New York Giants: First Words From New Addition Deone Buchanan

New York Giants, Deone Bucannon

There’s a new player in town for the New York Giants – in a bid to help the defense out going into the season’s halfway mark, and the impending trade deadline, the team made the decision to bring in former Cardinals and Buccaneers linebacker Deone Bucannon, who after being drafted in 2014 by Arizona and joining Tampa in 2018, found himself released and looking for a new team earlier in the month.

That new team ended up being the Giants, who could use production at the spot after the surprisingly well performing rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly was taken out long term with an injury. The Giants aren’t the deepest team at the linebacker spot, but they bring in a player that had 109 tackles in 2015 including 11 tackles for a loss. They have a project on their hands, however, as Bucannon’s performances haven’t stayed at that level.

Bucannon registered only 38 tackles last year with the Cardinals and after joining Tampa this year, wasn’t good enough to stay on the roster and avoid being released. What does Bucannon himself have to say about that?

“I’m the same player I was when I was a rookie. When I get on the field, I know what I can do. People know what I can do. It’s about me being on the field, or whatever my role is, whether it’s a little bit or a lot of bit,I’m going to make some plays,” the player said, shortly after joining the Giants.

“I can cover, I can play the run, I’ve always prided myself on doing that. I’ve never liked being categorized as one type of player, I can do everything,” Bucannon continued.

We’ll get to see Bucannon in action as soon as week eight when the Giants take on the Lions, and former defensive tackle Damon Harrison. At 2-3-1, Harrison’s Lions aren’t much of a better team than the Giants are in terms of record, and the game may be a chance for the Giants to stop the bleeding and snap their losing streak… If they can compete on the defensive side of the ball, unlike in their outing against Arizona.

New York Yankees: Cameron Maybin Hints That He Will Not Return In 2020

New York Yankees, Cameron Maybin

Recently, New York Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin hinted on Twitter that he won’t be returning to the Yankees in 2020. Here’s the tweet:

Just the way he phrased everything in the tweet seems like a farewell, especially the part of “Y’all have a special place in my heart.”

In 239 at-bats this season, he bat .285 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI. He had a 1.5 WAR.

Maybin began the season in AAA for the Cleveland Indians before the Yankees picked him up due to injuries. We thought that he would only last on the roster temporarily, but stayed with the team all year due to his consistent play and clubhouse presence. He did miss a little bit of time with a calf injury.

I personally hope that the Yankees can find a way to hold onto him for at least one more year. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton would be your starting outfielders while you have Brett Gardner and Maybin off the bench and DHing. That’s if the Yankees choose to resign Brett Gardner (which they likely will).

Maybin is currently better overall compared to a guy like Clint Frazier and also much more mature. Who knows, maybe the team could shop guys like Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Deivi Garcia for Francisco Lindor or starting pitching.

Maybin was already a clubhouse presence, but coming back in 2020 could help fill the role of CC Sabathia in the non-pitching aspect (obviously).

But if he indeed doesn’t return to the Yankees, it would be disappointing but understandable in a sense. He could be leaving to try and find another starting job.

Thanks to Cameron Maybin for everything he did as a Yankee. He was seriously a huge part of team in 2019.

Brooklyn Nets: Taurean Prince stays put, signs big deal with Nets

Brooklyn Nets, Taurean Prince

What better way to lead up to the Brooklyn Nets opener and the NBA opener in general, than with news breaking. Recently acquired, Taurean Prince doesn’t have to worry about leaving the borough of Brooklyn in the immediate future.

The ever-reliable Woj adds more information to the deal, describing it as a two-year deal that would dish out a little more than 14m/yr.

This is a swift move by the Nets organization. Sean Marks and Nets brass seem to sign their guys instead before their contracts are up so as not to be at the mercy at the overpaying market. We’ve seen it with Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris Levert, and now Prince. A trend is being established, a pattern that looks to be a good one. We have seen plenty of players get new contracts over the last few days, and the consensus for a lot of them is that they have gotten overpaid. With this in mind, Marks recent deals look more and more like bargains and steals.

