Let him walk
Resign him and keep him long term
Resign him and trade him January 2013 with Amare
Eh like I said. I don't think Lin alone is enticing enough for someone to take on Amare. Plus that poison 3rd year..
Look at it this way.
Knicks and Rockets are playing a game of chess right now.
Felton could have been a way to not only improve depth, but add a player that would be motivated to play in NY again and it is a way to screw the Rockets who would have gone after felton as their plan B.
So if we resign Lin, Rockets have NO PG option left...i cant name one legit starting PG that is a FA...they would have to trade for Calderon and give up assets.
Now there is an obvious log jam at the guard position, particullary PG. However many people including myself believe Jason Kidd can be a nice fit at teh 2 guard position. His outside shot has improved, he is not as fast as he was so he doesn't have to compete with the speed of most PG's, he is a tall PG that can guard shooting guards because he is 6'4, he averaged almost 2 steals a game last season and he would average the same amount or more guarding shooting guards that can't ball handle as well as PG's, He would compliment Jeremy Lin who is more of a scoring slashing guard. Lin drives, Kidd camps outside, simple and both have passing ability.
Lin can be QB but Kidd is offensive coordinator.
Felton and J.R smith would give the knicks one of the best back court benches in the NBA.
is a solid bench that can beat any other bench on both sides of the floor.
Now don't worry about Pablo Prigioni, he only signed a one year deal and rejected a 2 year deal because he wants to see what he is on the open market after this season, that was reported on twitter by some reporter.
So giving prigioni big minutes is not a concern. Give Kidd and Lin majority of minutes and have Felton and J.R fill in 18 or more mpg.
We basically have a solid 9 man rotation with Lin, Kidd, Melo, Amare, Chandler, Felton, Smith, Novak, and Camby
That makes us have great ball movement, great offense, defense, rebounding, and most of all DEPTH! Depth wins championships. Depth and star power....Miami would have never won the championship without Chalmers, Battier and Miller knocking down big shots and playing hard nosed defense.
Now when Shump comes back we will have a problem and that is when someone, either Lin or Felton will be traded for assets. Whoever doesn't fit come January 2013 will be moved.
With that said, I hope I'm wrong.
Felton's value is that he can shoot the 3 well and play point. So he can easily play shooting guard and give the Knicks another 3 point shooter. And Jason Kidd isn't really a true point guard anymore, in that he doesn't penetrate and is more of a spot up 3 point shooter. Nor can he play that many minutes. Adding Felton gives depth at the guard positions when lack of it last year killed the team (injuries to baron davis, Lin, Shumpert).I get this point, but why wouldn't the Knicks just sign a traditional SG if that was there move? Also, we do have JR Smith coming back. I think if we were bringing Lin back we would've signed a SG and not two PGs.
With that said, I hope I'm wrong.
Knicks could have signed a SG but I did the research...besides Michael Pietrus and Courtny lee there are no legit SG to go after that would be a good fit on this team. Forget Ronnie Brewer and his ugly Landry Fields type jumper. We need either scorers or ball handlers and felton is a bit of both.
Stagnation is in an offense is caused by many things but a quick fix is simply to get players that no how to break down a defense (Lin and Felton) and players that can quarterback other players and hit them in the right spots and coach on the floor (Kidd).....If we have two PG's on the floor, breaking down a defense and finding the big 3 of melo amare and Chandler open...no team will stop us.
As for getting a good SG, I think Courtney Lee would've been a good option until Shumpert gets back. I just can't imagine the Knicks adding three PGs in the offseason if they intended on bringing Lin back. I actually forgot that the Knicks also signed Prigioni. Cripes.
Tbh so far the knicks have actually made some really good moves. They got their big in camby. Vet pg and reliable passer in kidd. Resigned jr (questionable but best available) and now they have felton, a fat a$$ but can shoot. the final piece is lin. If he doesn't get signed I'd be surprised bc knicks front office can't be that dumb (then again we did let isiah wreak havoc for most of the last decade). If knicks match, we get lin back and now we're a dangerous team.
so far I'm in agreement with our moves. even better than the bk nets.
Don't know why sign this fatso, not Mayo or Brewer.
Felton adds depth into ball movement, passing, and ball handling ability.
Last year, at 1 and 2, we had:
- B Davis
By the last game, we had:
Now that Field and TD are goners, and most likely Biddy wont be re-signed, we have only JR left from 1 and 2 from last game of the season roster. Knicks were still in desperation need of 1 and 2 untill this trade.
It's a good signing by trading an extra C and PF for a PG, and by looking at the roster, you can bet Grunwald will re-sign Lin too. You can't expect Kidd and Felton run a full season at PG. What would happen if one of them is injured?
I expect another signing to fill the 4. Hope we can pick up another Jeffery at vet min like last season.
No sir! I am not one of those who had bytched about their contracts. The difference is Melo and Stat's contracts count against the cap and Lin's doesnt.
Kill any flexibility? What flexibility are you talking about beside Dolan dolling out more dough??
Lin's contract has ZERO affect on our cap, now or 3 years later!