Releasing Balkman instead of Walker convinces me that the Knicks will be aggressively looking to trade at the deadline, at least to get a pick or a decent role player, with Walker's expiring and one of our young guys (Shump or Fields) as bait.
Cutting balkman didnt come down to playing time or who we rather keep. The first guys management wouldve want to cut would be the players that are at the end of their deals (Bibby, Walker, Davis, Novak and Jeffries).
TD and Balkman were not expiring deals, and no way we would've let go of Davis, Novak or Jeffries.
First choice was between Walker and Bibby, but we cant cut Bibby unless Baron is back.
But, if we cut Walker, then we would be losing a valuable trade chip for the March 15th deadline. Balkman had absolutely no trade value until February 2013.
Believe me, for management to leave Balkman's money on the cap for next year instead of cutting Walker, it means they are not done dealing. Dont give me the excuse that Walker was playing good, bla bla bla... He is not worthy of more minutes than Jeffries or Novak when Melo comes back. He was gonna ride the pine big time!!!
These decisions are about money and bargaining power, and that saved Walker from being cut today.
I assume this guy is thinking the same way and let on with this hint in a tweet today:
Al Iannazzone: “@bleekOne00: are #Knicks done dealing? Or are other moves in progress” No team is done until trade deadline passes. They'll keep looking.
So, my guess is we are either looking for a good pick in the next draft, or some role player than can back up the frontline or Lin if Davis fails to come back strong. Walker will be gone by March 15th... take that to the bank.