"The Knicks are back" - Amare
i could care less that Bibby and Gadzuric return. I don't want either. Yeah, Bibby played well at the end of the year, but during the year he sucked, and he's older. I also could care less if Douglas gets traded, and i'm crossed up about JR Smith. The guy is unstable minded. Ok, out of the group, JR Smith for another try.
The whole point of this mess was to get to keep our MLE to sign a guy like Nash and keep our guys. We might not be able to sign Felton with $3M. I would've rather taken our chances with the appeal process because no one ever wins appeals. Now this costs us $2M and Steve Nash. Not happy.
If Felton was smart he would get in some shape and then come to NY for a one year vet minimum to back up Lin and use all the minutes he can to show he deserves a better contract in the 2013-2014 season from a team looking for a solid PG. He could maybe get that mojo back with Amare and the fact that he can play like a gunner when he gets in the mode would be great since it would mean another weapon on mobb deep.
OJ Mayo/Raymond Felton should be the goal this offseason. Move TD and offer mayo the full MLE and then promise Felton regular minutes to do his thing as a back up to Lin and maybe offer him a 1 year player option.
I think OJ Mayo should be our top priority. Looking at players we have a realistic chance obtaining, and measuring the value... This is the perfect player to hand the MLE over to. I believe he wants to play in NY (said as much to Walsh during draft process).
I would love Mayo & Hinrich... But that probably wont happen.
So take a chance on a guy like Jonny Flynn.
Both Flynn & Mayo are entering their prime years... Their best basketball is ahead of them. Knicks need to inject talent in the backcourt.
JKidd I think can be had for 3M which is plenty for a guy that says he can't play 35 mins anymore.
This is why I suspect the best course of action is to give the full MLE to OJ Mayo. That may not be enough to get him, but it's within the ballpark, and if he truly wants to play in NY... then it might be enough.
After that, we give the vet min. to KIDD.
LIN, Kidd, Mayo, Shump is exactly the type of back court our BIG-3 need to compete.
I can see them making a run at Mayo if they can offer him the full MLE. A Shooting guard rotation in the future of Lin, Shump, JR, and Mayo should give the knicks options going forward. Then all they need is to try to find a decent backup who could if necessary start for a few games.