I'm starting to think that trading for Felton doesn't necessarily mean NYK wont match offer sheet & bring LIN back.
LOOK, Shumpert is out until Jan-Feb. He may hit a bump in the road and be lost until March. In other words, who knows what we'll get from Shump this season.
Knicks need a SG. Simple as that.
JR Smith did the Knicks a real solid by signing so cheaply. I guess this is why news of HOU's offer to LIN irked him. He stayed with NYK at a bargain price so NYK would be able to build a winner. HOU offered that ridiculous contract, so if NY matches then it hurts us... But I digress. It wont hurt until 2014-2015.
JR Smith is best suited as the team's 6th man. I know Woodsen has faith in him; I realize he plays hard & plays defense... But he's too streak to be dependable. He's a volume shooter anyway. If he's instant offense off the bench, then he's one of the top 6th-men in the NBA. Our 2nd unit doesn't skip a beat. IF JR starts, then we still have a hole (depth at SG), and on some nights we even have a weakness from the SG position.
This means Knicks have 3 options:
1) Sign a vet to time-share at SG, holding things down until Shump returns, & serving as insurance in case Smith cannot consistently handle the role.
2) Go with JR, knowing we can rotate PGs into combo roles... We'll get by until Shump returns, even if it hurts us a game here or there. We know we can always swing a trade if necessary at the deadline.
3) KEEP LIN. As crazy as it sounds, this means you don't have to sign a vet and hope for the best; you don't have to depend on some team trading you a SG at the deadline; and if Shump doesn't return until March or even is out all year... all is well.
It's obvious, the Knicks will be built around their powerful front court, and they'll go the Ewing way when Ward & Childs were running around.
Felton & Lin would start.
Sure, it would be a work-in-progress at first, and might be an overkill this season... But Kidd is OLD (and the DUI might have swayed Dolan to not put all his eggs in this basket). WHo knows what Pablo is.
Retaining Jeremy LIN would ensure we have a PG. Between the 4 options, at least 1 will emerge this season.
Anyway, Kidd would be the backup... JR Smith the 6th-man.
Depending on matchups, chemistry and what not, Woodsen would have plenty of options and combinations to work with.
Felton runs the offense and works the pick-n-roll. Gritty vet who will compete. Kidd passes and can pop the kickout 3.
Pablo... we shal see.
But JR & LIN will both penetrate & dish, and create...
What's wrong with that?