In fact I now see the value in Zach's contract. All we have to do is go back to how ol Isiah was able to acquire Jamal Crawford to see the reason for my new found optimisim. We got Jamal with expiring contracts and most importantly without giving up picks (Isiah ofcourse would turn those over to the Bulls in the Curry trade). As I said in another Thread the Knicks will have 42 million Dollars in expiring contracts that season. Meaning we have some nice sign and trade options. Joe Johnson is my favorite free agent target that season (Yup over Lebron, D Wade, Chris Bosh and Co.) I imagine he will want around 17 million a season, so we offer Zach's contract in a sign and trade, unlike the Jamal trade we probably will have to give up a pick or maybe a young player we might have drafted between now and then. Or because they have Josh Smith they may have no need for Zach plus two expiring contracts are easier to deal then one big one so we can give them Jamal and Jefferies in for Joe Johnson. Eddy and Jamal equal a 20 million Dollar salary in a sign and trade, so if Clevland wanted to get someting for Lebron not just let him go to Brooklyn with no compensation (if he were to opt out and most of us know he wont).
Ok so here is the best part....because Donnie is protecting the cap at all cost for that season, a sign and trade will keep us under the cap. So imagine landing a superstar player and still being under the cap after that!
Again I know we will have to come off atleast one pick and probably a young player for this to work but there is some real hope even if Donnie does not make moves this season or even next.
Mr. New New York's 2011 Dream Knicks
Joe Johnson (17 million per season)
Danilo (Rookie contract)
Camby (MLE contract)
Nate (6 million per)
David Lee (10 million)
couple othe players to fill the roster
Mike Dantoni COY and Donnie Exec of the Year!