Posted by: Kingsguru21 | April 5, 2010

Since it’s an off day, let’s talk about something else. Like? Free Agency and LeBron! (And the ripple effects too.)

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. The Kings won’t draw anybody of major substance cuz they’re a Cowtown and yadda yadda yadda. I already know this. But, let’s talk about LeBron James and where he signs.

I’ve been reading a lot of things about the LeBron James signing on ESPN recently. And, some of the stuff that’s interesting is more than a few things. Take a look at the Daily Dime from a few days ago centering completely around LeBron’s upcoming Free Agency.

Here is 1 piece on Donnie Walsh, by Chris Sheridan, who most expect to pitch New York to Lebron. It’s also about Glen Grunwald too (who is the assistant GM). Also this is on the state of the Knicks.

Another Sheridan piece on what Walsh’s backup plan is. But this is the money quote:

But I think that the fact that New York is the best city in the world, the fact that the Garden is one of the greatest places to play in the world, the fact that we have a really passionate city for basketball, and just the fact that playing in New York is going to be a different experience for anybody who comes here, I think we’re in a good position. That’s what we’re really selling.

This is a piece by Ian O’Connor and how LeBron James’ profile would dramatically rise to a whole ‘nother level by being on the Knicks. This piece is interesting, and I’ll get to it in a bit.

Last but not least (I’m not going to link to 5000 pieces about LBJ’s impending Free Agency), Brian Windhorst has a column about LBJ and his background with Akron/Cleveland and Ohio. All these pieces are worth reading, but what makes Windhorst’s notable is that he covers the Cavs for the Plain Dealer (paper in Cleveland) and has also covered the Cavs for the Akron Beacon-Journal too. Needless to say, I doubt there is a guy out there with more knowledge of the LeBron James world as it is.

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Donnie Walsh is a smart basketball guy. Glen Grunwald is a guy who is smart and probably knows more than people expect. Then again, you get the sense that Walsh would like to bring in Chris Mullin and leave him as the GM standing. That’s interesting. Right now you have a Cavaliers organization that is also in limbo (in no large part due to LBJ) and you have a Knicks organization that could shake up things, too.

Really the key component is that LeBron James would want to play for Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks. I don’t think there is much else to discuss there. It’s about the New York market, and the style of play. Little else.

On the other hand, LeBron James will get his choice of coaches (including Brown) in the future if he stays in Cleveland. He will get a lot of power.

Another point to be made is that Cleveland has flexibility, although not in the Free Agent market, with a player like Shaq to take back salary if they were to trade Shaq in a Sign & Trade deal. There are plenty of teams always looking to shed salary, and it’s not beyond the realm of expectation that the Cavs would do that for the right player.

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If you look at the Daily Dime and odds where LBJ might end up, one speculation is that LBJ might not go to the Nets because they won’t be in Brooklyn for the next couple years at a minimum. However, I don’t really see why this matters. The IZOD may be a dump, but the Prudential Center is clearly not. (The fact that it is in Newark is not something I see as a detriment. It’s not like LeBron has to live there.) There are hardly worse things than playing in that building waiting for the Barclays Center to be built. I don’t really understand why Chris Broussard said that, but, hey, these guys are paid to have an opinion so far be it for me to really take a stab at Broussard and his reasoning. And, there may be a chance it really matters (although I don’t see why).

I think if LeBron goes anywhere, he may go to the Nets because of their young players and the fact that the Nets could very well move Harris AND take on significant money back in a deal. What if the Nets signed LeBron James, traded Devin Harris to Detroit for Charlie Villaneuva and Ben Gordon?

Maybe Detroit doesn’t do that deal. But, I can guarantee you that the Pistons might have to think about it and it would give them a much more talented player than Villaneuva or Gordon to move their team forward. It also may serve as a real guard against whatever future holds for Rodney Stuckey.

My point here is that the Nets have a ton of options at improving their team that the Knicks really don’t. If the Knicks were to trade Eddy Curry, it would be a straight salary dump for the Pistons in that scenario. Also, there’s no guarantee the Pistons or any other team would want to deal with the Nets/Knicks in any scenario that this holds.

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Ian O’Connor talks about how athletes have come to New York and ultimately raised their profile. But I have to ask this: How does LeBron James raise his profile MORE when he’s already incredibly famous, wealthy, will have 2 MVP awards and a possible title? Seriously, this isn’t Reggie Jackson who ultimately showed why the Yankees have such staying power. This isn’t Mark Messier who brought the Rangers a title in a league where maybe 10 teams ultimately have any kind of staying power (of which the Rangers are one however).

