Link: The Giants are finally living in the black

After years of banging up agains the salary cap, the Giants are finally flush going into the season as per Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger. 

Despite all the transactions, the Giants have enough money to get all their draft picks under contract, a person familiar with the situation told NJ.com. They will then get another $5 million to spend come the beginning of next month thanks to a post-June 1 designation on the release of center David Baas back in March.

The NFL Players Association had the Giants $3.9 million under the salary cap with 82 players under contract as of late last week. That didn’t include any of their seven draft picks (RB Andre Williams and S Nat Berhe signed on Friday) and the late additions of undrafted free agent tight end Xavier Grimble…..Apparently, that is enough money for the front office to get the job done.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Yes, 90 players under contract and more money to spend? That’s a luxury these Giants have not had in years here. It will certainly make them players for any options floated in front of them. I suspect TE is still an area where they will look to add, and if Will Hill gets suspended, they can scour for some secondary depth. I don’t believe they will look to extend any current contracts with the newfound windfall.





113 comments

You do know that we're sort of clogged with spots at the PF/Center position. Our biggest need is at the wing/SF position to back up Afallo. This article being a Knicks blog website you would expect it to be on point with material but after reading this article it doesn't seem like a Knick fan wrote this. A real Knick fan knows the team as well as the coach.

Anthony Kunjbehari
Anthony Kunjbehari

I question why this article would be posted now. Perhaps early in FA when the Knicks had money or before David West said he didn't want to play...but now is just misplaced...


Come on TKB, you're better than that. 

John Munro
John Munro

I dont think anyone can call this a great move how many minuetes has anyone seen this guy play? How many people on this blog no if he actually is a tough gritty kind of player? Or if he can be a good contributor next year for 20 minuetes a game. I really hop im wrong  It just seems like 4 years for this guy is a lot.

 I would have assumed Acy would have been a better fit than this guy. And i dont know that this guy is that much better than Cold Aldridge from the little bit that i have seen

jojo2218
jojo2218

@John Munro i watched d will healways did good when he filled in as starter you can tell he ha game but seems to be a little lazy

John Munro
John Munro

i'm not going to sit here and pretend that Derrick Williams and kyle o quiinn is the worst move the knicks have made. I havent seen either one of them play all that much. But I hope they work out The only thing i want to see from our power foward position is some gritty tough defensive player who can rebound. We have Porzingis and melo and im guessing where gonna resign Bargani so we really need some toughness in that front court other than lopez.

Either way I think Williams and Oquin where overpaid. I dont think Quin should have got 4 years or Williams getting 5 a year for 2 years. Outside of Afflalo I dont think we've gotten one good player that was good value in free agency this year. It seemed like every year Grunwald was able to find very good value weather it be Novak, Lin, or Chris Coplin. He found minimum guys on 1 year contracts that where good value and thats what i wanted Phil to do.

I like Lopez and was hoping the Knicks would sign him over Jordan or anyone else cause i thought we could have gotten Lopez and another piece like Carol if i knew he was gonna get that kind of money i wouldnt have done it.

The only moves i like so far this summer is Afflalo, Grant, and Porzingis. but i guess we still have some roster spots to fill out. If we could sign Shved and Bargani to a 1 year minimum deal i would be happy with that value.

swankwan
swankwan

Shved maybe the starting PG. Bargs may start at PF. Anyone that thinks Grant or KP are ready to start now are dilusional.

John Munro
John Munro

knicks did a sign and trade for Kyle o'Quinn and signe him for 4 years on 16 million.

Call me crazy but thats a lot of years and 4 million is a pretty hefty price for a no name guy like this who averaged 5 points is 6'10 and can barely dunk the ball

John Munro
John Munro

@Roy Bourdierd I wouldnt call it a great move he got 4 years. So will see how great it is. If he can be a tough interior presence who defends well lays out some hard fouls and rebounds than ill be happy with it.

I thought Quincy Acy was a good pickup last year and I thought he was gonna be that tough gritty high motor kind of guy and he didnt work out. I had high hopes for Acy I thought he was a good fit but from what i know about Williams is he's a bad defender and oquinn was on a bad team didnt play that much and got 4 years from us. Hopefully he can be that guy but I wouldnt have givenn either one of them that many years. I would have given them 1 year with a team option

John Munro
John Munro

@nyoak34 and so does cole Aldridge and Bargani they put up more than 10 10 per 36  and they probaby could have been signed for 1 year

nyoak34
nyoak34

Good deal. This kid is like 12 and 10 per 36. Mid range jumper, good rebounder. Great bench move.

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

U guys think Mo Williams is obtainable for 3 million? I am just throwing out a name not on this list.....maybe a Tony Douglas perhaps....might work in the triangle...carlos boozer perhaps....

jojo2218
jojo2218

i think josh smith could be had cus his rep not many teams willl be on him and we really can use him  he has skills when his head is in game he can take over

jeandd323
jeandd323

Knicks trade exceptions which can be used to acquire players :

Amount: $5,982,375

Obtained: J.R. Smith (Cavaliers)
Expires: 1/5/16

Amount: $2,616,975
Obtained: Iman Shumpert (Cavaliers)
Expires: 1/5/16

Amount: $1,662,961
Obtained: Pablo Prigioni (Rockets)
Expires: 2/19/16


They can be split  to acquire players but they cannot be combined in any way or forms. 


