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June 8, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Jared Zwerling

Jared Zwerling
  (11:59 AM)

Hey guys, let's do this ... look forward to your questions.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:00 PM)

I accidentally deleted the first question, which was: "Where do you think the Knicks will end up in the standings next year?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:03 PM)

I think they can realistically finish 3 or 4 and maybe host home court until the Eastern Conference finals. They can especially move up because Derrick Rose is likely out for a year. So it could be Heat, Pacers, Knicks/Sixers. The Pacers are built well and have a great frontcourt, and the Knicks have better core talent than the Sixers. If they can find a way to put it together, I think they can finish third. The Celtics could be there too, but it's possible that their Big Three could break up this summer.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who do you think is the Worst Head Coach that the Knicks ever Had?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:05 PM)

Well, I can't recall that long ago, but in recent memory I would Don Chaney. I can't remember really a single really great thing that he did, after trying to continue what Jeff Van Gundy had done with many of the same pieces, most notably Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell.

raymond [via mobile]

What's the biggest move NY needs to make

Jared Zwerling
  (12:06 PM)

Find a way to get the Knicks' Big Three to play well together, along with Jeremy Lin and Co.

raymond (washington) [via mobile]

What moves will NY need to make?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:09 PM)

This offseason, I think they need to sign a veteran point guard to backup Jeremy Lin. I don't like the idea of two young point guards. For example, look at how well Derek Fisher has backed up Russell Westbrook. Overall, the Knicks definitely need to shore up their backcourt, especially considering Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis are out for a while. Well, Davis is basically not playing next season. They also need to draft athleticism, defense and 3-point shooting, whether that's trading Toney Douglas and someone else for a late first-round pick or finding a diamond in the rough at pick No. 48.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:10 PM)

I also think they would love to have a younger version of Jared Jeffries off the bench. Jeffries is not getting any younger and he's been injury prone in the past several seasons. If they don't draft a shooting guard, expect them to pick up an athletic and physical big. Maybe a Yancy Gates type?

Zach Williams (Nashua, NH)

Do you think Lin will be a starter next season?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:11 PM)

Yes I do, and a veteran point guard hopefully backing him up. All of these guys will get calls from the Knicks: Andre Miller, Jason Kidd, Kirk Hinrich, Beno Udrih, Raymond Felton and Chauncey Billups.

JB (NYC)

Who is this Euro that the Knicks are rumored to be targeting? And have you heard anything about them trying to by into the first round? or the top of the second round?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:15 PM)

I have heard some noise about them trying to trade up to the late first round land to draft an athletic and versatile shooter/swingman. The main trade piece is Toney Douglas and Landry Fields could be later in the offsesaon. Four draft prospects that come to mind who are in that area of the draft are: Jeffrey Taylor, Doron Lamb, Dion Waiters and Moe Harkless. Taylor is my favorite out of the group. He really plays like Wilson Chandler. Lamb can really shoot the long ball and he's very crafty, old school-like. Waiters is a combo guard and can do a lot of things well, like Iman Shumpert. And Harkless could climb into the lottery, but keep in mind this: His agent, Happy Walters, also represents Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire. He's a Queens kid who went to St. John's. But as I just said, he's the most unlikely out of this bunch to be there late in the first round.

JB (NYC)

Who is the diamond in the rough you seem the grabbing this year in the second round?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:18 PM)

These are the guys on my radar: Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom, Kim English, Rakim Sanders and Scott Machado.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:19 PM)

I really think Machado will go at the top of the second round. He's arguably the third-best point guard in the draft class. While I think the Knicks should look to sign a veteran PG as a backup anyway, if Machado is there, you have to give him consideration.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:21 PM)

Crowder I hear impressed some people at the Chicago draft combine this week with his outside shooting. He's got a very quick release and he's very physical. He can do a lot of little things well, but he needs to work on his midrange game. While Johnson-Odom is a bit undersized to guard multiple positions, he'll be able to stay with many point guards on the next level. He's been really impressing people with his D during the pre-draft process. He's also an overall good scorer and can knock down the three. Buzz Williams' Marquette guys always seem to be prepared for the NBA. As for English, he's a great 3-point shooter. He has a Ray Allen-esque release, and of course the Knicks need 3-point shooting.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:22 PM)

Rakim Sanders has been moving up the charts. He's a physical beast and has a great all-around game. He needs to become a little more consistent with his outside shot, though. But he's got an inside-out game and can bully two guards and guard up to the power-forward position.

