Key Acquisitions: Jason Kidd (FA), Raymond Felton (sign-and-trade), Marcus Camby (sign-and-trade) and Ronnie Brewer (FA)
Key Losses: Jeremy Lin (RFA), Landry Fields (FA) and Toney Douglas (trade)
Another case where the additions outweigh the subtractions, the New York Knicks went for a complete "aging veterans" look as opposed to a youth movement.
Letting Lin go to the Rockets may have been the headline, but letting Landry Fields walk to Toronto is a mistake, as the Knicks will soon discover. While, financially speaking, the Knicks didn't have much choice in the matter, New York probably should have pushed harder for a sign-and-trade deal to get something in return for losing Fields. Fields was a huge asset off the bench for the Knicks, and he will surely be missed.
Toney Douglas is a very underrated loss as well. His scoring ability and explosiveness would have been a nice piece to keep along with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. His style of play complemented them very well.
However, rather than keep either Fields or Douglas, they let both of them go and brought in the older Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton to replace them. While Kidd and Felton are solid players in their own right, they won't mesh well with the loaded frontcourt. Fields and Douglas would have fit much better into the Melo System in New York. They are used to being role players while Kidd and Felton are both accustomed to being focal points of the offense. That will, indeed, change during the course of the season.
It may look like the Knicks improved this offseason, but in reality, they subtracted by addition.