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Shane Larkin
Shane Larkin
Position: G
Born: 10/02/92
Height: 5-11 / 1.80
Weight:171 lbs. / 77.6 kg.
In late October, Jackson decided against exercising the option on Larkin’s rookie deal because of the $2 million price tag. The former University of Miami stud, selected with the 18th pick by the Mavericks in 2013, will be an unrestricted free agent. “Who doesn’t want to be on the New York Knicks playing in New York?’’ Larkin said. “Phil and [the Knicks] must decide at end of the year. My job is to go out there … and show I deserve to be on this team.’’
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Shane Larkin is back from strep throat and ready to show in the final 26 games he belongs on the Knicks next season. Larkin, who is expected to start at point guard Friday on the road against the Pistons after missing the past three games, said he wants to remain a Knick, but also knows a lot of other NBA teams are watching him closely now. In late October, Knicks president Phil Jackson decided against exercising the option on Larkin’s rookie deal because of the price tag of about $2 million. The former University of Miami stud, who was selected with the 18th pick by Dallas in 2013, will be an unrestricted free agent.
Shane Larkin: Much respect goes out to the 2 homies @JR Smith and @Iman Shumpert .. Didn’t get to suit up with them for as long as I could have wished but while we were teammates it was always a pleasure. Truly 2 guys who wanted nothing more than to win and help their teammates out in any way possible. Cleveland is getting 2 great players. Gonna miss yall, and good luck!! #TAPE http://instagram.com/p/xhh8jDHOyC/
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Larkin said he wants to re-sign with the Knicks, and they left that door open when informing him they were declining his option. “I love it here. I want to be here,” Larkin said. “Obviously, I want to help bring the Knicks back to what they used to be.” But the Knicks can offer Larkin only up to the $1,675,320 he would have earned on his rookie-scale contract. Any other team can pay more.
He made his sentiment known to owner Mark Cuban, who was receptive, sort of, but when it came time to make hard choices, Cuban elected to go with a plan that the Mavericks had set in place and passed on Antetokounmpo with the 13th pick, which they eventually traded down to the 18th pick and, where they got Shane Larkin. “He’s making us look bad for sticking to our plan,” Cuban said Tuesday. “That was Donnie. That (taking Antetokounmpo) is what Donnie wanted to do and I said we should stick to the plan. The whole point was that I wanted to stick to the plan and Donnie was like, this guy’s going to be good. I’ll risk everything that he’s going to be good. I said, I believe you Donnie. “But still, what if all of the sudden we find out that so-and-so (free agent) is dying to come to the Mavs and now you don’t have the cap room. That’s why we put together a plan and our consolation wasn’t too bad.”
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The Knicks, however, let the midnight Friday deadline pass for picking up Larkin’s third year $1.675 million option (they also did not extend Iman Shumpert, which likely leads the shooting guard to restricted free agency). Larkin still can re-sign and knows it’s strictly business. “That’s a business deal,” Larkin said. “Obviously they want to build a championship team here and they need as much money as they can next summer to be able to bring in the big free agents that they’re looking at. It’s not like they told me, ‘We don’t see you as part of our future, we don’t want you.’ If that was the case I’d be sitting on the bench.”
Larkin took a shot at Mark Cuban’s organization for not having patience with young players. Shane Larkin, a point guard out of the University of Miami, struggled in his rookie season after breaking his foot last July in summer-league practice and being out more than four months. “Dallas doesn’t do a good job of developing players,’’ Barry Larkin told The Post in a phone interview from his home in Orlando. “They’re in win-now mode. [Coach] Rick Carlisle doesn’t know how to develop young players, and Shane was a rookie. It always was a struggle for him to figure out what was going on.’’