JB (NYC)

Assuming the hearings go in favor of the league and they only have veterans minimums to offer, who do you see the knicks REALISTICALLY targeting in free agency (ie not Nash)?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:26 PM)

They could use a solid veteran backup PG. The best include: Andre Miller, Jason Kidd, Kirk Hinrich, Beno Udrih, Raymond Felton and Chauncey Billups. They also need guards and 3-point shooters, and that's why I like Randy Foye. Matt Barnes is also a solid all-around player who can hit the three. While he's coming off two injury-riddled seasons, he's still fairly young in his career and he can get healthy in the offseason. The Lakers likely won't re-sign him and he could be a bargain at the veteran's minimum. He's also a former Knick and loves New York; he hosts some of his charity events here. As for another combo guard, Nate Robinson, who improved his point-guard play this past season in Golden State. As for rebounding and defense, because Jared Jeffries is not getting any younger, I like Reggie Evans. Even Kenyon Martin should be considered. By the way, another shooting guard I like is Anthony Parker, who played on the Cavaliers last season.

Derrick (PO-town)

Any chance the Greek player that the Knicks got in the Chandler trade is going to suit up for them this season ? We could use the Depth and Greece is in a terrible economic disaster.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:28 PM)

You mean Georgios Printezis? Doubt it for this biggest reason: The Knicks believe he could make a good NBA reserve, but they only have a rookie minimum to offer him. Because Printezis played very well this past season in Greece and led Olympiacos to its first Euroleague championship since 1997, he'll likely demand big money. However, because he's now 27 years old, perhaps he wants to take his talents to the NBA and finally compete for an NBA championship. With the Knicks' roster space and injuries, he could be in the running to get some solid playing time this season off the bench.

Nick (New York City)

With rumors that some teams may want to dump some of their multiple 1st round picks, any chance the Knicks can grab one? And what shooters look good for them that can be gotten where they are, or could be if they can in fact get into first round?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:30 PM)

I answered a variation of this question before. Two two shooters I like late in the first round are Jeffrey Taylor and Doron Lamb. Where the Knicks are at pick 48 in the draft, I like Kim English, Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom and even Jared Cunningham. While he's a bit undersized, he knows how to make his presence felt all over the court, on both sides. He's fearless and has a winning attitude.

JJ (NY)

Jared, of all the draft prospects you've looked at for the blog, is there a chance of any of those guys being an immediate contributor off the bench? If so, who's your guy.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:33 PM)

Darius Johnson-Odom for his defense, athleticism and all-around scoring ability. He has the build of a running back and the tenacity to match. He has had the right mindset in the pre-draft process to impress on D because he's confident he can score at the next level. I like his attitude and his abilities on both ends of the floor.

RODNEY (BROOKLYN)

Are there any realistic takers for landry and douglas?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:34 PM)

At this point, I don't know about specific teams, but I heard the Knicks had been looking to shop Douglas during the season and now I hear they may look to shop Fields later in the offseason.

RODNEY (BROOKLYN)

where do you see jeremy lin's rank amongst point guards in the nba?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:36 PM)

Top 10 next season as for starting point guards. Keep this in mind, folks: Lin averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game this past season without any preparation to be a starting point guard in New York. And when defenses attacked him more after his sizzling start, he still carried himself with poise. He's a true student of the game and will continue to develop well. He obviously has to learn how to make difficult plays while limiting his turnovers.

tony (union, nj)

any chance we can get rondo from the celtics?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:36 PM)

No.

big boy (la)

You can't remember I. Thomas - worst coach of all time for any NBA team!

