Tag:Donnie Walsh
Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:32 pm

Donnie Walsh is done talking about Carmelo

Posted by Royce Young

As Ken Berger has said, the Knicks appear to just be laying back in the weeds with this whole Carmelo Anthony saga. They aren't out making a bunch of noise about what they want or who they'd deal.

But according to the New York Daily News, Knicks president and general manager Donnie Walsh is willing to trade Daniilo Gallinari, rokkie sensation Landry Fields, Eddy Curry's dead body and huge expiring contract and future first-round picks (plural) for Carmelo.

Is that deal better than the 16-team, 500-player megadeal the Nets are putting together? Probably not. But if the Nuggets keep dragging their feet along, it could be the deal that happens because Denver isn't going to NOT trade Anthony. And of course if Melo doesn't agree to sign that extension anywhere but New York, this deal might be the best the Nuggets can do.

Walsh spoke to reporters on Tuesday about Anthony Randolph's desire to be traded and his belief that he can get a first-round pick for the disgruntled power forward. During that conversation Walsh stated that he's done talking about the Anthony speculation. Man, I wish I could say the same thing.

"I'm not saying anything about Denver," Walsh told the New York Post . "Nothing. Because it get misconstrued and rearranged."

The Post's story is assuming that Walsh feels the Knicks are being used for leverage. There was that now apparently incorrect report out there that the Nuggets threatened the Nets that they'd trade Melo to New York if the Nets didn't stop leaking info. So it's easy to see how Walsh could feel that way.

"I'm not saying I'm trading for anybody and you guys are acting like I am and [I] haven't said a word that way," Walsh said.

Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 5:05 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

Knicks reportedly have deal in place to obtain a first-round pick for Anthony Randolph should they elect to pursue a Carmelo Anthony trade. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Knicks have a "contingent" deal in place to trade Anthony Randolph to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, according to a report from the New York Post .  The deal hasn't gone through yet due to Donnie Walsh being unsure about pursuing a trade for Carmelo Anthony, the only reason the Knicks want that pick. The Knicks have been pursuing the Randolph trade for months in case they can manage to get Denver to relent and open discussions (or if the Nuggets get so mad at the Nets as to open such discussions ). 

Randolph has been a disappointment his entire career. First in Golden State, where it was thought his problems were solely the result of Don Nelson's mismanagement, and now in New York, where the hyper-athletic youngster can't find time in Mike D'Antoni's system, which rewards hyper-athletic youngsters. He has pitifully low basketball IQ, difficulty with focus and has shown little to no playmaking ability. It's been the biggest disappointment for the Knicks in the last few months, which isn't bad considering how many pitches they've thrown. 

A first-round pick wouldn't be a bad asset to obtain for Randolph, even if Walsh and D'Antoni decided Melo was too much of a hassle to begin with. With no 2012 pick, as it was traded to the Rockets, nabbing two players in the top 20 would benefit the Knicks' depth. Additionally, should the pick be top-three protected, for example, it would provide them with an opportunity for a 2012 replacement pick, which would suit them fine, particularly since the Wolves seem to be headed nowhere near .500 in the short-term, Ricky Rubio or no Ricky Rubio. 

So Walsh may have the deal in place to start making moves. But with the Knicks still looking strong in the playoff hunt, he waits. This one may go down to the deadline wire on whether it goes through or not. 
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 6:09 pm

The complicated cost of New York's Melo agenda

Donnie Walsh has many reasons for his icy stance towards chasing Carmelo Anthony.
Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Knicks are hanging back, withdrawn from the Carmelo Anthony trade talks with the Nuggets.  There are multiple reasons Berger cites for Donnie Walsh not clamoring at Denver's doorstep like an overeager teenager asking for a prom date as the Nets have. Thing is, these are the reasons that leave you feeling like maybe Melo is just not worth all the hassle, even for all his high-scoring talents. 