But just as important as the financial aspect of things, if not more so, is the on the court ability Prince brings. The casual NBA fan may not realize it due to his time on the Atlanta Hawks, but Prince is a lethal shooter. I mean, he has an absolute burner. For his career, Prince is shooting 38% from beyond. A lot of that stems from his last two years, where he shot 38.5 and 39% from 3. Another important note is that every year, his shooting percentage from the field overall and the three has increased. In his fourth year, he has a chance to improve on those numbers yet again. He’ll have more attention taking from him than he probably did in Atlanta, and he’s under Kenny Atkinson, one of the best developmental coaches in the NBA. Most players under his tutelage usually improve, especially from beyond the arch.

To add to this, the Fresh Prince has had a great Preseason. Yes, I know it’s Preseason, and yes, I know it is only four games, but hopefully, these are signs of things to come. In those four showings, not only did Prince average a team-high 16.8ppg, but he also shot 69.6% from deep (while shooting above 60% overall). Now while we expect these numbers to go down, it is an exciting thing to see. Last season there was buzz around Joe Harris and his shooting. Some wondered if Harris could find his way into a very exclusive 50-40-90 club. Well, now we have to wonder the same thing about Prince.

The last thing to note, the Nets seem more or less invested in this core. They are trying to keep their pieces intact for the next couple of years. When Kevin Durant returns, he and Kyrie Irving will have no shortage of help surrounding them. Now, if they can retain Joe Harris, they’ll have two of the league’s best role-playing shooters to go along with two of the NBA’s best shooters in general. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this is how Prince feels about the organization and this move. We’ve come a long way, Nets Nation.

Should The New York Giants Consider Trading Alec Ogletree?

The 2019 NFL trade deadline is right around the corner. Multiple big-name players have already been moved ahead of the October 29th trade deadline. The New York Giants have not been involved in any trades yet. But last year the Giants made two key trades in October (trading away Damon “Snacks” Harrison and Eli Apple). New York could get involved with trades again this year.

The Giants have a few players that are potential trade candidates this year. They may look to move on from aging veterans with large contracts in order to clear future cap space, acquire more draft capital, and continue their roster rebuild.

One player that fans are interested to see get traded is linebacker Alec Ogletree. He is a prime trade candidate due to his large salary, older age, and underwhelming performance. Here are some reasons why the Giants might look to trade Alec Ogletree, and why they might not:

Arguments For Trading Alec Ogletree

The New York Giants’ defense is one of the worst in the league through the first seven weeks of the 2019 season. The Giants have allowed 187 points in seven games. They are also allowing an everage of 388.4 yards per game, ranked fifth-worse in the league.

The defense is awful and it is not going to improve this season. The Giants might as well start removing the overpaid veterans on the defense and start rebuilding this defense through the draft. Alec Ogletree give the Giants this opportunity. Trading Alec Ogletree gets his huge contract off the books next season while also adding a mid-to-late-round draft pick to Dave Gettleman’s disposal in 2020.

Trading away Alec Ogletree would free up $8,250,000 in cap space in 2020 while taking on a dead cap penalty of only $3,500,000. In 2021, the Giants would only have a dead cap penalty of $1,750,000 from Ogletree’s contract. This is something New York needs to consider because of how high Ogletree’s cap hit is and how severely he is underperforming in relation to his contract.

Alec Ogletree is often seen missing tackles or blowing assignments in pass coverage. For someone who gets paid as much as Ogletree does, he makes far too many mistakes and does not have a big enough impact on the game to justify that salary. The play below is a clear demonstration of Alec Ogletree’s inefficiency in pass coverage:

The Giants’ most recent roster addition also makes moving on from Alec Ogletree a bit easier. New York just signed Deon Buccanon, reuniting the former Arizona Cardinal with Giants’ defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Bucannon will seamlessly fit right into the Giants’ defense and could end up being a better player for the Giants than Ogletree, and for a fraction of the price.

Arguments Against Trading Alec Ogletree

The Giants are a team with a lot of holes on their roster, inside linebacker being one of them. The position group is poor with Alec Ogletree on the roster, yet he is the best healthy player they have at that position. If the Giants trade Ogletree, their linebacker corps goes from bad to worse.

The Giants’ starting linebacker corps without Alec Ogletree would be a combination of David Mayo and Tae Davis, with Deon Bucannone still filling in that moneybacker position. This leaves the Giants really thin at linebacker, and their defense has struggled enough already, allowing 187 points through the first seven games.

Not only is Alec Ogletree a starter at a key position, but he is also a team captain. Ogletree provides valuable veteran leadership for the Giants’ defense that cannot be easily replicated if he were to be traded. This could be why the Giants choose to move on from Alec Ogletree in the offseason instead.

