Knicks' exception luring guards Sessions, Miller

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Jay

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 21, 2009
Sign both Miller & Sessions on a one-year contract.
marcpres

Plymouth Meeting, PA

#3 Jul 21, 2009
Donnie and Dantoni know a lot more about basketball then I do, but I can't fathom choosing Miller for a year over Sessions. Miller for one year is the move you make if you are gearing up for one last Championship run, not trying to build a young core to attract a free agent.

If Sessions is as good as last seasons flashes showed, there no reason to think he cant be a break out star, kind of like Devon Harris last year. There were stretches of games last year when Sessions was unbelievable, and all reports are that his character is top notch.

I might be drinking some cool-aid, but I truly believe that between IllWill, Gallo and Sessions a 1A player for Lebron/Wade will emerge. If so, how about this line-up:

Sessions/Douglas/X(Robinson?)
Chandler/Douglas/X(Robinson?)
Danillo/Lee
Lebron/Hill/Jeffries
X(resigned Darko giving you 12/7/1.5 Blks?)/Curry

Looks like a potential contender to me if Will and Gallo are who we think they could be, and Douglas turns into a decent backup combo guard. And thats assuming we don't pull off moves for Jeffries and Curry to improve further (though I feel like Jeffries could be a nice complementary player on that team.)
both

Bronx, NY

#4 Jul 21, 2009
get Sessions with mle and do a sign and trade(Duhon) for Miller
J-Rod

New York, NY

#5 Jul 21, 2009
How is Douglas a backup pg? How is Douglas second behind Sessions? That's what I can't fathom. Everyone labels Douglas a "backup". Don't anyone see how good this guy is, besides making predictions based on his SL play?
Old Knick Fan

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Jul 21, 2009
Making an offer,does not mean that the player will come to the Knicks -- as we have seen over and over again.

Each year our fans overestimate our team before the season begins. Do not count on LeBron, Wade or any quality FA coming here -- without it being a competitive team that is a contender.

So far 30-wins does not a champion make. Cleveland, Boston, Miami and LA, to name just 4 appear to be much more desirable locations with a much, much better chance of winning it all.
Old Knick Fan

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jul 21, 2009
@J-Rod: Summer league is a much lower level of competition than the NBA.
Nate Robinson tore up the summer league last year as the dominant point guard and I think he was even the MVP. Yet Nate is not good enough to start at that position in the NBA.

Although Douglas shows potential,he is very raw. He may be a good PG in time. But he is not a starter now in the NBA.

J-Rod

New York, NY

#8 Jul 21, 2009
@ Old Knick fan

Just because it's summer league doesn't mean that the players on the court are bad and not capable of making the team, cracking a NBA rotation. If anything, those guys are just as talent as many of the players in the NBA elite or D-league. At the end of the day it's confidence and opportunity.

If a, 6-2, 13-year old could shoot the lights out of a gym and handle the basketball, he could do it in the NBA. It's if he has the mentality and confidence to do it. One with confidence, could do wonders. Which leads me to Tone D.

From watching his play at FSU, to his play in summer league, this guys mentality and confidence is different from any other rookie drafted by Knicks. It's not "man this guy looks scared to shoot." "man this guy looks scared to dribble." He was nervous in the first league of SL, he overcame it and played tough against some quick, strong, 6-3, 6-7(Tyreke Evans) players. As I said before, the competition of guards he played in SL weren't slouches--they constistantly took him to the rack and played good D.

Granted, there will be ups and downs this offseason and season, but it doesn't do him justice getting another 23 yr and sitting him, unless D'Antoni workout something.

You don't know if Douglas is going to be a starter. I don't know. But the guy has confidence that goes all the way back to his FSU days, which I'm totally not accustomed to when talking about a Knicks young player.

How was he raw? What is raw about him? Okay he missed and shot a few bad shots--but from his 3 point stance under pressure, his dribbling, pick and roll, and soon coming into his shooting, what makes him a project? What makes Duhon and Sessions any different from him?

Just like SL, if you put him in the game and once he touches that rock the game will come to him because that's what type of player he is. He doesn't shy away from pressure. If the the knicks put the onis the young guys you'll see how tough they'll become, but how if we don't try? Other coaches of young teams in other sports do, but not New York teams. And we wonder why we have horrible seasons--no diversion.

Nate is good enough to start, but what can he do with heavy Q-Rich at sg, D Lee playing Center, no confidence, 21 year old Chandler and Jfferies starting and no back door D?

