Cavaliers fans sometimes find themselves frustrated that the Maccabi Tel-Aviv faithful were treated to the Anthony Parker basketball playing glory days instead of us. We take our anger out on AP directly for this too, and it’s unfair.
We call him things like a super-old and ancient Shooting Guard, a defensive minded player who can’t defend anybody anymore, a guy who can’t create his own shot, and even an NBA player who can no longer launch the ball up into the basket successfully.
We don’t mean any of it though, because we do love Anthony Parker. Just like a lot of other people in the NBA love Anthony Parker too. Including the New York Knicks, reportedly.
Heading into their first full training camp with both Amare’ Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony together, it was reported this morning that New York is interested in adding one more piece to load up for their run at the NBA championship. That piece being a 36-year old SG from Cleveland, by way of Bradley University.
With free-agent forward Grant Hill looking like a long shot, the Knicks have expressed interest in Cavaliers sharpshooter Anthony Parker, The Post has learned.
Though the Knicks’ priority is a defensive center, they seem also intent on getting a 3-point-shooting small forward, a leader who can defend coming off the bench. Parker, who once played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, shot 38 percent from 3-point land last season, averaging 8.3 points.
The Knicks are offering just one-year deals to protect their cap space for 2012 for the possibility of signing the likes of Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard.
They have the $5 million mid-level exception, the $1.9 million biannual exception and the $1.4 million veteran’s minimum. If they wait long enough, they probably can come away with three players from the free-agent market.
But the Knicks probably would have to give Parker, 36, a portion of the mid-level.
According to a person familiar with the Knicks’ thinking, the decision may come down to using the mid-level on the best player available willing to take a one-year deal.
In all seriousness, young players entering the League should study and understand the way that Anthony Parker has made millions upon millions of dollars during his NBA career. He has himself in the best shape possible at all times. He is always available to play (played 70+ regular season games in each of last five years). He is a positive influence in the locker room. He attempts to run the team’s offensive sets. He plays as hard on defense as he can the whole time he’s out there. He shoots a decent percentage from three point range. Sounds simple, but there is a place on every NBA team for a guy like that. Even if that guy is about eight to ten years past his prime.
Where the Cavaliers may have the advantage in re-signing Parker over a team like the Knicks is that I believe they will offer him more than one year. If AP wants to go to a team with a better chance of winning title however, he may jump ship to NY. If he does that, it’ll be interesting to see what the Cavaliers end up doing at the SG spot to replace him.
This Signing Tyson Chandler Thing:
I’m not sure this merits referencing, but I would be completely shocked if the Cavaliers even made a serious push towards signing Tyson Chandler.
Gone are the days of David Robinson and Patrick Ewing, and as it currently stands, Tyson Chandler is one of the best three or four centers in the NBA right now. He’s extremely athletic, very active on the defensive end of the floor, can get out and run, he’s ten years in but only 29, and he just won an NBA Title with the Mavs.
He also played for Byron Scott in New Orleans too, and the Cavaliers really don’t have a Center. So there is a lot to like about Tyson Chandler, and even a couple speculative dots to connect regarding him and your Cleveland Cavaliers too. There is still no way I see him coming here though.
In order to do so, you definitely would have to Amnesty Baron Davis to free up the cap space. Dan Gilbert would still have to pay a significant portion of that to BD, and then bring in Tyson Chandler for major dollars on top of that. And by major dollars, I mean a max contract for Tyson Chandler according to Sam Amick of SI. In this new era of Cavaliers financial flexibility, I don’t see it. Not in a season like this one at least.
That said, a starting group consisting of five guys like Kyrie Irving, Omri Casspi, Anderson Varejao, Tyson Chandler, Antawn Jamison, Tristan Thompson, and whoever else at SG might be pretty good this season. Even better the following season too if you maybe add a SG next year when Jamison comes off the books.