Felton is a nice player. Has heart, but let's not forget what Nelson did to him when ORL waxed CHA. RF is what he is. Not trying to run him out of town but swapping him for Billups might end up being a minor miracle. I guarantee you having Billups for the post season this year is better than having Felton. AND, on top of that, Knicks can buy out Billups for 4 mil, not pick up his team option, and have some money to spend on a C this Summer (and we can use our 1st rounder to draft a PG).
If Knicks are lucky, DEN doesn't want AR... We deal him for that 1st round pick DEN wants and we get an asset along with it.
Eddy Curry goes. Nobody cares. If a piece of cake falls at 3am and nobody is around... does anyone notice what happens when those calories enter EC's buttocks?
I think DEN then gets the choice: they get either Gallo or Fields and Walker. They'll have to pick one option. Take the budding star or the future solid starting dual role players.
I think the final piece of the puzzle will be either Chandler or Walker.
I realize this is alot. But NYK has no choice really. Amar'e is a STAR. Right now. We saw firsthand during the Ewing era the error of our ways (waiting to get another star to play alongside PE).
LAL, BOS & MIA blew up their rosters... NYK has to. NBA is a game where you must have 2 superstars playing at an elite level to have a shot. Felton-Gallo-Chandler or not elite. Night consistently at least. And I doubt Gallo-Chandler will be a STAR player, night in and night out, next eyar or even they year after. NYK cannot afford to gamble everything on that timeline getting pushed up. Amar'e is elite right now. HE HAS MADE THE PLAY OF EVERYONE AROUND HIM BETTER. Imagine what role players will do when 'Melo arives. hey will thrive.
The parts we place around Amar'e-Melo will be assembled one way or another. We have a first rounder this year. We will keep either Galo or Chandler. We will have some cap flexibility if we let Billups walk.
It will stink if Gallo is a stud in 5 years. But it would be a total shame if Stoudemire's MVP caliber production goes for naught, and 2 years from now he starts to decline some and we failed to bring in the encessary pieces.
Sure, 25% chance Gallo-Chandler and free agents, along with Moz-Fields mature into a legit DET-like run starting next year. But odds are the Knicks will be a 45-50 win team next season with this group + B-type free agents. And would fail to beat MIA anyway.
Our only hope is Carmelo really. MIA raised the stakes. Sure, we could pass and go through the same thing next year. Hope to get Paul or Williams. And that might even be better.... But, since we missed on Lebron, and then if we pass on Carmelo... what happens if we fail to land Deron or Paul... or if a tag is put in place... Now it's 2013 and Amar'e is the new Benard King.
I don't agree that Billups would be better than Felton just because he is aging, his stats are declining and I don't think he would survive in the Knicks system. Everything else you said though I agree with 100 percent.