People say Duhon is better than Nate, but they're wrong. Duhon is a mature player and I have nothing but respect for his game, but majority of the times, Duhon's passes are slow. You how many times Chandler or Q-Rich were open when cutting to basket and Duhon missed them? When Nate was playing and a player was open, Nate instincts were much quicker Duhon's. But Antoni continued to start Duhon, so what could Nate do? Watch the game in LA against the Clips(the Harrington hang on the rim game) and see precise and fluid the offense ran with Nate starting. I don't need to lie.
dave

Marmora, NJ

#9 Jul 22, 2009
package Curry or Jefferies with Lee for an expiring contract and you won't hafta worry about a pg cause you'll be $45 million under and even if you can't get Wade & James to wanna play together, you'll be in the driver seat when other teams hafta puke out their all-stars due to financial woes. Thank God, cablevision's pockets can finally be used for good instead of evil.
Venom

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Jul 22, 2009
marcpres wrote:
Donnie and Dantoni know a lot more about basketball then I do, but I can't fathom choosing Miller for a year over Sessions. Miller for one year is the move you make if you are gearing up for one last Championship run, not trying to build a young core to attract a free agent.
If Sessions is as good as last seasons flashes showed, there no reason to think he cant be a break out star, kind of like Devon Harris last year. There were stretches of games last year when Sessions was unbelievable, and all reports are that his character is top notch.
I might be drinking some cool-aid, but I truly believe that between IllWill, Gallo and Sessions a 1A player for Lebron/Wade will emerge. If so, how about this line-up:
Sessions/Douglas/X(Robinson?)
Chandler/Douglas/X(Robinson?)
Danillo/Lee
Lebron/Hill/Jeffries
X(resigned Darko giving you 12/7/1.5 Blks?)/Curry
Looks like a potential contender to me if Will and Gallo are who we think they could be, and Douglas turns into a decent backup combo guard. And thats assuming we don't pull off moves for Jeffries and Curry to improve further (though I feel like Jeffries could be a nice complementary player on that team.)
read this slowly... All teams can offer there own Free Agents Maximum contract regardless of where they are in the salary cap. NO top FA is going to accept less money to leave a playoff team to rebuild in NY with team that hasn't made playoffs in 8 years and counting. They need to focus on youth and developing there own players. Signing Lee would be start. Letting him and Nate go to sign 36 year old Miller for a year would be a sign of business as usual for the NYK.
Venom

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Jul 22, 2009
Old Knick Fan wrote:
Making an offer,does not mean that the player will come to the Knicks -- as we have seen over and over again.
Each year our fans overestimate our team before the season begins. Do not count on LeBron, Wade or any quality FA coming here -- without it being a competitive team that is a contender.
So far 30-wins does not a champion make. Cleveland, Boston, Miami and LA, to name just 4 appear to be much more desirable locations with a much, much better chance of winning it all.
Nate is (was) the only player on the roster who could create his own shot off the dribble. spot up shooters can be defended at the end of games.
not resigningwill make fora long season and a lot of close losses. We will be like Orlando (minus Howard)... look great when the 3 pointers go down.. get beat badly when they don't .. just another mediocre live and die with jump shot team..
Jerry

Ocala, FL

#12 Jul 22, 2009
As I've said before a lot of point guards came out of this draft. All you have to do is wait for one to fall in your lap. That being said I like Sessions over Miller. Miller is going to be one and out. You can't build a team on that. One of the reasons you keep bringing guys back is because they have played together. If they do that well (are you listening DW) then that is worth points on the offensive and defensive end. That's why the Knicks have to bring back Nate and Lee.

With Sessions we can continue in the team building process. He probably won't be a great PG but he will be good and maybe very good. The other guys can grow with him, Nate, Lee, Chandler, Gallo. I favor a trade to move Duhon's contract and basically do a one for one.

Back to Nate and Lee, we need both of those guys to continue team building, similar to what San Antonio does year after year, just bring in a couple of extra peices. I do believe that Nate is a better player than Sessions. He has more punch. He can deliver knock out blows to the opponent. If they are going to pay Sessions 5 million plus I say start with Nate first. Even if they have to give him and David Lee a one year contract. Start with 9 mill for Lee, 5 for Nate or so. Next year will show their true worth. If Lee is worth 10 million plus a year he will have another great year and improve upon his defense. We need to see how he produces alongside other bigs. Nate will have an opportunity to show off his talents as well. Then next year with all the free agents that are there we will have a better chance of signing them to a long term contract, if they show they are still worth it. This will solve all problems, Nate and Lee get the money they want. DW doesn't lock in and allows the team to build. They get Sessions to a 5 year deal at 25 mill or so and then they get to bid on free agents in a year when money is going to be scarce. We'll truly see who is worth what, there will be 10 big name FA's next year so the Knicks should do well. So keep the team together for now Donnie and next year we will have better leverage and see who's who.
dont drink

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Jul 23, 2009
Jay wrote:
Sign both Miller & Sessions on a one-year contract.
Dont drink before u post comments it can appear ones ability to think straight...dumb comment as if its just that easy.

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