The New York Knicks acquired center Tyson Chandler in a 3-team sign and trade with the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks sent Ronny Turiaf and a 2013 first-round pick to the Wizards and Andy Rautins to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Chandler. In the process, the Knicks waived veteran point guard Chauncey Billups, leaving the Knicks with only one point on the team: Toney Douglas.
Billups was set to make $14.2 million this season and I can understand why the Knicks wanted to save that cap space, but why are you saving that cap space? You don’t have a point guard on your roster that has shown the ability to run the offense in big games. Billups was the second “Mr. Big Shot” next to Robert Horry. A NBA Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons, Billups is nearing the end of his career, being 35 years of age, but he still has some basketball left in him. He averaged 17.5 points a game last season, but only hit 33% of his three-point shots. He is a 39% three-point shooter for his career. But why waive a man who can help your team compete with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics? It doesn’t look like you are going to get Chris Paul and you don’t need Dwight Howard anymore if you have committed money to Chandler. You used all your assets to acquire Carmelo Anthony last season.
So you hand the reins over to Toney Douglas. Don’t tell me that Mike D’Antoni expects to play rookie guard Iman Shumpert, or does he? Maybe they will make a move that I didn’t think of. But if you take a look, there are not many point guards out on the market that you would want to sign. Delonte West, J.J. Barea, and Mike Bibby are the only point guards out on the market that have any real experience in the NBA playoffs or Finals. Waiving Billups to save money, in the hopes of getting Paul, is outrageous. Paul is more than likely going to be traded to the Lakers, since they re-submitted the trade to the league earlier today. I don’t know what the Knicks are doing.
Somebody help me out.