First, the Knicks haven't found it easy sledding since the beginning. To put it simply, Masai Ujiri just doesn't think the Knicks have anything worth trading for. New York is short on even the most basic asset, draft picks. Danilo Gallinari has never lit their fire as a building block the way, say, Nicolas Batum seems to. The Knicks have entertained talks to try and snag a draft pick, but at some point, you're just fighting a losing battle and trying to convince people who don't want to deal to deal.  Attempting to gain leverage in such a situation is a losing endeavor, which is why we advised the Nets to walk away months ago. GM's consider their time valuable as all good business men do, and dealing with Ujiri and his constantly moving target and whimsical switching attitudes has probably grown long on Walsh's patience. 

There's also the issue of what you'd have to surrender to get a deal done. As a source told Berger: “People think you can only win with another star,” said the person plugged into the Knicks’ internal strategy. “That’s wrong. You win with a team. … They’re not going to blow up their team for Carmelo.” 

The Knicks are 18-12 since December 1st, and with a big road win over Portland Tuesday night improved to a game over .500 in January. This alongside several tough losses to contending teams including the Lakers, Celtics, and Heat. The Knicks are no doubt legit, and with every game, the question becomes more and more not if they'll make the playoffs, but if homecourt in the first round is a reachable goal, especially considering the Bulls' injuries this season.  Disrupting chemistry to bring in Anthony means taking a fairly thin bench and hurting it, even if they were to take one of the Nuggets' longer contracts along with Melo somehow (nearly impossible given the contracts on New York's roster outside of Stoudemire and Felton, unmovable building blocks).  There's the question of how Anthony would fit into D'Antoni's system which so often shies away from ISO sets beyond Stoudemire at the elbow. Ball movement and sharing the ball are not exactly Anthony's strengths. 

Finally, there's the simple issue of knowing that if Anthony should want to play for New York, as any self-respecting organization should feel its players should, he has that option. Melo can simply refuse extension offers to other trade partners, opt out, and join New York in free agency when they will be more than willing to spend on him. Versus the Nets, who seem hellbent on convincing Anthony that they are worthy, the Knicks know they are a team on the rise in the basketball mecca who play in the world's most famous arena in the grandest city on Earth.  Having to sell guys on their team is not exactly a problem anymore now that they're winning. As it stands, Walsh has no reason to surrender unnecessary leverage in a losing fight when the option exists to get him within fairly even terms. 

Besides, if reports from Yahoo! Sports are correct, Amar'e is doing a fine job of selling Melo on the organization by himself. The question of course is if that constitutes tampering, and if David Stern actually step in, something he hasn't done in previous instances. Another element which may make pursuing Melo all the less appealing. Then again, if they were to trade a draft pick, how is New York going to be punished? By losing more draft picks they don't care about? Still, Amar'e would seem to be the furthest point of the Knicks' pursuit at this point. 

This is all before you start flirting with the idea of William Wesley being deep inside your organization, along with the rest of the CAA viper's nest.  Those situations can get out of hand quickly, and for a team that seems to be bonding, introducing that element can also be considered dangerous. And so the Knicks hang back, knowing they have leverage, and that it is explicitly their lack of palpable assets with Denver's interest that makes them able to stand off. "You don't want us? We don't want you. Have a nice day." 

Sometimes the best moves you can make are the ones you don't. 
Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:52 pm

The Knicks are waiting for the right time on Melo

Posted by Royce Young

One thing that's been bothering me about this whole Carmelo situation is how people act like he's demanding a trade. I understand that because of his unwillingness to sign a contract extension, he's forcing the Nuggets' hand in a roundabout way, but he's not saying, "Trade me now!"

Because here's the thing: If Melo truly wants to go to New York to play with the Knicks -- and every indication says that's where he wants to be -- then why demand a trade? Why not just play out this season and sign with them during free agency?

The counter to that is because Melo wants the safety blanket of getting an extension now rather than later because of the collective bargaining stuff. But no indication has been made that superstar level players will take a pay cut. So if Carmelo really wanted to play with the Knicks, wouldn't he just shut up, play ball and wait for the summer? Kind of like what Chris Bosh and LeBron James did last year?

