The Knicks Should Blow It Up
Melo wouldn't get any help until 2015, when Amare's contract expires, and who's really sure if he'll stay anyway especially if the Knicks has another early playoff exit, which seems very likely...I would send Melo to the other state he calls home, to the Washington Wizards....Trade Melo to the Wizards for Otto Porter, Jan Vesley, Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Ariza, and future draft picks. I tried this deal on the ESPN Trade Machine, and it works financially. Then I would sit back and let the loses pile, in hopes of winning the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes....Then in the Summer of 2015, it's reported Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving have interest in playing for the Knicks, so If I'm James Dolan I'm signing them. Rebuild & quick fix, Knick would be in the hunt again
We need better guards and we need new bigs (but keep Chandler and I'm going to take a risk by saying keep STAT) we need a younger core with a player with play-off experience to guide the team while on the benches.
Where on earth did you hear kyrie wants to go the Knicks? Sources? Never heard that one before haha
and no team would trade for Melo. He has already said he wants to test out the FA waters. Why woul you give up picks and young players to rent Melo who most likely will only play 60 for your club and them leave.
Here's the article. There's nothing substantial, just some garbage journalist trying to stir the pot.
I read it on Hoopshype.com , I wouldn't make it up. The Wizards aren't just any team, Melo grew up in Baltimore, Maryland...If he's to stay on a team he got traded to, it would be them...Gortat, Nene, Melo, Beal, Wall as starters, with key bench players in Martell Webster & Eric Maynor, gives the Wizards a good group to advance into the 2nd round at least.
Ernie Grunwald is in desperation mode, it's playoffs or bust for the Wizards...His job is dependent on the success of the Wizards this season
...expects a championship this year. LMAO. Ok, can I have some of what he's having? But seriously, guys, the Knicks management dug themselves into this hole by signing players awful, crippling, team-busting deals (STAT, Chandler (he's very good, but he's paid a TON), JR Smith (overpaid), and trading for other awful ones (Bargs). How does the saying go...you reap what you sow?
That's what happens when a organization replaces their gm who brought them back to relevancy, and finished 3rd in Executive Of The Year voting....smh Without a stable management no team can win a chip...The Knicks need a center with Chandler out, and instead of signing one and cutting Jr. Smith's brother, they're keeping him on the roster...smh Ridiculous!!!!!
I think people need to give the knicks some time. They've made some changes to their rosters and Bargani needs to get acclamated to the system. Once he's comfortable, I expect him to potentially put up 20 PPG with a great 3 pt % When it's all said and done, I smell a 3rd seed in the East and potentially even an appearnence to the conference semis.
Bargani is a clown -- he keeps chucking up 3s like he thinks he's Jodi Meeks or something. Big men like him need to play around the basket, leave the outside and midrange shooting to the guards (Pablo Prigoni, JR Smith, etc.)
Thats a call you make in January, not the second week of the season, especially when you've been playing without the 6th man of the year AND now former DPOY.
I don't like the Knicks' squad, and I do think they should blow it up. Melo is a free agent in 14, and stated that he wants to be a free agent. This team isn't going to do anything except maybe squeak into the playoffs and get swept by Miami or Indiana, so why not?
I hate the Washington trade idea, but blow up the Knicks. It's not working, the NBA's 2nd attempt to merge existing superstars was a huge flop. They could never get the necessary pieces around them and Amare could never stay on the court. They're gonna be bad or at best, average this season, why not get something for Melo rather than letting him bolt on his own accord next July?
Tank the last half of they year, nab Wiggins, Parker, Randle, Exum, or Smart ( hell of a top 5 ), try to attain some picks, and try to bring someone in this summer. You'll still have Chandler's rim protection and leadership to bring the young squad togther, Shumpert and Hardaway Jr. are decent role players. Why not blow it up and start over? Seems like a better option than Melo ( who's leaving this summer ) surrounded by Chandler, a bunch of past their prime starters and young journeymen.
It took Donnie Walsh years to clear the Knicks of all their bad contracts and it only took about 3 seasons for them to fill the team with new onerous contracts in their place.
Amar'e Stoudemire's contract wasn't horrible at first, but even when they signed him his health was so bad his contract was uninsurable. He had a few good years, but now his health has stolen much of his ability and I feel he's probably one more knee surgery away from either choosing to retire or being forced to retire. The sad thing is Amar'e is currently the highest paid Knick.
Tyson Chandler wasn't a bad addition, but he and Stoudemire's games don't compliment one another yet they combine for about $35 million.
Then the Knicks had the interesting notion to add a high paid yet marginally productive Andrea Bargnani. Bragnani had some good years with Toronto, but the fact the Raptors traded him for three players they likely wouldn't play, a future first round pick, and two second round picks indicated how highly valued Bargnani was there. Bargnani accounts for about $11.8 million of the Knicks salary cap.
So Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani account for over $47 million of the Knicks cap. That's not good and they aren't a bunch of young guys who are getting better. The Knicks could try to blow it up, but of the four major contracts on the roster only two of them (Anthony and Chandler) seems movable while Stoudemire and Bargnani will likely be in NY until their contracts are up.
I think the Nuggets own the Knicks 1st round pick in 2014....So why Tank this season? lol..
is their "big 3" of Melo,Chandler and Stat didnt work out like it supposed to,and their new "Big 3" of Melo,Chandler,and Smith just isnt good enough. Melo is great player one of the best in the business,but Chandler is overrated center who gets paid 15 mil to average 10,10,and Smith is just volume scorer who takes shots away from Melo.I think they should just start over next free agency with Melo and new group of players,maybe just keep Shump because he is versatile player who can help any team.
Melo may well test the FA market but the fact is the Knicks can offer him by far the biggest deal, if we do assume he won't opt in then he could take a 5 year max deal with the Knicks with a player option in year 3. That way he gets his big deal and would be on board in 2015 when the Knicks get FA space, without Melo on board the Knicks might find it harder to attract another franchise guy there.
As regards Melo, a lot will depend on what LeBron does, would teams pitch to Melo if they thought they had a chance to get LeBron if they only had cap space for one of them. Imagine Melo said yes and then LeBron did and likewise Melo would not really want to be seen as a consolation prize for a team who didn't land Melo. How could a team pitch to Melo if he knew LeBron had been their major target.
The Knicks could look to make moves earlier with STAT's expiring deal possibly and Chandler as a quality big could get last year takers but then the Knicks lose their only elite defensive player.
Do it or lose a explosive scorer for nothing. Deam him!
It took them years to get rid of Isiah Thomas' bad contracts and they still haven't learnt how to build a decent team.
You have three ball hogs in Melo, Bargs and JR Smith. There is no chemistry / team work or passing.
Bargnani is the leagues biggest cancer. He is awful, just awful. Loves to shoot. Poor passer, defender and rebounder. Toronto - a lottery team dumped him, I don't know why the Knicks would want the Raptors rejects.
Melo is overrated. He is a volume shooter who lacks defense, teamwork and most of all "LEADERSHIP". He is suppose to be a superstar - how can you be a superstar when you can't take your team deep into the playoffs. He has played 10 seasons and only gotten out of the first round twice. (once was with a prime Billups lead nuggets team) By the time Amare's contract has expired Chandler will be on the decline which leaves only Shumpert as any decent asset to build a team on.
The future in New York looks bleak for the next few seasons......