My issue is...everyone around the NBA seems to realize that Bosh will never be the #1 guy on an NBA Championship team. He could be a co-#1 (two guys with low-level #1 talent), or an insanely good #2...but I don't think he can be your pure #1 go-to guy, and many NBA scouts seem to agree. As such he doesn't REALLY deserve max money (max money I think should be reserved for the top of the top of the top).
But does Chris Bosh know that? I'm guessing no.
For example, if someone pays Lee 12 million, then Bosh has every right to ask for 16.
Was reading on RealGM that Bosh has chronic knee problems. If we do sign him, the Knicks doctors need to go over the guy with a magnifying glass. If he winds up being the second coming of Alan Houston the Knicks will be finished for the next decade.
I wouldn't mind the Knicks giving Bosh a max contract if they could sign Carmelo Anthony next year.I doubt the Knicks are a playoff team next season with Bosh as their only star.I think it would be a failed off season if Donnie Walsh gives Bosh and Joe Johnson max contracts.Mostly every Knick fan knows that the Knicks would be back to where they were before Van gundy resigned if they signed those two free agents.But I seriously believe that Bosh is going to the Rockets or the Lakers.That is why this is the summer of Lebron or nothing and Walsh would be foolish if he thought that Knick fans believed he wasn't freeing up this cap room for the sole purpose of going after James.
I rather have Lee at 12 million as a second option then Bosh at 16 as our first. I would also rather have Lee plus a center then just Bosh. Bosh has hit his ceiling and we know what he is capable of. Lee has not and is still getting better. Oh, and he is a homegrown Knick...that's always a plus.
Alright! I rather have Lee for 12M too, plus trade for Diop $6M, and resign Barron for $1.5M, with SF-Chandler & SF-Gallo's $5M each making our bigman rotation $30M.
Bosh, Amare, Johnson, Boozer, and Dirk are looking for 5 yrs max money starting at $15M per. There are so many desperate teams bidding for these players I would'nt be suprise if all get over paid.
I would like to intertain two of the above star players but .......... our luck with big money players been leading to injury-prone the past 10 yrs.
Bosh could go for the $$$ money in a sign & trade which could start a domino-factor in this FA summer, or he could go to a rebuilding team (Knicks, Nets, Chi, or stay in Toronto), or try his luck with getting big $$$ out of Pat Riley's Miami Heat.It's no secret. He's definitely out of there. There are only a few teams that can afford him and you can even narrow that down further by taking LAC off the list since they already have Griffin. He's coming from Toronto so it would make sense to assume he wants to resume his career in a bigger market this time around. NY or CHI.
I cant wait for draft-night when alot of major trades will take place
That extra 4-5 million can go a long way in completing our squad for next season. Damn I can't believe its still 2 months until we will know what's going to happen with this team. It's too much to bear!
I really think if the Okafor/Collison for Curry trade is possible it's going to be huge for us.
Big man draft pick
That lineup beats Cleveland hands down! Also I think that would leave us with a good 7~ million remaining cap space crazy.
+ Atlantas draft pick @ 22....
Wade is going to resign with Miami.
Than they have 2 main choices:
Bosch or Melo.
Give Lee a 16 million dollar contract and make him the Knicks' power forward of the future.Anyone who doesn't believe that Lee is the type of player that you could build your franchise around has little to no appreciation for home grown Knicks.Chris Bosh is a loser compared to David Lee.I don't care if you want to throw the stat sheet at me or if you try and pull out some Wikipedia page, the fact that the Knicks have a player who could win championships for them, if teamed with another max player, is something that Walsh shouldn't fall asleep on.
Have you ever seen David Lee laugh at the possibility of playing for the Knicks beyond 2010? Have you ever heard Lee say how much he prefers playing in the state of Texas over the city of NY? Have you ever heard Lee tell the media that he believes he should be the number one superstar on his team? These are things that you'll see a guy like Chris Bosh do but not Lee.Why? Because Chris Bosh only cares about himself and his big ego.He doesn't know how to carry a team on his shoulders and put them over the top.I'd rather give a max contract to a player like Anthony Mason or Hubert Davis, at least those guys didn't think they were above their team and were more concerned about winning than about their salaries.It's time to bring back players like that instead of this new generation of players who will quit on their coaches if they get their feelings hurt.
David Lee might not be the lights out defender who will shut down opponents and help a team hold another team under 90 points a game, but he would be a key piece on a championship contender.The last thing we need to see is another ex Knick make the playoffs on someone else's roster.We are already witnessing Channing Frye be the Suns' version of Robert Horry and Jamal Crawford dominate on a Hawks team that's in the middle of a playoff run.It would be very messed up if the Knicks allow Lee to walk and he ends up helping another team make the playoffs next season while the Knicks miss out on the playoffs with a roster composed of Chris Bosh and mostly D-leaguers.I really hope Donnie Walsh is listening to the Knick fans who want David Lee back and not these greedy agents who care nothing about the future of the Knicks.
Last edited by knicksin60; May 07, 2010 at 05:51.