Knicks now turn their attention to signing Spree and Allen Houston
Look the reality of the matter is, the Jason Kidd sign and trade and the Marcus Camby sign and trade aren’t the worst moves in the world. The Knicks needed an unselfish, veteran point guard presence and thats exactly what Kidd is. They also needed someone to join Tyson Chandler as a defensive presence and a rebounder, and thats what Marcus Camby is. Both contracts are relatively cheap and add two players who don’t need to shoot the basketball to be effective. Two very important qualities when you’re on a team comprised of Lin, Melo, JR Smith, Amare, and Steve Novak.
But the reality is the Knicks just added a 38 year old and a 39 year old to their roster for the next 3-4 years. Again, if both players perform up to their twilight year capabilities, it should be a relatively effective offseason for the Knicks. But they’re both just classic Knicks moves that have never, ever worked in the past. Sign an aging veteran with name value who’s on his last legs, pay him millions, and cross your fingers and hope for the best. Its 2 temporary band aids with no long term benefits. It almost feels like Knicks management thinks they’re on the precipice of a championship and they just need to add one or two more pieces. A La Steve Nash and the Lakers. Like a couple consummate professionals like Kidd and Camby will put them over the top. When in reality this team is far from it. On paper they should be contenders, but in reality this squad needs a lot more work.
PS – Maybe this is just management saying we’ve got Melo for another couple years no matter what – lets try to capitalize with him for the next 3 years because we can’t rebuild while he’s here anyway. If thats the logic and there’s no long term plan to keep Melo with the franchise, I guess you can’t knock it.