Now to all mighty salary cap issue. The salary cap has shrunk minimally over the past few days with the Knicks picking up the options on Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari. To me this was a no-brainer. Both players will play a crucial role in the future of this team. Gallinari's ball handing and shooting capabilities for a 6-11 player reminds me of a young Dirk Nowitzki. Once he fills out the sky is the limit for this kid. As far as Wilson Chandler is concerned, it has been quite a while since the Knicks have had someone so young (22 years old) who is such a freak of an athlete. I have nothing but praise for both players attitudes and potential... kudos to Donnie Walsh on these moves. The two players which pose the biggest threat to the sacred salary cap are Jared Jeffries and Eddy Curry. Jared Jeffries player option for the 2010-2011 season is $6,883,400. Eddy Curry's similar player option is a staggering $11,276,863. Combined that is an $18,160,263 chunk out of the 2010-2011 salary cap reserved for our two most precious players (insert chuckle here). I have been at each of the Knicks home preseason games and Jared Jeffries has actually looked impressive compared to his dismal last season. Due to this fact I believe the Knicks actually have a great chance at moving Jeffries to a team that isn't going to be a major player in next years free agency bonanza. Regarding Eddy Curry what is there to say? It seems like he has been surrounded by nothing but problems throughout his Knick career (another great Isiah move). Most people likely believe it would be impossible to shed his contract but then again the Chicago Bulls did take Jerome James off of our hands. Excluding the two player options mentioned above the only players on the books for next season are Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas. Clearly there will be tons of movement between now and next season but this is a nice core of young players going forward.
Lastly, I can't overstate how shrewd Donnie Walsh is to play the contract year to his advantage. Instead of throwing long term deals at both Nate Robinson and David Lee, which would have hurt our chances to sign a big name free agent, he is forcing them to prove themselves and have the seasons of their lives. Whether it be Al Harrington, David Lee or Nate Robinson each player has everything to gain and a lot of money to loose if their performance this season isn't beyond the norm. Being a season ticket holder I have a unique inside perspective to the New York Knicks on daily basis. I look forward to providing all TBK followers with positive news throughout the season.