Jared Zwerling
  (12:38 PM)

Thomas had a worse roster than Chaney. Chaney still had Houston and Sprewell and some other solid role players, and he couldn't continue what Jeff Van Gundy had done in New York. Chaney was basically out in a year.

Alex (Anaheim)

Is there a missing piece to this team, or do you believe better cooperation is the key?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:38 PM)

You said it. Cooperation is key between the Knicks' Big Three because I see all of them back next season.

RODNEY (BROOKLYN)

What are you hearing the real reasons why nash wouldn't consider the knicks? money or coaching?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:38 PM)

Both, money and coaching.

Nick (Pittsburgh)

Knicks fan in Pittsburgh! Should the Knicks make a trade for a first round pick?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:40 PM)

I discussed this earlier. Check out the earlier part of the chat. In a nutshell, Toney Douglas and Landry Fields appear to be the two likeliest trade pieces, and I think the Knicks would look to shop at least Douglas around and maybe someone else to get a Jeffrey Taylor or Doron Lamb type player.

Smooth (The Bell)

Do you think JR Smith can find a signifigantly better deal on the open market if he opts out? He was dreadful in the playoffs.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:42 PM)

Yes, I think he could get more money, but probably no more than $5 million per year. If he accepts the Knicks' player option of about $2.5 million, I think he would be obviously playing for less money, but he does love New York, however.

Izzat (Yonkers, NY)

Should the Knicks amnesty Tyson Chandler so they can have enough cap space for Howard?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:42 PM)

They already amnestied Chauncey Billups.

RealLifeThought (NJ)

hear the Nets are looking to buy a 1st rd pick, any idea if Knicks have any plans similar in case they can't resign a guy like Novak?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:44 PM)

I haven't heard anything about them buying a pick. I think it's pretty much a lock that Steve Novak will be a New York Knick. He spent about three weeks after the season working out nearly every day at the Knicks' training facility. He feels comfortable here and wants to stay.

Paul (Cedar Grove)

With the Bird Rights situation unlikely to favor the Knicks and their MLE most likely going to Lin, what veterans minimum players would you target to help off of the bench? They need perimeter shooting and another interior defender/rebounder IMHO.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:44 PM)

I discussed this earlier. Check the earlier part of the chat. Let me know if you have a follow-up question.

Kyle (Orlando)

What are the odds of the Knicks taking a backup for Melo like Royce White from Iowa State with their pick?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:45 PM)

Royce White I hear is moving up the draft board, fast. He had a great showing during the Chicago draft combine. I think he could be a lottery pick, so I doubt it.

Ralph (NYC)

I think if LeBron doesnt win a tittle in Miami he'll listen to offers from the Knicks which will include Melo in that deal. LBJ and Amare and Chandler= Championship! There is no other team he will go to after his run with the Heat besides NY.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:45 PM)

Mark my words: LeBron will never be a New York Knick.

RealLifeThought (NJ)

Any idea if Knicks were to do something surprisingly big either via trade of current roster or trading into draft what that would be?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:46 PM)

The biggest surprise would be trading Amare, Fields and Douglas for something big. I don't think they would touch Melo and/or Chandler. As for what the big thing could be, I don't know yet.

Brian (Brooklyn)

Hey Jared, do you think that with Woodson saying Lin is his staring point guard, will give Lin a sense of security to resign and is Woodson saying we are not going for Nash or Dragic or any other potential "starting point guard" in free agency? Also, if that is the case, who do you see as a potential backup?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:49 PM)

Well, I think Lin proved this past season he should be the starter. As for backups, I'd consider (in no particular order): Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Beno Udrih, Raymond Felton, Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd. Steve Nash, at this point, seems to be the most out of the question.

Roe (east rutherford)

Do you see the knicks adding to the coaching staff...someone who can implement an offense to make this team work?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:49 PM)

Great question, and I've already been working on a blog post on this, regarding potential offensive assistants. Stay tuned ... Got some good stuff.

