Don't want to be Johnny raincloud here but I need to remind everyone that the league is pretty hotly contesting this rule. Stern has said he believes it's a given that the league will win this dispute. The Union is attempting to push this as the rule in question 'may be open to interpretation', I have a law degree under my belt and generally unless the Union can prove beyond doubt that they are correct any benefit of the doubt goes to the league.
Still rooting for the Union though as this can ultimately move us from a 'dangerous playoff team' to a legit contender.
Who do you want on the MLE if this rule goes through for us? I think Mayo will command more than the MLE in Boston as they have shown interest and will have the cap space.
If I remember right, I read this is going to be decided in two weeks. Oh my word. Another thing to watch out for. As if July 1st isn't enough.
PG- Kirk Hinrich- 2.5mil
SG- Deshawn Stevenson- LeBron's worst nightmare- bi annual exception
PF- Jeremy Evans- 2.5mil
draft- Moe Harkless- trade up into late 1st using Toney and Landry plus our 2nd Rounder
Shumpert will be out for a while so its best to look forward to starting the year without him, I dont wanna lose Jeffries but Evans is younger and more athletic and provides similar contributions on the game. Hinrich is the perfect back up as he knows Woody's system and can play both guard spots as well as shoot and defend, Stevenson adds more perimeter D and attitude as well as range, Harkless is the young James Posey type we need off the bench.
We get younger, faster, more athletic and deeper
Jesus that's actually much better than anything i've seen so far. Im real big on the Hinrich & Stevenson signings as we need a legit backup PG and he already knows Woodson's system.
I have faith in Grunwald and hope that he can prove his pickups and last offseason weren't a one off. Just hoping that this rule goes in our favour now! I'd think that pending Lin is re-signed Dolan will retire to his boardroom chair and leave the rest of the transactions to Grunwald. He has a big 3 and Lin so his money driven ego should be satisfied.
Hinrich, Stevenson are great guys to add to Lin, Shumpert and Smith
Harkless and Evans will work STAT and Melo in practice and be great energy guys for us
Jordan and Harrellson both will get better and Chandler will not lose his intensity and leadership
Novak will be our specialist and Bibby is the vet PG playing short minutes
Be realistic guys, we're not gonna be able to sign both Lin AND Nash this summer. Nash will easily command more than the Mid Level from the Suns, the Knicks won't be able to match their offer with any salary exception. Lin is going to be the choice for us. Landry Fields will likely be back too since we have Bird Rights on him as well.
A good backup PG option that already has shown good chemistry with STAT & is familiar w/many of the plays the Knicks run is Raymond Felton. I think we could get him to sign for the bi-annual exception. The most painful loss this summer will be Steve Novak no doubt, we won't have enough cap flexibility to be able to keep him on the roster with the offers he's going to get in free agency. It's going to suck real bad losing him, he was our only real consistent shooting threat from the perimeter.
I live in Phoenix, and have seen Steve Nash play a lot........ I happen to be one who believes he would NOT be an upgrade over Jeremy Lin..........
Sure Nash would get more assists per game, and maybe shoot better at the line and beyond the arc (although Lin is excellent at the line too). But Lin could do so many things Nash has never been able to do, such as create his own shot, penetrate without a screen, play big on defense (maybe Nash's biggest flaw), and most-importantly take over a game.
Acquiring Steve Nash would indeed divide fans regarding who should start and finish games...... Maybe I'd start Nash just to get the players involved (very reliable in this regard), but Nash has never finished games the way Lin has.
And as one who prefers complete players over one-trick ponies, I'm afraid Steve Nash is too much of a one-trick pony......... Those tricks might be exceptional (assists/distribution and shooting), but his liability on defense and inability to take over games have been the prime reasons Nash has never won a title. Two items which happen to be strong points with Jeremy Lin.
For those who want to sign a Jamal Crawford, Felton, Andre Miller, or another JR Smith type of player with our MLE, here's a Red Flag for u.....we do not want to sign our MLE to players that fold under pressure in big games and look like an all star vs mediocre teams.
We want to sign our MLE to a PG that steps up his level of performance in big games, plus be proud to share the point with Lin throughout the season (Billups or Nash).
Good thing is the ruling should come soon before the FA flood gates open, so we should know soon.