Made a few crazy trade idea posts earlier but those were crazy. Going to take a look at the Knicks current roster, the rumors, and see what we can do.
Going to assume a few things just for the sake of this post.
1) We resign JR Smith
2) We resign Novak
3) We resign Jeffries
With that in mind, here's the squad as it stands
Point Guard: Lin, Kidd
Shooting Guard: JR, Shumpert
Small Forward: Anthony, Novak, James White
Power Forward: Stoudemire, Jeffries Harrelson
Here's what we have to play with:
1) Sign/Trade with JJ, TD, and Gadz.
First move: Sign/Trade TD to Houston for Camby. This gives Marcus a deal worth approx. 3 mil.
Second Move: Sign/Trade Gadz to Philadelphia for Jodie Meeks. This gives Meeks a deal worth appox. 2 mil.
Third Move: Sign/Trade JJ to Atlanta for Tracy Mcgrady. This gives T-Mac a deal worth appox. 1.1 mil
Fourth Move: Sign Anthony Carter to the vet minimum
1st: Camby is awesome. Defense and Rebounds machine. No need to explain.
2nd: Jodie Meeks fits the offense as well as anyone you will find. Averages 38% from 3point. Plays very good Defense (97 defensive rating last year!) Spot up shooter who would work wonders with Kidd or kick outs from Melo/Stat in the post.
3rd: At low cost, T-Mac is essentially for when Melo is on the bench. It's a cheap scoring option. He's 6-7, plays good defense. Can flex between the Guard/Forward slot, and shoots very efficiently from the field. I'll take him over Rashard Lewis.
4th: Carter just plays awesome D, even at his age. He's a 3rd point guard. He can't score, but then again, neither could Bibby. At least Carter can defend whereas Bibby could not.
If you split it into 2 squads:
with Carter, Jorts and White cleaning up the rest. That's pretty solid if you ask me.
PG: Lin, Kidd, Carter
SG: Smith, Meeks, T-Mac, Shumpert
SF: Anthony, Novak, White
PF: Stoudemire, Jeffries, Harrelson
C: Chandler, Camby
I don't have the greatest grasp on how NBA free agency payroll works so let me know if I screw anything up.
Overall: I don't like Foye or Mayo in practicality, especially with the possibility of Shump coming back. Our needs are should be addressed with efficiently shooting players that play good defense. I think my plan does that at a good cost. Is it likely? No. But I'd do it this way.