Allow me to say these are what I percieve as realistic options, not what I absolutley want
The Cap comes in at 53 million
We trade Jefferies, but not Curry for an expiring deal giving us 32 million plus the MLE
We do not sign any Max FA's: Sorry guys I think most of the Big time players stay at home. Plus with The Rockets and Bulls having the space and talent to nab one, so we lose out here. Think about it, D Wade could return home and play with the Bulls plus be apart of the best Backcourt in The League in him and Rose, if that fails they can just as easily have Joe Johnson. Similar with Bosh, The Rockets could offer an opportunity to return home to play with them or Houston could just grab Amare to play with Ming.
David Lee gets a deal starting at 7.5 million: Outside the Max FA's David is one of the best unrestricted FA out there. I imagine Walsh gives him a backloaded contract to allow for flexability.
With 24.5 million left
Nate gets a deal starting at 4.5 million: Nate has 8 figure talent, but his height and attitude would prevent teams from offering him that, teams will come at him with a full MLE, but I imagine he takes a little less because of Walsh's gesture in offering more than the Q.O. plus he has found a home here.
20 million left
We sign/get a PG for 8 million: Being that we have not been this far under the cap in a long time -if ever- we may forget that we could trade for a player without giving up anything but a pick or so. Two situations to watch out for is Steve Blake and Andre Miller and Flynn and Sessions. As we all know Donnie wanted both Miller and Sessions and they both signed elsewhere. But now both are being outplayed by their younger counterparts. Both Minny and Portland are looking to players in the 2010 trimming these players would help that cause.
If that doesnt happen look for NY to offer players like TJ Ford and Felton deals around 7 or 8 million.
12 million -assuming we spend 8 and do not get Sessions at 4-
6 million dollar deal to Harrington: Could make more somewhere else (possibly) takes less to remain a with NY and The GM who drafted him. I would only make it a two year 14 million dollar deal, with the anticipation of him starting in place of Gallo the first year and then Danillo assuming the starting role the second year.
6 million left
Shot Blocker: I can see us offering the whole remaing 6 million to Camby or splitting it up between Darko and a player like Amir Johnson. But look for Walsh to spend this much on filling this need. 11 million two year deal for a 37 yr old Camby sounds about right.
John Salmons: SG/SF very high B-Ball IQ. Showed nice leadership in Bulls Celtics series.
Travis Outlaw- nice backup type player who would fit well in the system.
4 million of the MLE
Channing Frye: only scheduled to make 2 million next year, we could offer him more, depending on how he does in the similar offense in Phoenix (and on how much progress Hill makes this season) this season he could be a nice cheap option.
3 million of MLE
My final Synopsis
There you have it, not a championship team over night, but the PG upgrade, the improved shotblocking and hopefully the improve play of Douglas and Hill gets us out of the dungeon of the East and into the bottom half of the playoffs.
Walsh would still need to move Gallo or Wilson for a reliable SG. Curry coming off the books the season after next will help in the our future upgrades.
But sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Not getting Lebron, D-Wade etc. next off season will not bring about the changes that return us to a major force in the East
but the bright side is Dantoni will be in the longest tenure by any Knick coach since Van Gundy, he will know the majority of his players and they will know him too which will translate into a better team. As of now we do not owe anyone any of our draft picks after this year which is another way we will continue to get better slowly.
But no quick fix here boys, take the amount of years it took for Layden and Isiah to turn us into this mess and that should be about as long as it would take Walsh to undue it completley.