So let's start with Boozer. Bringing him in at the cost of David Lee would be risk, but it would be the best possible move this summer, by far, in my opinion. Boozer is an Olympian and a legitimate inside-out threat who would thrive here. Unfortunately, I believe there's no chance the Jazz would want to deal for Lee, not when they've matched for Paul Millsap who (like Lee) has plenty of positives but is still a limited player. That's a lot of money to invest in similar players. I think Boozer would ask for too much come the off season, but the Knicks would be in control, and it wouldn't impact the idea of bringing in another star player. Simply put, Boozer is much closer to a 1-A player than Lee is.
Ramon Sessions apparently was a nice thought, but I think the full MLE over 5 years is too much and I have the feeling that the Bucks would match any offer. Scott Skiles, I believe, wants Sessions as his quarterback so they can bring Brandon Jennings along slowly. Much like the Wolves, the Bucks will ultimately have to make a PG decision, but Jennings is still a few years away and by locking Sessions in to just under $6 million per allows the Bucks the ability to move Sessions down the road.
Which leads us to the Knicks own two free agents. To me, it makes no sense to bring either back for a one-year situation. Sure, the company line will be how much they love David Lee's double-doubles and Nate's energy and scoring ability, but if both are on the roster starting in the fall, you'd have to think Donnie Walsh was unable to properly execute this summer. Frankly, I'm shocked Nate turned down Europe, but that seems to mean that he's ready to accept a year on Broadway. The more people I talked to, the more confirm that the Knicks-Kings deal was a legit possibility that the Knicks turned away, and you'd have to think that Walsh would like a mulligan on that.
As for Lee, we've told you forever that the Blazers and Bulls have always been enamored, but there aren't many fits for what the Knicks are looking for. Surely, the Bulls would want the Knicks to take a contract, which won't happen. But by judging how he finished last year, I'd think hard about Ty Thomas, who has a $6 million or so qualifying offer next year.
So strap in for what will be another busy week of rumors and opinions.
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