- Aug 28, 2011
If Dell Demps pulls off that deal Springfield should start producing his bronze bust the following morning, especially if the Knicks land a top three pick in the lottery. Off the top of my head, that would be the best return in the league's history of trading stars and by a pretty wide margin too.Ok, I've really talked myself into the Knicks having the best package to offer – contingent upon them doing some pre-agency negotiation w/ KD (who is a free agent, and there's no way he's going back to GSW).
That trumps anything the Lakers or even the Celtics could offer, largely because Porzingis is better than any of the available players on their rosters, partially because Knox, Trier & the 2019 pick are all young players with upside, and partially because Lee actually gives the Pels flexibility to go get a second-level star who wants out.
- Lee (more on him in a minute)
- 2019 1st (top 3 guaranteed at the moment)
As it stands, New Orleans have two significant expirings on next year's roster in Solomon Hill ($13.3m) and E'Twuan Moore (8.7m, but I think he'll be traded in the next week). Getting Lee would give them flexibility and the chance to match numbers for any team who wants to get rid of a big contract.
They need to do something like this because they're absolutely not going to get any high-level player in free agency, and if things go right they'll be too good to get a top pick w/ their own. But having $25m of expirings and a couple of good young players would put them in the mix for guys like Wiggins or Otto Porter.
If I was NOP I would absolutely tell the Knicks and Celtics to sit tight and refuse to deal with the Lakers until the summer. I hope that's what happens.
That leaves the Knicks with...
Frank (who I think will be good eventually but they need a vet PG)
No depth and their cap space is shot but the 2020 FA class is blah anyway. Tough to see them adding the much-coveted third star.
Porzingis's contract situation throws a wrench into this though. The Knicks haven't offered him his max rookie extension in order to retain flexibility this summer. KP once called the Pelican's arena his least favorite place to play in the NBA. He absolutely doesn't want to go to NO. Although it would be extremely risky for a 7'3 23-year-old coming off knee surgery, he could sign an offer sheet elsewhere for one year. He can reject any long-term offers. Sure, the Knicks can match it and then trade him but if NO knows KP is walking in summer 2020 the deal probably falls through.