In fact, that's exactly what Donnie Walsh is betting on. Ken Berger in his latest update on this whole mess writes:
"Since September, when it first became widely known that Anthony wanted out of Denver and wanted to push for a trade to the Knicks, Walsh has been silent on the topic.

One reason, according to a source familiar with the organizationís strategy, is that Walsh has always known that ìif Melo wants to play for the Knicks, he'll go play for the Knicks as a free agent after exercising his early-termination option after the season."
Berger says because of that, the Knicks have had pretty much zero role in the Melo trade talks to this point. And another thing: Maybe the Knicks don't even really want Anthony all that bad. By the sounds of it, they're kind of happy with the direction they're head with behind Amar'e Stoudemire, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari. If they have to give up Chandler or Gallinari (or both) to get Anthony, is it really worth it?

A report from the New York Daily News indicates the Knicks are still calling but nothing is immenent on the New York side, listing the possibility of a deal with the Knicks at "50-50."

The Knicks obviously don't have a package deal as intriguing as the Nets, otherwise this deal would've been done months ago. Since New Jersey has something the Nuggets like better, this just drags on and on. And on.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: January 6, 2011 11:43 am

Donnie Walsh really wants to keep Wilson Chandler

Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks passed on signing forward Wilson Chandler to a long-term extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, meaning he's a restricted free agent this summer.

General manager Donnie Walsh said despite not signing him then, Chandler isn't escaping New York.

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh told the New York Post. "He's a helluva player."

Chandler has his best game of the season this week, dropping 31 points on the Spurs in the Knicks big 128-115 win. He's been part of the overall revival of the Knicks along with Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton. Chandler isn't Carmelo Anthiny, but he's a pretty good small forward. On the season, he's averaging 17.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. If Carmelo makes his way somewhere else, the Knicks will likely be fine having Chandler.

So what was the deal in October though if Walsh wants to keep Chandler so bad? Why didn't they get an extension done? Walsh said he couldn't come to terms with Chandler then because he wasn't sure of the pay scale or salary cap in the new collective bargaining agreement. Walsh figured he needed to save a little space for Carmelo Anthony before going out and blowing cash on Chandler.

What would Chandler be looking for? The Post reports he might be in the market for a five-year, $60 million contract. Not bad, considering his production. Joe Johnson inked a five-year $65 million deal with Atlanta in 2006 while putting up numbers fairly comparable to what Chandler is doing now.

But here's another thought: With the way Chandler is playing, shouldn't the Nuggets be more interested in him as a replacement for Anthony? Isn't Chandler proving that he might be worthy of handling a good bulk of a team's scoring duties? There's no denying that he's playing really well right now for the Knicks, but of course it helps to be in the offense he's in while also playing alongside Stoudemire. Chandler is getting good looks as a third option on the floor.

The Knicks want to keep him around as part of their future. I'm sure they'd rather have Carmelo, but with the way Chandler is developing, they may just get by without him.
Posted on: December 11, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: December 11, 2010 11:45 am

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

Posted by Royce Young

Anthony Randolph has always been considered one of the most unique, talented and gifted players in the league. And when he was traded to New York as part of the David Lee trade, the common thinking was he'd have a chance to break out some.

That hasn't totally happened yet, but Randolph may have another unique value to the Knicks. He may be the player that brings them Carmelo Anthony.

According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks have fielded several calls from different Western Conference teams regarding a trade for Randolph. One of those has been with the Houston Rockets, who would likely send back the first-round pick that the Knicks traded them in last season's Tracy McGrady deal.

Knicks president and general manager Donnie Walsh has said that he regrets giving away that pick and has been working to get a 2011 pick back. The Nuggets have made their wishes clear that a first-rounder needs to be included in a potential trade, something the Knicks don't currently have.

A couple months ago, there was news about the Knicks having a first-round pick trade available to them when they needed it. Maybe this was it.

Ken Berger's recent report that the Nuggets are now moving into trade mode with Anthony means teams will likely get a lot more serious to position themselves to get him. The Dec. 15 date is almost here when players that were acquired during the offseason can be moved (Randolph is one of those). And in Berger's report, it's clear the Nuggets will trade Anthony by the trade deadline if he's absolutely not going to sign an extension. Which he's not going to.

