What would it take to get "The Big Ticket"
What would it cost to get the “Big Ticket”?
Let me say up front that I do not think Garnett is really available, I do not see MN trading him because if they do, that franchise is down the tubes. I think it is more likely that MN tries to get Francis or Marbury or some other star type player because that is the only way they can be a competitive playoff team and therefore sell tickets. Without another star option to play alongside Garnett, MN is destined for another year like this one (they only won 33 games).
However, if Garnett were really available, what would it cost? The following is a pipedream. The only way MN might deal him is a scenario in which they could cut payroll significantly by not only getting rid of Garnett, but other bad contracts along with him as well. So if they were serious about trading Garnett they would want to send his salary $20MM and going up for the next three years to NY along with one or two other bad contracts (Ricky Davis 6MM per for 2 more years, Marko Jaric $6MM and going up for the next 5 years, or Mark Blount $6MM and going up for the next 4 years or Troy Hudson $5MM per for the next four years). By the way, when you think Mark Blount, think Jerome James.
Sure they could send Garnett, Blount and Davis to NY for Mo Taylor and Jalen Rose’s expiring deals, along with Jamal Crawford, Channing Frye and some first round draft choices for the next few years. That is what I think it would cost NY. Under that scenario after next season, that would lower MN’s payroll by about $23MM. They would have a backcourt of Crawford, Hudson, with Frye up front and they would be far enough under the cap to sign one or more free agents. Under that scenario the Knicks might be able to get Garnett.
More likely - I it is more likely that MN goes after a player like Marbury or Francis they might taken either one for a combo or Blount, Davis and Jaric. They dump three bad contracts, and get one good player.
More thoughts on Ricky and Attitude
I have to say that I have not heard any reports of problems coming out of MN, I am basing it off the problems he had in Boston and Cleveland before that.
I am not sso sure that attitude is always a big concern for Isiah. I think he tries to get the absoluste best player in every deal. I think he should be more concerned with attitude. Unfortunatley, people/players don't usually change their stripes. Most players are less likely to do so than normal individuals becasue almost everyone of them grew up being put on a pedistal and their basketball world in HS and even in college often revolved around them, so going to the pro's and having to check you ego at the door and even take a lesser role than you are used to for the sake of the team is a very hard thing to get many of these guys to do.
In the sales industry we say it this way, "you can't train what you did not hire". I have had excellent sales people who had real attitude problems. And as talented as they are, they cause disruption in your organization, and you spend a lot of time and effort trying to put out the fires from the problems they caused. Some never get the fact that they are part of the organization, they are not the organization. This is absolutely true in every single company/organization out there. The best players do not win, the best team wins. If you do not start with players of good attitude, don't think you can change the attitude of the ones you have.
But this is a big concern for the Knicks is to bring in not just talented players, but players with the right attitude that buy into Brown's system and approach. Heck even if Brown is not around, a cocahces job is very difficult when he has to constantly coach attitude and effort. People can criticize LArry all they want, but the only players I saw out this year consistently putting out effort on the defensive end were; Malik Rose, Channing Frye, David Lee, Nate Robinson, Jackie Butler, Qyntel Woods, Jamal Crawford.