I don't believe this trade was anywhere near as "high-risk" as it's being made out to be. Obviously, for us to hit a home run with this deal, we are going to need to get two of the following in July: Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Johnson. However, I vehemently disagree with the notion that we are dead if we don't get two max guys. There are plenty of other good players out there to build a playoff team with. What if we got Amare Stoudemire (assuming you don't consider him a "max" player) and Joe Johnson? What if we got Carlos Boozer and Joe Johnson?? What if we got Michael Redd, Rudy Gay, and Joe Johnson??? What if we re-signed Mcgrady (assuming he plays really well for us down the stretch), and then only got Bosh??? Aren't all of these combinations likely playoff teams??? And, isn't it also true that we still have a 1st round pick next summer??? And aren't we allowed to decide not to spend all of our cap money this offseason and save some for next summer when Carmello Anthony is available??? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES. Simply put, there are just so many possibilities. As Donnie Walsh himself put it to the media, this move gives us "flexibility". I really think said flexibility is being greatly overlooked by most of the pundits in the media. There are a lot of really good players out there who are not quite good enough to earn max contracts, and yet, still could help the Knicks improve drastically.