Rubio is FIBA and FIBA is not playing daily and they got euroleague only
i change Rubio for Lawson.
Knicks dont have waiter players like Parker like Rondo they got for short time Lin.
I really believe we should build around a younger team with a lot of potential as opposed to resigning our current core. All for Melo coming back if he will accept something under 15M/Yr but I want us to go after some of the young and upcoming prospects.
I do want Shump coming back if he continue's to develop on both ends but for gods sake let's not give him a godawful Allan Houston type contract.
As much as I would love to go after Rubio or Irving both of them will warrant maxed out contracts and Rubio's lack of offensive game and Irving's lack of defense throws potential red flags. Still early in their development sure, but if this doesn't change I want to build a team around a core of 2 way players...
I would love to see us go after Eric Bledsoe either as a starting PG (with a good veteran as his back up) or a combo guard off the bench as our 6th man. Good 2 way player who can do it all. Can fill it up, create turnovers with his quick hands and get up and block shots. With CP3 probably staying in LA he won't get the minutes he deserves and while still being relatively young we could probably get him for around 8-10M/Yr.
Obviously would like to see Shumpert back around the 7-10M/yr deal depending on his progression. This sort of leaves JR Smith in the dark but it's hard to tell because he may receive a big offer at this seasons end.
As for the front court im happy for Melo to come back on a reasonable deal but probably wouldn't want anything more than 3 years. Defense, rebounding & shotblocking need to be the name of the game for our PF/C rotations. Post scoring is needed too, but i'm so ****ing over get out rebounded every game and opposition guards penetrating at will.
Chandler can come back as a back up C for a fair price but I really want youth, athleticism and energy in our power forward and center spots. Players like Larry Sanders and Bismack Biyombo, althought very raw, are starting to catch my eye as they never take a play off and have the length to bother nearly every shot. Combine this with our 'fantasy' back court with solid perimeter defense and we have a very formidable team defensively with a scoring star (Melo) and decent back court offensive players.
So in summary:
SG: Shump/3pt sniper
PF/C: Larry Sanders/Drummond/Biyombo/Faried (scoring boost)
Rubio has amazing offense and great defense. Assists count as offense, and he does it greatly. Who knows, he might turn out to be a solid scorer.
Shumpert will and deserve the max. He's going to the be the best shooting guard since Allen Iverson.
Edit: Chandler and J.R. would be a good signing as well.
Definitely re-upping melo Chandler I see coming back. And Shumpert will get the other Max in a curry type capacity. Except there'll be the 5 year. And as runningjumper stated hell be worth it. Kids a workaholic, grinds everyday and through last year you could see the development in a day-by-day basis. Definitely see him becoming an allstar ( a la holiday in year 3 ).
Question we gave smiths bird rights no? I believe we do just need verification. That mini MLE allows for bird rights if so Smith will 1000% be back as well
Good point Metrocard, no point signing Melo if we are going for a mini rebuild through up and coming players.
As for Shumpert, I hope your right, but i'll just have to see it to believe it. Still raw offensively but could be a terrific 2 way player if things go well for him.
I just want defense, rebounding & shot blocking to be present EVERY game, scoring will come but I want our paint to be a NO FLY zone and our perimeter to be locked up. Obviously we will need offensive pieces too but if we are dominant on the defensive end good defense will lead to offensive chances.