Hey, New York fans, how would you like another forward and yet more money on the books? No? Then pick another team because you’re going to have to endure these sorts of moves until the current administration is run out of The Garden. The latest episode in the ongoing saga was opened yesterday when, according to report, New York signed Jared Jeffries to a $30-million offer sheet.
Still, you could do worse than Jeffries, who, despite being a small forward, will be the tallest player on the roster behind Jerome James if the deal goes down. I can’t see any room for him in the rotation right now, but with the way the line-up is looking, that’s not really saying much.
Isiah Thomas, the New York president of basketball operations and head coach, has long coveted Jeffries. Like Jeffries, Thomas starred at Indiana University and Thomas is eager to add more defensive-minded players to a team that allowed 102 points per game last season.
At least they’re looking to use their mid-level exception on him rather than killing their cap (or doing what damage they could to its corpse). Additionally, there’s every chance the Washington Wizards could match the offer, keeping JJ in DC into the next decade. However, certain language in his agent’s statement makes it seem as if he’s as good as gone.
"We’re excited about the prospect of having the opportunity to play with the Knicks," said Jeffries’s agent, Andy Miller.
Translation: Peace out, Washington. While some such signings are manoeuvres designed to draw more money from the player’s current club, the second anyone mentions that they’re “excited” about joining their new team, it means that they’re politely telling their franchise to match at their peril.