From Galen Bronson to Donovan Mitchell

Nicks had a great experience abroad. It featured a huge autograph (Jalen Bronson), a very close trade (Donovan Mitchell), an evening of draft deals and two expensive re-signatures (Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett).

In the end, the Knicks should be better than they were last season. But could they get any better? Let’s dive into what team boss Leon Rose did and didn’t do over the past few months and break down some early scores:

Galen Bronson signs a four-year contract worth $104 million

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Bronson (13) saves the ball from out of bounds during the second inning against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs, Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Dallas.
Jalen Bronson must put an end to the revolving door that Nicks has been stuck in the guard post almost every year since 2009.
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nicks Finally he has a guard in his prime. While there is an argument to be paid too much To land on Bronson – He wasn’t even a full-time player until last December – there’s no doubt he’s filling a decades-old void of a playmaker making the difference.

There were a lot of temporary gaps, veterans on the hills and types of workers in this very important position. The Knicks have had 12 different starting point guards since opening night in 2009. Only Raymond Felton, in 2010 and 2012, started a season as a head guard more than once. Bronson stops this turnstile.

The 26-year-old is coming off his best season as a professional, recording his career best in points (16.3), assists (4.8), rebounds (3.9) and minutes (31.9). A three-year Villanova graduate and NCAA Academic All-American, Bronson was at his best in the playoffs, helping the Mavericks reach the Western Conference Finals with 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 18 games. He showed his full potential with superstar Luka Doncic who missed out on the first round, scoring 41 points and 31 points in wins over the Jazz.

Nicks bases this performance as an introduction to Bronson’s time in New York City. If they pay more than they paid, so be it.

Grade: B +

Donovan Mitchell’s Trade Failed

Donovan Mitchell poses for a photo during a press conference as he is presented at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on September 14, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Knicks fans didn’t expect the summer to end with Donovan Mitchell in a Cavaliers uniform.
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I’m torn. I’m distracted. Mitchell was perfect here, a big personality from the New York City area who could have helped lure another big star down the road. Then again, was it worth the Knicks to deal with so many first-round picks and small cuts like RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes and Obi Toppin? Did it make sense to have two young guards, in Mitchell and Bronson, as their top players?

I see both sides of this. maybe nicks It should have happened And bit the bullet. Barrett will never be as good as Mitchell, he is already an all-three-time star and is only 26 years old. It would instantly raise the Knicks in the eyes of players around the league. And who knows what these choices become? But I understand why Rose didn’t pull the trigger when you consider all the Cavaliers — Colin Sexton, Laurie Markkanen, Uchai Agbaji, three first-round picks and two swaps — for Utah. to acquire Mitchell.

Grade: C +

RJ Barrett Signs Four-Year Extension Worth $120 Million

RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks chases the ball during the third quarter.
RJ Barrett’s new deal with Knicks shows that he will be counted on to be one of the main stars in the franchise.
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As it became increasingly clear that they wouldn’t get Mitchell, Knicks had no choice but to do so. They ended up give Barrett3rd overall pick in the 2019 draft, $65 million less than the entry-level cap (or less, given $13 million of the deal is incentive-based), closing one of the cornerstones of the franchise.

With this deal, he became the first-round pick for the Knicks to sign a multi-year contract extension after the rookie deal with the team since Charlie Ward in the late 1990s. He’s improved every season, and he’s become a strong two-way player, despite his shot numbers dropping last year to 34.2 percent from depth (up from 40.1 percent the previous season).

I’m a fan of Barrett. He’s working, he wants to be here and he seems determined to turn himself into an all-star. If it wasn’t certain before, Barrett is now one of the faces of the franchise, along with Bronson. They both have great contracts to fulfill. But unlike Barrett, Bronson was not involved in business talks.

B degree

Isaiah Hartenstein gets a two-year contract worth $16 million

Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks in the second half against Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Chicago Bulls at United Center on March 31, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
Isaiah Hartenstein brings flexibility to the Knicks Center that was lacking on the menu.
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This was my favorite off-season move. I think Hartenstein is ready to step out of the role of a two-way influencer. The 7ft can shoot 3 heads, can create for others and is a valuable edge protector. He is also only 24 years old and is only now coming on his own after getting his first real shot with the Clippers last season.

Hartenstein is what this list is missing, a huge man capable of making a difference on both ends of the earth in the new era of NBA, where spacing and taking pictures are very important. The Clippers wanted to keep it, but couldn’t afford its increased cost. A shrewd move from Rose & Co.

Grade: A-

Mitchell Robinson receives a four-year contract worth $60 million

Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks watches Nikola Vucevich #9 of the Chicago Bulls run up for a shot while Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks defends during the first quarter.
The Knicks might look back with regret on the $60 million contract they offered Mitchell Robinson if Jericho Sims proves he’s an exact copy.
Charles Wenselberg/New York Post

There is now a surplus on the list with three youth centers in Robinson, Hartenstein and Jericho Sims. As I wrote above, I’m a fan of Hartenstein’s addition because of the different elements it provides. However, it might have been wise to let Knicks Robinson walk in considering that Sims do many of the same things for much less money.

They obviously haven’t been comfortable enough with the Sims yet for that to happen, so the Knicks weren’t willing to let their defensive anchors run, which is understandable. But Robinson paid $15 million a year When he has historically been struggling with injuries, he has yet to improve on the offensive end and a similar player on the roster is questionable. In fact, Robinson makes more money than Celtics big man Robert Williams III, who recently signed a four-year deal worth $48 million. The money could have been better spent for shooting and additional depth of recording.

Grade: C-

Night moves draft

Kemba Walker No. 8 of the New York Knicks is seen during the game against the Denver Nuggets on February 8, 2022 at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
Kemba Walker’s Night Trade project gave the Detroit Knicks more salary space for what they thought would be a star-studded summer than it did.
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Knicks made Three different deals on The Night Project, all with the intent of filtering out the maximum salary and list space. He left them without a first-round pick this year and saw Kemba Walker (and his contract) fall off the roster with one shot. They ended up adding three future picks from the first round, even though they all had some degree of protection over them.

The moves succeeded in landing Nick Bronson and Hartenstein. Obviously, there was no prospect in No. 11 – where the Knicks were originally set – which they felt was worth investing in. Over time, we’ll see if this is a wise decision.

B-grade

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