But this isn’t the NHL or the MLB in the 1970’s where territorial rights were being drawn out and screwing fans over today. This is the NBA in 2010 and fans around the world watch games on a nightly basis. The Internet is the single biggest reason the NBA coverage has grown and expanded. This didn’t exist in 1994 or 1977 for that matter. Papers still mattered quite a bit in 1994, and mattered a whole lot more in 1977. Now? Not so much. Between SportsCenter, multiple blogs on pretty much every team on major networks like ESPN and SB Nation, exactly how is LeBron going to get more exposure? He’s the most talked about NBA player NOW! How is New York going to talk about him more? Is he going to take away the talk about the New York Giants? What about the Yankees, Rangers, Devils, Jets, Mets, UConn, St Johns, every small college in NYC, and who knows what else.

And that is the point I’m making: LeBron owns the Cleveland market. Other than Ohio State football, and it’s arguable OSU football matters more right now in Ohio, if the Cavs win a title that will be very big news. It will be the first professional title on a Cleveland sports team since 1964. (The Cleveland Browns, the first edition that Art Modell robbed and moved to Baltimore in 1995, were the last time a Cleveland team won a title. The last Indians title was in 1948. As I say, these people, rightfully so IMO, feel they are due.) There is no way in hell or God’s Green Earth or anything between that LeBron’s profile will change if he stays in Cleveland.

There’s a point in Ian O’Connor’s column I had to chuckle at though for a long time (and am still chuckling at):

“So if you’re asking me as a Knicks fan, I really hope when all is said and done that LeBron’s wearing a New York Knickerbocker uniform. That’s my wish.

“I mean, do you want to win a championship in New York or Sacramento?”

This is from Willis Reed. And Willis, I know you’ve been to both Cleveland and Sacramento. How does each compare to each other (aside from how the economies suck)?

If you ever wonder why New Yorkers are stuck on themselves, than read this:

Ten minutes after midnight, July 1, 1996, Garden president Dave Checketts phoned David Falk, who happened to represent a free agent named Michael Jordan.

“Michael’s done all he can for the Bulls; now it’s time for him to come to New York and help Patrick [Ewing] win a championship,” Checketts told Falk. “Here’s all of our cap room. Everything we have is yours. If Michael comes back to me and says we have to trade Player X, as long as it’s not Patrick, I’ll do it.”

Jordan rejected the Knicks’ bid, but he later told Checketts that he was flattered by the sentiment and intrigued by the notion of playing in New York.

There was just one problem with this argument. The Knicks didn’t offer MJ 30 million dollars. (And couldn’t.) Also, Michael Jordan’s profile as the best player in the NBA was cemented. I thought those Knicks teams have always been overrated for 2 reasons. 1) Because Patrick Ewing was not a championship player. (And a lot of those guys on those Knicks teams did not augment the most serious of his weaknesses. It could be argued the 1997 team did.) 2) Because they played in New York.

Ignore #1 because Ewing is a HOF and a guy the Knicks franchise wouldn’t accept that he wasn’t a real franchise player. #2 is pertinent because New York guys tend to be overrated when they play on the big stage. It’s happened to every major star there. It’s okay that it happens, but it’s not like people who aren’t in NYC shouldn’t point it out either. I don’t have sour grapes towards the city; I expect them to be egotistical about the greatness of NYC. That’s perfectly fine. Just don’t think I care.

At some point, I have to laugh how any player’s profile, especially one like LBJ or MJ, can be raised by playing in a big city. Michael Jordan spent his entire (real) career in Chicago. He took a franchise that didn’t have great success and ultimately delivered 6 titles. As good as MJ was in Chicago, and there is a statue that was put up of him before he quit playing, there is no way that he has a statue in New York in front of the Garden. It was just about glory and winning a title for the Knicks. That’s the real problem that the Knicks always have had: They don’t get how to win a title in the NBA. They think New York matters to players more than it really does. There is a lot of nice locales in the NBA to play in. Do you think Dwight Howard would love to play in New York every home game?

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with New York, or the slew of articles saying LeBron James should go play for the Knicks. I’m just saying that the media has seen an almost entire decade of not seeing the Knicks matter. The Knicks are good for the NBA’s profile in that they get a lot of people interested when they aren’t setting new levels for sucktitude. NBA writers, especially on the national level, are acutely aware of that. If they say that isn’t it, they are lying to cover their ass. There isn’t anything more to that.

