The New York Knicks will only have their mid-level exception reduced to just $3 million this off season to play with.
Besides re-signing their own free agents—they'll have to fill out the rest of the roster with veteran's minimum contracts and their selection with the 24th overall pick in the Draft.
Knicks may still be able to add a couple of helpful pieces, Tyson Chandler may be their biggest trade chip.
Of course, everyone wants the Knicks to trade is Amar'e Stoudemire, but it's quite clear that there will be no interest in him for the very reasons they would want to trade him.
They could look to trade Iman Shumpert, but New York would regret trading away such a talented without getting equal talent in return.
Outside of Chandler, there aren't really any more players that would spark much interest on the trade market, or bring back a particularly helpful package in return. His contract at $14 M isn't too enticing but teams like Raptors, Spurs, Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Bobcats/Hornets, Timberwolves might be willing to part with some useful talent.
On the other hand a team that lacks shooting may be interested in Steve Novak's $4 M contract. Again teams like the Wizards, Timberwolves and/or Pelicans could be interested in taking on such a contract for a pure shooter.
A 54 win season, only could get better. Continuity is major with most teams, and can Stat at center, Melo at p-forward, J.R. at s-forward, Shump at s-guard and Felton at p-guard should be able to get it done. It all comes down to who will be in rotation, and as of now Knicks don't have the ample pieces to repeat a successful season.
So, which team -- what players -- should the Knicks target to fill out this team???
Trade Chandler -- opens in return to receive up to $14 M in return contracts???
Trade Novak -- opens in return to receive up to $4 M in return contracts???