New York Knicks Offseason Moves
Jason Kidd signed a three-year deal ensuring he'll be well into his 40's at the completion of his contract. They didn't stop there. Marcus Camby inked a three-year deal as well. Yes, his rookie season was 1996. For you math majors, that's only 16 years ago. These guys aren't over the hill yet, are they?
Knicks owner, James Dolan always pulls the trigger on the correct moves though, so New York has nothing to worry about, right? Raymond Felton was the next piece to fall in line. The point guard who thrived in the up-tempo system designed by Mike D'antoni two years prior was shipped off to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade and has since been seen with a pot belly, out of shape and uncomfortable on the court. He was brought back to the Knicks in a sign-and-trade with Portland and will assume the starting point guard role.
Ronnie Brewer, a career backup off-guard, figures to be the starting two guard for the Knicks this upcoming season. It almost doesn't even matter because with Carmelo dominating the ball on the offensive end, he does not figure to be involved in the offense much. Which brings me to my next point: the highest paid player on the team, Amare Stoudemire, requires the ball be run through him to be effective. When Felton began the '10-'11 season with the Knicks, him and Amare combined to form an extremely potent pick-and-roll combination.
Will Carmelo's isolation sets get in the way of this team thriving again? It's almost too bad the Knicks gut their entire roster a season ago to land the star forward because he does not have the tools to carry the team on his back through a deep playoff run. Amare and Felton can be deadly once again, specifically with great spot-up shooters like Steve Novak and J.R. Smith on the wings, but Carmelo will almost certainly dominate too much of the ball to allow this to happen.
They have nice depth in most areas, however, the Brooklyn Nets will be a better team this year having put together a squad that has no overly selfish players who require alone time on the perimeter. So when the Knicks reach the playoffs as a seven seed and are once again ousted in five games, where does Dolan go from there?
Allan Houston has been linked to a return to the court for a 5 year, $75 million deal. Dolan is salivating.