Trading Alec away midseason does not make the team better. If the Giants do decide it’s almost time to move on from Ogletree, they can cut him in the offseason to free up $8,250,000 in cap space while taking on a dead cap penalty of only $3,500,000. This gives the Giants time to find Alec’s replacement in the offseason and extra cap space to spend on free agents.

New York Mets: Two More Managerial Candidates

Simeon Woods-Richardson

The New York Mets seemed to narrow themselves down to their final four managerial candidates, but a lot has changed over the last 48 hours. A “bombshell” candidate along with two others emerged to land second interviews.

Luis Rojas is one of the lesser known candidates. At age 38, he is the youngest candidate for the job. Despite his youth, he has plenty of coaching and managing experience in the Mets organization. His coaching career began in 2006 by spending a year coaching the Nationals Dominican League team.

Ties in the Mets Organization

Rojas earned the same job for the Mets in 2007, then moved on to the Gulf Coast Mets in 2008 followed by the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2010. Rojas first managing experience was in 2011 in Gulf Coast, then held the Sand Gnat job from 2012-14. He managed the St. Luice Mets in 2015, then the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2017-18.

Rojas got his first big league gig in 2019 as the Mets quality control coach. He is a very interesting candidate because he has spend over 10 years in the organization and has helped develop a majority of the players on the roster now. Phil Regan had worked with multiple Mets pitchers in the minors and it ended up benefitting him when he became pitching coach. Expect the same effect if Rojas becomes the manager.

Derek Shelton is also a good candidate for the job. He is currently the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins. He spent three seasons managing players like Robinson Cano in the Yankees minor league system. Shelton moved on to become the Indians hitting coach for five seasons before moving on to the Rays as their hitting coach from 2009-2016.

He spent the last two seasons as the Twins bench coach. Shelton is brings experience from coaching under Joe Maddon, Paul Molitor and Rocco Baldelli.

Who Deserves the Job?

Behind Joe Girardi, Rojas and Shelton should be listed a candidates B and C. They more qualified than Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez or Tim Bogar. The experience of Rojas and Shelton are very extensive and both have a good relationship with players throughout the organization.

New York Knicks could lose Mitchell Robinson for several game, to miss opener

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson

With the New York Knicks preparing to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, they will be without youth center, Mitchell Robinson. After juggling the starting lineup for the past week, head coach David Fizdale will be without a significant piece in his game-plan.

Robinson landed on his right ankle awkwardly on Monday during practice. The determination was that the ankle sprain was severe enough to keep him out for at least one game, possibly more.

“I’m very disappointed,” Robinson said, via Newsday. “This is the first game of the season and I really wanted to play, but accidents happen. [It was on] an offensive rebound. I didn’t get it and I just came down wrong. I didn’t know how high I was.”

The New York Knicks second-year big man was sporting a protective boot ahead of the mid-week opener. The indication of a boot could mean the injury is more than just a minor-sprain. For a player his size, any lower-body damage is significant and could force him out for quite some time.

“That’s a question you will have to ask the trainers,” he said. “If it was up to me I would, but you have to ask the trainers. It’s all the trainers’ decision. When they say I can come back is when I can come back.”

The New York Knicks fill last vacant roster spot:

An empty roster spot was filled by Ivan Rabb, who signed a two-way deal with the Knicks. He has played with Fizdale previously, but averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 85 games with the Grizzlies last season. His familiarity with Fiz undoubtedly played a part in the Knicks signing him as a reserve option.

“Good kid. Hard worker. Really skilled big,” Fizdale said. “Rebounds the ball well. High IQ player. It’ll be good to get back with him and see if we can develop him.”

Boston’s Past Locker Room Issues Shouldn’t Plague Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie

A couple of days ago, Stefan Bondy spoke on former Boston Celtic and newly acquired New York Knick, Marcus Morris, and his thinking on why the locker room dynamics will be the difference in Madison Square Garden vs. TD Garden.

“The teams are different. We don’t have that one guy where it’s like, okay, he’s first,” Morris said. “It’s a team thing. No knock on Ky, but obviously he’s a superstar, he’s first. Sometimes his emotions were put in front of the team. I think here, we’re all transparent with each other. We can all go up to each other and be honest with each other. That’s the biggest thing, when you can go out and speak to your brother.”

