The cap has grown every year and it took a severe economic downturn to push the needle down. But let's be honest, a Knicks jersey with 23 on it could do wonders for the NBA's "BRI number", as could the television numbers in this town as well as globally. So when people talk about the money a player would make in terms of supplemental income in New York, you also have to remember the positive dollar figure that's attached to the league as well.
But I've said that before, so we'll leave it alone and talk about on the court stuff.
It's hard to imagine this is the roster, Grant Hill or not simply based on minutes. Where are the minutes for all the big men should David Lee stay? That's a good problem to have, but a problem nevertheless.
The Knicks could head into the season by throwing Toney Douglas some minutes to spell Chris Duhon, but I'd have to think before it's all said and done they will have added a piece the the point. A young, cheap piece.
Hill or not, they have some real young cheap pieces here, which is why they can't be overly stressed about the cap number dipping. Two max free agents are ideal, and can still be attained for the simple fact that since the cap number is down, you'd have to think that max contracts will be too. If a player knew he was coming to play with another great one, they'd have to sign for slightly less and figure as the economy got better, the money would return. Plus, and this is important, NY's cap space has always been advantageous because of the ad dollar amenities, so I'd think it would be more so now especially if we are talking about the Knicks at a championship level.
In other words, the Knicks haven't sunk because of this cap news, but you'd have to think Walsh would like to have a Mulligan on that Jeffries-Nate to Sacramento deal, because we might be throwing him a parade today.
And shedding Eddy Curry is an absolute must. But in the end, there's still plenty of time and I don't believe that this will be the roster in October.