Don't get me wrong, the Knicks lose me with
However, I'd be a hypocrite if I said I didn't agree with their decision to trade Kristaps Porzingis. Because when the situation calls for a full blown rebuild, I firmly believe in stripping things to the bone. That means all assets must go. So bravo to them, because no not only do I agree with trading Kristaps, I applaud it.
I acknowledge the manner in which the game is played has changed. Be that as it may, I never saw the use for a seven foot three-point shooter. He doesn't rebound, nor was he going to turn around a 10-41 team by himself. In fact, I contend freeing themselves of both Porzingis and Hardaway is a godsend. They're what I call net asset zero salary cap suckers. Besides, seven-footers with feet/leg issues are historically known to be NBA taboo. So whether he wanted to be in New York or not is irrelevant to me.
Mike, you idiot! When healthy he ...
Dallas Mavericks get:
- Kristaps Porzingis
- Tim Hardaway, Jr.
- Trey Burke
- Courtney Lee
- DeAndre Jordan
- Wesley Matthews
- Dennis Smith, Jr.
- 2021 #1 pick
- 2023 #1 pick *top ten protected
They'll be far better served with two first round draft picks versus anything Courtney Lee or Trey Burke brought to the table. Let's be real. Before the trade, the Knicks were effectively void of players not named Kevin Knox worthy of retention. But they must draft smartly.
... and there's the rub.
As I sit here watching Zion Williamson and Duke destroy St. John's, it dawns on me the only way this season's tank-a-thon truly pays off is either through pure luck, or if Commissioner Silver fills the Knicks' ping pong balls with helium. Otherwise, amassing high drafts picks is the next best strategy.
"The person who does not select Zion Williamson at number one in the upcoming draft, will go to sleep each night embarrassed over what they passed up!" - loosely paraphrasing college basketball god Dick Vitale during Saturday's St. John's/Duke game.
With regards to rumors of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, or other big name free agents coming to town, anticipate nothing. Yes, Mills and Perry created an intriguing amount of cap space. But you can't be disappointed with what you do not expect. High profile players say they love playing at Madison Square Garden. But how many of them actually say they want to play for the Knicks? Therefore, I'll believe it when I see it.
In the meantime, bringing in DeAndre Jordan serves as yet another slap to the face of Enes Kanter.