Monday, May 16, 2011
Still no word from Knicks hierarchy
By Chris Sheridan
I know, I know. You want an answer on Donnie Walsh's future, and you have come to this blog to get some sort of an update.
Unfortunately, there isn't one.
"Not yet," Walsh texted Monday when asked when a status update might be forthcoming.
As detailed in my last column on the subject, there is no assuming a normal timetable when it comes to Knicks-related decisions that are being driven in large part by Jim Dolan, who does not care if you are breathless with anticipation for some sort of statement addressing the future of the franchise and who is going to run it over the next four seasons while Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are under contract.
The Knicks, Walsh and Walsh's agent all remain in lockdown mode, so we might as well give you a checklist of other items that remain up in the air between now and the NBA draft on June 23.
• Ronny Turiaf is expected to pick up the player option on his $4.36 million contract and then spend the summer playing for the French national team, which will attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics at the EuroBasket 2011 tournament in Lithuania. France is slotted in Group B with Serbia, Latvia, Israel, Germany and Italy, for which Danilo Gallinari will make his debut for the senior national team. With Shelden Williams and Jared Jeffries becoming free agents, Turiaf is the only center remaining on the Knicks roster aside from Jerome Jordan, last June's 2nd round draft pick who spent last season in Serbia.
• The Knicks hold team options on Landry Fields ($788,872) and Andy Rautins ($788,872) that will both almost certainly be picked up. That leaves Jeffries, Shawne Williams, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Roger Mason and Derrick Brown as the team's unrestricted free agents this summer.
• If there is a team out there that likes Renaldo Balkman, the Knicks would probably be willing to trade him along with $3 million cash in exchange for nothing (which in NBA nomenculture is often called a conditional second-round draft pick). Balkman is one of ony three players on the current roster with guaranteed money for the 2012-13 season, as he will make $1.675 million in each of the next two seasons. (Also, Toney Douglas will be entering an option year in 2012-13 for which the Knicks could choose to pay him $2.07 million, and whoever the Knicks take with the 17th pick in this June's draft also will presumably still be under contact to New York in the summer of '12).