HoopsHype Toney Douglas rumors

December 15, 2012 Updates

While much of the attention in the Rockets road trip will be on Jeremy Lin’s return to New York, the other former Knicks point guard on the Rockets roster, Toney Douglas, heads out of town on a roll. Douglas has scored in double figures in his past six games, making 54.6 percent of his shots in that stretch. After a slow start to the season, Douglas is making 43.3 percent of his 3-pointers. “I knew just stay the course and they’ll go,” Douglas said of his 1 of 10 start from the 3-point arc in the season’s first six games. “After I had my shoulder surgery (after last season) it took a little while to get that right. This summer when I got traded, I was here working out, being consistent. I didn’t start off too good shooting. I didn’t get down. I knew what I’m capable of doing. It was just a matter of time to hit a couple shots and get going.” Houston Chronicle

October 30, 2012 Updates

Machado made the Rockets opening night roster when the Rockets waived veteran guard Shaun Livingston on Monday. Rockets coach Kevin McHale had given Livingston extensive praise and playing time last week, but the Rockets opted to go with Machado and Toney Douglas as backup point guards. With the release of Livingston along with the players the Rockets had determined to let go on Sunday — Lazar Hayward, Gary Forbes, Jon Brockman and JaJuan Johnson – the Rockets moved $7.5 million under the luxury tax. All five had guaranteed deals, though just $1 million of the $3.5 million remaining on Livingston’s contract was guaranteed. After the roster moves, the Rockets will be an average of just 23.6-years-old on opening night, with just 1.93 seasons of NBA experience. Houston Chronicle

July 10, 2012 Updates

Ronald Tillery: Deleted last night from today's CA story: Griz had mild trade talks with Knicks 4 Toney Douglas, who is now going to Houston in deal 4 Camby Twitter

July 4, 2012 Updates
July 1, 2012 Updates

If they landed Nash via a sign-and-trade with Phoenix, the Knicks would not bepart with point guard Iman Shumpert, who the Suns liked in last year's draft. New York is willing to part with a package that features Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, $3 million and the non-guaranteed salaries of Dan Gadzuric and Jerome Jordan. Fields is a restricted free agent who could be signed to a deal while Douglas' contract could be seen as an expiring contract whose salary is more than covered by the cash component. The Suns could waive Gadzuric and Jordan at no cost. Arizona Republic

June 30, 2012 Updates

The Knicks desperately need veteran backcourt help and with their $3 million mid-level exception should be in the mix for point guards Jason Kidd, Andre Miller, Raymond Felton, Jameer Nelson and shooting guard Ray Allen. They also have veteran Spanish League point guard Pablo Prigioni, who visited two weeks ago, on their radar. The Knicks only have one guard under contract, Toney Douglas. Grunwald said he is looking for “experience.’’ New York Post

June 29, 2012 Updates
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March 13, 2012 Updates

A source told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that the Knicks are exploring trade options involving Toney Douglas. ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard confirmed it with the website this morning. ESPN.com

A source told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that the Knicks are exploring trade options involving Toney Douglas. ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard confirmed it with the website this morning. The trade deadline is on March 15. Douglas, a 6-2 combo guard, was the Knicks' starting point guard at the beginning of the season after the team amnestied Chauncey Billups, but he's become a bench warmer since Jeremy Lin burst on to the scene. Since Feb. 8, Douglas has only played in one game for six minutes. ESPN.com

March 9, 2012 Updates

Douglas said he is uncomfortable discussing his future. “I want to be a good teammate,’’ Douglas told The Post. “I don’t want to talk about that or deal with that. I can control what I can control. That’s me working out, being ready. I don’t want to get into all that.’’ Asked about March 15, Douglas said, “I don’t want to do that. That’s about the trade [deadline]. I don’t want to talk about that. ’’ New York Post

February 16, 2012 Updates
January 26, 2012 Updates

Toney Douglas has lost his starting job, but he apparently hasn't lost his job on the Knicks. The team picked up Douglas' contract option for next season on Wednesday, the deadline for the team to do so. Douglas, 25, lost his starting point guard job to rookie Iman Shumpert seven games into the season. He's scoring 8.7 points per game this year, down from 10.6 last year. Douglas is still fourth on the team through Tuesday with 10 shots a game but is shooting just 33%. Wall Street Journal

The Douglas move seemed like a no-brainer as he will make $2 million in his last season. He also could be a more tradeable asset. Knicks interim general manager Glen Grunwald informed Douglas at the morning walk-through at the team hotel. “I took it as a positive,’’ said Douglas. “I guess they want me to be here.’’ New York Post

January 25, 2012 Updates
January 10, 2012 Updates

The Garden crowd didn’t appreciate his effort. After Douglas missed a jumper and committed a foul with 10:07 left in game, it booed and began chanting, “We want Shumpert.” It applauded moments later when Shumpert came in to replace Douglas. Certainly, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Shumpert is easy on the eyes. He scored 16 points with six rebounds and four assists, displaying the kind of instincts and aggression that made making him a starter an easy decision for coach Mike D’Antoni. “He’s just a big guard and he is playing with a lot of confidence and he is going to get a lot better,” D’Antoni said. New York Post

Ultimately, Shumpert’s emergence should be a blessing in disguise for Douglas, who can return to doing what he does best, coming off the bench and providing a spark. The Knicks bench scored just three points last night with Mike Bibby limited with a bad knee. Douglas is a standup athlete and isn’t going to use injuries as an excuse for his slow start. “If I’m on the court I don’t make excuses,” he said. “It is what it is.” D’Antoni sees it differently. “I think his overall effectiveness hasn’t been good because of his shoulder not being quite ready,” the coach said. “Hopefully that will change.” New York Post

January 6, 2012 Updates

As bad as things look for the Knicks, a positive sign emerged from their back-to-back clunkers against the Raptors and Bobcats. On their final offensive possession of the Toronto loss, Anthony missed a 3-pointer and told everyone afterward that the play called for him to go for a tie with a quick 3. This made no sense when 17 seconds allowed plenty of time to go for a quick two and foul. Sure enough, sources say that's what the play D'Antoni drew up actually did call for Anthony to do, but point guard Toney Douglas ran the play wrong. Douglas was supposed to split Anthony and Chandler, causing defensive confusion and allowing Chandler to set a screen for Anthony, who would either pass to Chandler for a dunk, drive to the basket or take a 3-pointer as a last resort. Instead, Douglas ran to the corner, botching the timing and the spacing for Chandler's screen-and-roll. Anthony, exhausted at that point and positioned behind the 3-point line with no screener, had no choice but to launch the errant 3. So what's positive about this? Instead of throwing Douglas under the bus, Anthony covered for him and took the blame himself. CBSSports.com

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