This move (waiving Nichols rather than buying out James) made no sense in terms of on-court value as a player. Especially on a team that seems to have major problems consistently nailing the plethora of open jump shots due to Curry/Randolph triple-teams.
The only thing that makes sense is that James is more valuable for salary-cap reasons (one of those strange "valuable because of the bad contract" scenarios).
Do the Knicks want to let James come off the cap by "injury" retirement or use James as salary-cap relief trade-bait? Or they are completely insane?
Is James valuable as trade-bait between now and the trade deadline? Or only during the next off-season?
Or will he be forced into injury retirement (or natural retirement) by the Knicks? If so, when?
I realize that the NBA (sadly) is more of a business than a game. But I have never really understood this side of things.
Does anyone out there know how all these scenarios work (under current league rules)?