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, Sheridan 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 (2:00 PM)
Good afternoon from Greenburgh, where the Knicks had Charles Jenkins, Iman Shumpert and Chris Singleton, among others, in today for workouts. Only two weeks until we see what the Knicks do at No. 17, and how many second-round picks they are able to purchase. Questions?
The Knicks need a more defensive minded coach, but they also need more defensive minded players. They can start by signing Tyson Chandler. How much do you think he is seeking per year?
Chris Sheridan (2:01 PM)
They cannot sign Tyson or any other free agent defensive-minded center because they do not have the cap space available to do so. So if they get a center, it'll be a veteran playing on a minimum contract, or a rookie. And I am becoming more convinced that they will look to draft a big at No. 17 if one of the ones they like is still on the board.
Hey Chris - who do ya go the Knicks taking in the first round. I hope they can add some size. - John
Chris Sheridan (2:05 PM)
I was leaning toward Klay Thompson a week or two ago, but I think they are realizing that size has got to be a higher priority than restocking positions where they already have established starters, with the exception being the 2-guard spot. I have heard they really like Singleton (who was in today) because of his defensive abilities, but Singleton disappointed me when I asked him to compare himself to a good NBA defender and he only came up with Bruce Bowen's name. I was looking for something more current, perhaps along the lines of DeShawn Stevenson or Tony Allen.
So do you think that the Knick may sign Jerome Jordan and if he is not ready to help them at the start of the season than they will send him to Erie until they think that he is ready to help them or do you think that they will send him back oversea.
Chris Sheridan (2:08 PM)
That is the interesting thing about their acquisition of the Erie franchise. Now, they do not have to stash a player like Jordan in Europe, and they can have some faith that the staff in Erie will lookout for the best interests of a guy like Andy Rautins if they were to send him down. And with most folks around the NBA expecting there to be no summer league because of the lockout, the Erie franchise will give the Knicks somewhat of a fallback as far as having a place to look at players and have some control over their work environments. Jordan's shot at making the roster could depend on how many second-rounders they buy, because there could be a squeeze there in keeping the roster at 15. Jordan (and a bunch of other marginal guys) also might want to jump at guaranteed money in Europe if the NBA is shut down.
Jimmer to the Knicks? Everyone is saying Utah but they really need a TRUE PG and Jimmer I think would be better suited as a SG. Thoughts?
Chris Sheridan (2:11 PM)
If they have a choice between Jimmer and Vucevic, the 7-footer from Montenegro and Southern Cal who was in two days ago, I imagine they would go for the big guy because of the void they have at that position.
Hal (New York)
Knicks need ALOT of depth. Could you see them drafting Vucivec and then going after guys like Redd, Iverson, Oden, W. Chandler to fill rolls?
Chris Sheridan (2:14 PM)
They need a center, which is why I am plugging Vucevic as my flavor of the week. They liked him a lot during the NCAA season when he averaged a double-double for USC, and some folks think he has the offensive skills to become a Pau Gasol type. Shoots the ball with both hands quite well, e.g. As for your vets, the only guy on that list that seems like a viable option is Redd. And if they think they can get Redd, that gives them all the more reason to draft for need at the 5 position.
Will the Knicks be drafting Chris Paul trade bait, or supporting cast material? Are there prospects out there at 17 that can be both?
Chris Sheridan (2:17 PM)
There is a school of thought that whoever the Knicks pick at No. 17 will be shipped to New Orleans in February along with C.Billups for C.Paul, but again I would caution that there is NO WAY the league office is going to sign off on a trade of Paul as long as the league office continues to own that team. That being said, the 17 pick is going to be one of the few tradeable assets the Knicks have on their roster next season aside from Chauncey, an the possibility of being dealt is going to shadow that player (unless it is a center) throughout the season the same way it did for Derrick Favors in New Jersey.
Jim (Utica, NY)
It seems like the Knicks want to obtain a second round pick. Of the second round prospects they have worked out which are they most interested in?
Chris Sheridan (2:19 PM)
Not sure if he will drop to the second round, but I am told Iman Shumpert was pretty impressive today. Not many 6-6 point guards out there, and it doesn't hurt him that he is repped by Happy Walters (Stoudemire's agent.)
Knicks_r_back (New York)
If the Knicks keep dantoni this year, which they should, what kind of success will he have to have in order to get a contract extension?
Chris Sheridan (2:20 PM)
51-31 gets it done before the playoffs begin, IMO. Anything short of that, and Mike's job is on the line in the postseason.
Jim (Utica, NY)
Are the Knicks grooming Allan Houston to eventually take over as GM by having him run their new D-League team in Erie?
Chris Sheridan (2:21 PM)
Yes, that indeed seems to be the case. Jim Dolan loves Allan.
Hello Chris,I know your take was Mavs in 7, but would this series look like 94 Finals? Up to now it's the wins are going as the same direction.
Chris Sheridan (2:22 PM)
I still like my Mavs in 7 pick. Series was there for the taking in Game 4, and Miami did not take it. And I repeat: watch how clutch Jason Kidd is in two of the next three games.
Who are the Knicks most likely to draft? Can't believe all these Mock drafts. Will Vucevic still be there and would they take him with Jordan onboard or will the so for the next Wilson Chandler in Singleton?
Chris Sheridan (2:25 PM)
Vucevic is my flavor of the week, but a lot will be determined by what transpired at the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso this weekend. Lucas Noguiera of Brazil will be participating, and there are a lot of tams that want to kick the tires on this kid. But the thing with Vucevic is he is almost identical to Kanter in terms of measurements, and he has a three-year body of Pac-10 work on which he can be judged, wheras Kanter is more of an unknown commodity because he really hasn't played in two years.
