I was curious if anyone knew if the new CBA allows for contracts to be reworked between a team and its players. I have been mulling over and over in my own mind if it would not be worth it to sign Amare, believe this or not, to a four year deal with the last two at a 4 to 8 million a year, thus reducing his hit over four years, this includes the two remaining and two extra years, to about 12 to 15 millions a year.
I am not happy with him at all as a player on the court, but I am grateful to him for coming to NY when no one else would and I am also grateful to him for making a positive contribution to the New York community. But with Rose, Granger and Rondo all coming back next year, I can see us slipping to a five or six seed depending on how everything works out and then staying there for the year after, until Carmello and Stat are off the books.
If he can redo his contract with the new CBA, agrees to it and the Knicks don't mind having him for an extra two years then I would do this on one last condition, if Melo agrees to play ball for a third year for about 17 mill and redo his as well. That would bring his average down to about 18 to 19 million a year over three years.
If this is possible, then we are stuck with Stat for four years and Melo for at least three more. However, then maybe we don't mind paying the extra salary cap hit by acquiring Chris Paul for about 18 million a year. The Lakers are at 80 without Howard so that would be around 100,000 million with him. We are at about 70 without the Kidd contract, take away another six to ten million by redoing some contracts and that brings us down to around 60 million. Add Paul's contract, we are at around 80 again (I am saying 80 with Paul and maybe another two or three million added to Stat/Melo's contract). Are the Knicks not willing to spend that much to compete and don't they have a sweet TV deal as well or are we talking apple and oranges here??? We would still be paying less than the Lakers by a significant amount.
I guess in the end this is obviously a thought and I am not even sure if the CBA allows for it but is it better to wait two full seasons and start over when you really don't see us beating a young and only improving Indiana team, a team that is fairly young, strong and talented and getting an MVP back on top of that in Chicago, a Heat team that is already in the finals now and a Boston team that gets is triple double on any given night point guard back with a young and improving roster as well? I can wait for two years if it is the right thing to do and try rebuilding again but it just seems that with Melo here and everyone saying that we have already peaked and are on our way down which I have to agree with, the imperative question then is if there anything we can do now or it it better to wait?