Peep Show

Updated: July 18, 2003, 12:28 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider

New York Knicks: The Knicks and center Maciej Lampe are just dying to say: I told you so. Not only is the rookie tearing up the summer league, he seems to be making real progress with his former team Real Madrid, which already has backed off its initial $2 million buyout stance and might be willing to let him pay it in increments.

"He's 18, 7-foot, 270 pounds, it's not a bad place to start," Knicks assistant GM Jeff Nix told the N.Y. Post. The paper indicates the team might use a portion of its $4.9 million midlevel exception to boost Lampe's salary from the $360,000 minimum and help him with the buyout, of which the Knicks can pay only $350,000.