Ummm....call me insecure because I need to be assured that our GM is pursuing every possible method of upgrading our team and if the shoe fits I'll where it proudly!
But a week has gone by and I have not heard us linked to this rumor!
Lets not even call it a rumor, it is pretty much a given that N.O. is looking to dump a long term deal with the incentive to do so being Darren Collinson.
Now, I have heard to rumors about Indy and Clev. making a play run at this deal. But not us yet
This is such an ideal deal for us, that we need to be all over this. Now as I type this I remember in a recent interview (before this story broke mind you) that Donnie had said he would consider a deal that helped a team that was trying to move contracts off the books to avoid the luxuary tax.
So I suppose he has reached out.....but what needs to be seen is a serious sense of urgency on this!
1.Our biggest need without a doubt is PG and as well as Donnie did in getting us under the cap in order to make it possible to go after big name FA's, the fact is that there is no great PG's in this class....especially not young ones making a rookie salary!
2.The above mentioned FA class: Look our current roster is not really all that appealling, bring in a young player like Collision and rebounding shot blocker like Okafor and our team looks much different than the one we ended the season with. It also lets FA's know that the limit to our creativity in becoming a better team is not just clearing cap and crossing our fingers!
A possible roster to sell FA's on
Lebron or Dwade
3.We are going to get hit with almost 500k for every player less than the 12 total required to be kept on our roster at all times. Right now we have Danillo,Wilson,Walker,Douglas and Curry, that leaves our roster short by 7 to the league minimum of 12, so we add our two second rounders that gives us 9, but we still our going to have to tap 1.5 into our cap to pay the penalty. We trade Curry to NO for Okafor and Collinson it would bring us up to 10 and would save a half a million dollars. If the deal goes down we could just buy two more picks to prevent the penalty
note: buying the picks would cost more than the penalty, but would not hurt our cap.
4.Ridding us of Eddy Curry! Look there was setimental value to trading away Jerome James. We got back a player who actually costed us more, but just ridding ouselves of him and not letting him collect every dollar of his bad contract as a Knick really meant a lot to Knick fans...the same could be said for Curry! Just moving him off our team would be like officially undoing Isiah Thomas....but to do it and get back quality players would be a something of a miracle.
To me getting this deal done supercedes even chasing FA's. Look they could all sign somewhere else, the power is simply not in our hands with that, but Donnie has much more control over the trades he makes for players who are being made available. And like I said what better draw than to a Max FA than to have a solid core!
And lets say all the big time FA's stay on thier teams and we did this deal we would have this as our starting 5
That is a playoff team in the East, with still a ton of cap for future trades and signings.