Marc Gasol, Deandre Jordan, Martin Gortat, or Jerome Jordan
Mikeal Pietrus, Jason Richardson, Jamal Crawford, or Grant Hill.
Draft a true point guard.
Fire D'ant pick up Adelman, Sloan, or VanGundy.
We good money.
First thing we obviously have to do is find a way to get defense. The easiest way is for a coaching change.....
The second thing we need to do is build a line up of C's. Bring back J Jordan, draft another one or make a real run at a FA especially De'andre Jordan just because he would be a steal under the Arenas Rule for the MLE. If not him get somebody, maybe one of the Bigs from the Bobcats....
We also need to decide is Billups is the team future for 2-3 years, a stop gap to CP3, or a trade piece this year. I feel that decision will in more way decide the path of the Knicks than anything else they can do post-Melo trade.
ok with that said....
Whats the chances of trading for Rudy Fernandez for starting SG. Dude is Ginobli-esqu offensively and is deep on the trailblazers depth chart especially with the reemergence of Roy? His contract is still small so if it doesn't work out he is an expiring?
also the Knicks should make a run for Grant Hill for parameter defense (even though Corey Brewer was here already)
If we don't fire Antoni we will still NEVER get true bigs and we'll will be a .500 team that relies on the jump shots falling to get wins... Oh yea and we'll consistently get demolished in the playoffs. Until we get a coach with an inside out philosophy with a post up game and defense we're phucked.
My million dollar question is if Donnie is extended does that pretty much seal MDA staying on? It is truly sad that as much as I respect and admire DW that I have to be afraid that resigning him means we are stuck with MDA.
I think the real reason that it baffles me is they seem to have such different philosophies. DW realizes we need a few big men and has a huge decision to make at pg for the future, and will make every effort to make it happen.
The problem is what big man really wants to play for us under MDA?? I mean seriously??? The bottom line is even if DW does pull it off and get the Knicks a big man free agency, draft or both, will MDA actually use them to our advantage or will we again be wasting there talent and shoot up 3's like they are going out of style and just be happy with jump shots and be a borderline playoff team???
Again I just don't get the attraction DW has for MDA. I am ready to get bashed but to be perfectly honest if not resigning DW means MDA IS gone I'm not so sure it would hurt my feelings!!!
I'd like to think that Donnie is extremely frustrated with Mike D if anything. Donnie brought us some good players (Derrick Brown, Anthony Randolph) who never got any burn in Mike D'Antoni's system. I bet Donnie is also pissed as hell for Mike D never playing Jordan Hill. Donnie did the best he could to get us the best players he could in such a short amount of time, and in a period of a year we've gone from having no hope to having two of the game's best superstars.
Donnie probably picked up AR thinking that AR was going to be the eventual third option on a championship-caliber team and/or really good trade bait so we didn't have to give up Danilo but at the end of the day, Mike D doesn't play bigs who are focused on defense...Ben Wallace would never have gotten any burn if he were on Mike D's team but we all know he's an excellent player.
If anything I think Donnie is fed up with D'Antoni playing only the players who fit his system and Donnie, if he's smart (which he is, considering he's probably basketball's best GM), is going to fire Mike D and find us a coach who coaches defense and a half-court offense that can make the best of the talent of the players we have. Carmelo's strength is in his post game, with Mike D it was virtually nonexistent.
Yes, absolutely we need coaching change, let just look for some defensive coaches.. And a reliable Point Guard, ahh i really love if CP3 is coming here..
CP3 would be great, but I love Chauncey's leadership. He has his player's ears. STAT and Melo listen to him. He has to stay in this organization somehow, whether as a player, back up to CP3, or asst coach. Hell I wouldnt mind head coach.
Did anyone catch Billups in a suit stand all the way at the coaching box telling Melo what to watch for. Looked Doc Riversesque.
Whether we count CP3 as a given or not I think just keep Billups. Maybe he will stay in New York for super cheap after his contract expires? Imagine Billups in the Anthony Carter role!!! If we can afford DeAndre + Billups full contract do it, if we have a realistic shot at DeAndre but we have to buyout Billups, do it.
Hire Rick Adelman or JVG whichever is available (prefer JVG).
Grant Hill is not only defense dude he still does every fundamental right and can still run the floor for up to 25 minutes per game. Dude is a monster for his age. He can also play backup 2 guard and is a great passer/rebounder (for a role player SF).
I was impressed by Barea all season now I just saw his playoff averages! Eek ok no way don't want that guy fell apart worse than TD. There are really few PG options this offseason I would be interested in apart from maybe Brooks but I'm sure his contract will be too much for us. Hence why I think keeping Billups is a good idea.
We all just gotta keep our fingers crossed that there is not a horrible lockout situation, the cap stays in our favour and we don't trade for CP3 at the deadline because: I know you guys are all pissed off at TD and Fields for sucking but we do not wanna trade away all our promising role players... AGAIN!
My predictions, Mike NoD'Antoni will be staying for the 1 year remaining on his contract despite the playoff sweep. Billups injury and Stat's bad back will be the convenient out for D'Ants for the sweep. The team could just not put together a solid rotation with those injuries, it became a fire drill at PG after Billups went down ultimately resorting to AC as the go to PG in the last game.
I think Billups is a goner, classic case of what happens when a player gets older, the body breaks down and then come the injuries. Mark Jackson the entire playoffs kept saying as far as Billups that a tough decision had to be made, it's not that tough, he's old, he's got one year left but we can buy him out for 30 cents on the $.
Maybe after today's game we won't have to worry about MDA anymore and this will be our first step in the the right direction for 2011-2012.