Veteran SG Richard “Rip” Hamilton is still a free agent, and it appears that the Knicks might be interested. Hamilton brings veteran leadership and a championship pedigree to the table, and his skill set, although diminished, would still provide a boost to the roster. However, the Knicks already have a ton of guards on the roster, so unless this is insurance for J.R. Smith’s knee, I don’t know how necessary it is to sign Hamilton. It seems more logical to give the final roster spot to a big man, but stay tuned. -Tommy Rothman
The Knicks reached an agreement with Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) on Monday. The deal is for 2 years and is worth approximately $1.6 Million per year, meaning that the Knicks have used their entire midlevel exception and now can only offer the veteran’s minimum salary to free agents ($1.4 M). World Peace, an elite defender, gives the Knicks more flexibility with their rotations and provides a level of toughness few in the NBA can match. Signing Metta solves the Knicks’ needs behind Carmelo Anthony at the Small Forward position. Up next? The Knicks must find a third point guard and shore up their depth in the front court. Re-Signing Kenyon Martin could emerge as their main priority in the next couple days. Nate Robinson will get a look at the Point, but is likely to sign elsewhere for more money. Jeremy Tyler, Toure Murry, and Jerome Jordan are candidates to make the team out of Summer League, and Earl Barron might be on his way back (at the minimum salary, of course). What moves do YOU want to see from the team? Let us know in the comments!
Star defender, tweeter, and enforcer Metta World Peace could be headed to New York. The Lakers officially amnestied World Peace on Thursday, meaning that teams under the cap have 48 hours to claim him. If the former Ron Artest is not claimed, he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks are said to have serious interest in the Queens native (according to several sources), and World Peace has interest in returning home to play for the Knicks to finish his career where he wanted to start it. Metta tweeted the photo at the top of this article yesterday.
However, the Cavs and Mavs could bid for World Peace and keep him away from NY. The Clippers and Nets could also have interest if World Peace clears waivers. Stay tuned.
According to sources, the Knicks could be bringing back an old friend to help run the offense off the bench. The Knicks need a 3rd string point guard and Mike Woodson has been trying to convince former Knick Chancey Billups to return, the Daily News reported Monday Night. Billups would have to take the minimum, which might be a tough sell. More to come, stay tuned. -Tommy
According to sources (including ESPN and Yahoo’s famous “Woj”, the best source in the business), the Clippers and Celtics are “deep in talks” on a blockbuster trade. The trade would send Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers (who would be released from his contract so that he could sign with Los Angeles) to the Clippers. It is not yet confirmed what Boston would be getting, but reports suggest that they would get DeAndre Jordan and 2 first-round picks. Some sources say that Celtics GM reportedly wants Eric Bledsoe in the deal, which is the last hurdle to be cleared before the trade is completed. It appears that Paul Pierce may be bought out so that he can sign with the Clippers as part of the package. Again, all that we know right now is that Rivers and Garnett, and POSSIBLY Pierce, would be heading to “Lob City”. It appears that Jordan and picks will be going to the Celtics. If Boston can get Bledsoe in the package as well, this becomes a fantastic deal for the Celtics. More to come.
UPDATE: Clippers looking to keep Bledsoe so that they can keep open the possibility of packaging Bledsoe and Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard (ESPN)
Jason Kidd will become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Reporters from Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS are reporting on Twitter than the Nets have agreed to hire Kidd after meeting with their final candidate, Brian Shaw, for four hours. Kidd announced his retirement last week after a 19 year career with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks. A three year deal between Kidd and the Nets will be finalized shortly.
Time will tell if the Nets made the right move by hiring a rookie coach despite being in win-now mode. With other established coaches such as George Karl and Lionel Hollins on the market, Brooklyn’s choice is certainly a questionable one. Kidd was one of the smartest players to ever play the game of basketball, but was plagued by off-court mistakes throughout his storied career.