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Knicks older and (maybe) wiser, but better?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 7, 2012 @ 10:59 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
By Tommy Beer, Hoopsworld.com
J.R. Smith will celebrate his 27th birthday on Sunday (follow Swish on Twitter and we’re positive you’ll get plenty of interesting details of the celebration), which means that when the New York Knicks take the floor on opening night next season, each and every member of their rotation will be 27 or older.
In fact, a contingent of that rotation will be significantly older. At the end of last season there were a grand total of five active NBA players over the age of 38. The Knicks signed or traded for three of those five over the course of four days in July.
Here is a quick recap (in chronological order) of the offseason acquisitions and departures orchestrated by New York General Manager Glen Grunwald:
• Traded guard Toney Douglas (age 26), centers Josh Harrellson (23) and Jerome Jordan (25) and two future second-round draft picks and cash to the Houston Rockets for center Marcus Camby (38).
• Re-signed J.R. Smith (26).
• Signed guard Jason Kidd (39) and re-signed forward Steve Novak (29).
• Opted not to match offer sheet on Landry Fields (24), who signed with the Toronto Raptors.
• Traded forward Jared Jeffries (30), center Dan Gadzuric (34), the draft rights to forwards Georgios Printezis (26) and Kostas Papanikolaou (22), a 2016 second-round pick and cash to the Portland Trail Blazers for guard Raymond Felton (28) and forward Kurt Thomas (39).
• Opted not to match offer sheet on Jeremy Lin (23), who signed with Houston.
• Signed guard Pablo Prigioni (35)
• Signed guard Ronnie Brewer (27)
Now, a player’s age is by no means a strict determinant of his value. For instance, not matching the overpriced contract the Raptors offered Fields was a no-brainer. Grunwald certainly made the right decision to let Landry walk.
Conversely, the addition of Camby was a shrewd move that could pay huge dividends down the road. Despite his age, Camby remains one of the NBA’s elite rebounders and is still a solid shot blocker and paint protector. Consider this: Dwight Howard finished second in the NBA in rebound rate last season, behind only one player: Camby.
In fact, Camby has … [For more on Knicks older and (maybe) wiser, but better?, click here.]
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