Chat with Ian Begley
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Friday, New York Knicks writer Ian Begley stops by to chat about the team following the draft.
Begley has covered New York sports since graduating from the University of Richmond in 2005. He has covered the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. Prior to writing for ESPN's New York site, he worked for the New York Daily News.
Send your questions now and join Begley Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
Ian Begley (3:04 PM)
Good afternoon, everyone. Hope everybody's doing well. Thanks for stopping by. Free agency is around the corner so let's dive right in ...
What's the latest on marcus camby?
Ian Begley (3:05 PM)
Hey Bob, He's under contract for next year and it is guaranteed. Nothing new to report.
What did you think of the Hardaway pick? The California alum in me wanted Crabbe.
Ian Begley (3:06 PM)
Hey Alex, I liked Crabbe too but I think if Tim can be consistent on the defensive end he can really benefit the Knicks. At 24, it's hard to get an impact player. But the Knicks went for the best player available. Hard to knock that strategy.
Deven (New York, NY)
Does this mean JR Smith won't be back?
Ian Begley (3:07 PM)
Hey Deven, It's certainly an indication that the Knicks are prepared for him to walk. Ultimately, JR will have to decide if he wants to take less money to stay in New York or if he wants to earn more and play in another city.
Kenny BX [via mobile]
Being that revenue and taxes shouldn't be a problem, why didn't Knicks pair together future 2nd round picks for a 1 last eve? We need youth and athleticism. Thanks
Ian Begley (3:10 PM)
Hey Kenny, I know the Knicks tried to get a second-round pick but hadn't heard anything about them trying to trade for an extra first. My only guess as to why the didn't is: they dont have many second rounders in future years so it would have been tough to send a few out for another 1st rounder. Also, this was a weak draft so there was no reason to mortgage the future any further for a pick in a subpar draft, I dont think.
Ian Kaufman (New York)
Who could possibly replace JR SMith if he leaves as sixth man? Any decent trade options?
Starting to worry a little about the Knicks next season. With the Nets getting Pierce, Garnett, and Terry to go with Williams and Lopez, granted their age, they could possibly be the best team in the East no? Love the Hardaway pick could be solid down the road but what can this team aquire to finish above the 5 seed in the east and head to the Finals?
Ian Begley (3:12 PM)
Hey Ian, Tough to replace his scoring in free agency because the Knicks have only the mini mid-level and will likely have to dip into that to match an offer to either Copeland or Prigioni -- or both
Ian Begley (3:13 PM)
Hey, I dont see the Nets as the top team in the East. I still think Miami holds the claim there. As far as getting better, that's going to be tricky. At this point, with their cap situation, the Knicks are what they are. They're going to have to be lucky with the role players they bring in if they want to make a significant improvement from last year. Right now, I don't see many options out there.
Alex B (Maine)
So, I think that is Tim Hardaway Jr. will feed off of Melo perfectly. I see him as a younger mix of J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd. He can pass, shoot, and dribble this guy will be either a good starting 2 guard or a great Sixth Man.
Ian Begley (3:14 PM)
Sounds like you like the pick, Alex.
Justin Keith Quintana (West Palm Beach, FL)
Looking across the river at the monster luxury tax implications the Nets are willing to absorb, is it too outlandish to pay some luxury tax to keep JR and Copeland, or do the salary cap rules prohibit the Knicks from matching a heavy offer from Milwaukee, Detroit, et al.... Also, would the Knicks be willing to "backload" a contract to keep either of our FA's. Is Timofey Mozgoz or Nate Robinson on the Knicks radar to replace Rasheed and JKidd?
Ian Begley (3:17 PM)
Hey Justin, Under cap rules, the Knicks won't be able to match all offers to JR above 5 million annually. They'll be able to match offers to Copeland up to a certain point. So paying the luxury tax really isn't the issue here, it's the salary cap that's restraining the Knicks. Backloading a deal wouldnt help, either. Nate and Timofey, Im sure, will be discussed as options. Along with many other FAs.
