Jul 012010


The harsh reality for the Knicks is about ready to be revealed. For the past 2 or 3 years the Knicks have been clearing cap space in hopes of signing LeBron James in this most anticipated NBA free agent summer. That dream is about to come to a screeching hault. LeBron has given all indications that he has no intention what-so-ever on signing with the Knicks.
To make matters even worse, none of the other big free agents are leaning the Knicks way either. The biggest free agent that they were rumored to have a good shot at was Joe Johnson. But his home team, the Atlanta Hawks, are now said to have offered a max contract and likely to re-sign him.
So where do the Knicks go from here? I believe they should concentrate on slightly less expensive players, but younger; like Rudy Gay. A player like that is a player that is still improving everyday and he would not command max dollars. They could even sign some role players to surround him with support, i.e. Ray Allen. Ray would be ideal because he is relatively low salary but still lethal from 3 point range. And maybe with those two players signed you’d be able to convince Carlos Boozer to sign on. That would be a pretty good core four; Rudy Gay, Ray Allen, Carlos Boozer and Danilo Gallinari. And even better, the Knicks can sign another max free agent next year when Eddy Curry’s contract expires and have free agents like Carmelo Anthony, Yao Ming, TJ Ford, Tony Parker and Kevin Durant being available…AND they will finally have a first round pick in next years draft (granted it should be a late pick if they have a core four like that).
So Knick fans, it’s not the end of the world if they don’t sign LeBron, Wade, Bosh or Johnson. They can still build for the future and start winning next year. So this may not be what we expected or wanted, but things will be okay in Knick world.

Scott Gentile

Co-Host of the Wingman Sports Radio Talk Show, broadcast on www.sportcitychefs.com. Anchor at WGCH - 1490AM in CT / WFAN - 660AM (NYC) / MLB Netowrk

  One Response to “A Harsh Knick Reality”

  1. Sounds like the Nets pitched a better plan yesterday than the Knicks.. Amare to NY it will be

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