The answer is the Knicks are heading in the right direction. There are four players on this team that should and most likely will be here in 2010.
Chandler - still under contract
Gallo - Still under contract
Nate - He's played well but won't break the bank money wise and has played himself into a mid level contract for the next few years
Lee- I could see him traded to get rid of Curry but we still have the money to sign him to a average salary.
Jefferies- Unless D'Antoni gets him playing to the point he has value he will be here.
It may very well only be possible to resign Nate or Lee but if they both are willing to take average contracts they can easily be resigned without breaking the bank or hurting our chances at Lebron and company. Also if Walsh and D'Antoni can find a way to trade Curry or Jefferies this year we easily can resign both Lee and Nate. (Both Lee and Nate have been through so many tough years that i think they would resign at a discount at the prospect of being on a successful NY team)
As far as free agency goes i truely believe we will sign Lebron and another big name. Not sure wheather it will be Bosh or Amare but we will land one of them. Lebron will obviously get his max contract but hsi star power, the draw of NY, and the system will help land us a co star for a big contract but not a max deal.
I used to think Nash would be another option in 2010 but with his age and the fact Duhon has become a great facilatator that will only get better as he plays in this sytem longer. I think Duhon would be a cost effective resigning option come 2010
If i had to predict today this would be the 2010 roster
2009 First round pick hopefully a big man