“According to a source, Anthony has told a confidant he is concerned management will stand pat this offseason and said he believes the team needs to add a bona fide secondary scorer for the Knicks to take the next step and win a championship.
The source said Anthony, who turns 29 today, loves combo guard Iman Shumpert, 22, and projects him as a superstar, but not for two seasons. The source also said Anthony privately wishes the club will add a significant piece to the roster and not be status quo…The roadblock to the Knicks making a major move is they are not permitted to do a sign-and-trade for a free agent this season to go after point guard Chris Paul because they are over the luxury-tax threshold. Grunwald would need to make a move via a regular trade, with center Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Shumpert and Steve Novak as potential pawns if the GM is so inclined.
Tommy DeeFirst of all, any fan who says things along the lines of “then why did you want to gut to the team during the trade” need to realize that the Knicks would have had to pay a Wilson Chandler for example upwards of 8 to 10 million dollars. And the Nuggets really wanted him in the deal. I’d love to have Chandler, but it’s clear that the team’s plan was to remain flexible fo this summer, as we’ve spelled out in great detail here. Maintaining flexibility for this year is the clear answer as to why the Knicks never looked into getting compensated for Landry Fields or Jeremy Lin in my mind as both players would have required getting salary back in the 5-15 million range per year past 2013.
Secondly, if Melo is looking for a bonafide second scorer than the Knicks are going to have to look to deal their assets including Shumpert and possibly Tyson Chandler in my mind. What’s clear is that when the season is on the line they cannot afford to lean on JR Smith, and Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t looked at as that 2nd option either. The good news from a value perspective is that Shumpert has a ton right now coming off his playoff performance but can you risk losing his potential? Many fans would say no and I’d tend to agree depending on who comes back. It would have to be a pretty good defender who can really score to balance the loss of Shump.
The question then becomes what names are out there and who can be had? Paul aside, my mindset takes me to a player like Tyreke Evans who the Knicks absolutely coveted in the draft and who is restricted. Evans shot 48% from the floor on a dreadful Kings team and is very adept at getting to the basket with the ball, a major weakness for the Knicks this year. He has all the tools to be a strong complimentary piece to what the Knicks are building.
As I look around the league it’s really hard to come up with salary matches that include Stoudemire or Chandler, but there can be deals to be had by packaging Shumpert and, say, Steve Novak’s contract. I understand that the idea of trading Shumpert for Evans may not excite fans and to be clear I’m not signing off on the idea, but it is important to keep in mind that Evans will be 24 in September.
Grunwald has admitted the need to be creative. He’s going to have to be if the Knicks are going to land the established second scorer Melo is looking for. To me, a player like Evans fits the bill if they can’t pull off a deal for Paul.