Jason (NY)

Any chance the Knicks draft Fab Melo just so they can confuse everyone by having two Melo's from Syracuse?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:50 PM)

Ha! He should be considered, of course, but for his playing ability obviously. I personally would love to see Marcus Camby return and finish his career in New York, as a backup to Tyson Chandler. Together, that would be a great pairing. They play so alike.

Jared (CT)

With rumors flying around that new orleans wants to possibly trade the 10 pick if it could unload okafor and/or ariza, do you think a package of STAT and Fields or Douglas would be able to get that done. A line up of Chandler, okafor, melo, shumpert and lin would be set on both sides, and the Knicks would get ariza for off the bench.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:52 PM)

Interesting ... I actually like that lineup. The salaries would work. But I think if the Hornets are looking to build a championship team, they'd be foolish to let those two guys go. And there is great quality at 10. It's a deep draft for sure. The Hornets should stick with what they have now.

Vinnie (ATL)

Do you think Woodson learned anything from his coaching job in Atlanta? He constantly berated his players. I don't see Anthony and other Knicks responding to the Woodson that was here for the Hawks.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:54 PM)

Yes, he improved that team every season, but what helped was that Joe Johnson was a great passer and they had the right pieces to play together. While Melo is a decent passer (not as good as Johnson), he hasn't been able to play well with Tyson and Amare yet. Woodson has a big challenge in front of him to create a system that lasts the entire season and competes for a championship. The offensive strategy will likely be more complex than what Woodson has ever faced, and that's why an offensive assistant may help.

Ronald P. (Canarsie)

Veteran SG...ray allen, michael redd, anthony parker or someone else? who you got?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:55 PM)

Anthony Parker is my favorite choice, and likeliest choice.

Nick (Pittsburgh)

Will Iman Shumpert be the everyday starting SG next season?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:55 PM)

Depends on how he returns, but by January/February that's the goal and beyond that.

Izzat (Yonkers, NY)

Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:56 PM)

I think D-Howard is more likely to end up in New Jersey.

Nick (NY)

Will Josh Harrelson see more time as Knick? He's got untapped potential that could be seen with more playing time.

Jared Zwerling
  (12:56 PM)

Yes, absolutely. The Knicks could use his toughness, underrated defense and 3-point shooting. His plus-minus was solid last season.

KG (New York)

A couple of writers have reported that they, and many GMs & coaches they asked, don't see Lin as a starter. What's your take on this? Do you think that if they get a solid vet pg that Woodson would prefer starting a vet?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:58 PM)

I think that's foolish. He wasn't prepared to start last season and he played consistently well as a starter, even when defenses threw everything at him. In just a short amount of time during the season, he improved his outside shooting. He's a great student of the game. If he can limit his turnovers, he'll be off to a great start next season.

CC (Atlanta)

Um Orlando would laugh at Amare and Tyson for DH12. Amare's contract is uninsurable which means he's untradeable. Knick fans are the most delusional out there and that trade proposal is exhibit A.!!

Jared Zwerling
  (12:58 PM)

Agreed about the contract. Any trade with Amare is unlikely.

Kyle (Orlando)

You mentioned a lot of people, but realisticly can the Knicks resign Lin and Fields/Smith, sign a rookie from the draft, and sign people like Miller, Evans, and/or Barnes?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:59 PM)

Yes, they can. They'll have about two to three veteran's minimum contracts to spend.

Nick (NY)

Out of those point gaurds you listed who will get a call from the Knicks.. realistically Raymond Felton sounds the most intriguing/possible. Could do wonders for the pick and roll game. Agree/disagree?

Jared Zwerling
  (12:59 PM)

Agree for sure!

Jared Zwerling
  (1:00 PM)

Hey guys, thanks for your time!

Jared Zwerling
  (1:00 PM)

If you have any further questions, please contact me on Twitter @JaredZwerling ... Look forward to hearing from you soon! Always appreciate the great questions and insights!