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Mason in…Curry out?

Posted By Jordan Lauterbach On Aug 6 2010 @ 12:31 am In New York Knicks | No Comments

The Knicks may have lost out on Shannon Brown (two year re – up with LA imminent), but they didn’t miss out on Rodger Mason. Mason is set to agree on a one year deal with the club. The contract, according to realgm.com, is worth 1.4 million.  Mason has averaged 7 points per game and little else during his six year career. He averaged 6.2 points in under 20 minutes for the Spurs last year. Mason is a solid role player, though, who knows how to win in the NBA. Lately, that’s a less arbitrary quality then you’d think.  He is said to have a “chip on his shoulder.” We guess that’s good.

The Knicks also appear to be among the teams offering packages to Houston for Jared Jeffries. A Marc J. Spears report on YAHOO! states that the Knicks are set to offer Eddy Curry and other assets in exchange for Jeffries. Getting rid of Curry would accomplish two things. One, it would obviously free up money. Even though his contract comes off the books after this season, the Knicks reportedly will make a “push” to trade for Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul before the season begins.

            More likely, however, is the notion that the Knicks are purely looking to get Curry off the team. This wouldn’t exactly be a bad idea, either. There comes a point where money is irrelevant. A simple swap of the two players washes out at the end of the season because Curry and Jeffries both have expiring contracts.

It’s been obvious for a while that Eddy has absolutely no role on this team. It’s tough to see the offense fitting him and his injury history suggests that he wouldn’t be able to contribute on a long term basis anyway. Between the lethargic play, numerous personal issues, and general soggy demeanor, it just makes sense to get him out of New York in whatever way possible. He’s one last remaining thread to the Isaiah Thomas era. It would be wise to move him.   Jeffries barely averaged 5 and 4 during his last Knick tenure, so I can’t imagine the club is clamoring to have him back, but if it means dumping Curry than so be it.

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