With the huge free agent market next season, I thought it would be fun to mess around with the Knicks roster. With all the rumors like Knicks chasing LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, let’s see if I can make a dominate team for them next year. This season’s salary cap space is $57.7 million. Let’s just round the cap to 58 million next for next season.
On the Hoops Hype salary site, the Knicks will owe $27 million dollars next year. So that makes only $31 million left of the salary cap. However, knowing the New York Knicks, they wouldn’t hesitate one bit to hit the luxury tax which would have the team’s total salary cap at an estimated $70 million without hitting over the tax line which the Knicks wouldn’t like to do again. So that leaves Knicks with a grand total of an estimated $43 million to spend in the 2010-2011 market.
Now we all know that if the Knicks want LeBron, Wade, or maybe even Bosh, they would need to pay a max contract for them. LeBron first of all will be asking for a hefty huge contract. Let’s say the Knicks sign LeBron for a $133 million through a five year contract. Of course each year, LeBron’s pay salary increases totaling in the end to $133 million. LeBron’s first year would be estimated at $26 million taking more than half of the $43 million. Now, the Knicks have $17 million left. Sorry Knick fans, but I believe Wade is out of the picture because he ALSO wants a big max contract. Wade isn’t going to take $17 million next year I guarantee you that. On the other hand, Bosh MIGHT be able to. If the media doesn’t hype up Bosh too much (just joking). Bosh would take a huge pay-cut just for King James to be paid. Bosh and LeBron can happen, but Knicks would like more pieces of talent on their roster.
Now with the big 3 names out of the way, let’s see the other names. Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, and even Rudy Gay since Memphis can’t seem to afford him next season. Amare and Carlos would be a perfect sidekick for star players Wade and James. Amare and Carlos would ask for a 1-3 year contract around lets say $11-15 million per year depending on the amount of years. That would leave the Knicks with around $2-3 million give or take. With that $2-3 million, I am sure that great veterans like Grant Hill, Kenyon Martin, Ray Allen, Marcus Camby, Rafer Alston, Jerry Stackhouse, and Matt Barnes would accept the veteran minimum contract. All those veterans still have the talent in them to play. Also, if anything, the Knicks can go over the cap with the Mid-Level Exception contract signing any of the players above or bring back maybe Nate Robinson or other young talents such as Tyrus Thomas and T.J. Ford to a one year contract.
The Knicks will still have Eddy Curry, Jared Jeffries, Danilo Gallinari, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler, and Jordan Hill next season on their roster for contract purposes. Overall, my Knicks roster would look like this with either LeBron or Dwyane who are the main favorites.
If this were to be LeBron’s OR Dwyane’s team…
PG – Rafer Alston (1.7 mil), Toney Douglas (1 mil)
SG – Dwyane Wade (26 mil), Danilo Gallinari (3.3 mil), Ray Allen (5.5 mil), Jared Jeffries (6.8 mil)
SF – LeBron James (26 mil), Wilson Chandler (2.1 mil), Grant Hill (1.7 mil)
PF – Amare Stoudemire (11 mil), Jordan Hill (2.6 mil)
C – Marcus Camby (2.3 mil), Eddy Curry (11.2 mil), Chris Wilcox (1 mil)
This team equals up to = 76.2 million salary cap
Not a bad add up for this team. It’s a little over the $70 mil mark but hey, look at New York. They can afford even more, I’m just hitting right above the tax line.
I just wanted to have fun putting up a crazy Knicks team fans would enjoy to see. Under Mike D’ Antoni’s system, all the players on the roster would love to just run and gun.