Please guys. I've been lurking here since 08/09, so I know exactly what we've had to go through in order to be in this place. We've gone from the laughing-stock of the NBA to a team that everybody's starting to respect and take notice of. Now why don't some of you want to trade for Melo?
Look, there is no doubt that we'd have to give up pieces in order to get our "Big 2". The trade would have to be centered around Gallo and will probably include pieces like Chandler or Fields (and Curry, obviously). We'd all love to see them blossom into stars that we ourselves drafted. And while there's no doubt that they all have potential, they are a long time away from even being considered potential All-Stars. Yes, they would be important role players on a championship squad, with the potential to be a 2nd or 3rd option. But what some of you here fail to see is that we'd be getting a 26 year old potential All-Star that wants to be here. We'd have a scorer that can immediately take our half-court sets to new heights, something which is a huge weakness for the Knicks. Many of you complain about Amar'e playing too many minutes, especially in crunch-time. Well if Carmelo came here, we'd have 2 lights-out scorers that compliment each other perfectly. Granted, it's not a Bryant/Gasol type of tandem, but Melo will draw double-teams and leave Amar'e open to rampage inside the paint, and in doing so, spread the whole floor, leaving open looks for Felton or whoever else would stay.
The problem I have with most of your opinions regarding Carmelo (Rorschach, mindfeck, etc.) is that, from what I've been reading, you think this level of play will continue. It will not. The positive surprises on this team far encompass the negatives. The only improvements I could think of is Randolph playing at least at the level he did in GS (highly unlikely) or Gallo and Ill Will becoming consistent. But Amar'e is playing a huge amount of minutes, and he single-handedly won us that Denver game. Felton's been playing out of his mind as well. Both are, however complaining of soreness, and we're only 20+ games into the season.
So should we get a back-up PG or C instead? It sounds like the logical step Donnie should take. What would, however, our potential be if we do get those pieces? A 4-5th seed, at the max. Now let's say we wait for next year's free agency and sign somebody like Nene, or anybody else, to fill our needs. What is our potential then? We still wouldn't be a title contender. And that, I think is the problem. How about we get Melo, automatically become a top 4 seed in the East for years to come, and worry about what we need to do to upgrade later? Wouldn't that be a better way of thinking? A big body is easy to find, and people forget we have a certain Russian with confidence issues putting up DNP-CD every night. Getting somebody to spell Ray-Ray can be done in the draft (we actually have a 1st round pick this year!!) or through a trade. Get the big pieces first, then fill the holes. Not the other way around.
I know some of you guys are going to butcher me for my opinion. Just remember, that we got STAT so we can win titles. Not to merely be a decent team. I think we've been traumatized (if that's the right word) from the last decade so bad, that we are content with a team that has is a bit worse than it record actually shows. Just remember, after this season, we have 4 more years of STAT, the last of which, arguably, won't be as dominant from him. This chance doesn't come around too often, so let's act now. And let's stop fretting about Melo's "intangibles", or lack thereof. Please.