Well like the idea or not Donnie has turned down two deals to move our biggest contract. I for one have been a huge supporter of dumping Zach's contract, and probably wouldve done it for peanuts. But Donnie is taking a more patient approach and is believing that Zach can put up solid enough numbers for as long as he is a Knick this season in the hopes that teams will increase the value of other team's trade proposals for Zach.
I think this approach is very risky, but can still work. Tim Thomas got a nice deal from The LAC off of the strength of how he looke under Dantoni, Joe Johnson's potential was brought out under Mike D and was made into a franchise player by The Hawks, and ofcourse Nash went from an All Star to a League MVP. Now Zach is no Steve Nash (in fact I was hesitant to use that example) but, my point is good offensive players do well under Dantoni. I predict that Zachs numbers should be about the same as they were last year around 18 and 10
Now what needed to be done to increase his trade value?
First off we have to win, not a lot, but enough to show that Zach's numbers can help make a team better. I would say if we mirror the first half of the season Isiah had his first year as coach (like 25+ wins by the All Star break) then that will show the league that Zach can help a team improve.
Secondly; Eddy has to come off the bench and Lee has to be a starter. Reason being, David doesnt need the ball to be effective, Zach will gladly embrace the role of full time low post scorer. In fact I would probably never play those two together at the same time. Who knows Eddy's new role off the bench could prompt him to opt out next season!
Third: We need to knock down open shots! Zach will demand doubles, and we need to knock down shots to again show teams that Zach could be a vital part of TEAM Basketball
Fourth: Zach has to pass out of double teams. Ok stop laughing! This is where we have to pray that coach Dantoni's appeal to players can work. He is the master of getting players to play unselfish, if he can sell Zach on this then teams will take notice, and likely won't assume Donnie is still desperate to move him
Lastly: Stay out of court and on the court! If Zach gets injured or in another fight in a club, there is no chance in moving him and Donnie's pateince will indeed have back fired! But the good news is that he has stayed incident and injury free so far as a Knick!
There are teams that need help with scoring on the block (Sea,Chi,Mem,Cle) but everyone had thought that Donnie Walsh was pressed to move Zach so they were trying to make a steal in a deal for him, but, Donnie has held out so far, which in its self has increased his value somewhat. But the move is still a gamble, and lets just hope the gamble pays off!