I think what he's thinking is this: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Recent news is that Donnie Walsh can trade/will trade Anthony Randolph for a first round pick. Interesting to note though that trading Randolph for one pick can be equivalent to trading him for two, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Here’s how:
The Knicks cannot currently trade this year’s pick because Houston has the rights to their 2012 pick and according to the current collective bargaining agreement teams cannot trade future first round picks in consecutive years. Thus the Knicks cannot trade their 2011 pick or their 2013 pick.
But if Donnie Walsh can get a 2012 pick in a trade for Randolph then that pick replaces the pick the Knicks owe to Houston and the Knicks can trade this year’s pick and their 2013 pick.
Those picks could be useful in a trade for a star player…
[Special thanks to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] who sought clarification on this point from the esteemed Larry Coon.]
It's all a game of chicken right now. WALSH has many options; Randolph will be dealt. By no reason to act now b/c Carmelo is his #1 target.
1) This is a weak draft class. No reason to fret if we lose a pick, which wouldn't be a top 10 anyway.
2) I think we can all safely agree that Carmelo Anthony is better than Danillo Gallinari.
3) If the only thing preventing having Felton-Melo-Chandler-Amare in your starting 5 is Landry Fields, then you have to trade the kid.
The 4 players are almost like the perfect 4 for MD's SSOL system. All that's left is finding a SG and a C, along with a bench. Sure, that's not easy... But in the NBA today you cannot win with just 1 superstar.
Fields and Gallo will never be superstars. Good players.. YES. But you can find role players a helluva lot easier than you can find game-changing superstars.
Think of it this way, imagine what AMAR'E does for Chandler, Gallo, Fields. His presence alone make life easier for those 3 on the court. NOW, add Carmelo to the mix and imagine what that does for role players?
Shawne Williams is not Gallo or Fields, but he's proving he could be a nice role player.... Giving you a 3-point threat and some points off the bench. Turiaf is a solid rotation big man.
The big 4 plus these 2 is nice. We have Douglas for now. We'll find a backup PG after the season. Mozgov might take years to come around (if ever). BUT, we will find a big this summer, especially if we have Melo-Amare.
All we need now is a starting SG. Get that and we can compete for a title. Seriously.
I like Gallo and Fields. But NOBODY, not even diehard NYK fans, will believe this team has any hope to win a title next year with those 2.
Sure, get me Mayo, Marc Gasol, Luke Ridnour and suddenly we are pretty good as well. Maybe even better than if we trade for Carmelo.
BUT, remember that MD loves offense. The Knicks are built to win with offense. We have maybe the best scoring PF in the game. Why not bring in the best scoring SF, maybe even the best scorer in the NBA, to pair with STAT?
If it happens... GREAT. If it doesn't... we move on and make those deals (such as ones you mention). BUt no reason to act until the time is right.