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Report: Knicks target Ray Allen, Jason Terry, shooters

Jun 25, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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Apparently, the Knicks want some shooters to put around their roster. And they hope they can convince a good one to come to New York on the cheap.

While they wait to see if J.R. Smith stays or if he ops for free agency, they will target shooters in the upcoming free agency period, according to the Daily News (via SLAM):

Jason Terry, O.J. Mayo and Ray Allen top the Knicks’ free-agent wish list for shooting guards. Allen wants a big offer, of course, but he’ll also favor the team that shows him the most love when it comes knocking on his door on July 1. Looks like the Knicks, who don’t have a lot of money to offer Allen, will have to out wine-and-dine the Bulls and Heat.

Even after winning the arbitration hearing and maybe being able to sign Jeremy Lin as a Bird rights free agent (a ruling that is on hold as the league will appeal it) the Knicks can’t offer more than $3 million to a free agent.

Well, technically they could offer $5 million, but under the new CBA if they use an exception to become a taxpayer they would put a hard cap on themselves of $74 million. One they could not go over for any reason. No sane GM is going to do that. But if they offer just $3 million they keep the hard cap away.

Ray Allen will get $3 million or better offers from all over the place. Would he choose New York over chasing a ring with the Heat (who showed how deadly they are with shooters) or the Bulls or the Clippers or other teams looking for a gunner?

It’s hard to see Terry or Mayo playing for that little.

  1. bparmalee - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I would pay good money to watch a live feed of the Knicks offering OJ Mayo 3 million a year. He made more than that at USC.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    It’s a savvy move to team up a guy like Carmelo who demands the ball and takes a million shots, and a guy like Amare who needs the ball more with guys like Allen and Terry who are known for their passing and defense.

    Oh…….wait a minute.

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    the Knicks can get very dangerous this offseson with the right moves. Knick fans should be happy they are being agressive. they just need to find a right gameplan for all those pieces to fit…

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Agressive is good, but you have to be realistic. Mayo and Terry are a 100% no, and Allen is a long shot. Sure, take him out, and offer him the 3 million, but dont waste your time on the other two.

      What the Knicks should focus on his going after Nash (another long shot but worth it). If that doesnt work out, and Smith opts out, they should go after Jamal Crawford and Felton. Both love NY and are coming off of rough years with their new teams. That is something that is realistic and will give us PG Lin/Felton SG Crawford/Fields.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Finding the right pieces for the Knicks is like trying to create peace in the middle east…good luck! Any team that is trying to run their offense through Melo is not going to go anywhere past the first round or second round of the playoffs.

  4. miamatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Why on god’s green earth would Ray Allen, or any other player, choose the Knicks over the Heat, money being equal. I mean, seriously… if you are going to take less money than you could earn elsewhere, if winning is the most important thing to you at this point in your career… can’t see how the Knicks are even a consideration.

    Ray Allen is the best fit for Miami, IMHO. There is a cornucopia of wide open 3 point shots to be had in Miami for at least the next few years, and Allen playing 15-20 minutes a night launching threes seems natural. In any case, the Knicks will have to cross their respective fingers and hope that whomever the Heat don’t choose to bring in out of Allen, Terry, or Jamal Crawford will find the Knicks an appealing Plan B (C? D?).

  5. wjmoffatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Knicks just need to worry about getting Steve Nash! Point Guard is there most dire need, not another SG.

  6. knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    No way J.R. opts out. He is broke and will have no takers. The Knicks are his only option.

  7. ashutto20 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Please let Jesus Shuttlesworth come to South Beach!!!

  8. dysraw1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    if the Knicks sign a guard in free agency then they need to get a big in the draft. my wish list would be Kyle Lowry & Nick Young as impossible as that may seem we need player in this mode to really be competitive

  9. blue18hutthutt - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    HELL NO to Jason Terry

    This guy is a mental midget and one of the most overrated trash-talking bums in the league

    Plus he’ll want more than he’s worth – NO THANKS

  10. badintent - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Blue18hutthutt, you right on with Terry, he’s a Gary Payton wanna be in the yap department.Allen is so old ,they won’t get 40 games out of him, he’ll shoot 30 % for 3s, there are 2 dozen guys that shoot better on the free agency list and play better D.We got Steve Novak for the 3 ball. O.J. will go for big $, look for him land on a Wolves or Kings type team. Bring back Felton , he’s tired of Portland’s rain and no nite life, ask Greg Odgen about that. Ha

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