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Just to make you feel better regarding NOVAKAIN'S fourth year, I think he is talented enough and a good enough fit that he will remain productive and be a tradeable asset in the fourth year, especially at that price. If not, don't forget about the stretch provision... I'm sure Grunwald hasn't.
2 years ago on A Few Things I Liked And (Mostly) Didn't Like About The Knicks Offseason
Also disagree regarding JKidd. If you look an WP48 he's been consistently great over the years, he was asked to perform a significantly different role in Dallas as compared to the rest of his career yet he still provided value. His career 3pt % is 35.5 so he was pretty much at that level last year, though he had been much better a few years ago. Sure, I agree that initially I mostly thought of Kidd as a mentor to Lin, but he can still ball, and he'll be a mentor to Shump. Also, guys like JR respect him, so they will listen when he tells them not to just jack up shots and not get mad that the ball isn't stuck in their hands for half the possession.
Also, since teams over the luxury tax can't do sign and trades any more, I think matching landry's contract for cap-inflating purposes as teams like the lakers have done in the past doesn't really work anymore, so if you don't believe in the player's basketball value for the dollars spent, you don't get value and only lose flexibility. This point would actually explain the Lin non-move as well, assuming the Knicks truly don't believe in him and it wasn't just Dolan being a petulant baby(it was).
Great article. I think another reason to avoid landry's deal is that a similar to superior talent in ronnie brewer was available for practically free at the minimum, so Landry's expiring contract would not be very tradeable.