2016 Free Agent Targets For The New York Knicks: players who fit both timelines

Written by Kevin Meng

July, 2010

The Lakers had barely recovered from the hangover induced by winning game 7 against Pierce, Garnett & Sons, a bloodbath more reminiscent of World War One trench warfare than the finale of the National Basketball Association’s 64th season.

Kobe Bryant was still bitter that he hadn’t been able to shoot his team out of their 16th championship, try his damnedest though he did. The NBA was still abuzz about the draft that had just taken place. Was John Wall really better than Evan Turner? (yes, that was bandied about). Would Demarcus Cousins ever put it together? Who’s this skinny guy from Fresno State that Indiana just drafted? (better known as Paul George these days). And how the hell do you pronounce Hamady N’Diaye, the 56th pick from Senegal?

All the while, Knicks fans around the world glimmered with ignorant optimism about the future. THIS WAS THE SUMMER OF 2010! We had been swimming in a pool of stale water for years, polluted by the now defunct, non-eco- friendly conglomerate known as Isiah Thomas Co. We wanted the biggest names in the game: Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh. Actually, we wanted two of the biggest names in the game. Little did we know that they had been in cahoots with Riley in South Beach the whole time, and never wanted to play under the bright lights of MSG.

We wanted James and Wade; we got Stoudemire and Felton. The Big Three won not 1, not 2, not…well, actually they only won 2 titles. Better than the Knicks, though. Amar’e is now struggling for minutes in a league not friendly to old men with knee problems, and Felton is the rare NBA breed that has more gun charges on his record than NBA accolades.

What this long-winded rant about 2010 is meant to demonstrate is that the Knicks in the offseason of 2016, armed with enough cap space to throw at big names (which there are none of, by the way. KD doesn’t count), need to remember their lessons from 2010.

The New York Knicks simply don’t land big name free agents. 6 months of MVP Amar’e followed by 4 years of knee surgeries doesn’t count. What 2010 should also teach them is that just because you have money to spend, doesn’t mean to you have to spend it. When the Knicks struck out on the marquee names, they panicked and overpaid an aging and injury-riddled star to make up for it (respect to Amar’e for how well he played, though, and for always fighting to get healthy. He gave New York his all).

So here we find ourselves:

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Episode 285 – Later Amare

Marc and Jay talk about the Amare buyout, all star weekend, Melo shutting it down, the Prigioni trade, all the trade deadline moves and almost 100 listener questions

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Episode 208: Welcome to NY Jeremy Tyler

The Knicks sign Jeremy Tyler, debating what the Knicks starting lineup will be, why Beno Udrih should sign in NY, Amare isn’t allowed to play 1 on 1 with a 50 year old, much more

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Episode 186: Happy or Worried

Jay and Marc can’t decide if they are happy about the winning streak or worried about their hobbled big men.  Interview with Amare, guessing what big men will be available going forward, comparing the Knicks roster to the cast of Walking Dead, listener questions and much more.

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Episode 180: STATs All Folks

Jay and Marc talk about the implications of Amare going down for the season, what the new rotation will look like, Kenyon Martin stepping it up, the possibility of Copeland getting out of the doghouse and much more.

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Episode 172: Sorry Amare

Jay and Marc apologize for being so wrong about Amare.  Recap of the last few games, looking forward to the rest of the February schedule, Tyson Chandlers impressive run of rebounds and more  Download Episode 172

Episode 169: Waiting for Felton

The Knicks beat Detroit in London, but couldn’t topple the Nets at MSG.  What is going right and wrong with the Knicks right now, we make up a trade proposal that is realistic and makes sense for both teams, a.k.a. Amare isn’t involved, and we give our thoughts on the other teams around the league.  Download Episode 169

Episode 165: Winning and Grinning

Marc and Jay talk about the positives and negatives from the last two games, their thoughts on Amares first 3 games back, MVP debate, listener questions including Knicks all time starting lineup, minutes for Prigioni, what’s wrong with Brewer and much more.  Download Episode 165

Episode 163: More Injuries

Lots to talk about tonight, 3 games, a big injury to Raymond Felton, JUST RIDICULOUS Smith, Camby back, Brewer fading, lineup changes, Nets firing their coach, Wade gets suspended and much much more Download Episode 163

Episode 132: Celtic Resurgence

We mostly talk about the Celtics vs Heat series.  Will their coach be fired?  Will they break up the big 3?  We have a big debate about whether we will welcome a Wade for Stoudemire trade.  Predictions for the Spurs vs Thunder series.  We end the show talking about some old, injured veterans the Knicks can sign.  Download Episode 132