We can also exceed the Trade exception amount by $100K.




normj
normj

I think these are still available

Stacey Pickett
Stacey Pickett

No to JR! He struggles to use his Brain. He already told us he struggles with this system. Dude Phil is moving on! Smh

methead
methead

@Stacey Pickett I think he means we have the extra money for getting rid of these guys..  No one in there right mind is going to ask for jr back.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Stacey Pickett I did not say to acquire JR. These are Trade exceptions we got from trading him, Iman and Prigs.


We can use these TE to acquire players.

avzensports
avzensports

I read since we are under the cap we lost all trade exceptions

jeandd323
jeandd323

@avzensport We have 2-3M left in cap space. These TE will come handy after we spend it.

nyoak34
nyoak34

you're missing the point...the TEs are gone....no longer valid...as soon as we went under the cap they POOOF go away.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@nyoak34 I could not find your information online. I just read 4 articles on trade exceptions.

normj
normj

Otherwise why would they have traded for them as they new they would be under the cap. Phil is not that incompetent

nyoak34
nyoak34

Keep reading. They expired July 1st bc we were under the cap. That's why they are called exceptions. I'll try to find something on this later but it's fact.

nyoak34
nyoak34

They didn't "trade for them"..they're just a bu product of trades with mismatched salaries. And they can't be traded themselves.

Dan Pease
Dan Pease

Another embarrassing post for TheKnicksBlog. The Knicks don't have enough money to go after any of these guys. David West has said flat out that he does not want to come here. It will not be possible to sign any of these guys, and I guarantee you they are not targeting any of them. You can't just throw names out there without thinking about how much they will cost and how much the Knicks have to spend. How about some critical thinking before spewing out this garbage?

David West ? Sure savvy experienced physical but he's 34/35. Phil picked up a bruiser in O'Quinn who can bang inside and hit a jumper out to 17 feet. He's young. Once KP eases into the lineup, both Williams and Kyle O will back him up.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

I dunno why you guys are doggin' Calderon. He's still one of the smartest guards in the game and has already taken a mentor role in teaching the triangle to the young guys. He can still threaten with his jumper and is just one season removed from being a +40% 3pt. FG, top 5 in NBA (when in Dallas). Of course, he has to stay healthy. Right now, our major problem is NOT HAVING A VETERAN LEADER, a la Sheed, who can keep Melo in check in that locker room. That's what David West would have brought to the table. Someone like a Mo Williams. I guarantee you Melo doesn't respect any one of these guys as equals. He only respects his teammates when he's on the Olympics.

#sadbuttrue

Paul Russomanno
Paul Russomanno

Need a backup center...thats really the only big need we still have position wise.

Paul Russomanno
Paul Russomanno

I don't think any of these guys are Knick targets unless a team is willing to take Calderon's 7 mil. We have only 3 million left in cap space and all of these guys will demand at least double that per year

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Is Brandon Bass UFA or Restricted? He needs to be priority #1 right now if available...

Paul Russomanno
Paul Russomanno

@bkyguy78 we already have 2 guys (Williams and Porzingis) that will play the 4 plus Melo will as well. We don't need another PF it would be a log jam. We need a backup center.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Porzingis is 7'2 playing the 4? That's news to me.

He will be a stretch 4. If and when be "bulks up" to 240+ then he may move to the 5

Paul Cole
Paul Cole

dolan does not care about winning a champ, the seats are full of bodies, the fans will believe whatever pj says, and isiah is waiting in the wings, whats not to like if you are dolan.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Sure he did. And Isiah doesn't have Dolan's ear on decisions....

Stacey Pickett
Stacey Pickett

Who cares? We talking about Phil! Stay focus and stop looking ignorant! Smh

Stacey Pickett
Stacey Pickett

You dumb too! Dolan gave Phil the reins and already told you he knows nothing about basketball like you know nothing about what you talking about. You would of been correct but Dolan has nothing to do on what Phil does! So stop the BS!

M&M; Consultants
M&M; Consultants

I read comments on her about how Phil new pieces will not help and lot of you are wrong and if you really know basketball you would know the Knicks had injuries and young players who did not know how to win until the end of last season which will help the Knicks this year along with the vets we brought in. The Knicks will make the playoffs and will surprise a lot of people. Phil has done a good job being that some players didn't want to come of pressure that they will be under. It takes a special player to play in New York. Again they will have a good season and our rookies are going to be so good and trust me on that i work in sports management and we scout a lot of players these two guys have the x factor. 

Stacey Pickett
Stacey Pickett

I guess your coworkers say the same thing about you, but that shouldn't stop you huh? Smh

Stacey Pickett
Stacey Pickett

That's how I see it! Playing sports all my life I loved the challenge beating teams that others say we can't beat! Having heart being able to compete playing my all help me to realize that many players don't have because their limit their ability to win SUCKS because they buy into outside negatively of others like many we have on this blog! However that is why Phil recognize it was time to ship out weak minded players who lack the ability to THINK and PLAY TOGETHER as one unit. Of course, having ready made stars who already have those attributes COST, so managers have challenges TOO!

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Yea, they knew how to win the last 2 games of the season, which cost us Karl Anthony Towns..

Will I @m
Will I @m

Would every1 realize, it didn't matter how many games we lost last yr the NBA lottery is garbage!! They would have NEVER given the #1 pick to the NYK!!!