Williams is one of those guys.

Contract Analysis: The Knicks will pay Williams $10M total over 2 years. Williams has a player option for the second year.

I really don’t like this contract. The Knicks had about $7.3M left in cap room, and they’re probably somewhere around $3M now, along with the $2.8M “Room Exception.” The Knicks needed another starting Forward (is this the guy?), a backup center, and probably a shooter and another PG. Williams gives them youth, athleticism, and slashing ability, so he has value. But they might have been able to do better with this money, or get Williams for less.

The thing that really bugs me here is the Player Option. Williams obviously has upside— he was the #2 pick in the draft just a few years ago. And the Knicks seemingly paid for that upside— overpaid, even. But let’s say Williams reaches that upside this year. Let’s say he plays well (not very well, but well). Let’s say he blossoms into a guy who can definitely be a starter. If that happens, Williams will opt out, and the Knicks will have to spend more than $5— perhaps well more, to retain his services next year.

That being said, the Knicks continue to acquire players who make this team better than it was last year. This roster is starting to shape up. It won’t be great, but it could be pretty good. There are still a few more moves to be made.

-Tommy Rothman