Friday, November 21, 2008

Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie likes the Zach-to-LA trade

And here's what he had to say about it:
...the Knicks have lopped off about $17.34 million off their 2010-11 books, and are only set to send about $18.1 million combined to Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries that year (both player options ... thanks Isiah!), plus the rookie deals of Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari (about $5.4 million, combined). That's a pretty barren landscape, with lots of flexibility.

It doesn't have to be for LeBron, or D-Wade, or Chris Bosh. It just has to be a way to start over. The same start Knicks fans have been waiting for since it became obvious that the Ewing/Sprewell/Houston troika wasn't going to work some eight or nine (depending on your fandom) years ago. What a fantastic trade.
I don't like the "throw everything away to make room for LeBron" plan that the Knicks are on, but Dwyer makes a good point. In 2010, if LeBron can't be had, the team can still shoot for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, or a group of other free agents. The point is that they added a lot of flexibility to their salary cap.

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