I was going over scenarios in my head for the Knicks' future, and as I look at this team, it looks pretty promising. But even if they were able to add HHSNBN, I still see a big size problem. This could be solved in the draft, perhaps, but that's a tall order with only second round picks. And the free agent bigs out there seem mostly long in the tooth.
One of the things that cap space affords us is the ability to make lopsided trades salary-wise. Samuel Dalembert of the Sixers is making 12 million this year and 12 million next year. Let's say, for arguments sake, that after re-signing Lee, signing Joe Johnson and McGrady on the cheap, and retaining Rodriguez' cap hold (about 2.5 mil, I think) we found ourselves with 11 million of cap space remaining - and then traded Wilson Chandler to the Sixers for Dalembert. It would use up the rest of the space - then we could sign Surge to a 5 mil deal or something, using his Bird rights to go over the cap. Dalembert would come off the cap after 2011 with Curry's contract, getting us under the cap again.
I'm not saying we should do that, but it's one scenario by which the Knicks could get an actual center. Dalembert seems to have good rebounding/shotblocking stats, but I haven't really seen him play much. He seems overpaid right now, but is he good?