NBA News and Rumors – September 2, 2009

Knicks president Donnie Walsh thinks David Lee, Nate Robinson will re-sign

Rubio trade with Knicks in the works?

ChatterKnicks president Donnie Walsh thinks David Lee, Nate Robinson will re-sign

Frank Isola

Knicks president Donnie Walsh is confident that both David Lee and Nate Robinson will re-sign with the club before training camp opens later this month.

"Things are moving along," Walsh said Tuesday. "Nothing is imminent, but the talks have been good."

Lee and Robinson are restricted free agents, and Walsh has said repeatedly that he wants to retain both players. Lee had hoped to get a long-term contract worth between $10 million and $12 million annually, either with the Knicks or another team.

Instead, he’ll likely have to settle for a one-year contract with the Knicks worth approximately $7 million. Robinson’s one-year contract could be worth as much as $5 million. Those deals would allow both players to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Despite Lee’s disappointment in failing to sign a long-term contract, he has been working out at the team’s training facility on and off for the past two months. It’s a sign that Lee knows he will be back. Robinson is also working out regularly at the facility.

Lee’s name has been mentioned in several sign-and-trade scenarios, but Walsh seems reluctant to move the young forward. Walsh denied a report that the Knicks would consider trading Lee to Minnesota for unsigned rookie Ricky Rubio.

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Rubio trade with Knicks in the works?

Jerry Zgoda

News just broke tonight that Ricky Rubio is poised to sign with Barcelona, but is that really it?

Might the Wolves be about to deal the Spanish point guard, perhaps to the New York Knicks, which Rubio’s parents and representatives have wanted all along?

Or at least is that what Rubio’s agent is trying to force?

A league source tells me there’s plenty of talk floating that the Knicks again are pushing hard to deal for Rubio — probably with an assist from agent Dan Fegan — and there’s word of a Rubio for restricted free agent David Lee, Nate Robinson and a No. 1 pick deal.

That’d give the Wolves three power forward types, wouldn’t it? But with David Kahn, anything could be possible.

Of course, the Wolves would have to give back some sizable salaries to make the deal work (with the Knicks signing and then trading Lee), but they do have Brian Cardinal and Mark Blount, to name two contracts that total $14 million plus.


• The Heat — which says it would prefer to trade for a backup point guard than sign one — spoke to New Jersey about ex-Heat guards Rafer Alston and Keyon Dooling, one of whom could be dealt. Nothing materialized, but the door was left open for further talks.

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