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There is just one thing. What happens if LeBron James does leave Cleveland? Well, I think he will regret it for the rest of his life. He will never be more iconic and important to a city than he is now to Cleveland. If he stays, he will stay because he can get more money, attention in Cleveland, and can be the basketball Jesus for Cleveland forever. Unless there is a greater player coming down that pike, it is highly unlikely that Cleveland will ever have that player again. LeBron James has control over whatever the Cavs do. He gets long term deals for players he likes (Anderson Varejao & Zydrunas Ilgauskas) that he will never get in the Knicks. Once he goes to the Knicks, he’ll just be another part of the machine. Once the Knicks get his signature, they will kiss his ass, but they won’t schedule the entire franchise of the Knicks around LeBron and every wish he has.

If LeBron leaves, too, his family may have to leave Ohio forever and not come back. I’m not saying they will be physically harmed; I don’t think people in Ohio are that awful. I’m just saying they will be heckled badly, and LeBron James will be treated badly forever in Cleveland. He will be mercifully boo’d if he leaves. He will no longer be the Golden Boy like he is now. He will no longer be the saint of Cleveland and their version of Basketball Jesus.

That’s exactly what New Yorkers don’t get, and what the rest of us plainly see. They don’t see that the power of Green over-rides the power to go to a local Mall in Akron or Cleveland and not be bothered. They don’t understand the dream house near Akron means that you either sell it to someone else who loves it, or you live in anonymity because you took the big market New York dreams. They don’t see that money talks and bullshit walks. As in, Cleveland can give more years and money than any other team.

Even though LeBron James has said it’s not about money, it’s always about the money. It’s also about the glory, the power, the need to be courted like he would have been in College (think Blue Chips with Nick Nolte on a much higher level), and everything else.

Donnie Walsh got one thing right when he said this:

Sheridan: Do you think the signings will happen quickly leaguewide, like before July 14?

Walsh: You’ll know a lot in those two weeks, You’ll know everything.

We’ll know more because all the big players will have signed somewhere else and made their own decisions then. LeBron James will find out that his power only lasts as the rest of the league cares. The rest of the league won’t bother to care and court him beyond the opening 9 day period. After that, it’s just business as usual.

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So, you want to know my big predictions and which players go where?

LeBron stays in Cleveland. That much is a given, and I’ve always thought that it was 95% or higher. If Cleveland wins a title this season, it goes up to 100%. Plus, Cleveland always has big contracts to trade (like Antawn Jamison in 2011, Shaq in a S&T this year) that could result in cap dumps elsewhere. There’s more flexibility in that type of trade than people realize. This includes some of the all-important New York media. (Especially the one’s who think that New York is the only team to do S&T’s.)

I think Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will end up in New York. There are 3 reasons for this.

1) Neither guy has a team that has shown they have spent wisely and built a team for them to contend.
2) Neither team spends money like the Knicks. Or will. Or has the resources for that matter.
3) Wade nor Bosh command all the bells and whistles that LeBron James and winning a title or two in the Knicks WILL elevate both men’s profiles in NBA history.
4) Just as a bonus, keep in mind that the Knicks do have Eddy Curry’s 11.6 million expiring contract to use to bring in more pieces. Plus, they could have a lowish’s 20 draft choice in 2011 to pick another reasonable player, there is young talent on the Knicks, and there is always the MLE that the Knicks could use to bring in more talent over the summer in 2011.

Oh, and for the people who have said that Wade isn’t interested in signing in New York without James, I’m curious as to why he wouldn’t be willing to sign in New York with Bosh. If I’m Bosh, I don’t want to go to Miami where Wade has the glory and the tenured time with the franchise to boost the reasons to get more money and glory. If I go to New York, I’m on equal billing and glory levels with Wade. That’s why I think ultimately any thinking that Wade doesn’t want to go to New York is a desperate Miami source trying to convince people out there Wade isn’t thinking of bolting. Quite honestly: Why wouldn’t Wade be thinking of that? How is the start of a rebuilding project in New York any worse than what’s going on in Miami?

One caveat: I always could be wrong.

If Carlos Boozer doesn’t resign in Utah, there’s a strong chance he’ll end up in Chicago. He’s a perfect fit for the Bulls as an interior presence, rebounder, and next to Joakim Noah. The only problem is that he’s a mercenary who gets hurt too often.