We've known that Carmelo wants to play in New York for a while, but the question is just whether or not the Knicks could put together an acceptable trade for him. Now, it looks like they're getting closer.

The question is, is Walsh going to have any hesitations with the team playing so well right now? Obviously a deal for Carmelo is a little bit down the line so the circumstances will likely be different. But with the Knicks having won 12 of 13, is Walsh willing to mess with what's working? I'm saying definitely yes, because all the Knicks have proven is that they're capable of beating average and bad teams, not the elite squads. The Knicks are headed in the right direction without Carmelo. So they probably feel like he might be the missing piece to something big sooner than later.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:46 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:20 pm

Allan Houston could be next New York Knicks GM?

Former New York Knicks guard Allan Houston has reportedly been named the franchise's Assistant GM and could be in line to succeed Donnie Walsh as the team's head of basketball operations. Posted by Ben Golliverallen-houston Man, oh man. We were all so busy distracting ourselves with Isiah Thomas rumors that we apparently totally missed a major change to the New York Knicks front office.  Newsday reports that former New York Knicks $100 million man Allan Houston has been named the franchise's assistant general manager.
Allan Houston was upgraded to assistant general manager after recently signing a two-year contract to remain in the Knicks' front office. Houston previously worked under the title of special assistant to the president after being appointed by Donnie Walsh on Nov. 7, 2008.
"It goes back to what I said when I first gave him the job; I think he's a great candidate to become a GM someday,'' Walsh told Newsday in a phone interview before last night's game against the Timberwolves.
The paper also notes that Houston's contract runs concurrently with Walsh's, and that he will "undoubtedly be a candidate to run the team" when Walsh, who will turn 70 in March, moves on.   Houston is 39 years old, and played for the Knicks for nine of his 12 seasons in the NBA. Since retiring, Houston bought into UNK NBA, a fashion label, and has supported the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama.  With that combination of outside business experience, political familiarity and a former player's perspective (and popularity), Houston would seem like an excellent fit to take the reins of basketball operations for one of the NBA's most scrutinized teams and to work for one of the league's most eccentric owners.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:47 pm

Report: Knicks will inquire about Steve Nash

Posted by Royce Young

I'm sure as soon as the words "trading block" and "Steve Nash" popped up in the same sentence anywhere, Mike D'Antoni probably sprained his back jumping up so quickly to run to Donnie Walsh's office.

And that's the word according to the New York Daily News. The Knicks will inquire about Nash's potential availibility, performing what the report called, "due diligence."

The interesting part is, there really hasn't been an actual rumor saying Steve Nash is actually available or even potentially available. All this really came from was ESPN's Ric Bucher who was just talking about big name players he could see being traded before the deadline.

Now of course that doesn't mean Nash hasn't been part of trade discussions for the Suns. Right now, they're 4-4 and possibly headed for an average season. Nash is 36 and won't be available to the Suns for their future plans.

D'Antoni wouldn't comment on the possibility of rejoining Nash. But the thought is certainly interesting. Not only did the two have some of their best success together, the fact that Amar'e Stoudemire is already there also kind of makes the situation intriguing.

But of course it's a little doubtful that Nash would want to go to New York, a place that might not be in a position to contend, something Nash obviously is looking for.

This whole Nash thing is kind of picking up a weird amount of steam when there might not be anything there. It makes sense for Phoenix to shop Nash if things go south this season, but the rumors are nothing more than that at this moment.

And the Knicks are just making an inquiry. The way I imagine this going is Donnie Walsh picking up the phone and calling Suns GM Lance Blanks and saying, "Hey, is Steve Nash available?" and Blanks saying, "No." Then Walsh saying, "Well, is there anything we can do to make him available?" and Blanks saying, "Hold on. (Looking over the Knicks roster.) Probably still no."

Really, it's not news, even though I'm writing about it like it is. I would assume a lot of inquired are made for a lot of players. General managers call other general managers and see who's available and who's not. I think it would be bigger news if the Knicks weren't going to inquire about Nash.
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