While many were happy to see Nate Robinson win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest over the weekend their was one person who wasn't, Knicks President Donnie Walsh. Walsh now has a tough decision on his hands as the Trade Deadline approaches on Feburary 19th whether to keep Robinson and sign him or lose him via Free Agency.
Walsh has to decide whether to keep one of the most popular players in the league in a Knicks uniform or trade him to stay under the cap for the 2010 Free Agency a.k.a "Summer of Lebron."
Nate Robinson isn't the only problem. Knicks Forward David Lee, whose having a career year, will also be a restricted free agent after the season.
In my opinion Walsh should hold onto these players. David Lee is one of those players that every team in the league needs and Nate Robinson is one of those sparks off the bench that can change a game instantly. If Walsh decides not to keep both he might just package one of them along with Eddy Curry in a deal for an expiring contract.
Lee will command a deal probably in the range of $8-10 million per season, while Nate could command anything from $4-7 million per season. Now comes Walsh's toughest decision as Knicks President, hold onto the Knicks best young players and ruin your chance to land not one but two superstars or lose Lee and Nate for nothing?
As a die-hard Knicks fan, I hope that Lee and Nate will be here for the long run as they have been the only bright spots in what has been a rough couple of years. So Donnie Walsh if you are reading this please KEEP LEE AND NATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!