Chat with Chris Sheridan
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Sheridan has been covering the NBA full-time for the past 15 years. Since joining the ESPN.com staff in October of 2005, Chris has been providing in-depth reporting and commentary on the NBA and international basketball for all of ESPN's platforms. Follow him on Twitter: @csheridanespn.
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Chris Sheridan (2:18 PM)
Good afternoon on a beautiful spring day in New York, the last 90 minutes of which I spent watching Panathinaikos defeat Montepaschi Siena in the Euroleague Final Four. In the second game, "Baby Shaq" Sofaklis Schortsianitis is playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Real Madrid. The Clips own Sofo's rights, but he'd be an interesting Knick if they ever acquired his rights. Stories of his eating habits are legendary in Greek basketball circles. On to all things Knicks ...
Can the knicks survive with Turiaf as starting C next season, or do they need another one (and thus cut into the 2012 cap space) in order to perform well enough?
Chris Sheridan (2:21 PM)
As you mention, Armand, Ronny is the only center they have under contract next season, as Jeffries and Shelden Williams are free agents. So they are going to have to get someone from somewhere, but the mid-level (if it still exists) cannot be spent on a marginal guy if that is going to take away your max cap room flexibility for '12. So to me, the best move is to get the best vet out there who will take a one-year deal, someone like Jeff Foster or Kurt Thomas or maybe even Shaq or Ilgauskas if they opt out.
Anish (Long Island)
The reality of trading for a big - is this possible right now?
Chris Sheridan (2:23 PM)
Actually, Chauncey Billups became tradeable when his option was picked up. They could trade him tomorrow (anyplace except Denver, that is) if they wanted to. But the best you could possible do by going that route is a guy like Chris Kaman, who has a big contract that expires in '12. Anyone with an ETO or a team option (e.g. Nene) has to have that status settled before they can be dealt.
Any chance for Knicks to acquire Ryan Hollins?I cannot believe no one mentions him as a perfect complement to these Knicks.
Chris Sheridan (2:25 PM)
Ryan Hollins has an opt out, Amir, and I agree is a guy nobody speaks of much who might blossom into a JaVale McGee type. But he is going to want long money (a.k.a. multiple years), and again that would eat into the Knicks' '12 cap space because Hollins is going to be a beneficiary of the supply/demand ratio for centers in this summer's free agent class.
For the most part, in the first round of the NFL draft, teams picked the best available player. Do you see the Knicks doing that with the #17 pick?
Chris Sheridan (2:30 PM)
Yes, because I believe all the overseas big men in this draft (Vesely, Kanter, Biyambo, the two Lithuanians) will be gone before No. 17, and I don't know that Markieff Morris from Kansas, who Chad Ford has the Knicks taking at No. 17, is going to drop that far. The Knicks have a need at the two guard spot, too, and if this turns into the kind of big man draft it is being projected to be, there will be quality available there at No. 17.
Tessler (Harlem, NY)
Of all the free agents the Knicks have are any of them really worth re-signing? I personally think they should bring Shawne Williams back. Thoughts?
Chris Sheridan (2:33 PM)
Shawne showed himself to be a keeper, and a favorite of D'Antoni's, when he played the whole fourth quarter of Game 4. The problem for the Knicks is that someone may be willing to give him more years to him than they would. Among their other guys, I could see them bringing back Jeffries -- as much as many Knicks fans (and John Hollinger) don't want to hear that. But he, too, would have to agree to a one-year deal.
Is it even remotely possible that the Knicks can get rid of D'Antoni before next year?
Chris Sheridan (2:33 PM)
No. He is safe, according to my sources.
Jesse (New Jersey)
How true are the rumors about Sam Dalembert?
Chris Sheridan (2:36 PM)
See my latest Knicks blog entry on ESPNNewYork, Jesse. There are a lot of factors in the mix, and I don't see Dalembert coming -- especially with Joe Maloof saying it will be an offseason priority to keep him. They can still extend him before June 30, although the Kings have not had any discussions along those lines with Dalembert's agent yet.
Bob (New York)
Please tell me the Knicks will buy out Renaldo Balkman?
Chris Sheridan (2:38 PM)
Why would they? He would still count against the cap in '12. In the meantime, he has a small ($1.675M contract) that can be used to make a bigger trade work cap-wise.
Any chance of signing Michael Redd to a contract for the vet minimum?
Chris Sheridan (2:40 PM)
I think he is a guy they would take a hard look at. D'Antoni had him with Team USA in '12 in Beijing. The question is whether someone else would be willing to give him 2 or more years, which would take Knicks out of the mix.
