"GET IN THERE AND SELLLLLL"
It's time to throw in the towel. This is not a very good basketball team. I will be very upset if the team decides to further mortgage the future in an effort to nab the 8th seed this year.
Reality is, whether they end up securing the 8th seed or not, it doesn't matter. Either way, the season will be a disappointment and will likely end in embarrassing fashion. What is the value in getting destroyed by Indiana or Miami in the first round? The answer is - there is no value.
I'd like to see the Knicks be active sellers at the deadline. However, it is readily apparent they have very little to offer teams looking to bolster their rosters. The Knicks have four players on this team with positive trade value - Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Carmelo - In a perfect world, Carmelo would assure the team of his intentions to resign with the Knicks after the season, possibly at a discount. Sadly, this isn't a perfect world. I value Melo more than most, believing he is without question a top 5 player in the league and that his game is one that should age well. Nevertheless, his trade value will certainly be suppressed as he is set to enter free agency at year's end (via opt-out). Thus, the Knicks would be lucky to receive 50 cents on the dollar in any trade revolving around Melo. A small part of me wishes the Knicks would trade him at the deadline rather than potentially losing him for nothing in free agency. Another small part of me wishes the Knicks would just blow this whole thing up regardless of Melo's desires and go into a Celtics-like rebuild. But most parts of me still hope he stays and we find a way to build around him in 2015. Don't expect the Knicks to move him.
Tyson Chandler - Of all the players on this roster, Chandler is the most sensible trade bait. He is still capable of providing value to a contender, his salary is large enough where taking on other contracts in return shouldn't be an issue, and the length of his deal shouldn't be a deterrent to other teams. Furthermore, the Knicks are all but likely to part ways regardless after 2015. The Knicks should look to find a deal that sends out Chandler in return for players on deals expiring either this offseason or in 2015 and, most importantly, nets them a 1st round pick either this season or next.
Iman Shumpert - Many thoughts here. 1) Many Knicks fan overrate him as a player. Right now, he is an average to below average rotation player. 2) Is he part of the future? He is set to be an RFA in 2015, AKA the year of cap space. If players like Landry Fields can secure 7 million a year, there is no reason to believe some team will extend a pricey offer sheet to him. Is he a player who will be worth 7+ mill annually? If he reaches his potential, he might be. If he fails to grow much more as a player, absolutely not. I have my doubts as to whether he will be able to grow as a player with this organization. I think he'd better served playing in a faster paced offense and with a defense that doesn't OVERSWITCH SO DAMN MUCH. If the Knicks could net a 1st round pick in either 2014 or 2015 for Shumpert, i'd consider it. I'm not sold on Kenneth Faried. Like Shumpert, he is a player that's set to get expensive in 2015 and some team will overpay for his services. Personally, i'm not a fan of paying 10 million a year or whatever it might take to an undersized power forward who happens to be a minus defender.
Tim Hardaway Jr. - THE KNICKS ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT TRADE HIM, DO YOU HEAR ME KNICKS?!?!?!? I'm sure i'm not the only fan that has a bad feeling about this. It would be classic Knicks to trade a player who represents a potential key piece to their future in some incredibly shortsighted deal. Unless he's part of a blockbuster deal that nets us a superstar, there is zero incentive to move him.
All in all, I've managed to state the obvious in over 700 words. I encourage anyone who reads this to voice their opinions and any trade scenarios that come to mind. Thanks for reading!