Morris feels that there will be no special treatment, and that will create ease in any tension when trouble arises. Players will be acknowledged and more comfortable to call out.

That may have been one of the problems with the Boston Celtics locker room, but I don’t expect that will be the case for Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.

A big reason for this is the man in question himself, Kyrie Irving. Over the past few months, Irving has acknowledged many things. He admitted he has high expectations, expectations he didn’t exactly live up to last season. He was candid in his assessment of himself as a leader. He told us of his internal struggles with personal issues, while not giving himself an out as an excuse. Kyrie has said a lot of the right things, whether in concerns to himself, the team, or the tensions between the league and China. I don’t believe he’s had a misstep yet. These are all signs of a man who has done soul searching and has grown with the lessons that life has given. Also, he was there in the Boston locker room to see first hand what happened and what part he played in all of it. If anyone can keep history from repeating itself there, it’s him.

The other person that comes to mind in all of this is Coach Kenny Atkinson. Through the years in Brooklyn, Atkinson does not seem like the kind of coach to let players get much if any special treatment. Before Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant blessed the borough of Brooklyn with their presence, we didn’t exactly have an abundance of star/superstar players while in the Kenny Atkinson Era.

Well, that was until last year when D’Angelo Russell fully emerged. But even being a top 3 pick in his draft, D’Angelo Russell should’ve had some pull that most players did not. He was probably the consensus best talent on the team, which is why he’d be a top 3 pick. But all that did not matter to Kenny Atkinson. Russell had to work long and hard for every minute of playing time he was given.

There were a lot of games where Russell watched his team in the fourth quarter. There were a lot of games where D’Angelo was seated next to Kenny as he watched his teammates fight the good fight.

Now I’m not saying D’Lo is a star on the level of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant but based off what we’ve seen from Kenny Atkinson. I can’t see him allowing the locker room to fracture or players to feel alienated because his team feels that he favors a player too much. But we’ll see throughout the season now, won’t we?

Allonzo Trier Might Be The Natural Closer The New York Knicks Need

New York Knicks, Allonzo Trier

The New York Knicks completed the 2019-20 NBA Preaseason with a 117-116 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Allonzo Trier almost singlehandedly won that game after scoring 17-points in 24-minutes. Trier missed a couple potential game winning three-pointers late in the fourth quarter. However, Allonzo Trier is a deadly offensive weapon and the Pelicans really didn’t seem to have an answer for him during the preseason finale.

Allonzo Trier’s natural scoring ability might catapult him into a closer for the New York Knicks. It will be difficult for Fizdale to take Iso Zo off the basketball court due to the problems he gives opposing defenders especially in isolation situations. RJ Barrett and Allonzo Trier playing together seemed like it could potentially become prosperous. Don’t rule out a starting position for the former Arizona Wildcat.

SNY’s NBA Insider Ian Begley states,

Allonzo Trier is under consideration for a spot in the Knicks’ starting five, per SNY sources. Members of the organization liked how Barrett and Trier looked together during preseason and training camp, per league sources.

It’s unclear if Trier starting would knock one of the potential starting point guards —Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina — out of the starting lineup. Fizdale could put Barrett at small forward and Trier at shooting guard while starting one of Smith Jr., Payton or Ntilikina. Or he could put both Trier and Barrett in the backcourt together

RJ Barrett and Allonzo Trier seemed to compliment each other better than most expected and members of the Knicks organization are noticing it firsthand during practice scrimmages and actual games.

There’s no denying that Allonzo Trier has the “It Factor”. The ruthless scorer doing what he does best at the end of games may take the pressure off other teammates and add more wins to the win column for the New York Knicks.

The New York Knicks 2019-20 season preview and prediction

The 2019-20 New York Knicks season is finally here.  It has been one roller coaster of a summer.  The Knicks were suppose to be the big winner this off-season in free agency and we all know how that played out.

The Knicks did make moves to get the right players for this team.  They’ve added the likes of Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington and Elfrid Payton.  GM Scott Perry thinks they added to correct players for what the Knicks are trying to accomplish.

The New York Knicks will be battling up-hill all season long.  No one is expecting much out of them this season.  Las Vegas has put the Knicks season win total at 27.5.  The main goal for this season is to continue developing their young core.  This consists of RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Dennis Smith Jr.

