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Old 08-04-09, 12:58 AM
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Knicks eye Jason Williams, haggle with Sessions

August 3, 2009 By ALAN HAHN [email protected]

The Knicks continue to negotiate with Bucks restricted free-agent guard Ramon Sessions and will take a look at veteran guard Jason Williams Tuesday at the MSG Training Center.

Williams, 33, who last played for the Miami Heat in 2007-08 before taking last season off for personal reasons, will work out for Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni and the basketball staff this morning.

The Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - have exclusive negotiating rights until Thursday because they had the worst record among teams that put in a waiver bid on Williams.

Walsh has been involved in talks with Sessions' representation over the weekend, but despite reports to the contrary, the sides are not close to an agreement. It is believed that Sessions' agent, Jim "Chubby" Wells, is seeking the full mid-level exception (five years and $32.3 million) and that Walsh, with no real competition on the market, is offering slightly less, mainly to keep the salary-cap hit in 2010 to a minimum. At the full mid-level, Sessions' salary would be $6.03 million in 2010-11.

There is one caveat that Walsh must consider in this pursuit: A source with knowledge of the Bucks' thinking said the cost-conscious team most likely would match any offer up to $3 million per season. Higher than that and Milwaukee could pass. A sign-and-trade has not been discussed at this point.

D'Antoni and the coaching staff are very high on Sessions, 23, an explosive and smart combo guard. They believe he would fit well in the Knicks' up-tempo spread offense and could grow along with the young nucleus of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas.

Williams and Jamaal Tinsley are considered low-expectation options.

The team also has to resolve the contract issues for its own restricted free agents, David Lee and Nate Robinson. Neither situation has progressed.

Knicks eye Jason Williams, haggle with Sessions

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On a personal side note...I think this kid would be the perfect compliment to Parker as the Spurs b/u PG for the future.

He's not restricted to Bird rights and would make a terrific 1 - 2 punch as far as PG's in the league.

You know the Bucks won't match but it would have to involve getting rid of Mason and/or Bonner in some way.

The Spurs would be hands on favorite to win it all if this could take place.
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Old 08-04-09, 01:50 AM
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We don't have the $.
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Old 08-04-09, 02:12 AM
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One could add that we don't have the trade assets, despite what X trade-checking engine tells SN.

If Pop decides to pursue a 3rd-string 1, it will almost certainly be a decrepit pass-first guy whose primary purpose will be to mentor Hill. I expect we'll see the return of Vaughn unless something drops in our laps.
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Old 08-04-09, 01:32 PM
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Only way I see to get that guy would be through a sign & trade with the Bucks. And for the Bucks to have any interest in that, we should be offering expiring contracts.
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One could add that we don't have the trade assets, despite what X trade-checking engine tells SN.

If Pop decides to pursue a 3rd-string 1, it will almost certainly be a decrepit pass-first guy whose primary purpose will be to mentor Hill. I expect we'll see the return of Vaughn unless something drops in our laps.
...and since no one is knocking down Vaughn's door to sign him up, he will probably be available any time. The Spurs probably don't even sign him unless there is an injury to Parker or Hill since if he stays in shape he can plug in at any time.
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...and since no one is knocking down Vaughn's door to sign him up, he will probably be available any time. The Spurs probably don't even sign him unless there is an injury to Parker or Hill since if he stays in shape he can plug in at any time.
Agreed.
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One could add that we don't have the trade assets, despite what X trade-checking engine tells SN.
Didn't need to use one this time.

And if Hill is to learn the position well enough to be trusted in a seven game series...I would think he would learn it sooner through a player(s) that still have the ability to actually play the position.

Hill's salary is a gimme and is locked in for another 4 years.

The Spurs chances at a chapionship are now...this year maybe being the only ligitiment chance they have.

I would rather see an all out explosion of talent at all positions 2 deep than rely on an unproven (still alot to learn)Hill or a broken down vet backing up Tony if Parker either gets injured or has nothing in his tank because of averaging 36 minutes a game.

We all saw how Tony had NOTHING left at the end of games in last years playoffs. A viable b/u that can be trusted to run this team from the 1 for at least 20 minutes isn't asking much since the Spurs have seemed to cover the other positions with adequate back ups.

Of course this could be a pipe dream coming from a concerned fan regarding a barn side problem the team faced last year with NO answer for remedying the problem except for placing either broken down vets, players out of their natural position and/or, although extremely talented, not ready to fulfill the role adequately rookie who never played the position before as back up to the most important position on the team.
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"Barn side problem" I like it.

Don't get me wrong, SN -- I'd love to have 2-deep all-star talent at every position, too. But money is a reality. We've stock-piled more bigs than we can probably play, so there may yet be a trade in the works... but I doubt it. Beyond this, the level of talent available for what we have to offer isn't that impressive.

And let's not even go down the conceptual road of taking on a Tinsley, Iverson, or Crackbury. History has proven each one to be the definition of a cancer.
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And let's not even go down the conceptual road of taking on a Tinsley, Iverson, or Crackbury. History has proven each one to be the definition of a cancer.[/QUOTE]

Agreed 100% on that.

But look at the latest report:
Bucks Will Only Match Offers Under $3M For Sessions
http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/60964/20090804/bucks_will_only_match_offers_under_$3m_for_session s/

There are so many ways to structure a contract.

Front end, Back end, Straight across. That included with number of years, options, etc.

I know...it would take both sides agreeing...but Sessions is still young. And in today's economy, a 3 year with 4th option and an inclining salary starting at 4 mil per would not be a bad situation for both the Spurs and Sessions. That plus...a player like Sessions would be insurance just in case Parker would happen to choose to play in greener pastures later on.

Granted...too many bigs at this point. But I do think the Spurs are trying to package some of the bigs. That would have to be a reality for the Sessions situation to happen.

But hey...who would of thought the Spurs were going to get Jefferson?
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Knicks? I remember them.

Do they still have a team?
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