The New York Knicks were greeted with some unbelievably good news yesterday when it was announced that the NBPA had won their early-Bird rights arbitration hearing.
The ruling means that two of last year's break-out players for the Knicks—Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak—will be able to return without the mid-level exception having to be used on them, which is critical if the Knicks want to bolster the roster even further this offseason.
Also, since the Knicks' current salary level of $57.2 million (being paid to only six players) is under the luxury tax level, they will be able to use the bi-annual exception in free agency, and won't have their mid-level exception reduced from $5 million to $3 million.
In addition to a late-second round pick in a very deep NBA Draft, Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald now has a little more flexibility at his disposal to sign some difference-makers to come off the bench for the Knicks.
Rumours have already begun regarding whom exactly the exceptions will be used on, and I'm going to take you through some of the players who could make the biggest difference to the team if signed for the 2012-13 season.