Another Way To Go

I didn’t mind the Derrick Rose trade because the commitment was for one year. If Rose rediscovered his greatness, the Knicks would have an incredibly valuable asset on their hands at the next trade deadline. If not, he gets erased from the cap next offseason. And, if Rose makes Carmelo better, the Knicks could get more for him in a trade as well. But I was worried that the Knicks were going to turn around and sign Dwight Howard, an aging malcontent. That doesn’t sound like it will happen, but it does sounds like the Knicks are going to give Jokim Noah a four-year deal for something around $70-million. It’s not the money that bothers me, Timothy Mozgrov just got only a little less from LA, its what it means. It means that the Knicks are trying to win right now and that is stupid.

Noah can be a really good player when he is healthy, but he is 31 and on the downside of his career. Adding him to this team means the Knicks are keeping Rose and Anthony and they are going to try to be a playoff team next year which is good in the short term, but really dumb in the long term if you believe in Porzingis. Because the goal should be to surround Porzingis with enough talent in a few years to compete for a title. That means acquiring draft picks and other future assets, not guys who will be washed up or retired in a few years. Consider a team with Rose, Anthony, Noah, Porzingis, and someone TBD at shooting guard. Are they good enough to make the playoffs? Absolutely, but what are they going to do when they get there? I would say winning a first round matchup is about their ceiling. Are they good enough to beat Cleveland? Not unless that TBD shooting guard is Kevin Durant. And that’s the ultimate thing. I don’t care about the Knicks being in the playoffs again. I have suffered through two terrible eras of Knicks basketball, this one, and the 80’s, and I am still here. But, I remember the 1990’s. Those teams never won, but they had enough talent that they had a chance almost every year. That’s what I want, a team that is a legitimate title contender like what the Rangers have been these past few years, or the Yankees were from 1994 to 2012. That’s a team I can enjoy watching, and while I will suffer if they come up short, at least I will have gotten the chance to see them compete at the highest level.

Instead we will probably get a team that will finish above .500, make the playoffs and maybe win a series. They will then get crushed by someone in the second round and head home with a mediocre draft pick as their consolation prize. I would rather blow it all up, trade away everyone except Porzingis and build for the future. It’s too bad Phil Jackson doesn’t agree.

 

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  • Steve Tribou  On July 3, 2016 at 9:13 am

    they are totally going all in, but to your point, why? They won’t compete with Cleveland in the short term and long term Carmelo, Rose et al are not young anymore.

  • Steve Tribou  On July 4, 2016 at 7:32 am

    It is an improvement for them, dynamics of the financial world dictate the max deal despite him not being worthy of a “max”. He is a good player that is a very good teammate. As long as he isn’t the focus it will be a good move. He works hard and would look great along side Thomas AND Durant. I like what they are doing, I am warming up to Brown as the draft pick and with Brooklyn’s #1 next year too the future looks good.

  • blmeanie  On July 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    The most talented teams don’t always mesh well together.

    Of all the haters that have written or spoken about Durant’s decision, it is the right decision for someone chasing a ring. The thing about not going to the Spurs or to the Celtics is he would have immediately been the alpha dog, certainly with the celtics. One of the things I think that was tough for him was having Westbrook as Alpha 1B alongside. Will be interesting in a year, when he opts out again to go for the cash whether he enjoys this next season.

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 5, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Yup it was. They are going to be a lot of fun to watch because Durant and Curry should help each other tremendously and drive defenses insane.

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