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Mike Woodson says Knicks will ‘sit tight’ at trade deadline

Feb 20, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony AP

We’re seeing the list of teams that are coming out and saying they won’t be doing anything at the trade deadline grow longer by the minute, and with good reason.

The new tax structure in the recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement, which goes into full effect next season, is scaring teams from adding salary and going into luxury- or repeater-tax territory, even if a trade would help in terms of projected wins and losses.

The Knicks are among the teams well over the $58.044 million salary cap number the league put in place for 2012-13, and are already into luxury tax territory with their team payroll for this season coming in at over $80 million, well over the $70.307 million tax-paying threshold.

With all of that in mind, and with no blockbuster deal on the horizon that would be certain to improve the Knicks to the point of a guaranteed trip to the Finals, the comments from the team’s head coach on Wednesday regarding the possibility of a deal happening in advance of Thursday’s deadline were not surprising.

From Al Innazzone of Newsday:

Mike Woodson reiterated that he doesn’t expect the Knicks to make a trade before Thursday’s deadline and that Iman Shumpert would remain in New York.

“I think we’ll sit tight and try to make this final run with what we have,” Woodson said at Wednesday morning’s shootaround.

Of course, things can change between now and 3 p.m. Thursday.

Shumpert wasn’t fetching anywhere near what the Knicks were hoping for in return, so it makes sense to keep a solid perimeter defender who’s still on his rookie contract, rather than add veteran pieces that may or may not be long-term fits for what the team is trying to accomplish.

  1. doctorfootball - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Why doesn’t anyone ask the Knicks’ GM? Last time I checked, Woodson was the coach. I don’t think it’s up to him to make trade decisions.

    • LPad - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Knicks GM rarely speaks to the media. In fact, Woodson and the players are the only ones who talk to the media on a regular basis. As a result it allows the media to attach the Knicks to every rumor or say they have interest in every player on the market.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I didn’t hear the GM complain so why are you.
      Woody is the Coach and I think he is well within his right to say
      that the team is standing as they are.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I didn’t hear the GM complain so why are you.
      Woody is the Coach and I think he is well within his right to say
      that the team is standing as they are.

  2. jetstizzi85 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Knicks really have no need to make a trade. The team is starting to get healthy at a good time

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      what do the Knicks missing, nothing.
      they need to be healthy when spring arrives.

    • badintent - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Knicks need a guard that can defend. Look at the last 10 games, they are giving up close to 45-50 points a game to the opposition’s guards, sometimes more , much more.Chandler can’t defend everyone by himself. Shumpert hasn’t played up to what everyone thought his game was from last year.We need help now . Any one got Joe Dumars’s phone number ?

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