The first day of true free agency since 2010 did not disappoint. A number of players have already come to verbal agreements with their current clubs (Gerald Wallace with the Nets and Andre Miller with the Nuggets), while others have received offers from new clubs (Rockets offer Omer Asik three year deal worth $25 million and Trailblazers offer Roy Hibbert four year deal worth $58 million). Meanwhile here in New York City, it was all about point guards.
The Knicks would send Jerome Jordan ($762,195), Dan Gadzuric (team option of $1,352,181), Toney Douglas ($2,067,880) and Landry Fields (cap hold of $2,695,391) to the Suns. Their collective salaries are $6,877,647 so the Knicks would have to toss in cash in the deal. Nash would then sign a three-year deal worth the neighborhood of $27 million and be traded to New York. According to many in the media, the Knicks presented this idea to Nash.
In this deal, the Knicks would not have to give up their own point guard in Jeremy Lin or the young and promising Iman Shumpert. Also, there are rumors that the Suns are enamored by Landry Fields, a player they targeted in the 2010 NBA Draft before the Knicks nabbed him. In terms of Nash getting less money from New York, if you account Canada’s tax laws, his $12 million salary in Toronto would really be $8.5 million while his $9 million in New York is more like $8.2 million after state taxes.
Here’s what I would do if I were Glen Grunwald (who by the way, has shown in his first year as Knicks GM that he is as smart as they come): if Nash says he wants New York, then you make the deal with Phoenix. Nash would come to New York and heal all of the Knicks offensive problems. Carmelo Anthony would have no alternative but to buy in. Amar’e Stoudemire would get back the point guard who turned him into an All-Star. Jeremy Lin can play in a reserve role while learning from one of the greatest floor generals ever.
As for Lin, if the Raps or Mavs do offer him the “poison pill” deal, you match it anyways. We’re talking about New York City, not New Orleans or Charlotte. Jim Dolan can probably print his own money. The money the Knicks would make off Jeremy Lin could probably pay their own luxury tax bill AND another team’s. And besides, when you’re going for the title (as the Knicks have told free agents so far), you do whatever it takes at no matter the price.