Why hasn't there been much talk about Nolan Smith? You would think he would be high on most draft boards with his successful career at Duke.
Chris Sheridan (2:27 PM)
Nolan was here yesterday, and Jared Zwerling wrote about him inthe Knicks blog on ESPNNewYork.com. Check it out.
Could the knicks take faried with the 17 pick. i think he would be perfect for them, then maybe buy a pick and get charles jenkins
Chris Sheridan (2:29 PM)
Taking a pure 4 makes little sense because the guy will be will be suck behind Amare Stoudemire for four years (see Anthony Randolph). As productive as Faried is, he wouldn't fit in their rotation.
Ronnie (Canarsie, Brooklyn)
If the Knicks need size, is Jeremy Tyler an option?
Chris Sheridan (2:32 PM)
I heard they were not all that impressed with his workout. Another big they are looking at today is Keith Benson of Oakland (Mich.), and he is the type of guy they may try to land with a purchased second-round pick.
Frank (Richmond, VA)
What do you think is the real reason Donnie is no longer team president?
Chris Sheridan (2:33 PM)
I think this job wore him out, mentally and physically, far more than he ever imagined it would.
Jason (New York)
How early will the Knicks know if they can and will buy other picks? Might this not have a significant impact on 17 given their multiple needs?
Chris Sheridan (2:35 PM)
As far as second-round picks go (which is where the Knicks would like to be buyers), usually it becomes clear around 10 p.m. on draft night who is truly willing to sell a pick and who was merely fronting. Lakers have three late 2nds (46, 56 and 58) and are usually happy to take some cash to pay their luxury tax bill.
Any word on how Jenkins did today and if the Knicks like him?
Chris Sheridan (2:38 PM)
Jenkins told us he thought he fared pretty well despite being defended by a tall kid, Shumpert. (Knicks don't let the media watch their workouts). The thing I love about the three-time Haggerty Award winner is that he shot 52 percent last season despite every opposing defense keying on him.
Gregg (Huntington, NY)
How many of these three are Knicks next year-Shelden Williams, Renaldo Blackman, Derrick Brown? I think Sheldon has potential and was underutilized by D'Antoni. He did start a bunch of games on a very good Nuggets team before the trade.
Chris Sheridan (2:40 PM)
Only Balkman, I would think, unless they draft small and have a need for a big body, in which case I could see them giving Shelden another look. If D.Brown was going to be a factor for them, I think D'Antoni would have gien him a look in the playofs -- especially in Game 4 when he closed with R.Mason and Shawne Williams in the 4th.
Danny (Bronx, Ny)
Vucevic said that he didn't shoot well during the workouts with the knicks. Can you report anything of what the knicks thought??
Chris Sheridan (2:41 PM)
There was some talk that he did not play as aggressively as they would have liked, but you have to factor in that he is going through a car wash of workouts and is going to look better in some than in others. The Knicks like his dexterity and his footwork and his body of work at USC.
Chris (Midtown Manhattan)
Is Selby someone that the Knicks are still considering? It isn't often that you get a player with so much upside at 17.
Chris Sheridan (2:44 PM)
Chad Ford still has the Knicks taking Selby at No. 17 in his Mock Draft 4.0. I am curious to see whether Chad shifts to one of the EuroBigs in Mock 5.0 when he gets back from Italy. To me, Selby gives them a third point at a position where they are already OK with C.Billups and T.Douglas. Their other needs (size, shooting) are too acute for them to draft a third point, IMHO.
Bo (Upper West Side)
Are the Knicks worried that Chauncey Billups didn't seem to buy into D'Antoni's system (was coaching from the bench when he got hurt), and may possibly undermine him during the season and turn the roster against him?
Chris Sheridan (2:45 PM)
If that was a legitimate concern I do not think they would have made an $11 million decision to bring him back. Chauncey coached from the bench in Denver and Detroit, too.
Danny (Hillside, NJ)
Any news on the potential sale of the Hornets?? Do you think its possible that they don't sell next year??
Chris Sheridan (2:49 PM)
Seems to be on hold until the labor situation is figured out.
Knicks_r_back (New York)
How did singleton do today?
Chris Sheridan (2:51 PM)
Again, hard to tell when the Knicks don't let the media watch. Singleton seemed happy with his workout.
Nick (Hell's Kitchen, NY)
Wouldn't Jimmer or Klay Thompson be a HUGE mistake for a team like the Knicks who need 2 way players? Forget the coach, if you put those guys on the floor next to Billups, no Center, and Melo, and they won't have a chance defensively.
Chris Sheridan (2:54 PM)
Again, it gets back to drafting for needs. So let's say all the centrs they like are gone by No. 17. Do they then go for a shooter (K.Thompson) with size or a player with size (Singleton) who can't shoot? I think they'd go with what they are comfortable with, which is an offensive-minded player.
Nick (Hell's Kitchen, NY)
If the T Wolves take Derrick Williams with the 2nd pick, should the Knicks call them about Michael Beasley?
Chris Sheridan (2:55 PM)
Absolutely not. Again, they already have a 4. No need at that position or the 3.
Chris Sheridan (2:56 PM)
That is a wrap for this week, folks. Follow me on Twitter (@CSheridanESPN) for further word on when I'll be back for more Knicks workouts, and when I will be chatting next. Enjoy the weekend, and stay cool this afternoon.