Monday, July 20, 2009

Knicks' Near Future

If nothing is done and the cap drops to 53 we are looking at this for 2010:
Lee - about 9
Curry - 11.3
Jeffries - 6.9
Chandler - 2.1
Gallinari - 3.3
Hill - 2.7
Douglas - 1.1
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Total - 36.4

The Knicks could only afford one max contract, so you would have to say bye to LeBron, Wade, and Bosh since those players would be intrigued to come play with another superstar. We would have room for one decent signing, plus next year's MLE along with this year's if we keep it. So now you are looking at an $8 or $9 million contract along with two MLE's if the Knicks play their cards right. That would bring the Knicks to ten players and $57 million. That would not leave any room, plus the Knicks would only be signing an exceptional player. The team would probably fill up with Crawford, Hunter, and whomever the 2nd round pick next year is. Not too appealing.

What I want, is for the Knicks to use Lee and Chandler to ship off Curry and Jeffries for expiring contracts (I sent you a list, from that point there are a myriad of trades possible).
If we lose those four, then we will have only 3 guarenteed contracts totaling $7.1 million: Gallinari, Hill, and Douglas. At that point the Knicks would have about $46 million to spend plus an MLE and a fine roster which would attract veteran league minimums. Say the Knicks sign two max contracts with $17 million first years. Now we are looking at two superstars (LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Stoudemire, Johnson, Redd or anyone else of your choice), the three young kids, an MLE, 2nd round pick, Crawford, Hunter and $9 million. Now they can split $9 between two decent role players. At this point, it would not be too difficult to sign one or two additional veteran seeking a championship.
PG: MLE / Douglas
SG: Role Player / Crawford / Veteran Minimum
SF: Superstar / Gallinari
PF: Hill / Role Player / Veteran Minimum
C: Superstar / Hunter / 2nd Round Pick

You can now plug away with these names

Superstar: Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce (very doubtful), LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Dirk Nowitzki (very doubtful), Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming (doubtful), Rudy Gay, Dwayne Wade, Jermaine O'Neal, Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, LaMarcus Aldridge (very doubtful), Brandon Roy (extremely doubtful), Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer

Role Player / MLE: Jamal Crawford, Ray Allen, Raja Bell, Tyrus Thomas, Keleena Azubuike, Luis Scola, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, Ricky Davis, Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison, Derek Fisher, Udonis Haslem, Luke Ridnour, Amir Johnson, Chris Duhon, Al Harrington, Larry Hughes, Rafer Alston, Bobby Simmons, Josh Boone, Hilton Armstrong, Rasual Butler, Antonio Daniels, Peja Stojakovic, Darko Milicic, Thabo Sefolosha, Damien Wilkins, J.J. Redick, Sasha Pavlovic, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, Sergio Rodriguez, Manu Ginobili, Ronnie Brewer, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Dominic McGuire, Matt Harpring, Kyle Korver, Roger Mason

Vet Minimum: Tim Thomas, Speedy Claxton, Brent Barry, Brian Cook, Mark Blount, Bruce Bowen, Francisco Elson, Kurt Thomas, Brian Cardinal, Mike Madson, Craig Smith, Etan Thomas, Tony Battie, Trenton Hassell, Jarvis Hayes, Devin Brown, Mouhamed Sene, Chucky Atkins, Shaun Livingston, Anthony Johnson, Matt Bonner, Michael Finley, Quincy Douby, Devean George, Patrick O'Bryant, Antoine Wright

I am still missing names from possible player, team, or early termination options. Too many options.

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