Amar’e Stoudemire may be the guy whose most screwed by if Wade leaves Miami. I have no question that Amar’e would leave Phoenix in a heartbeat to play with Wade in Miami. The question is: Would Wade prefer Bosh, and would Bosh prefer to play in Miami or New York?

I think, and have thought for a long time, that Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will end up together. They will both want max deals, and not get paid more than the other. (There is obviously no chance that Wade can end up in Toronto. I do think Wade might consider that honestly. There is at least 15 worse markets in the NBA than Toronto. At a bare minimum.) Because of this factor, Bosh and Wade are ultimately the key to Free Agency next summer. Not LeBron James like the all knowing New York media would have you believe. (More on this in a bit.)

After these 5 guys, I’m not sure who will be commanding what where. I don’t know that the Nets will want to throw a lot of money at Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer. (But they may. There is a lot of posturing and it’s very difficult to tell who will do what so far in advance. Stranger things have happened.) If I had to guess, Boozer is maybe more compelling to Chicago and Amar’e to New Jersey at this moment. But, who knows?

I know a lot of the big name guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce and those types will not garner the type of attention that the media would have you believe. All 3 guys are in great situations for them, and there is little reason to opt out (or re-sign in Manu’s case) and leave elsewhere.

I do think the potential area for interest is some restricted Free Agents. 2 that have caught my eye are Rudy Gay and Luis Scola. First Scola. Scola is a capable PF on a market where the big names will go quickly, and he might be the best quality player left. But I doubt he will leave Houston and any money he may try to get elsewhere will likely be a ploy to get Houston to match. Which they probably will.

Rudy Gay is an interesting story. There will be 3 or 4 franchises who will really look at him over the summer and the question remains will Memphis pay Gay. I think ultimately they will because they don’t owe Zach Randolph a ton of money (he has 1 year left on his deal), and everyone else on Memphis is pretty much on their rookie deal’s at the moment. (Marko Jaric has an expiring deal.) But if Memphis decides that a contract is too rich for their blood, who knows?

After this group, I don’t think there is much interest to be honest. Yao Ming will garner interest because he’s Yao and Yao is always a story because of the China factor. But, I don’t think Yao will turn down guaranteed money. If he’s healthy, Houston will sign him in 2011. If he’s not, he can walk into the sun a very rich man. Or he can leave Houston and sign somewhere else with a lot more risk and less pay. Still, Yao Ming is not that compelling a story compared to the other players on the market.

I’ve forgotten David Lee as a compelling Free Agent, and I think he’s very much that. But would I give him 5 years and 50 milliion? Not if he was my best big man I wouldn’t. And that’s a ton to pay your 2nd big in your rotation.

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So what of other options? Like 2011 and Carmelo Anthony?

There will be teams that think that way (The Wizards especially) and may be right. With so much on the line for so many teams, and a team like the Wiz especially in light of Gilbert Arenas returning, it’s easy to see how several teams will pull out of the 2010 race and just wait for 2011 before making a move. The wild card is that some big name FA could decide they want to play in Washington with Arenas. (I heavily doubt this despite Arenas’ popularity among NBA players and the DC area.)

I think Miami’s screwed if they lose Wade. (Which I think will happen.) If they don’t get Wade, it would be time to blow it up and use their cap space wisely and keep using that cap space until real solutions come up. Miami has 2 1st rounders coming in the draft (theirs and Toronto’s) that are close to each other in selection at the moment. This means 2 mid 1st rounders along with Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers and who knows what else. There is more than one way for them to rebuild, and through the draft and smart trades would certainly be the wisest way. Hell, Miami is so far under the potential minimum cap (and there is a minimum cap of 39 million if the salary cap is around 53 million) that they could take a salary like Peja Stojakovic off New Orleans’ hands so they don’t have to find more salary to get them over the minimum line. Teams over the luxury tax line will ask Miami to take a player for nothing, and they may do that with 1 or 2 teams. It seems implausible because of South Beach, but Miami has never been a great basketball market. You would think that a player like Dwyane Wade would get more people out, but he hasn’t been that successful in drawing people to the Heat. Yes, a rebuilding project sucks, but what sucks even more is signing a player like Amar’e Stoudemire to a contract with a team that you don’t really have much to compete with. (I don’t really see why Amar’e would want to sign in Miami without Wade there.) My point is just don’t be too shocked if this happens. It is a distinct possibility.

