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By Jeff P.
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Reports have said the Knicks are excelling interest in power forward/center Bismack Biyombo also known as the “B-Smack”.
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Biyombo will work out with the Knicks on Sunday following a workout in Toronto, and Detroit Monday. This means that the big-man center could land as early as 5th pick to the Raptors.
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Bismack Biyombo is a without a doubt is a strong,athletic,explosive beast as he is compared to a worse version of NBA center Dwight Howard. There was even some whispers that Biyombo was in the age group of 23-26, that’s how developed he really is.
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Bismack Biyombo is a beguiling prospect. So why would the Knicks seek interest in him?.
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Bismack Biyombo is a vicious, defensive, and energetic center. It sounds like the perfect fit for the Knicks. In the Spanish ACB league, Biyombo was a true star. Biyombo even set a record there recording 12 points 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. That’s right ten blocks in one game.
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Who will the Knicks be willing to deal for Bismack Biyombo?
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The Knicks will seek to trade their own draft pick and a player( no one was mentioned yet, though Landry Fields could be a possible name as he was in a deep struggle in the second half of the season). Toney Douglas coming out of his sophomore year, could be a possibility.
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What’s the Knicks plan how late can they get him?
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He will most likely be in the range of 5th pick to 11th pick, unless he completely messes up in workouts and brings himself down, out of the lottery. Though that is unlikely and if the Knicks are greatly considering the 6″9′ center it’s doubtful they would rely on a chance like that.
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What will be his role in the rotation?
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He will most likely be the starting center in the lineup, unless a change of his current status. He is an excellent ball-handler, shooter, and defender and could probably fill in an empty spot next to Amar’e Stoudemire.
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If the Knicks aren’t successful on receiving him and they traded up for the draft pick already what’s the deal?
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Tristan Thompson, and Donatas Motiejunas are always backup plans. Yes, they aren’t listed as centers but at their heights it is likely they can fit in as a center. Or there is a possibility the Knicks can go for a point guard possibly Kemba Walker can be an option.
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Knicks fans start becoming excited because B-Smack can soon be a Knickerbocker.
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You can follow Jeff @ http://twitter.com/#!/TheMLBNBAexpert.
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Almost as refreshing as it was to stop hearing about where LeBron is going, it will be nice to have the Melo drama behind us. As pretty much everybody expected he landed in New York with the Knicks.
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Denver gets Danilo Gallinari, who should get a boost in value as one of the Nuggets’ primary scoring options. Wilson Chandler should also handle more of a scoring load with the Nuggets. Raymond Felton was also in the deal, but there are rumors he could be on the move. His value will likely take a hit regardless of where he goes. Ty Lawson’s value depends on whether or not he gets the starting job. If Felton stays, he will remain an inconsistent option. If he’s dealt, he could take off.
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Carmelo’s value should rise in New York. I could see him averaging between 28-30 in their system. Chauncey Billups also gets a nice bump as it is a very point guard friendly offense. Shelden Williams is an intriguing option that might be worth a look if you have roster space.

While the Knicks are waiting for their main course (LeBron or Dwyane Wade) they are enjoying a pretty good (and expensive) appetizer in the form of A’mare Stoudemire. The electric power forward is reuniting his former Suns coach Mike D’Antoni. The Knicks are paying him a pretty penny, close to $100 million over five years. Any fears that A’mare’s numbers would suffer upon leaving the desert have been put to rest by his decision to join D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense. As long as he stays healthy, there is no reason A’mare can’t approach the 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds he averaged last year.

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First of all, if you were holding out hope that Yao Ming would be able to at least give you a couple good months at the end of the year, you can get on with your life.  He’s not going to play this year.  He has grown weary of his recurring foot injuries so he is going to take the time to allow it to fully heal.

If you were planning on holding on to him in a keeper league, it’s past the time to have cut him lose, but if you have been holding on to him like the note from your first girlfriend, it’s time to move on.  Even if he comes back for the 2010-11 season, he’ll bring an enormous injury risk with him.  He also could have a limited role going forward to assure that he stays healthy.  Much like Bill Walton saw reduced minutes at the end of his career, Yao could be on some sort of a pitch count, which would reduce his fantasy value.

Luis Scola, on the other hand, gets a major bump in fantasy value.  He will be more of a focal point of their offense.  Look for a dramatic increase in his scoring and a slight bump in his rebounding.

In other news, the Knicks have agreed to one-year deals with David Lee and Nate Robinson.  The duo couldn’t have landed in a more fantasy-friendly environment.  They both thrived in Mike D’Antoni’s system last year.  Lee averaged career highs of 16.0 ppg and 11.8 rpg.  Robinson averaged career highs of 17.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 4.1 apg.  I would expect both to see a dip in production, but they should remain relevant fantasy basketball options.

In other news Raymond Felton and Flip Murray signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.  Felton remains a nice fantasy option, but Murray is a fill-in player at best.

