We’ve been talking about what the 2014 NBA Draft holds for each team. New York Knicks, your time has come.
What’s in it for the Knicks? Nothing. No picks in the draft. (Note: They still can sign undrafted free agents.)
For perspective’s sake, here’s a list of teams with more than three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft:
- Philadelphia 76ers: 7(!) (two first-rounders).
- Milwaukee Bucks: 4 (three second-rounders).
- Phoenix Suns: 4 (three first-rounders).
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 4 (three second-rounders).
Nightmare’s not over for the Knicks. Their superstar (and most-valuable trade asset), Carmelo Anthony, is
most likely opting out of his contract on June 23.
Opting out does not necessarily mean the Knicks lost him, it just means that Carmelo’s testing the market and making the Knicks match or top any offer he gets. Smart move. Leaving’s something that’s been thrown out there by the media but nobody knows for sure.
Who’s in the race of landing Melo and destroying the Knicks’ future (about three years)?
a) The Houston Rockets.
Rockets’ offer? Playing with fellow All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden. The Rockets would have: (1) two (three if they re-sign Chandler Parsons) of the most lethal shooters in the NBA; and, (2) Dwight Howard.
Downside? By going to the Rockets, Carmelo would be going back to the super-deep and talented Western Conference. How deep is it? The second seed in the East won six more games than the ninth-place team in the West. That’s deep.
b) The Miami Heat.
Heat’s offer? Playing for a four-time defending Eastern Conference champion. Playing with the greatest player in the world.
They’re in dire need of a reliable perimeter guy (Shooters spread the D. LeBron James attacks and draws double coverage. LeBron James hits the open man … Bang! Small-ball’s working again).
Downside? The Miami Heat would have to shed a lot of cap space to sign Carmelo. Heat’s paying upwards of $69 million next year. With $61 million being tied up in just three players (LBJ $20.5 million; Chris Bosh $20.5 million; Dwyane Wade $20 million), they’d have to convince, at least, Wade and Bosh to opt out of their current contracts and sign for considerably less money. And it’d still be a long shot.
c) The Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls have talked about improving “at any cost” so they should be able (read: willing) to trade everyone except Rose to pay Carmelo.
Downside? With the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers on top of the East, even Carmelo might not be enough for the Bulls’ to win.
d) The New York Knicks. (JK)
Knicks’ offer? Money. The Knicks would have: (1) a starting rotation involving
arguably the second most toxic player in the league in J. R. Smith; (2) and, a first-year coach.
Downside? The offer itself is the downside.