Originally posted by Ray Ray19@Feb 24 2005, 03:55 PM
We got rid of TRASH in Moochie Norris, Vin Baker, and Jamison Brewer, and that is a bad trade?
We still have pawns to deal this coming off -season in Hardaway, Tim Thomas, and Kurt Thomas, Tim and Penny are entering their final year of their contracts, that is where the salary money will be returned. We bring in Rose, is is a solid role player, and Mo Taylor, who is still young and brings a better post presence than any player on our roster other than maybe Sweetney, and he is still green.
AND, we get two first round picks.
The Knicks would have been close to being under the cap in two seasons when Hardaway, Baker, Mohammed, and Thomas all came off the books. They may have been able to trade Hardaway, Mohammed or Thomas during the course of the season to speed it up as well to a playoff contender. Its doubtful any of the remaining two can be dealt in the offseason and you need to trade them away for exception money anyway unless you want a new big contract to take their place. Now they picked up Malik Rose who is under contract until 2008 and Taylor through 2007 and they have no first rounder in next seasons draft(2006). I just dont see how this can be seen as a good move. Neither Rose nor Taylor are any good to help a team like the Knicks. These are guys who fill out a decent team not make a bad team good. And the odds are against the two draft picks, especially one with a chance to be last in the 1st round, amounting to anything in the NBA. The Knicks need to get out of this cycle of taking big contracts every year from teams that dont want these players. And you really have to wonder when good coaches are letting guys walk like this off contending teams.