I’m really only doing this so that we could start a new discussion thread.
But anyhow, David Vertsberger had the following article on SNY.tv and I think it is a bit off on the realities of the Knicks’ cap space.
The discussion is about who the Knicks should add to the team if they get Durant and Kyrie Irving. Now, do note, the Knicks currently don’t even technically have room to sign Durant and Irving to their max contracts, but they can get there fairly easily. But if that were to happen, that would be it for the Knicks’ cap room.
They would have only the room exception (as well as being able to go over the cap to re-sign Luke Kornet). Therefore, the following is functionally impossible…
That leaves DeAndre Jordan and Noah Vonleh, which would make for a terrific frontcourt and snug fit with Durant and Irving. Jordan is close buds with Durant, and may be willing to take less to play with him for a contender. This is crucial given New York’s lack of room. His defense and rebounding will help secure the paint, and Vonleh can help in both those regards while spreading the floor on the opposite end.
Vonleh has developed into a Draymond-lite, appropriate for a combo of Durant and a flamethrowing point guard who enjoys working off pick-and-rolls. Vonleh could come at a relatively cheap price, making him a key target.
There is not room to sign both and even if they decided to part ways with Vonleh, is Deandre Jordan really going to go from making $21 million a year to the $4.5 million of the room exception? For serious?
The cap space for the Knicks going forward is quite tricky.