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Via Bleacher Report – Howard Beck
But Thursday’s front-office shakeup is not really about Mills or Grunwald, the Knicks’ recent past or the season that will soon be underway. This is about Carmelo Anthony, next summer and the summer after that.
Anthony can opt out of his contract in July, and the franchise is rightfully fearful that—despite his public statements to the contrary—he might walk away. The Knicks are carrying an expensive, capped-out roster, peppered with misfits and fragile veterans. Their window to contend in the Eastern Conference might already be closing. It would slam shut if Anthony flees next summer.
As one rival team executive said of Thursday’s moves: “It was all to keep Carmelo.”
The same executive said he believed that, if the decision had to be made now, Anthony would leave.
Anthony is said to be agitating for change, for help on the court, for reassurance that the Knicks are capable of acquiring elite talent. If he elects to stay next summer, it will have to be with the confidence that the Knicks can land another star in 2015, when they are expected to have millions in cap room.
This is what the front office move might have been about with the hiring of Steve Mills and the dismissal of Glen Grunwald. It makes sense in every possible way. Melo has to be able to buy into the Knicks future of the roster, already knowing that they are cash strapped for now but will be cap friendly in the 2015 season when Tyson, Bargnani and Stoudemire come off the cap. If Melo opts out and re-signs for his max possible deal per league rules, then he needs to be assured the Knicks are in good hands, and will make the proper moves for the future.
Was Grunwald the right guy? It’s hard to tell without being inside the Knicks brain trust. He is a great talent evaluator, but he is not the high-profile GM that New York might need to lure free agents, and keep Melo in the orange and blue.
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By Charles R. Trimble III
The Knicks open training camp October 1st as the defending Atlantic Division champions for the first time in nearly 20 years. Although he was faced with salary cap restrictions entering the off-season, recently replaced GM, Glen Grunwald was able to be quite creative in assembling this year’s team. Below we take a closer look at the players and what each...
The New York Knicks couldn’t let us just coast into training camp next week, right? Right. In a surprising move, the team announced they are demoting GM Glen Grunwald to “advisor” AKA moving him to a cabin in New Hampshire and promoting team executive Steve Mills in his place. Why oh why and what does this mean?
Speculation is running rampant about the implications of the...
As we inch closer to the start of training camp, several projections and lists will make their way to the internet and one such list is the top-100 players in the NBA compiled by Sports Illustrated. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony comes in at No. 10.
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Starting last season, the inside collar of all New York Knicks jerseys read “Once A Knick, Always A Knick.” Judging by the way they move players around, this statement couldn’t be any further from the truth. Unfortunately, it sometimes means that legendary Knicks are forced to suit up as an opponent in Madison Square Garden. This was perfectly exemplified when a certain number...
Via Ian Begley and Marc Stein
The New York Knicks have reshuffled their front office yet again, announcing Thursday that former executive Steve Mills has rejoined the organization as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald.
Grunwald, who served as GM for two seasons, will be reassigned as an adviser, the team announced.
“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve...
The Knicks have rehired Steve Mills to be their general manager It’s alright New York Knicks fans, the rehiring that will be taking place won’t have the name Isiah Thomas attached to him. Instead, the Knicks have announced that they will be replacing Glen Grunwald with former president and general managers, Steve Mills. Via ESPN: The New York Knicks on Thursday announced the...
The Knicks @ Nite crew and important Knickswag contributors have thought night and day about who the most important Knick could be. We all have come up with some great insight into this subject, so let’s skip the bloviating and get right to it… Enjoy.
Peter Arturi –
The idea that one player could be more important than the team concept is maddening to me. Assuming Melo picks...
Glen Grunwald‘s pock-marked tenure as head of the New York Knicks’ basketball operations unit is over.
The former president and general manager was moved into an advisory role and Steve Mills shifted duties within the organization on Thursday, releasing Grunwald from the thankless task of having to operate under Madison Square Garden boss James Dolan.
“I am pleased to welcome...
Yes, Justin Brownlee was invited and accepted the #Knicks training camp deal. @HoopsRumors
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) September 27, 2013
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The New York Knicks have signed veteran forward Ike Diogu, who has been out of the NBA for nearly all of the last two seasons.
The team announced the move Friday.
The 6-foot-9 Diogu was the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft by Golden State and also has played for Indiana, Portland, Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio. He appeared in two games for the Spurs in...
So over the summer the Knicks have picked up some VERY very interesting young prospects that most people haven’t paid much attention to. You slept on Cope, don’t make the same mistake twice guys! (Sorry that these are just links, still working my way way around managing this blog!)
By Kenneth Teape
The New York Knicks, on the verge of training camp opening up next week, have made yet another change to the organization. The move has an impact on the whole organization but is not directly related to the roster as it was not a player being replaced; instead General Manger Glen Grunwald was replaced as GM and reassigned to an adviser role. Grunwald, who had been...
Back on Wednesday, NBA commissioner David Stern was announcing the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets would be co-hosting the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend at a press conference.
Sadly for David, he had a tiny slip-up by saying that the Nets were based in New York instead of Brooklyn:
To defend Mr. Stern, the Nets did play in New York from 1968-1977.
David Stern says New York...