Miami may very well end up with a Carlos Boozer/Amar’e Stoudemire and Joe Johnson as their tandem to build around. (I wouldn’t do it, but that’s me. I’m not Mickey Arison or Pat Riley.)

I also think that Minnesota will make a big play at a Free Agent with their money, and may use a player (or two) to entice a team to do a S&T that will get that player the money they want. I don’t know that they will succeed, but they remain a team to be watched.

The Chicago Bulls will end up with a player, and it remains to be seen what happens with the LA Clippers. Both the Bulls and Clippers have enough space for a max Free Agent.

The Nets are a dangerous team because of Mikhail Prokhorov and the young talent on that roster that Rod Thorn has assembled. Plus, the Nets have enough space to get a max Free Agent AND another Free Agent at 8+ million dollars to start. Don’t ignore that either. But, as the saying goes, only Miami and New York have space for two MAX Free Agents.

Really though, it will be more interested to see what teams will be sellers and buyers. One team that I expect to sell, especially as money has become tight, is Detroit and all their contracts. I expect to see a firesale and some rebuilding there.

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So, let’s take this back to ESPN and other outlets before dialing this thing out and over with. I’ve already said that ESPN and it’s writers are well aware of the New York dynamic and how it plays out. But, there is more to that. They won’t get all the talk and leverage out of the LeBron if they don’t suss out all the angles and possibilities now. This is especially true when you factor in that LeBron is close to winning a title in Cleveland and that may be the ultimate trump card.

Besides, it’s not nearly as sexy to discuss how Miami ISN’T a sexy destination after so many writers in many outlets trump Miami as one of the go-to NBA cities. And that’s the other part. Talking about how Miami may not end up being a city that goes after the riches of 2010 and the players available is not something ESPN or it’s writers wish to entertain. The writers at ESPN have played up the summer of ’10 for so long that if anything short of the entire league goes in flux, I’m sure a writer or two might croak from simple disappointment.

Here’s a scenario that doesn’t get a lot of play, but should. Because of the looming CBA negotiations, many teams may see 2010 as a way to redistribute salary until 2011 when major changes may come. Because of that, teams like Miami may forgo the big money to offer to other FA routes and take on just enough money to get over the minimum cap line. There are many ways to do this, and there will be plenty of teams who will attempt to offer the less desirable money to Miami. Because there won’t be a lot of teams that will give away expiring contracts (except the teams over the luxury tax) to Miami to help them, it will be an interesting game of give & take.

Because of this potential factor, the looming possibility of a diminished escrow tax (look at the numbers of that escrow tax–it has been double what the luxury tax is historically), that will convince the higher salary teams to go along with the lower salary/less revenue teams.

I don’t know how this salary will play out. I promise you that. I do know that 2010 always promised to re-distribute more money from the rich to the richer, and the poor to get screwed unless they can get around that by having high quality talent already.

What I know is this. The Summer of 2010 isn’t just about money for players, but money for owners too. The teams that will be over the luxury tax will likely be farther over the tax simply because the salary cap will go down. The teams that are paying a lot of tax this year (New York and Cleveland) will see a drastic reduction in salaries, and that will go a long way to keeping teams in less advantaged economic situations stuck because the money coming from luxury and escrow tax will not be nearly as high. With so many teams taking a luxury tax share (because so few teams can go over the luxury tax line next year), it will essentially take that possibility out of play for teams in the future. The teams that are over the luxury tax like the Mavericks and Magic may give away a player or two to reduce the tax burden they will carry next season. Of the two teams, the Magic are far more likely to do that. (Mainly because the Magic are in more of a position to do that with the minutes situation they have as much as anything. Dallas is in a big position to take back salary and add to their core of players if Cuban so chooses.)

For all the big name talk (and there is a lot of that for good reason), what often gets lost in the salary debate is that teams pay players like Baron Davis, Corey Maggette and other exorbitant salaries well beyond their worth as players. That’s what has truly driven league salaries more than any other factor. Bad decision making (I”m not sure Baron Davis was a terrible signing for the Clipps) and bad management often makes players who take the money look much worse than they are. This will be the summer where a lot of players finding themselves fighting for scraps because teams like Miami may take their FA dollars off the table without a franchise player to sign. (If you’re Miami, why would you go for broke on a roster built around Carlos Boozer and Joe Johnson?)

