Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Nate Robinson will take a one year, $5 million offer from the Knicks. That’s about as good as Nate could have hoped for on the open market in terms of money, but I think we should expect to see Nate in me-first mode as he tries to “get his”. When has that not been the case though?
I think this re-signing means one of several things. Either the Knicks aren’t bringing on Sessions, or they think Douglas isn’t quite ready, or Hughes is a goner.
Also, The Deseret News reported that the Knicks and Jazz are in sign-and-trade talks for David Lee, with Boozer coming the other way. I’d be in favor, but I just don’t see it. The Jazz are trying to clear salary, not add it, and that’s what they would be doing if they traded for Lee. Lee would be a base-year compensation player, which to my understanding means that his salary is halved for purposes of a trade, but not with respect to the salary cap hit the team trading for him takes.
Let’s assume the Jazz want to sign Lee for $10 million. For trade purposes that gets cut to $5 million. Boozer is making about $12 million. To make the trade work the Jazz would have to take on Jeffries. Or Hughes, but if Hughes were included the Jazz would also have to throw in Matt Harpring. Either way, the Jazz are taking in more salary, by a significant amount, than they are sending out. One way around this problem would be for the Knicks to trade the $4 million exemption for Kyle Korver in a separate trade (it can’t be combined with a player), but do the Jazz really want to lose Boozer, Korver, and maybe Harpring just for Lee?
If the Knicks trade for Boozer, I think involving a third team makes more sense.
Finally, on an unrelated note, I know some people out there don’t want me to write about Marbury, but have you seen Marbury TV? It’s hysterical. Right now he’s talking about how he’s going to build a house with some kind of roller coaster that takes you from the front gate to the garage at 200 miles per hour. “Talk to me! Is that dope or what??!?!”
No, I’m going to keep writing about Steph, thank you very much.