Originally Posted by niko
DWill has been hurt for three years. He has three years at max money, the large max. You can't trade for him. He just came off surgery on both ankles.
I understand all that. But even playing on two bad ankles he was 14/6 (on a stacked "usage" team) with solid percentages.
Unless the ankle surgeries made him worse (they certainly made him more risky), he's easily the best guard on the team, and easily the best player Melo has had alongside him since he came to NY. Well, except for Amare for like... two months?
Basically.. Williams' floor is last season. 14/6 on 45/37/80. The Knicks cap situation makes surrounding Melo with any semblance of talent either very difficult (see: Impossible) or risky (see: Williams).
I think it's a risk worth taking. No other way, that I can see, to be a championship contender during Melo's remaining prime.