Originally Posted by Ray Ray19
The union is actually in the process of seeking out cap relief as well as luxury tax relief, so I'm not wrong, I read this yesterday.
Richardson is absolutely a shooter, what the hell are you watching? He's also till just 25, he does need to develop more consisentcy, but the ability is there.
How the hell can this trade be considered a "trade just to make a trade?"
The Knicks need to replace Houston, they needed an athletic swingman, who can shoot, it is a NEED, as is a big man for the frontcourt. The Knicks now addressed this without yet using a draft pick, and did it by trading for a young stud in Richardson, who had somewhat of a breakout year last year with the Suns. The guy still has a lot of potential to be even more than that. In Crawford and Richardson, they now have two very young players with a ton of ability, who will now advance the team to match up and compete with some of the better players in the league. This league is dominated by the athletic player, the Knicks didn't have an answer to stop the Dwayne Wade's, the Kobe Bryants, the Tracy McGrady's. Sure, they don't have an answer for Shaquille O'neal either, but who in this league does?
Please point me to the articles where the union is pushing for cap relief for a guy like Houston for an NBA team. The most I have seen is that if Houstons injury is a career ending one he would only count one more season versus the cap.
Houston has barely played in 2 years now. And you are saying that just now they need a guy to replace him? I thought Thomas was the atletic swingman. Or maybe it was Crawford. Or maybe Penny. How many athletic "potential" guys can a team have? And please dont say Q is a shooter. Just for once go and look up his stats and look at his %. Now sort those stats under forwards and guards. See where he ranks. It aint pretty. Now do the same for 3 pt %. Looking like a real shooter right? Its certainly not a replacement for Houston whose job was to go run around screens hit the mid range jumper and the occasional three. Richardsons game is to run up and down the court and either go out on the break or (and this was more for last season) be either the 3 pt outlet on the break or the 3 pt guy getting the shot when teams doubled in the post.
So now the team has how many swingmen on this team? 4, 5? They have no true PG nor a true SG. I understand Thomas didnt get along with Marbury, but you just dont trade size for a decent no position player when you already have a bunch of guys playing that spot regardless of age. If Richardson was going to light the league on fire he would have done so already.
But still I want to see where Thomas has done a good job with the Knicks. In what way do you feel the Knicks are a superior team to where they were when Layden screwed it all up? They are more athletic than Laydens team, but they are also more cap strapped and the bottom line is they are playing either at the same level as the Layden era team or worse.