Plan A is Lebron plus a piece (ideally Bosh)
Plan B is probably Amare/Joe Johnson
With recent developments being what they are, and my Knick fan pessimism in full blossom, I'm trying to mend my wounds with thoughts of a Plan C Roster - that is, what the Knicks could/should do if none of the top level free agents come their way.
With 34 million in cap space, the first move to make is to re-sign David Lee, whom I prefer infinitely to Carlos Boozer. Ideally, that's a 5 year, $50 million contract. Probably, you could accommodate 12 million a year. More than that is overpaying a good but limited player.
let's say he signs for 11 million a year. That puts us at 23 million left. The next, most pressing need is a ball distributor. I'd make a play for Ray Felton. I'm not sure what the market is going to be for him. But 3 years, 21 mil seems fair. That puts us at 16 mil of cap space left. Let's imagine we sign our three 2nd rounders. That puts us closer to 15 million and leaves us with the following roster: Chandler, Gallo, Curry, Walker, Lee, Felton, Rautins, Jordan, Fields.
From there, size is the most pressing need. The guy I'd want, if he opts out, is Tyson Chandler, whom i'm pretty sure the Knicks could get for around 8 million a year. Say 3 years, 24 million.
From there, the right course of action is to fill out the roster with one year deals and veterans minimums and reapply ourselves to 2011 free agency as Curry's deal comes off the books. A core of T. Chandler, Lee, Gallo, W. Chandler, Felton is a supporting cast crying out for a star. In the mean time, we could win 40-45 games and be a fun, fast-paced watch for 2010-2011.