I just had a discussion with a buddy of mine who suggested something that I would like to get feedback from you guys about. The biggest complaint about this trade is that it has hurt our depth and left us without a legitimate Center. So my buddy has a proposal for a trade that would solve some of these problems.
How would you guys feel if the Knicks picked up Billups’ option and then traded him. Consider this, Felton has already stated that he wants to sit down with Denver’s management to see where he fits in their long term plans and if he is not going to be there long term he wants to be traded. Denver also is interested in signing Wilson Chandler and if they do that then that likely means that Gallinari will be moved this off-season as well. Mozgov does not play and it is unclear whether he factors in their plans at all.
How would you guys feel if the Knicks traded Billups and say Bill Walker (to match the salaries) for Felton, Gallinari, and Mozgov? That gives you Felton back at the point who has proven that he can run D’Antoni’s offense at the pace he wants it run, Gallinari to help solidify the bench, and Mozgov who was starting for us at Center before the trade and showing signs of progress to play the Center position.
The pros of the trade is that it gives you three players who can help fill some holes in the roster, who were popular with the fan base, and will not negatively effect the 2012 cap space. Also that gives us three players with mid-size expiring contracts that if the Knicks were looking to make trades could be packaged (Gallo, Felton, and Turiaf). So if we decide we absolutely positively got to have Chris Paul, we could package those expiring contracts to get him and still have possible access to the MLE to add another player if needed.
The cons of the trade as I see it, if we were to trade Billups as our major trading piece, could we get more back for him? Felton is having a career year statistically but the thing about career years is you never know if that is a sign of things to come or if that is the best you are ever going to get out of that player. Mozgov was showing progress but he was still nowhere near where we needed him to be as a player, how do we know that he can get there? Secondly given that he is not getting playing time in Denver, how can we be sure that he has not totally regressed and we would have to start over from square one with him? While it is clear that Gallinari could be a useful bench player and an upgrade skill wise over the players on our bench at the moment, can Gallo play off the bench? There are a lot of players in this league who are not really effective coming off the bench. Lastly could Gallo be a more consistent player coming off the bench for us than he had been as a starter? Finally Denver traded Billups for a reason so why would they want him back?
Well I am interested in what you guys think? I also forgot to mention if we have the MLE available to us this trade would not affect that, so we could get 3 players for the rotation and possible use the MLE to add a fourth.