LOL at calling these guys 'scrubs' btw. ROFL at that comment. In my book, a scrub is a guy who simply can't play. Period. Everyone I talked about in that scenario has talent and can play. Big difference. I've seen every player I discussed -- I know firsthand not only that they're all far from 'scrubs' but that each guy has a great deal of ability and potential to contribute at the NBA level -- not only that, they all fit our needs perfectly one way or another...The last thing I rely on when evaluating a player is (1) whether or not they got drafted and (2) whether or not they played in the D-League.. That ain't gospel, at least not to me..A lot of you guys consider playing in the DL as some kind of stigmatism or black eye on a guy's record. Not true.. The DL is filled with guys that can play at the next level...If Grunwald worried about stuff like this he never would've offered Jeremy Lin a contract and Linsanity would've never gotten off the ground... If you actually saw any of these guys play then you'd have a better understanding of what I'm trying to say here. They're not scrubs! These are guys just like Lin, just like Novak, etc. -- guys that have talent and just need an opportunity to showcase those talents and show they belong.
Also for what it's worth, I don't think you go out and spend money on a veteran just for the sake of getting a veteran. No need for additional leadership on this club too in my view -- we already have leadership. This team is top heavy with veteran leadership -- Amar'e, Melo & Ty Chandler. Now there are always exceptions -- if we could ever get a guy like Steve Nash to come here for example, of course I'm in. That seems very doubtful to me though. Even if we win the Bird rights hearing and have the full mid-level to burn, (a) there's no guarantee he'll take the full MLE (some team out there may be in a position to offer him more than that---does he bite & go for the money with a contract that will most likely be his last substantial payday?) and (b) I heard Nash doesn't really wanna leave PHX anyway. Outside of Nash, there are few (if any) NBA vets that I'd overpay or offer up the full MLE to in order to bring here. Name me the one MLE-type FA who's out there that we could get that unequivocally puts us on that next level -- for us, I'd like to think that's on a championship level (remember we're talking mid-level salary guys, not the big fish -- gotta be realistic too -- don't give me some UFA that's obviously not leaving his current team). Maybe Steve Nash -- and that probably took a big hit when his boy D'Antoni departed the way he did...Who else? A past-his-prime Grant Hill? I think he'd definitely take the full MLE (I personally don't think he's nearly worth that kind of money anymore btw) but does he really put us on that level at this stage of his career? I don't think so..Plus this guy turned us down flat I don't know how many times. Like Nash, he probably doesn't wanna leave PHX anyway and might take less to stay there.. Pass. He doesn't want us and I don't want him...Who else then? Ray Allen? Maybe. Again, same thing though -- doubtful he leaves Boston and I actually think for what he does which is basically come off screens and knock down mid-range jumpers & 3s at a 40+% clip, there are guys in the draft that we could target for the same exact purpose (namely John Jenkins and Kim English) and save almost $6M a pop in the process. See where I'm coming from now a little? The last thing I wanna ever, ever, EVER see us do again is commit full MLE money to the wrong guy, find out it was a mistake and then have that bad contract handcuff us moving forward. Been there, done that. If it came down to that and we weren't talking about a no-brainer like a Steve Nash, I'd pass on handing out the full MLE to anyone and instead divide it up on smaller, more favorable contracts or bypass it altogether and target minimum level salary players as long as they've shown somewhere along the way that they can play. Just because we may have the MLE and smaller exceptions at our disposal doesn't mean we must use them. We have to be smart about what we decide to do. I'd like to think they understand that now. Also, from what I've read, the Knicks aren't interested in breaching the luxury tax threshold again anyway. The penalty is now much more severe supposedly. From a business standpoint, I don't blame them. Definitely can't do that if it's not for the right player and if the team wouldn't be on a championship level.