After a satisfying season and a disappointing playoffs, Knick fans are beginning to look towards the future and the possibility of becoming an NBA title contender.
Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh tanked 2 seasons in order to go under the cap and clean up the mess that was made by former general manager Isaiah Thomas. They had to trade away draft picks, young players like Jordan Hill, and valuable players like 2010 6th man of the year Jamal Crawford, 3 time Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson, and current Memphis Grizzlies standout Zach Randolph. They could have gotten allot more for these players but because they were in such a race to get under the cap and other teams knew this, they only received pennies on the dollar.
But now all is forgiven. As we all know the Knicks used the cap they made to sign free agent All Star power forward, Amare Stoudemire, and later in the season really quenched the fans thirst when they traded for Brooklyn native and 4 time NBA All Star Carmelo Anthony. With Carmelo the Knicks fan base finally had a superstar they could point to as there own. They were finally back as a force in the NBA.
When the playoffs came around and they were matched up against the 2010 Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics, the need to give "STAT and Melo" more pieces was very much exposed.
The Knicks were decimated by injury. Point guard Chauncey Billups was injured for every game but the 1st in this series and without an experienced point guard to defend Rajon Rondo the Knicks were helpless. Even with Carmelo giving the Knicks a historic performance in which he scored over 40 points and grabbed 17 boards, the Knicks were helpless without a true PG and an interior defensive presence. This is something that will surely be addressed in the off season. Along with looking for ways to add depth to the bench. (see Jeffries attempting to take the game winning shot in game 2 vs Celtics)
The Problem is that currently the Knicks have all there money tied up in there big 3 (Amare, Melo, and Billups) so they can only offer free agents the MLE which is only about 5 million dollars. Don't expect the Knicks to nab a big time free agent big man like Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, and maybe not even DeAndre Jordan. The Knicks will have to look towards more inexpensive veterans like Samuel Dalembert, Joey Pryzbilla, Jeff Foster, and the low risk high reward injury prone big man Greg Oden.
As for the PG situation the Knicks will have the injury prone former NBA finals MVP Chauncey Billups running the offense for atleast another year. Unless a draft day deal or trade is made the Knicks will keep Billups on to hopefully warm up that seat on the bench for another max player like Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, or maybe even a more inexpensive option in 2 time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
So expect good, not great things from the Knicks next year. They will have a training camp to develop more chemistry, hopefully a deeper bench, a veteran center, and hopefully they will have there 1st playoff victory since 2001. The past is never an easy thing to overcome, but once you do the future is yours to make.