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Eastern Notes: Noah, Crawford, MCW

The Knicks badly need a starting center and their top target in free agency is Joakim Noah, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post. Newly acquired point guard Derrick Rose recently said his first priority this offseason will be convincing Noah to come to the Big Apple. “He knows that I would want to play with him [in New York],” Rose saidBerman notes that the Knicks could have upwards of $32MM in cap space this offseason.

Here’s more from the Eastern Conference:

  • The Knicks also need a shooting guard and Jamal Crawford reportedly has interest in returning to New York. However, the 36-year-old is not atop Phil Jackson‘s list, according to Berman, as he writes in the same piece.
  • The Bucks remain high on Michael Carter-Williams, as GM John Hammond said on Bleacher Report Radio (Twitter link). “We’re going to need him moving forward,” Hammond said. “He has the potential to be a top-10 player at his position.”
  • Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown‘s versatility, explosiveness and work ethic are major reasons why the Celtics took him with the No.3 pick (video link via CSNNE.com).
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14 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Noah, Crawford, MCW

  1. robertj53086

    Keep dreaming Hammond!!

    • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

      no reason not to say that though, we have him under contract so might as well be positive

      • robertj53086

        A top ten point guard is a pipe dream

    • Z.....

      There is no reason he cant be used more like Shaun Livingston though. If he can improve his shooting, he can provide versatility at the 1-3 positions, on both sides of the ball, and he can post smaller guards

      • robertj53086

        I agree but that is a not a top ten PG. That’s all that I am trying to say.

        • Z.....

          If that jumpshot were to improve though, meaning from 3 point range especially, that would vaunt him up there though b/c of his ability everywhere else

    • Bbone34

      Well I can understand when he says “potential” MCW is as big as they come at the position and isn’t a slouch athletically. He’s definitely not there yet but he has the tools to become a top 10 PG.

      • GoPackGo23

        I’m all for keeping MCW on the roster with how team friendly his deal is and the potential he does have but if the Bucks want to be a playoff contender he CANT be your starting PG. I know everything is saying Greek Freak will be but why not trade Monroe for a starting guard (who can shoot from distance), sign a defensive minded center, keep Greek Freak at the 3 and have MCW as a backup PG who can play 20-24 mins a game.

  2. Aniket

    winning also isn’t on Phil’s list

  3. Steve in Chicago

    Since he is helping Chicago unload injured guys, maybe Phil can take Dunleavy off our hands too. Does “now I am suddenly willing to recruit” Derrick want him too?

    • KnicksFan

      Lol sounds like someone is salty

  4. Z.....

    Like I said, I really like the fit for Jaylen Brown. He should be able to give them versatility and defense from the beginning, and if he improves his jumpshot, he’ll be a star. He is pretty similar to Justise Winslow, and the Celtics obviously tried to give up a lot for him, so they obviously must like Jaylen Brown a lot.

    • Bbone34

      I’ve heard he was an above average shooter his senior year of high school. I don’t think many fans knew that. There’s definitely a much higher possibility that he becomes a serviceable shooter than Dunn or Simmons.

  5. Z.....

    If Noah is used more as the backup 5 to Porzingis, and comes over on a cheap 1 year deal, that makes sense, but the Knicks should focus more on the guard spot and on the wing, and that includes what happens with their own free agents, and then look for a backup, rim protecting big

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