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Note to Donnie


Donnie you will be under considerable pressure to trade for a certain person from the media, fans, and even Dolan.  But I am writing this to urge you to stick to your roots and do what you know is right.

The truth is Donnie, you know that the primary claim around acquiring a certain player is that he will make this team a contender. You know that based on what you would have to give up to get him that is essentially not true.  Secondly that player does not address any of your teams needs and you know it.  The player in question is an offensive dynamo for sure, he can score anywhere on the floor and against anybody.  But look at your team Donnie, you already lead the league in scoring, what the mob wants is for you to do the equivalent of trading Drew Brees to get Peyton Manning.  Yes Peyton is better but if the offense is already leading the league in scoring how does improving on that by a point or two make you better?  As the number 3 option in your offense Chandler is averaging 17 pts a game.  The number 4 option is Gallo and he averages 15.5 pts a game.  When ranked by where they fall in the offense they are the number 2 and number 1 players in their role in the league.  Now if you trade for that player he will improve your #3 role, yes he would be the third option in D'Antoni's offense, because the offense is centered around Amar'e and D'Antoni's offense is point guard dominated so Felton will always be the second option.  Now #3 will be better say by 2-3 pts a game accounting for a few less shots by that player. But who then is your #4 option? Landry Fields while he is beloved here, he is not ready to provide the production Gallo provides because he averages 5 fewer points per game on only 2 fewer shots. So really your trade will equal a net loss of about 5pts per game for your team. 

Now to the meat of the matter. That player does not give you more size, infact any trade that involves Gallo for him would make you an even smaller team.  Does nothing to address the lack of depth, the lack of a stopper on defense, or the lack of rebounding all areas that your team struggles with now.

Yes Donnie you should try to acquire that player. But only as a free agent and not for max money.  He is claiming through his people he wants to be a Knick well put that to the test. We are paupers no longer. He has never played with a player as good as Stat and Frankly Felton would be the best point guard he has ever played with too. However, you need to keep Chandler, adding that player with Chandler say coming off the bench would solve the issue, but you need the money to re-sign Wilson. Secondly you need a little cash to maybe add another player who can relieve the burden on STAT.  A point guard you may be able to draft, it is generally easier to draft back up point guard types than it is starting ones.  So put his love of NY to the test. You can win with him in NY but only if you have the flexability to sign or trade for other players as well.  He never won shit in Denver because his teams lacked the necessary parts. Give him all your cap money and the Knicks will lack the necessary parts to realistically compete for 2-3 years.  Oh sure sign him and Chris Broussard will immediately say you are contenders with the Heat.  However, the Heat are really pretenders because they lack the depth to compete with the Celtics or even the Magic in a 7 game series.  The Celtics showed you the truth.  You need talent and depth!  Good luck Donnie.

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