Chat with Ian Begley
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Friday, New York Knicks writer Ian Begley stops by to chat about the team.
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.
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Ian Begley (12:01 PM)
Hey what's up guys? Thanks for coming by for the chat. Hope everyone is enjoying the offseason. As usual, there's plenty going on with the Knicks. So let's get right to it
Micheal long island [via mobile]
What do you think the knicks will do in the offseason and how do you think they will do next year in the playoffs
Ian Begley (12:04 PM)
Hey Michael, Those are two pretty broad questions bro, so I will keep my answers broad. They don't have much wiggle room to make any major moves this summer. They have a first round pick, the mini mid level expection and veteran's minimum contracts to offer. So don't expect much this offseason, unless Glen Grunwald can pull off a sign and trade by dumping a big contract from the rosterAs far as next year's playoffs, it's not going to get any easier for the Knicks. Derrick Rose is coming back for the Bulls, Rajon Rondo will be back in Boston, Miami is Miami and Indiana isn't going anywhere
Jason(New York) [via mobile]
Will the Knicks win a championship in the next 3 or 4 years? And who do they need more, a point guard or a young big man from the draft to improve?
Ian Begley (12:05 PM)
Hey Jason, Of course there is a chance that they win the title. But with the way the East is right now, they will need to upgrade the roster to do so, I think. They need a secondary scorer, someone Carmelo can count on on a night in and night out basis. And they need more interior scoring. I think they go after a young PG in the draft and a free agent big man
Deven (New York, NY)
Does Carmelo Anthony really need a better supporting cast, despite the team's success this season?
Ian Begley (12:07 PM)
Hey what's up Deven, I think he does. This postseason showed you a lot of flaws with the team, one being they need a scorer to complement Carmelo. JR Smith was filling that role well late in the regular season but struggled to do so in the playoffs. If they can find a secondary scorer (not easy) and bring JR back as a third option on offense, they will be much better off, in my opinion
Jay NYC [via mobile]
Where will cp3 be playing next year ?
Ian Begley (12:08 PM)
Even with today's story by ESPN's Chris Broussard, I still have a hard time seeing Paul lead $28 million on the table. So I think he stays in LA. Im not as sure of that as I was a couple weeks ago, though.
Carl (Raleigh NC)
What's going on Ian,strictly a hypothetical how different would the Knicks be if they had Bosh instead of Amare going forward,only a hypothetical
Ian Begley (12:11 PM)
Hey Carl, that's an interesting hypothetical. I think Carmelo would still be in New York if the Knicks had Bosh instead of Amar'e. You can certainly make the argument that they would have more consistent production from Bosh than they've gotten from Amar'e, who has been crushed by injuries. The unknown is this: would Bosh and Carmelo be able to co-exist on offense? Would they mesh better than Carmelo and Amar'e have? It's impossible to answer that question with any certainty, but I would guess Bosh and Anthony would be a better fit
Deven (New York, NY)
I know this a very old story, but I was wondering: What can the Knicks do to acquire CP3?
Ian Begley (12:15 PM)
Hey Deven, We have to wait to find out the tax figures for this year, but the Knicks will likely have to send out close to 23 million in a sign and trade to land Paul. That's what makes it so unlikely. Los Angeles would have to take back a package of players whose salaries totalled more than $20 million. So it would likely inlcude Amar'e Stoudemire. Would you accept that if you were LAC?
As someone who isn't a Knicks fan, I'd love to hear how the offseason feels. For months we've had to listen to media types like yourself - especially at ESPN - trump up the Knicks' chances of beating Miami. Little problem with that: you had to beat a few other teams just to get there. Everyone who isn't a Knicks fan knew this team wasn't a contender.
Ian Begley (12:18 PM)
Never said the Knicks could beat the Heat in a seven-game series. But the matchup was a good one for the Knicks, based on how they played against Miami in the regular season. So I don't think I trumped up the Knicks chances against Miami. I stated them based on what happened in the regular season.
Chris (Cape Cod)
Ian, we can give up the pipe dream that is Chris Paul, but is it dreaming to think they could get Gasol and Hill for Camby, Stat and Novak (both better fits w/ D'An) if they take back Duhon's bad contract?
Ian Begley (12:21 PM)
Hey what's up Chris? I have a hard time seeing LA doing that deal because D'Antoni, more than others, knows Amar'e is at his best when he plays five. If he can't do that in LA, he won't attractive for them.
If Amare is as limited next year as he was at the end of this year, and it doesn't get much better from there, couldn't his contract be the most disappointing one in Knicks history ....worse even than Eddy Curry's and Jerome James's
Ian Begley (12:23 PM)
Hey Jordan, Just my opinion, but I wouldn't go that far. He was the first big-name free agent to sign here, which made an impact. He helped the Knicks reach the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons in his first year in New York. Sure, he's been limited by injuries and doesnt fit well with Carmelo, but I dont think we can call his contract the worst in franchise history
Knicks got lucky when they took Shumpert as relatively late in that draft as they did. Seems to me that with their lack of cap room, getting the right rookie again wud be their best course of future action. Agree?
Ian Begley (12:26 PM)
Hey Les, Yes, I agree 100%. They really need to hit on this pick because it is their best opportunity to upgrade the team in a cost-efficient manner. I think they go after a PG (they would love Shane Larkin, but I dont think he will be around at 24).
Rahul (New York)
Hey Ian, Have you heard anything about the Knicks on Thomas Robinson, he seems like a good young player who they might be able to acquire on the cheap
Ian Begley (12:27 PM)
Hey Rahul, I have not heard anything on the Robinson front yet but am planning to poke around on that after the chat is done. I think he'd be a great piece but Houston doesnt want to take salary back. So the Knicks would have to send back picks, a trade exception or an expiring contract to entice the Rockets. Other teams may be able to offer better deals.
I mean, the answer to the Bosh/Amare question is unquestionably "the Knicks would be way better off." Bosh's ability to stretch the floor and play some actual defense are a much better fit for this Knicks team.
Ian Begley (12:29 PM)
Fair enough, Brian
Les (East Windsor, NJ)
If the Knicks buy out Kidd's and Camby's contracts, would the salaries they would have made still count against the cap?
Ian Begley (12:29 PM)
Hey Les, It's my understanding that the salaries come off the books.
Hey Ian, do you think the Knicks would be willing to trade tyson or shumpert in order to gain that secondary scorer to compliment melo?
Ian Begley (12:30 PM)
If the right deal presented itself, I think they would be willing to part with Tyson. But they'd need to make sure that they have a center to repplace him. I think theyd be much more hesitant to part with Shumpert. He's their most valuable young asset and one of the few players on the roster who can excel on both ends of the floor.
Ian Begley (12:32 PM)
Hey guys, Thanks a lot for coming by to chat. You guys are passionate and knowledgable and it's always great talking Knicks with you. Let's do it again soon. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter at @IanBegley