This is more of just a brainstorm thread than anything, but if all fails miserably in the FA tsunami in a few days, what can we look at as consolations?
If any of you have a fall back idea, lettuce know what you'd run when/if LeBron and Bosh falls through.
Seeing that things are heating up in the Paul talks, I'll start with an (albeit unlikely) example.
We, the formally mighty, NYK offer the Hornets:
Curry, Chandler and Toney D (I'd miss him so). A combined salary total of slightly less than $14.5M
CP3, Peja and Mo Pete OR Posey. A combined salary total of roughly $36.2M
NO lose $36M from their cap and add $14.5. Leaving them under the cap with $51.5M, down from $73M. Curry adds an asset to trade or expire. So, $21.5M in savings for them right there. Instant FA contenders/flexible options in the rebuilding process. They'd still have Collison, West and Okafor and could make a play for the Warrior's 6th pick with Ellis, although that's unlikely. Just an indication of their flexibility as a team under the cap.
The Knicks, however take on the big hit of Peja and either Mo Pete's or Posey's salary. Preferably Peterson's as it expires come the close of next season.
After the trade, NY have a combined salary of $40-41M between a mere 6 players, if we resign Giddens for $1M and Walker for between $1-1.5M. Leaving approx $16M to fill out the roster.
So, let's say we resign Barron as well and have a salary of $40M.
That leaves the team looking like:
1 - Paul
2 - Walker
3 - Gallo
4 - ? (Lee)
5 - Barron
Add Lee to the fray at $11M/year and that's not a bad team at all.
The bench would consist of draft picks, Peja, probably Posey, Giddens and whoever else we can get our hands on.
So there you go, Peja comes off the books after the season leaving us room to grow. Paul gets a chance to shine in the East. Happy days are here again.
Will it ever happen? I doubt it.
ANYWAY BOYS, LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN COOK UP AS PLAN Bs IF PLAN A GETS ITS NUTS SHOT OFF IN THE NEXT WEEK OR 2. Looking forward to seeing who gets the most creative.