Can The Knicks Pull Off A Trade?

After almost 50 games, the Knicks are about where I expected them to be. They are on pace for around 53 wins and in the running for the Atlantic Division crown. The problem is, they may burnout long before the playoffs.

Let’s start with the frontcourt where the return of Amar’e has been better than I think any of us expected, but also where the Knicks are in need of some help. With Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby on the shelf, the Knicks are making do with Amar’e and the return of Iman, but neither of those guys can play defense against a truly big man. That leaves Tyson Chandler playing almost 35 minutes a game since the end of November, a rate which is not optimal for a physical defender. Assuming Wallace and/or Camby heal, this could turn out ok though.

More concerning is the backcourt. The loss of Felton for a month showed the Knicks how valuable he is, but it also forced them into overusing Jason Kidd. Kidd has been great this year, but look at his shooting percentages by month. In November he shot an astounding .509 from the field. In December that dropped to .395. In January it went to .382 and through the first five games of February it has dropped to .281. You have to wonder if he is simply burned out from playing so many early season minutes at the age of 39?

But the trouble is, the Knicks are going to have to get very creative to do any trades. They can’t trade their first round pick this year since they traded their 2014 pick to get Carmelo. They are over the cap, which makes trades hard and they are top-heavy in salary. Carmelo, Amar’e and Chandler make up almost 70% of their cap space.

So, this is probably the team we will see on the floor for the rest of the season. With a little health and a little luck, they could make a deep run into the playoffs. But, the streak of 39+-years without a championship isn’t ending anytime soon.

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  • blmeanie  On February 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I believe the voice(s) of reason that I’ve heard for a couple of years now are saying “if you don’t have Lebron what does it matter”?

    What were expectations before the season? Deep in playoffs?

    It could happen, I still say they are a flawed team that has over performed this season so far.

    This is no title contender though.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Atlantic Division title, 2nd or 3rd round of the playoffs, depending on the matchup.

      And while I get that voice of reason’s argument, it’s worth noting that LeBron only has one ring. He may win a bunch more, but he isn’t Michael Jordan.

  • blmeanie  On February 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    the four letter network disagrees with you, they are ramping up the comparisons now.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Yup, they are good like that. But we both know that 6 rings > 1 ring and Jordan would not have delivered that performance in the 2011 Finals.

  • blmeanie  On February 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I don’t support their line of thinking, they are trying to get people like us riled up.

    I believe the Heat are beatable, they don’t have depth and if you can play defense you can beat them.

    Look at the competition today vs. Jordan (or better yet, Magic/Bird years). Teams today don’t have the talent that was around back then, deep talent. Getting to the finals used to be really tough. It still is but for different reasons. The bulls had to get past Cleveland, then Boston, Detroit over the years. Then with continued expansion and high schoolers being over valued and raw, coupled with a salary cap and the league became watered down with overpaid stars and journeymen.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      I agree completely about the dilution of the talent, but there was something else about Jordan. It was like every opponent had insulted his family, he just wanted to destroy them. I’ve never seen that kind of fire in a player with that level of ability.

  • blmeanie  On February 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    hence the greatness. Bird and Magic were very close on the intensity, just didn’t have the intimidating hop to make it dominant and IN YOUR FACE. Not sure I have seen that fire from Lebron yet, sure he whines and complains when calls don’t go his way etc. but that just makes him a product of this era…

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