However, that is not going to be the overall goal for this team.  Morris, Portis, Ellington and Payton are on the record talking about their “dog” mentality.  That mentality was present for the first preseason game then absent for the following games.  Maybe that is going to change once the season begins?  Because the Knicks are looking to “shock people.”  They got to back up all their talk from this summer, that’s maybe the biggest thing of all.

If the Knicks do play to their potential, as a team, they are capable of winning at least 30 games.  The playoffs is a gigantic stretch this season.  Anything over 30 wins will be considered a win of a season for the Knicks.

The Knicks also still don’t have a official starting point guard, it’s expected for be announced today.  It’s between Smith Jr. Payton and Ntilikina.  It appears it’s leaning towards Smith Jr. but he isn’t 100% healthy to begin the season.  Not the smartest move throwing him out there.

Coach David Fizdale also mentioned that he will be going with a 10-man rotation.  It makes sense to do that once the season gets rolling but not right off the bat.  The Knicks talked about having one of the deepest benches in the league.  Why would you not rotate everyone and see what works the best?  Some of Fizdale’s decisions are questionable.

The Knicks will be better then what they were last year.  They just can’t play down to opponents or get down on themselves.  Fans already got a glimpse of that in the game against the Washington Wizards at the Garden.  The Knicks didn’t starting really playing hard until the fourth quarter was nearly over.  All we can say was it was preseason but that look like the old Knicks.

The season should be different and better than last season.  The Knicks have to play as a team and grow together.  Fizdale needs to coach to his strengths and have an offensive scheme if they want to make any progress this season.  Our prediction for the New York Knicks, 31-51.

New York Giants: 3 players that could be traded before the deadline

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

With the New England Patriots sending a second-round pick for Atlanta Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu, the 2019 in-season trade deadline is undoubtedly sneaking up on us. The New York Giants will most certainly be sellers in the period considering their 2-5 record and abysmal defense.

Here are three New York Giants player that could be on the marker:

1.) Janoris Jenkins

This is the easiest trade option to spot, especially after being torched by Mike Evans for 190 yards and three scores in week three. Jenkins has been extremely inconsistent this season and a liability at times, but he is still a valuable player that can be a lockdown corner in the NFL.

Jenkins has one-year remaining on his contract with the New York Giants — $14.75 million against the cap in 2020. He will account for a considerable cap-allocation, and that should be a reason general manager Dave Gettleman moves on from the veteran corner. Getting his number off the books will allow the Giants to bring in a younger/new option. Jenkins has survived through some of the worst times in Giants history, and he’s probably overwhelmed with negative energy. Letting him go would likely be the best thing for both parties, and if Big Blue can get draft capital in exchange for the defender, it could ultimately end up being a positive move.

A third-round pick would satisfy the requirement to pry the corner away from one of the league’s worst defenses.

3.) Evan Engram

The reality with tight end, Evan Engram, is simple. He’s a good player that’s always injured. Engram has looked fantastic this season before tossing out a dud against the Arizona Cardinals in rainy weather. He dropped two passes on five attempts, and only caught one pass for six yards in the loss.

Engram is a tremendous pass-catching option off the line of scrimmage when he’s active, but he has had issues with catch-rate in the past – a bit ironic, I know, but there’s value to be had.

A contending team looking to add a tight end that can revolutionize their offense could be a target for the Giants, and Engram would likely garner a second-round pick on the open market. He’s still young and on his rookie deal.

3.) Nate Solder

The Giants are on the hook for a boat-load of cash in regards to Solder. The veteran left tackle’s cap-hit jumps up to $19.5 million in 2020, but the Giants have an out in the contract that would cost the Giants $13 million in dead cap, which likely indicates he will remain on the team for the foreseeable future.

However, the alternative would be to trade Solder, who’s capable of being a good tackle but has been terrible this season. Getting exponential value for Solder would be the hard part, considering his lack of quality this year. Add in his financial commitment, and Big Blue might be willing to give him away.

Gettleman did process Solder’s contract in a team-friendly way, but the dead cap is still egregious. He counted for $34.9 million in dead cap last year and $25 million this year. The allocation will drop to $13 million in 2020, but that’s still a high number that would significantly hurt the team. Unless the Giants believe they can find a cheaper option to replicate his bad performances and allocate the $6.5 million elsewhere, keeping him seems like the logical move. Of course, drafting a left tackle is always an option.