Acem (Bronx, ny)
I like the pick. But i really think we do need another point guard that can knock down the open J. Do you see grunwald pullin a trade for a PG??
Ian Begley (3:19 PM)
Hey Acem, Glen said last night that point guard was a prioroty so I would be surprised if they didnt retain Pablo or bring another veteran PG in via free agency
Tweaking here and there will not cut it. The Knicks as presently constituted just don't have the goods to even be in the top 3-4 in the East, let alone challenge the Heat in ECF. I say swing for the fences and move Melo and/or Chandler to get a superstar that does more than just score. Would Lakers sign and trade Howard for Chandler? Could we land an elite PG for Melo? If we could somehow turn Melo and Chandler (plus whatever extras you need to make salaries work, and I'm talking two separate deals) into elite PG and All star caliber big man, I say we do it. Possible?
Ian Begley (3:20 PM)
Hey Knickfan, I am 99.9 percent certain that Carmelo will not be moved. You'd need much more than just Chandler to do a sign-and-trade for Dwight. The Knicks missed out on an elite PG (Chris Paul) when they amnestied Chauncey to sign Tyson Chandler.
Pierre (San Francisco)
Do you see hardaway starting for us at the 3? He could play the role Bewer was playing earlier in the season and just camp in the corner but actually knock down the threes. I think Shump needs to play the 2 to maximize his talent
Ian Begley (3:22 PM)
Hey Pierre, That's an interesting question. Glen Grunwald said last night that Hardaway Jr. was a "classic 2" so I'd guess that, in the Knicks' small ball lineup, Shumpert would play 3. We'll see....
Martin (New York, NY)
Are the Brooklyn Nets now the favorites in the Atlantic?
Ian Begley (3:23 PM)
Absolutely. But it's late June. There's still an entire offseason to go before they roll the balls out. Also, there's a difference between being a favorite on paper and a favorite on the court.
You're gonna get a lot of questions about him, so lets just get it out of the way- MYCK KABONGO... will we see him in a knicks summer league uniform next month?
Ian Begley (3:24 PM)
Hey Ozair, I was told last week that the Knicks are set at point guard for the summer league, but that's a fluid situation so there's a chance Kabongo could be added. We should get the official summer league roster within the next week or so...
Martin (New York, NY)
What are the chances that JR Smith resigns with the Knicks? I personally wouldn't feel comfortable giving him more than a short term deal.
Ian Begley (3:26 PM)
Hey Martin, I think the Knicks probably feel the same way. If he comes back, my guess is that it's for a two-year deal with an option in the second year. That way, the Knicks will have JR's full bird rights next summer and can sign him without worrying about the cap.
James (Fort Lee, NJ)
Hi Ian ... If the Knicks let JR walk (and i believe they should) how does that benefit them financially ? If they indeed gain some money saved, where do they go with that money ? PG and a big who can rebound are more a necessity to this team than bringing back JR i gotta say ...
Ian Begley (3:29 PM)
Hey James, Since the Knicks are over the salary cap, they wouldn't really have more money to spend on free agents if they let JR walk. They still would have no salary cap space to pursue other free agents. They have the mini mid level (approximately $3.1 million annually) to offer free agents. They also can offer minimum deals. But that's it, regardless of what happens with JR. The only way they can get under the cap is to send out a major contract in a sign-and-trade
JimBo (new orleans)
so any free agent point guards the knicks are interested in? I for one really like will bynum from the pistons
Ian Begley (3:31 PM)
Hey Jimbo, Bynum may be available but figures to be too expensive for the Knicks. Same goes for Nate Robinson. John Lucas III could be an interesting option ...
Ian Begley (3:33 PM)
Hey all, I have to get back to work but thanks for stopping by to chat. I always respect your passion and knowledge. Let's talk again soon. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@IanBegley). Have a good weekend.