The fact that Walsh didn't pull the trigger to try to sign the restricted free-agent point guard seemingly had more to do with economics more so than how the organization felt about the 23-year-old floor general's on-court ability. A source close to the situation told me that Mike D'Antoni seemed "gung ho" about the idea during the summer, but in the end Walsh was determined not to cut into the 2010 budget, especially after a July memo from the NBA hit the wires noting that the salary cap could come down even further next summer.
There are sentiments from fans who believe it is imperative that the team makes the playoffs if it has any chance to lure a big-time free agent over the summer. I agree and also feel that it's important to keep the Utah Jazz, owners of the Knicks' 2010 first-round draft pick, out of the lottery and a playoff berth would obviously assure that. Plus, it would give the young players on the roster valuable experience and showcase for the first time in a while just how loud the Garden can be during important games in the spring. More.