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Report: Knicks want to trade Pablo Prigioni and Wayne Ellington

Aug 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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The Knicks have 15 players under contract – a full roster’s worth when the regular season begins – but less than a third of them are definite Phil Jackson picks.

He drafted and signed Cleanthony Early and signed Carmelo Anthony, Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith. It’s possible Jackson also wanted Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington and/or Shane Larkinplayers acquired in a trade with Dallas – but it’s also possible Jackson just needed to accept their salaries to facilitate the deal.

Two of Jackson’s other signings – Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom – didn’t stick.

Everyone else is a holdover from the previous regime.

If Jackson wants to continue remaking the team in his image, he could easily waive Jeremy Tyler, whose contract is fully unguaranteed, and sign a replacement. But it seems Jackson wants to go further.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Wayne Ellington has a $2,771,340 expiring contract. Prigioni will make $1,662,961 next season, and his deal his partially guaranteed for 2015-16.

If this were just a case of wanting to dump Ellington – a quality 3-point shooter, at least when he’s open, who doesn’t contribute much else – why not just waive him? Sure, the Knicks would have to eat his salary, but they can afford it and they won’t have cap space regardless. Most importantly, waiving Ellington wouldn’t cut into 2015 cap space.

But it seems New York also views Prigioni as expendable.

Prigioni is an excellent passer who shoots efficiently due both to his stroke and his tight shot selection. He’s a minus defender despite getting a decent number of steals.

In Calderon, the Knicks have a better and younger version of that same player.

Of course, Calderon needs a backup. Even at 37, Prigioni can help next season.

It’s really a matter of how much the Knicks, who have their own 2015 draft pick, want to win now as opposed building to the future. Prigioni is better right now, but the 21-year-old Larkin has more long-term upside remaining.

If the Knicks clear a roster space, look for them to sign No. 51 pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo – another clear Jackson choice.

  1. wrlegrand - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I think they only signed one guy name Cold Aldrich….

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      but he needed to be counted twice to make the one third comment about percentage right…

      you’re not supposed to catch that buddy.

  2. duhwighthoward - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I think every team in the league wants to upgrade its worst players. Pretty safe to say they’re not shopping Carmelo Anthony either.

    What then was the point of this article?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      The purpose of this article was for you to be able to come on here and tell us there was on point to this article.

      You should really thank the author.

  3. saint1997 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I think the 1, 2 and 4 is set for the NYK with Calderon, THJ and Melo fitting the triangle system well. The question remains the 3 and the 5 (and a potential PG upgrade next summer i.e. Bledsoe but that’s another topic). I think the Knicks will look to take a run at Gasol for the 5 next summer so I’m not sure they’ll try and solve that through a trade, perhaps they can get a solid 3 though. I see Tony Snell as an option?

  4. cruzan80 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    “Two of Jackson’s other signings – Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom – didn’t stick.”

    Phil Jackson didn’t sign Shannon Brown….

  5. jolink653 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    He cloned Cole Aldritch? Look at Phil already worried about the roster depth. You go Phil

  6. eventhorizon04 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    If they trade Prigioni, the Knicks’ roster will be left with just 4 players from their 2012-2013 team that earned the #2 seed in the East. Carmelo, Amar’e, Shumpert, and JR Smith.

    • onlyavoice - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      LOL, 2nd seed sounds so much better than saying 12 1/2 games behind 1st,
      which was what the Knicks were that season.
      Hardly impressive.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        They won 54 games, Bozo, regardless of how you try to spin it.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Mr. Wright…

        no spin needed… facts will do.

        The Knicks were 16 & 14 vs. the West that year. Of the 16 wins against the West, 8 came against bottom feeder teams that didn’t make the playoffs (2 wins vs. Minny and 2 wins vs. Utah for example).

        That means the Knicks were 8 & 14 against the better Western conf teams that year.

        Oh, playing in the leastern conference helped them too… Their winning percentage in games only against the East was OVER .700%

        Oh, teams play the opponents in their own divisions MORE than any other opponents too.

        Guess what? The teams in the Knicks division weren’t very good and they played them MORE than any other teams that season.

        The combined record of the the four other teams in their division was 158 wins against 169 losses.

        Oh, other than the Miami Heat and the Knicks, NO other team in the East had 50 wins that season.

        Real tough competition there.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        and yet one more way to put the Knicks 54 win season in perspective.

        Was it out of the ordinary?
        Did it come out of the blue?
        Did they sustain it?

        From the 2001/02 season through the 2009/10 season the Knicks only won 20 something or 30 something games EACH season.

        Forget .500, they never won 40 games.

        In 10/11 they won 42 games

        In 11/12 they were 36 and 30 in the lockout shortened season. Their winning %, had they maintained it would have given them 45 wins.

        Then they won 54 games. They hadn’t won 50 games or more in the previous 12 seasons.

        And AFTER winning 54 games..

        They returned to form and won 37 games last yr.

        Don’t hold your breath for another 50 win season this year either.

        So, when this season is done, that 54 win campaign will be their ONLY 50 win season in the previous 15 years…

        so they won 54 games you say?

        how’d they do in the playoffs that season?

  7. unxpexted1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    I’m still surprised wayne ellington hasn’t stuck as a rotation player yet. Good size, above average 3 point shooter and willing defender. Amazes me he can’t keep a home.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Jeremy Tyler needs to stay. He and Aldrich are serviceable enough for now. I don’t care what they do with Sam, but Shumpert has to expand his game offensively, or else there will be a huge hole on the perimeter when Melo is resting.

  9. djshnooks - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Onlyavoice must be a Heat fan…and while I’m not a fan of either, I can confidently say the Knicks are headed in the right direction, while the Heat aren’t quite the same…and are undoubtedly trending downwards.

    I’ll be interested to see who finishes this coming season with the better record.

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