The Knicks extending Jared Jeffries an offer sheet can only be described in one word: ridiculous. With this possible acquisition, the Knicks will have the NBA maximum 15 guaranteed contracts.
They will run a roster of four natural shoot-first point guards (Marbury, Francis, Robinson, Crawford), four one-dimensional swingmen (J Rose, Richardson, Jeffries, Balkman), two defensively inept undersized power forwards (Taylor, M Rose), and two centers completely incapable of passing out of the post (Curry, James). Despite the glaring individual weaknesses of these 12 players, they are still worthy of suiting up for any NBA team.
Additionally, this list doesn’t account for 6-7 defensive rookie point guard Mardy Collins, and perhaps the Knicks’ two most fundamentally sound and promising youth members of the squad, David Lee and Channing Frye. The problem with the Knicks isn’t a lack of talent; it’s that they don’t have enough minutes in a game to satisfy the assemblage of egotists fighting to get to the scorer’s table.
The addition of Jeffries not only further complicates the positional logjam that is the New York Knickerbockers, but adds even more financial obligations to the largest payroll in NBA history. Due to the Knicks’ abuse of the luxury tax threshold, they will not only pay the $6M annual salary for Jared Jeffries, but also an additional $6M for their blatant disregard for the NBA’s salary cap.
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