Biju (New York)
If the Knicks have no options to sign Dalembert or any other free agent center that has something to offer - how about going for Kwame Brown? He doesn't do anything spectacular but he gives them size and some rebounding.
Chris Sheridan (2:40 PM)
I am not a big Kwame fan, so I would not endorse that move.
What has happened to L Fields? Lack of confidence?
Chris Sheridan (2:44 PM)
Yes, that is what it was, and it steamrolled. The guy was a shell of his earlier self in the playoffs, not to mention March and the first 2 weeks of April. He is probably their best trade chip this offseason if they combine him with Bill Walker (both of whom have team options that will likely be picked up.)
Who are the Knicks more actively pursuing, Chris Paul or Dwight Howard? Who do you see as the better fit and by when do you see them suiting up in orange & blue?
Chris Sheridan (2:48 PM)
Most of the professional speculators have Dwight headed to L.A., and the Lakers have the means to acquire him (Bynum) if Dwight pulls a Melo an forces his way out of Orlando. The Chris Paul situation is tricky because the NBA now owns the Hornets, and he will be eligible for an extension after June 30. I would think they would need a buyer first to offer him max money. So the longer the Hornets remain the property of the NBA, the better that one looks from a Knicks perspective.
Aaron (NY NY )
What is the deal with Jerome Jordan? Is he legit enough to come over? Also, why can't they buy another Russian like Mozgov?
Chris Sheridan (2:51 PM)
They were interested in bringing him over this year when it looked like his team in Serbia was going to lose him on what I believe was a contractual dispute, so the answer is yes. Can he help? I haven't seen him play, so I will not give you an uninformed answer. In most years, the Knicks would get their answer of whether he is ready or not by having him in summer league. This year, it looks like summer league will be canceled. And if there is a lockout, JJ may opt for guaranteed money in Europe rather than waiting out the work stoppage. (That is going to be the case with a bunch of marginal guys).
Chris Sheridan (2:52 PM)
Gone by 17. Forgot to mention the Brazilian kid earlier. Has a 7-foot-7 wingspan.
Mikey Mac (New Jersey)
Who was more disappointing in the playoffs in your opinion Toney Douglas or Landry Fields?
Chris Sheridan (2:52 PM)
Fields in a landslide. Douglas was playing with a torn labrum.
Donnie Walsh will ____ be GM of the Knicks next year. Fill in the blank if need be.
Chris Sheridan (2:53 PM)
I would remove the blank. I think he's coming back.
What would you rather have? Chris Paul and a whole bunch of minimum contracts or 3-4 role players around Amare and Melo?
Chris Sheridan (2:54 PM)
Chris (Long Island)
everyone says the knicks bench has to get better, but if we are re signing shawne and jared (which i approve of), turiaf exercising his PO, and we pick up options on rautins, walker, fields, where exactly are we improving?
Chris Sheridan (2:55 PM)
You neglected to mention Anthony Carter, who I think they'll bring back. That's why they target two vets -- a center and a wing -- on one-year deals, and draft the best guy on the board at No. 17. There's your better bench.
eric B (ny)
people keep throwing out big time names in free agency. fans have to realize we are signing 1 yr veteran deals to keep the cap flexibility. some guys id look into - earl boykins (poor mans's JJ Barea) deshawn stevenson, willie green, jamario moon, mike redd maybe kenyon martin, josh powell, alexei ajinca. thoughts?
Chris Sheridan (2:58 PM)
You are going down the correct path, Eric. But one name not on your list who would fit best is Grant Hill, IMO.
Paul (NY) [via mobile]
What about Reggie Jackson at 17 as a guy that slide between the 1 and 2? Also, I would assume the Knicks will be buying their way into the end of the 1st round. Correct?
Chris Sheridan (3:02 PM)
A lot of posters are mentioning Jackson at No. 17, so you are not alone, Paul. Chad Ford has him at No. 19 but calls him perhaps the draft's biggest sleeper pick (7-foot wingspan on a 6-3 PG, and he can shoot). As for buying a low first-round pick, none of the cash-strapped teams are picking low in the first round except New Jersey (which has the Lakers' pick) this year, so I don;t see that happening. They'll buy up a second-rounder or two. The Lakers (always like money to pay off their luxury tax bill) have four second-rounders and the Clippers have three.
Chris Sheridan (3:04 PM)
Thanks for stopping by, and sorry I couldn't answer more questions. Lots of them in the queue today. Check the Knicks blog later today for a report on the draft workouts the Knicks held today. Jared Zwerling was there for ESPNNewYork. Hasta luego.