Meh, the 2010 plan is just a ploy to keep Knicks fans waiting and not burning down MSG.
If Jeffries is not traded by Feb 18th, then everything falls apart. We will not have enough cap space to sign a max + Lee (or any player worthy of what Lee will be asking). This inturn will mean a max will not sign at all. All of the other teams with max cap space will have better rosters/situations than the Knicks.
Donnie is defintely not going with Plan B (i.e. trade expiring contracts now and build a team now). The plan is Lebron or bust.
So, there is a very, very high possibility where the Knicks just resign everybody this offseason and have virtually the same team next year. Give Lee $10 mil, give Harrington $8 mil, give Duhon $5 mil, etc. Then use the $18 mil in cap space in 2011 when Jeffries and Curry expire. To sign who, I don't know (Mello and CP3 are not available, contrary to popular belief).
This scenario has a higher probability of being reality vs. Lebron coming to the Knicks.
Is this acceptable to everyone? Was tanking 2 seasons, possibly a 3rd for 2011 cap space worth it?
I'm curious to see how many people are ok with this.
I know CP3 signed an extension but Melo didn't afaik? Unless it happened recently he's still listed as having a player option in 2011.
i've been asking this question for months now.... donnie... if plan A (signing 'bron, or wade) does'nt pan out... what is plan B... or is there a plan B..????
if i was donnie, i'd be doing everything possible short of dealing gallo and hill(but if need be, i'd have to deal hill though it would suck) to get our pick back from the jazz(chandler, douglas, lee?) and try to get another pick or young player with al harrington (bulls top 5 protected?)
then i'd tank like a muthu****a for wall.**** it.it doesn't work most of the time, but the spurs got lucky one year right?
that would be a lovely fall back option if plan a, b, c d, e and g in james doesn't come through.
plan f is wait a year for melo.
Lets remember that 2011 has some studs too. If we had to resign Lee and play the same team waiting for 2011 it would suck but not be horrible.
Lots of options open to use. Lots of money to spend. curry and jefferies are expiring next year.
I am not into panic mode yet, but certainly the injury to curry sets us back some, but not to a point where the 2010 plan is not salvageable. Still my daddy always taught me to have a plan B. and i think plan B is sign 1 max FA this offseason and trade expiring contracts next year, get a good player, or simply sign FA in the offseason.
There are too many options and opportunities for the knicks for this to fail.... have faith. Donnie Walsh is a smart guy.
Melo does have a player option for 2011. But is that really what we signed up for? Hoping Melo turns down $18.5 mil to sign with the Knicks? I don't like that option and seems too risky.
@ANU: We're not getting Wall. Give it up. There is no way we are getting him. Accept reality and think of another option for PG next year.
I do agree with you that Donnie should be doing whatever it takes. He can't just sit back and hope Lebron comes this July. He needs to to get rid of Jeffries, or at least start with Plan B. Time is running out.
Please explain. And "because it's New York" is not a good enough answer.
Thing is I have a bit of trouble with Walsh's dealings, he's supposed to be one of the best GM's in the league yet we have plenty of contracts with value this year and there doesn't seem to be much being done about them. Can't judge things yet of course as there's still a month to go but there have been rumour's about Hughes being bought out, when he has a 12 million expiring... If we aren't trading Jefferies/Curry we should make the most of those expirings and trade for good value players with contracts that end in 2011. We can improve our team and still have a shot at signing Lebron or go with what we end up with for 2011 and dump salary then. It's getting nervy.
The goal is to win a Championship not to be the Atlanta Hawks... The Hawks are a high quality team but the fact remains they won't be winning a a Championship team any time soon. We've been a quality team in the past. Maybe i'm just speaking for myself but i don't want to just be the 90's Knicks that were great teams that couldn't get over the top, i want to be the next dynasty in the NBA and win TITLES not just make the playoffs and be a contender.
Right now all the plan B's bring us slightly above average players that would make us better but not good enough. The NBA is a star driven league and you need atleast one SUPERSTAR to win. So maybe Lebron James doesn't sign in NY but i tell you what i'd rather have a 15% chance at signing Lebron at the opening of free agency this summer then going for plan B and having 0 % chance at landing him. And if he doesn't sign here then you can begin to explore options to rebuild this team another way but until Lebron offically signs with another team my #1 goal is to find a way to sign him and if finishing the season with this roster gives us a chance to sign him then thats the way we have to go.
I"m not going to lie and say i think Lebron coming here is a sure thing but i'm not nearily as pessimestic as some posters. There are a few reasons why he may leave Cleveland and come to NY.
1. If Cleveland... Fails to win another Championship (highly likely in my mind) what is really keeping him in Cleveland? Lebron James in the biggest name in sports but due to playing in Cleveland he's only been able to talk players like Larry Hughes into joing him.... He couldn't even talk Trevor Ariza into coming to Cleveland. Say what you want about the Knicks recent history but having Mike D'Antoni, Donnie Walsh, and the city of NY as selling points are going to be a major factor. With Walsh and D'Antoni you have a stability in the front office and the city of NY speaks for atleast.
2. Whose says Lebron won't take less then the max. Lebron is a business man. He's smart he knows by playing in a bigger market he'll make more money they'll he'll know what to do with. Whose to say Lebron won't take a nice 3 year deal and then do his big extension in the summer of 2012/2013 when the contracts of Curry, and Jefferies are long gone.
3. Sticking with the business man side. Playing in New York makes him even more of a global icon and gets him more money. People like money
4. Talent wise the Cavs and Knicks are pretty equal. Say what you want be a young core of Hill, Douglas, Chandler, and Gallo is as good if nto better then the core of Cavs after this season. Lebron is good enough to make the players around him better.
5. I know this is going to sound like i'm Kiyaman.. But we've all heard the theories that Bosh and Lebron made an agreement to play together at the Olympics. And if thats the case they both realized then that getting two max contracts from teams wasn't going to happen. Just another reason why i think max money isn't there nobody one priority. They look around the league and realize if you don't have atleast two stars (Celtics, Lakers) your not going to win. These types of players want to win and would be willing to take a discount if it helped them win.
6. If say we just sign Lebron i'm sure players like Harrington and Lee (who have been through the bad times) would be more then happy to take a hometown discount.
7.. the 2011 option. Again Lebron is well aware that if Jefferies and Curry can't be traded their contracts come off the books in 2011. Maybe we can't win a 2010 Championship with just Lebron but we'd be a good enough to be a solid playoff team. Also come free agency 2011 would their be a more dynamic recruiting team then Lebron and NYC.
8... Once the free agency dust settles teams will start planning for the summer of 2011. And when that happens the contracts of JJ and Curry become valuable. You can land a very solid supporting cast by dangling those two big expiring contracts.
To sum it up, we may not get Lebron..... But come this summer I atleast want to be in a position to possibly get him.... Save plan B until then.