If that is the case Nash as a backup for 1 year at a vet min deal would be fantastic. Then the knicks could just draft another guard and hope he pans out. Trading for one is also an option as well.
However to be honest who knows that the Knicks need. Most times that doesn't become until the halfway through the seasons and add in baron and Jefferies (who basketball Gods help me I miss on the roster....) are still injured.
Before this season I would say the knicks needed an improved 3/4 to take those minutes that Billy Walker/Novak currently gets. But who knows. The knicks are going to have to play a good team competitively at full strength (and good coaching) before anyone knows where they really stand and where their needs are.
Thabo is a great Role player....i don't see why OKC would do this. Get 2 Worse Defenders for a inconsistent slasher and average scorer with no defense.
Douglas I agree needs to be better utilized. We need a pass-first PG so Douglas' career isn't butchered to Joba Chamberlain proportions, by jerking him around between the job of a PG on a team with Melo and Amare and Chandler....and doing what he naturally does well, which is a scoring, tempo altering offensive spark off the bench who can also play pesky, momemtum-altering defense.
He gets abused by Rondo & Co. precisely because he should never be in such a spot in the first place. The same way his offensive game is better off the bench, so to is his defense.
But OKC isn't a team run by fools, and there's a reason Sefalosh *still* is starting and getting quality minutes, even as Harden puts up all-star like numbers while displaying both range and slashing, and playmaking.
Sefalosh is a good team player, a good defender, and a veteran of consistence...And when you have a team with Durant (Melo), Westbrook (Amare), and Ibaka (the equivalent of our Chandler for this comparison), there is an additional level of value put on a player like Sefalosha.
Don't get me wrong, Harden is a beast -- and my starting fantasy SG -- and he is on track to get the starting gig and a monopoly on the minutes....But there's a reason that despite all this Sefalosha has staved off a Harden monopoly.
It is related to his objective value, and subjective value to OKC.
Both values would apply to us.
Sefalosha and Shumpert is a winning guard combo. Even if Baron Davis was a big fail, and we didn't use our MLE on a PG, I personally believe
could win. In part because of the stability, consistence, and defense that Sefalosha would bring.
And of course, if Baron is a boom, and/or we use a ML type deal on a pass-first starting PG, we are all the stronger then with Shumpert and Sefalosha as our 2 guards.
edit -- I don't think we'd have to give up both Douglas and Fields in that trade scenario, but, who knows.