Winners
Larry Hughes
and Chris Wilcox were acquired by the Knicks in separate trades.  The Knicks have been fantasy gold so joining their rotation should improve their numbers.  Hughes hasn’t played in a month so it could take a little time to get the rust off.  Getting out of Chicago’s crowded backcourt and into the uptempo offense should bode well for his numbers.  Wilcox gives the Knicks another big man.  He should be a good fit in this Offense because he’s athletic.  He’s averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Thunder, and as long as he can earn a spot in the rotation, he should be able to improve on them.  Rashad McCants gets to escape Kevin McHale’s doghouse as he was traded from Minnesota to Sacramento.  The Kings are a terrible team, but they could use his scoring ability if they can overlook his inability to play defense.  In return for McCants, the Wolves get fellow bust Shelden Williams.  He has some size, so he may be able to work his way into the rotation as the Wolves adjust to life without Al Jefferson.  Neither McCants nor Williams are worth picking up at this point, but keep an eye on them in case they show signs of life.  Aaron Brooks will move into the starting Point Guard role for the Rockets.  He’s been solid when Rafer Alston has been out.

Even
Rafer Alston
is headed from Houston to Orlando.  He was putting up decent numbers with Houston, and I don’t see much of a change in Orlando as Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, and Hedo Turkoglu are the primary scoring options.  Malik Rose didn’t do much for the Knicks and he won’t do much for the Thunder.  At this point in his career, he’s just a contract.  The same goes for Jerome James who went to Chicago from New York.  He’s out for the year with a Achilles’ tendon injury.  Anthony Roberson won’t get an opportunity in Chicago behind their glut of Guards, not that he got one in New York. Brian Cook went from Orlando to Memphis.  He didn’t do much with the Magic, and that likely won’t change.  Kyle Lowry went from Memphis to Houston.  He’s still a backup PG so I don’t see a value change there.

Losers
Tim Thomas
 is moving from the Knicks to the Bulls.  There just won’t be enough minutes or touches in Chicago.  Nate Robinson, Quentin Richardson, and Wilson Chandler will likely see a small dip in their time as Larry Hughes settles into the rotation.  Al Harrington and David Lee could lose a little of their production to Wilcox.  Tyronn Lue and Anthony Johnson were seeing an increase in minutes since Jameer Nelson went down.  With Alston’s arrival, that is going to change.   

Now this one was certainly a cap move as the Knicks dealt their leading scorer and rebound Zach Randolph for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley.  Randolph is 20th in the league with 20.5 points per game and third with 12.5 rebounds.  He actually takes a step back in terms of fantasy value as his rebounds are certain to decrease playing with Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby.  Kaman and Camby’s rebounding will likely take a hit.  He is a great low post scorer so I don’t see that taking too big of a hit, especially with Baron Davis setting him up.  Kaman will also likely see less scoring opportunities.  Mardy Collins is also moving on to L.A., but I don’t see him being much of a factor.  For the Knicks this opens things up for Al Harrington and David Lee.  Tim Thomas excelled in Mike D’Antoni’s system in Phoenix so I expect a little bump in his production.  Cuttino Mobley joins a crowded frontcourt with Chris Duhon, Nate Robinson, Quentin Richardson, and Winston Chandler.  I don’t see much of a change in what Mobley brought to the table with the Clippers. 

So the Knicks dealt their top two scorers in one day.  They brought in some pieces in Al Harrington, Tim Thomas, and Cuttino Mobley that should allow them to continue their improved play.  They may not make the playoffs, but you have to admit Donnie Walsh has them moving in the right direction.  He’s cleaning up Isiah Thomas’ mess.  In 2010 when LeBron becomes a free agent, the Knicks will actually be in the position to go after him.  How about that for a change?  The Knicks are making moves that make sense for their future instead of making bad choices for the present so somebody (Thomas) can hold on to his job longer.

I wish the Timberwolves would see the progress the Knicks have made and cut ties with Kevin McHale, who has driven the franchise to the ground.  That’s a debate for another day.  Right now I’d like to say Well Done Knicks.  Well Done.

Golden State has agreed to send Al Harrington to the Knicks for Jamal Crawford.  Since both teams operate similar fast-paced high octane Offense, there should be little trouble with transistion for Harrington and Crawford. 

The Knicks get a little longer by adding Harrington to the mix.  He will likely rain a little on Zach Randolph’s parade (assuming he’s not dealt next) as well as taking a little away from David Lee.  Wilson Chandler could also see a decrease in minutes.  The tempo of the new-look Knicks suggest that none of these guys should suffer too dramatically.  Nate Robinson and Quentin Richardson should be the biggest beneficiaries of the deal as they will likely receive a minor bump in minutes.  The player who will gain the most though is Harrington as he escaped from Don Nelson’s doghouse.

Meanwhile the Golden State Warriors gain an experience high-powered perimeter player who can handle both Guard positions.  He will fill the shoes of Monta Ellis until he can stay away from Mopeds long enough to make a recovery.  The Warriors play an uptempo style as well and typically go with unorthodox lineups (6’9″ Al Harrington played Center).  Crawford should keep his scoring average right around the 19.6 ppg he produced with the Knicks (until Ellis comes back).  C.J. Watson, Kelenna Azubuike, and Anthony Morrow appear to be the biggest losers of this trade.  Brandan Wright appears to be the biggest beneficiary as he should see an increase in minutes as the Warriors will need to get his 6’10″ frame into the mix now that they’ve dealt one of their only quality bigs.

The main reason the Knicks made the deal is they want to free up cap room for 2010 when LeBron is a free agent.  Harrington has an option for next year.  Crawford has an option for the next two years.  The reason Golden State made the deal was to get rid of a problem in Harrington and get someone to solve the problem created by Ellis’ injury.


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