|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Well, this is it.
Donnie Walsh has waited patiently for two years, creating roster flexibility with the intent of convincing Cleveland superstar LeBron James to take up residence in the Big Apple.
The Knicks' cupboard is about as bare as possible, with only four players under contract -- promising youngsters Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Toney Douglas, along with former Celtic Bill Walker.
Walsh has the room to add James and another high-profile free agent and New York's plan is to sign "The King" and any other player on the market he wants to toil with. Now comes the recruiting and the Knicks are even putting together a group of celebrities with the intent of luring James to the nation's No. 1 media market.
Of course, even if New York is successful they will need to fill out a roster devoid of defense and leadership. James would drastically improve both but the most important position in Mike D'Antoni's system remains the point guard and the jury is still out on whether Douglas can run an NBA team.
The Knicks' first-round pick belongs to the Utah Jazz but they so have the 38th and 39th picks in the second round.
Players under contract: G-F Wilson Chandler; G Toney Douglas; F Danilo Gallinari; G-F Bill Walker
Free Agents: F-C Earl Barron (Unrestricted); F Jonathan Bender (Unrestricted); C Eddy Curry (Player option); G Chris Duhon (Unrestricted); G J.R. Giddens (Unrestricted); F Al Harrington (Unrestricted); G Eddie House (Unrestricted); C David Lee (Unrestricted); G-F Tracy McGrady (Unrestricted); G Sergio Rodriguez (Restricted)
Draft picks: 2nd round (38th overall, 39th overall)