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Knicks in the market for low-dollar point guard

Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:03 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks have had their eyes set on Chris Paul for forever. They even inquired about Steve Nash earlier this season. But at the present, they're just hunting a low-dollar point guard.

The New York Times reports the Knicks are after an inexpensive backup point guard that won't add to next season's payroll. So a cheap, expiring point guard is what the Knicks are interested in. The team is reportedly willing to deal Bill Walker, who is making $854,389 this season and $916,100 next season.

Options for the Knicks? Jason Williams, Earl Watson, Earl Boykins and Ronnie Price are a few of the point guards out there with an expiring deal. Patrick Beverley who was released by the Heat is still searching for a team as well as Acie Law who was just waived by the Grizzlies.

However, by the sound of the report, the Knicks are interested in trading, rather than signing. If they were to sign a player like Law or Beverley, they'd have to waive someone. Most likely Walker again, but New York probably feels like a trade could net a better player than Law or Beverley.

The Knicks point guard situation isn't great with Toney Douglas backing Raymond Felton currently. Douglas is more of a shooting guard and behind him is rookie Andy Rautins who most definitely isn't a point guard.

New York wants a legitimate point guard to have on the roster, especially since the team is looking competitive. If Felton were to go down, man, they'd be in trouble. (Speaking of, Felton is quietly having a really nice season. 18.1 ppg and 8.3 apg isn't too shabby.)

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:14 pm

Knicks in the market for low-dollar point guard

Im sayin if you watch the knicks game you realize that Gallinari is struggling and hes supposed to be a shooter but his shot is not consistently falling. Even D Antoni claimed that Williams may be the best shooter on the team. Gallinari obviously doesnt fit the system. In phoenix had players who could get up and down the floor which Gallinari struggles to do. Williams is showing that he can knock down open shots which is all Gallinari is needed to do. But Gallinari shots are not falling. If Gallinari's shot isnt falling then what does he give us. Rebounding? Penetration? Defense? Hustle? The answer is none of the above. Also like you said if Anthony is coming to the Knicks that means Gallinari is going to have to get the boot. Gallinari will not be a back-up player for the Knicks so its best to trade him and fill an immediate need. Also Gallinari would not be in the Melo trade because we don't have the pieces to acquire him in a trade. Gallinari is best fit on half court team Boston or San Antonio. If Denver really wanted Gallo they would've pulled the trigger by now. There aren't any great offers out there from teams Melo would go to.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:05 am

Knicks in the market for low-dollar point guard

by the way are you that stupid to think the knicks are going to deal gallo for a back up guard like bayless. if you havent been paying attention the knicks want carmelo or cp3 and that is a possible piece to get them. williams is new to me i have seen his numbers over the last couple of games not bad but to say he is better then gallo your crazy. let me just point out like you said gallo is a shooter witch meens there are going to be times when he cant even hit the house but you need to keep on trying.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:39 pm

Knicks in the market for low-dollar point guard

Jason Williams would be great. But I would look at Jeryd Bayless from Toronto. He has proven he can score and has shown flashes of being a good pick and roll point guard. I know the Knicks invested alot in Gallinari but I would trade Gallinari for Bayless for a heart beat and insert Shawne Williams at the small forward spot. At this point Gallinari is a shooter who isnt shooting well. Also, in an uptempo system where theyre many oppurtinties for wing players to be productive Gallinari has not been. Williams is more athletic and gets up and down the floor very well. Williams also is money as a spot up shooter like Gallinari. Theyre is more potential in Williams than there is in Gallinari. People can say what they want but Gallinari has earned has playing from potential rather than substance. Jeryd Bayless would be an immediate upgrade over Tony and is a bigger guard who can play little bit of shooting guard. I dont know if Toronto is interested in Gallinari but he seems like a typical Toronto player.

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