Clear a Roster Spot! Joakim Returns Monday

Joakim Noah and his decrepit knees will make their return to the Knicks on Monday following his 20 game suspension for smoking trees. This leaves the roster with one too many mediocre players at the end of their bench, the worst of them all, Noah, unfortunately making the most cash. Rumors have circulated as to which player will be on their way out of town, Kuz, with his expiring contract and ability to be a solid role player has been the most talked about name. In a perfect world, the amnesty clause was still around and we could send Joakim out to pasture. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option until the new CBA is completed. Here are other possible scenarios if Kuz isn’t the pick to create room for Noah.

Kyle O’Quinn                                                                                                                                         

Even though he looks like he is 43, O’Quinn is just 27 and playing the best ball of his career (7ppg, 6rpb & 1.2 bpg). He has been a reliable big off the bench and proved over the course of 11 games why Hornacek has placed him in front of Willy on the depth chart. Slated to make 4 million this year, with a player option for 18′-19′, O’Quinn could be a valuable asset for a contender looking to shore up its front-court. That is, if they are willing to part with a pick…

Ramon Sessions                                                                                                                            

After starting the first three games of the season at PG, all three losses, Sessions has only seen the floor during garbage time minutes vs. the Rockets since. In his 11 seasons, Sessions has always been a part of the rotation and could serve as a solid backup guard elsewhere. The Knicks feel comfortable with Jack running the show and need to continue to give Frank every other pg minute avail. Sessions is on a veterans minimum contract this year and would be a small risk for a team seeking guard help (the Thunder come to mind…).

Ron Baker                                                                    

Just cut the guy, he is not an NBA player. Oh wait, you gave him a guaranteed 4 million contract for this year with a player option for the next. Nice.           

Willy Hernangomez        

I was sold on Willy after his performance last season. He was a great compliment to KP and with some seasoning, looked like he could be a formidable center for many years to come. We now find ourselves three weeks into the season and he has only played in 6 games, while Kanter has shown he is a force down low and is a lot better of a KP front court mate then we originally thought. If someone is dangling a pick or a solid young guard for Willy, I am taking it.




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