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Report: Knicks already testing trade waters for Dalembert, Larkin

Jun 26, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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I’d be surprised if Samuel Dalembert is on the Knicks roster at the start of next season. I’ll give you two reasons.

One is that he is not a long term answer in New York, and if you watched him play last year in Dallas you’d know he’s not much of a short term answer, either (the Mavs defense was better with him in the paint, but the offense dropped off so much it more than cancelled it out). So Phil Jackson is going to see if he can trade him and get an asset they want in return.

He’s already started, reports Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.

That’s exactly what the Knicks should be doing — acquire assets then try to turn those assets into something else that can really help you. Shane Larkin may be able to help you in the future, but you see what he can bring you back.

Let’s say Jackson can’t find a taker for Dalembert in a trade. The other reason I’d expect Dalembert will not be on the Knicks roster is he can be bought out of his contract for $1.8 million, saving a couple million dollars for the Knicks in salary, plus the tax money that comes with it.

The New York Post reports that’s not going to happen, the Knicks plan on keeping him on the roster.

Despite speculation following the massive six-player swap with the Mavericks, The Post has learned Dalembert will not be waived by the Knicks in order to create a larger mid-level exception to spend on a July free agent. He may be the Knicks starting center this season, providing the defense Tyson Chandler once brought….

“He was in New York last night and for the last few days and that had nothing to do with the trade,’’ (Dalembert’s agent Marc) Cornstein said. “He loves the city. It will be a good fit. He gets to New York frequently, does a lot of charitable stuff here.’’

Of course the team didn’t say they were going to waive him — if you’re trying to trade him the last thing you let out there is that he’ll be available as a free agent in a few weeks.

Maybe the Knicks are serious and Dalembert is on the Knicks roster when the season tips off. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I’m excited for both Draft Night the offseason because I can see Knicks have still got a few moves to make. They currently have JR, Shumpert, Hardaway Jr. and Ellington – all 20-30 MPG shooting guards. That my friends, is called a logjam and that my friends, means a few more trades to come.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      That my freind is what everyone else would call garbage.

      With the exception of Hardaway Jr. the rest of that lot is unmovable.

      Keep dreaming…

      • saint1997 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        Unmovable? If Andrea Bargnani’s contract was traded last year, trust me my uneducated friend, then Shump and JR have a home in the NBA

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Unfortunately im overeducated.

        Just because the Knicks were foolish enough to trade for Bargianni doesn’t mean the rest of the GMs are equally stupid.

        NY will be fortunate to get 2nd rd picks for the players you mentioned.

      • saint1997 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        A wise man once said don’t argue with fools, because from a distance can’t tell who is who. Well I’m up close, and I can see you are the fool.

      • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        @ morningstar

        “NY will be fortunate to get 2nd rd picks for the players you mentioned.”


        They just got TWO 2nd round picks, the Mavs last year 1st round pick & other contract freindly players for an aging, overpaid, injury prone center & the worst starting PG in the league who has 2 MORE years left on his contract.

        I don’t know anything about how educated you are but you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about on this subject.

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        I think the talk of Chandler’s decline is a bit premature; the Knicks overalk woeful play is a big factor there.

        And its not like NY didn’t get semi-rooked into taking Calsaron’s awful contract.

        If you seriously think shumpet or larkin or hardaway will get you a 1st rd pick…you crazy.

  2. apkyletexas - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Dalembert could be an effective center in the triangle. Except for Shaq, most of Phil’s centers were not big scouting options. Don’t be to quick to think Phil doesn’t want him.

    • mogogo1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      They might want him but saving some salary is also something they want. This is the sort of deal where Phil the coach will be wresting with Phil the GM over what path to take.

  3. chicagosports2014 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I’m sure Phil phone ringing off the hook

  4. TheMorningStar - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    But wait, just yesterday Larkin was referred to as ‘prized’…now he’s beening shopped.

    Love the hyperbole PBT.

    • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Thats why he’s being shopped genius….

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        You really think PBT hyperbole is going to help in a potential trade of Larkin???

        I may or may not be a genius; but its safe to say your name and that word will NEVER be used together.

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