if you need another reason to hate this trade. I understand Balkman is a reserve guy. The Knicks opted not to cut Jerome James or Malik Rose and instead trade one fo the only guys who hustles and plays defense
This would seem to solidify Marbury's place of the team. What's the point of giving up Balkmania for nothing if you were already going to cut Marbury? The only possibility now would be a trade, which would require the Knicks to take on contracts - illogical at this point.
They are clearing out cap space. Pure and simple. He apparently doesn't fit with D'Antoni's planned system either so he was expendable.
That's the thinking. Doesn't necessarily make it right. Balkman didn't have a big contract and like others have said he hustled and played defense. Apparently Wilson Chandler is having a big summer league so I guess him or Gallinari or (ugh) Richardson is going to start at the 3.
So far for Walsh I've really liked the Duhon signing, not crazy about the Gallinari pick but willing to give it a chance and I'm a little baffled by Balkman.
Pretty sure James has a player option for next year which he'll definitely pick up, as noone else is going to pay him 6 million plus in 2009. Besides, they're still trying to convince him to retire. Rose's expiring contract should have some value when the deadline hits, so I get not jettisoning him just yet.
Honestly if you look at the roster and consider D'Antoni's system, Balkman was the most expendable forward (sans Jeffries, but noone's taking him), and Donnie had to get rid of one of them to get the roster down. Good bench player with obvious upside (who I've always been a big fan of), but let's be honest, it's not like we just traded away Dennis Rodman here.
I mean come on, this team isn't in need of good bench players guys, they're just not. Anything that helps clear cap space in an effort to get quality starters down the road is a good move at this point as long as it doesn't involve maybe 1 or 2 guys.
Fwiw, Q-Rich is supposedly in great shape and looking solid. Don't forget that he can be effective when focused, and he went through an awful lot of personal stuff the past few years, (brother murdered, broken engagement...etc.).
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Aside from Bosh, Lebron, and Wade, there's a plethora of All-Stars (and future ones) there. Don't underestimate just how bad of an owner Sarver is. Amare is definitely a realistic option for that year, as is Caron considering there's no way Washington's going to be able to pay him with what they just shelled out to Arenas and Jamison. There's a ton of dudes from the '07 drafts who are going to be RFA's too.
By the way, when you're really wondering just how bad of a legacy Isiah's left here, think about it this way:
When was the last time you cursed Scott Layden under your breath?
I don't even remember the last time I b-tched about Layden. And that's how bad Isiah was. He made people forget about Scott Layden. It does NOT get worse than that.
F him, although I will say I think Donnie's doing a fantastic job so far with what he was given to work with. It's clear he's focused on building the roster in '08 and '09 around Chandler and Danillo, which is exactly what I wanted when last season ended (granted Danillo wasn't on the roster, but it was clear that Chandler and whatever draft pick they made were going to be their two biggest assets).
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