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Knicks Roster for Next Year

Uhh, does anyone else see the problem here?

Uh Oh.

No expiring contracts, no one dropping to free agency except for Cato, now what?

There's a significant drop in payroll, mostly because of Allan Houston's contract and all the rest of the contracts that were bought out. Those contracts are the main reason the Knicks have the highest payroll in basketball, another grief I'm going to have with mainstream media who say "The Knicks have the highest payroll, no reason for them to not do well." Well, after this year they go from $139,381,526 to $87,779,428, which will probably end up being around 90,000,000 after signing their two rookies. The second largest payroll, held by Dallas will be around $83,000,000. Not such a big payroll anymore.

This is our position breakdown for next year.
(Projections are taken from percentages taken from 82games.com, the leading player with the highest percentage of time played at that percentage, the last with the lowest percentage)

C: Curry(68)Frye(13)/Lee(7)/James(6)/Rose(1)/Morris
SF: Richardson(38)/Jeffries(21)/Balkman(16)/Crawford(9)/Lee(6)/Rose(3)/Collins(2)/Francis(1)
PF: Lee(34)/Frye(33)/Rose(11)/Balkman(6)/Curry(2)/Richardson(2)/Morris
PG: Marbury(63)/Robinson(28)/Crawford(3)/Francis(3)
SG: Crawford(49)/Francis(23)/Collins(6)Richardson(5)/Marbury(12)/Balkman(2)

Realistically cut-down depth chart

C: Curry/Frye/Morris/James
SF: Richardson/Jefferies/Balkman
PF: Lee/Frye/Balkman/Morris
PG: Marbury/Francis/Robinson/Collins
SG: Crawford/Richardson/Francis

Players that should be trades: Frye, Jeffries, Francis. This would open up more room for players like Balkman who would cancel-out the defense lost by trading Jeffries, getting rid of Francis would move a developing Robinson and Collins up the line.

Frye has lost his touch this season and has become expendable.

All the mock drafts I've read have the Knicks picking up a SG the first round, so we'll see how it develops in the next couple of weeks.

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