The Hawks didn't tank, but ironically the players you want are all over paid and none made the playoffs,
The players aren't good players with the contracts they hold.
I picked the Hawks because they found cheap quality talent, but they are not the only ones to do
That's the type of talent Phil will be looking for. He ccertainly won't be doing any of your trade ideas. We had Isaiah here once alread.
I meant teams laid down to allow Atlanta into that last spot. Miami and Toronto both tanked games to atl late and then played the guys they sat out their next games.
I agree 100% that the Knicks need to get better at finding hidden gems, but to expect that to be the way to build the core is crazy. Still need top flight talent in the top half the roster IMO.
I'm not sure I'll ever understand the mindset that if a guy can't lead his team to success as their best player he could never be a 3-4-5th best player on a good team. Larry sanders as the bucks best player. Is that really a guy whose best fit is as a #1 option, or would him on the weak side playing with real nba scorers be his best use?
If Isaiah had Carmelo to start his plan would have worked different. He was getting #2's and needing them to be 1's. Do you remember which year the celtics won? That's right it was the first year they we're put together.
Running the same team out over and over doesn't actually get you closer to win. The "let's just give amare and Carmelo another year together to figure it out" mindset, where did that go. Rosters should be turned over when the fits aren't there, I'd only support keeping guys together once you see a fit. Right now you know that your best player is Carmelo and your next 2 biggest contracts don't fit with him. But if your fanbase doesn't expect to see an effort to win I guess you don't have to.
Here's to being able to waste another season if they want to and it will all be ok because they can sell you on "it's best to wait for 2015". Or better yet after Lebron is locked in and love has been traded they could convince you to "wait for 16/durant"
I think many of you are in for a surprise and that Phil is smart enough to see that he has to do it by trades
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Not a Knicks fan, but I'm a fan of their players...
Now that NYK has a new FO (Jackson), new coach (Fisher)... are they primed and ready to win now? Chandler and Melo could, in theory, do some damage in the East. You guys could be one piece away.
Or since Fisher is a new coach, would you rather just tear it down and rebuild?
As I said, not a Knicks fan, but a fan of their players, so my choice would be to rebuild....
Melo to Wolves
Love to Suns
Budinger, Frye, Len, Green, all 3 PHX first round picks to Knicks.
Wolves get a great fit for their team. Dieng showed he could play in this league, as can Pek, so now adding a dominant 3 keeps talent level very similar, but perhaps a better team fit.
Suns don't give up any of their "big 4" player-assets... Dragic, Bledsoe, Morris twins, yet get a top 5-10 player in the league. Trading 2 non-lottery picks, and the last lottery pick, is hardly a steep price to pay, IMO.
Knicks add some youth (Len) and three picks to aid their rebuild.
Chandler to Thunder
Perk, Collison, Perry Jones III, both first round picks to Knicks
Thunder get a defensive stopper and "floor general" on a fair deal. If Chandler's healthy, he's nasty.
Knicks get a project (that has not shown much), a useful backup, and Perk... but they also get both of this years' Thunder picks!
JR Smith, Bargs to Bulls
Boozer, 19th pick, to Knicks
Bulls (even if they don't realize it) need an infusion of shooting (JR, Bargs) and playmaking (JR). Taj starts, and Thibs plays starters heavy minutes, so Bargs won't be in there for much more than 15 a game. Also an expiring deal. JR Smith is the other shot creator on offense. I'm a big believer in a strong system, like the Bulls or Spurs, not being too negatively affected by a player like JR. I'm confident Thibs can keep him in line.
Knicks get ANOTHER pick and a little additional cap flexibility (that was sacrificed in earlier trades), and also lose JR.
That gives the Knicks 13 players.... In a perfect world, Perk would be waived/cut (or Amare would retire, and Knicks could retire some of his salary).
Knicks would also have the following picks in this year's draft:
Picks 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 27, 29
Wow! Even if PHX and Chicago were unwilling to part with all of their respective picks, it still leaves the Knicks with 4-6 picks in a deep draft when they otherwise wouldn't have had a single one.
Knicks trade Melo, Chandler, JR, Bargs
7 picks in this draft,
7 players, including 21.2m in expiring contracts, two young players, and Budinger
While also "sending out" 51m in contracts and only receiving back 45 (aka: Cutting 6m this year, plus 21.2m in expiring, so cutting 27.2m for 2015 summer, not counting current deals that would expire that summer).
If you are referring to my post, no one in those deals is taking on salary... except Chicago. A lot of expirers changing hands....
Its not just your post I just think most people dont realize that although most of the stars have player options & early termination teams want to be cap friendly this summer for those players and definitely next summer.
Once those options are resolved then things will probably pick up.
The Knicks roster truly has a lot of great pieces, and a lot of pieces that fit well.
Chandler, Amare, Melo are all nearly perfect with one another on paper. Healthy, rookie-year-but-better Shumpert is a great SG. Just need a playmaking PG. Smith and Bargs fill the role as bench scorers/specialists.
Now a coach to put it all together. If Fisher is that man, great. If not, can't just trade one piece... Chandler works too well with Melo. Need to do both.