Here is a 4 team trade I thought up with the ESPN Trade Machine. If we did this we would basically gut out roster but we would have the potential for an absolutely amazing core with a star at every position that could easily contend with Miami's Big 3.
Also, I am kind of confused about how the salary trade exception works so I didn't include it, but I am sure it could be used to help out the other teams. And if a draft pick needs to be included here or there then so be it.
Hornets get: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Jeff Foster
Hornets give: Chris Paul
Timberwolves get: Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, Timofey Mozgov, Landry Fields
Timberwolves give: Kevin Love, Luke Ridnour
Pacers get: Danilo Gallinari, Ronny Turiaf, Andy Rautins, Shawne Williams, Luke Ridnour
Pacers give: Danny Granger, Jeff Foster
Benefits for the Knicks: We get Chris Paul who is the best point guard in the NBA. We get Danny Granger who is one of the best 3 point shooters in the NBA. We get Kevin Love who is the best rebounder in the NBA. We already have Amare Stoudemire. And this trade leaves us with enough cap space to sign Carmelo Anthony and fill out our bench. All of these players could score 20+ points per game and all of them are considered among the best at their respective positions. Our projected lineup would be 1. Paul 2. Granger 3. Anthony 4. Love 5. Stoudemire
Drawbacks for the Knicks: We are now down 7 players and our bench is empty. Obviously we would have to sign some free agents and maybe call some players from the D-League. Without a bench we are probably screwed for the rest of the year.
Benefits for the Hornets: They get a great all-around player in Chandler who can shoot and get to the hoop and has a natural ability to score. They also get a good big man who can play good defense and back up Emeka Okafur. Not to mention they also get Felton who is a great replacement for Paul. They also gain a little salary relief if they choose to be active in the free agent market next offseason.
Drawbacks for the Hornets: They lose the best point guard in the game.
Benefits for the Timberwolves: They get two young big men who have the potential to be the next Kevin Love. They also get Landry Fields who is a dynamic all around player with potential to improve. Also, Kevin Love only has one more year on his contract after this season so this provides them with some added stability for the future. Even though they lose their best player, he wasn't really doing much good for the team when they don't have a supporting cast.
Drawbacks for the Timberwolves: They lose the best rebounder in the NBA and take on Eddy Curry's expiring contract.
Benefits for the Pacers: They two great 3 point shooters to replace Granger. They get a quality veteran point guard to teach Darren Collison as well as a young potential player in Rautins.
Drawbacks for the Pacers: They lose Danny Granger and give up any hope they had to make the playoffs this year.
If my math is correct the Knicks would have about $45 million committed to 6 players next season (Paul, Love, Granger, Stoudemire, Tony Douglas and Bill Walker). If we could convince Carmelo to take a paycut similar to how Lebron, Wade and Bosh did and maybe if we got one of those trade exceptions to come to us then we should be able to have a great top five. Then it would just be a matter of finding minimum salary free agents similar to what the Heat did last offseason.
I know this is a million percent unrealistic but what do you guys think?