The question is do the owners spend the money, and do the players really benefit? Or do the owners simply spend wisely leaving a lot of players out in the cold in terms of seeking deals they were really after. Once the 3 biggest names go, it’s a lucky guess as to what happens next. Which players go where, which teams will be really offering real cash, and which teams will simply opt in the rebuilding way.

This is tough stuff, and this results in a lot of this that and the other. This is why, most likely, you won’t see anything other than the cursory stuff analyzed. This is why ESPN doesn’t want to touch this stuff. It’s irritating, obtuse, and very unreasonable on the surface. It seems as if it’s this inconquerable monster who will eat you up upon contact. None of this is true, but, of course, Donnie Walsh made a point to Chris Sheridan that should be touched upon:

Sheridan: Any one random encounter stand out?

Walsh: The [Zach] Randolph trade, in my mind. It was a cap trade, and my experience has been that fans don’t understand cap trades. And we had a game that night, and so I went to the arena that night thinking that there’s no way to explain it to the people and the press in some ways without talking about the cap, and my experience had been that people didn’t quite get the cap. They just said ‘It wasn’t a good trade, they didn’t want to know about the cap.’

But when I got to the arena that night everybody seemed to know why I did it. It surprised me, it really surprised me.

You see this is Donnie Walsh acting like fans are grown up now. The reality is most fans know when something is cap related or when it’s not. And, because if nothing else, Knicks fans have had to get more acquainted with the cap to see what kind of future the team has. Lord knows the Knicks have not achieved this through draft picks or anything else they’ve attempted recently. (In fairness to Walsh, he cleared all the bloat off the cap that would have resulted in massive hysteria if the Knicks had 53 million in committed salary coming into 2010.)

Donnie Walsh knows something else though: Fans who understand this is cap related also understand that the gambles of today have to pay off for it to work tomorrow. If Walsh gets Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he knows Knicks fans will understand. They know it too. Knicks fans, the real one’s, know that LeBron James is not likely coming. They aren’t stupid. They can read like everyone else. (I knock off a point for being a Yankees fan.)

There is even something else for those who remember rumors that the Knicks were wanting to move Randolph for contracts that expired in 2010 or sooner. Donnie Walsh denied it and said they would do anything that would make the Knicks better. As soon as the Clippers came calling, the Knicks promptly dumped Randolph’s contract for Cuttino Mobley’s contract (among others) that expired in 2010 or sooner. The fact is, I think Donnie Walsh was surprised that Knicks fans were relieved that he wouldn’t let bad circumstances (the cap dropping to unanticipated levels before 2009) determine how the Knicks would act this summer and beyond. I think he was surprised to find they were aware that he was doing that the best he could meant dumping a player for less player value to get something that came off the cap. Even then, to get the Rockets to take Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill, he had to agree to swap picks with the Rox in 2011 and give the Knicks 2012 1st round pick outright. (The Knicks already owe their unprotected 2010 1st rounder to Utah.) Donnie Walsh is going for broke this summer. The Knicks fanbase knows that. The NBA knows that. He won’t go away empty handed or worry about the future. He wants to make the Knicks better and now.

Let’s say for a moment that Utah gets the 6th, 7th or 8th pick. They decide they really want Al Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest. That makes Andrei Kirilenko expendable for the right price. What if the Nets agree to send Courtney Lee in return for Kirilenko?

These kind of fireworks are very likely in 2010. Do not be shocked to see many ripple effects come from the Knicks pick going to Utah, the fact that the Nets can trade Devin Harris and may have the #1 pick in John Wall, Prokhorov owning the Nets, Wade leaving Miami in a bad way, or Bosh leaving Toronto in similar fashion (no matter how much of those wounds were self inflicted), and the remaining effects it has on Boozer, Stoudemire, Johnson among others.

There are so many details in the summer of 2010, and nobody knows how it will all shake out. One thing you can bet though: The ripples do not start with LeBron James.

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Responses

  1. very cogent & timely post, pookey.

    I agree that LBJ ain’t going to new York; my guess is he stays in Cleveland…just a hunch.

    I also agree that the New York media completely overestimates the draw of New York as a destination for athletes; but is this really surprising considering that they over-estimate the draw in just about every profession for New York?I’ve heard it said in the music industry, the book industry, the publishing ind…well, you get the idea.

    In fact I’d be hard-pressed to find another city that has a higher opinion of itself than NY. Humility, your name may be Newark…but it sure ain’t NY.

    • LOL @ Humility, your name may be Newark, but it sure ain’t NY.

      Amazing line Rhondda. 🙂


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