Will the New York Knicks look to make an in-season trade or two in 2012-13? It sure looks like the Knicks have no room to maneuver, constrained by unrequited, bloated contracts and tax penalties that have eaten away at the salary cap and James Dolan’s (and your) wallet.
Also, the Knicks have the best, most all-around complete (from position to position with capable backups for each) roster in over a decade, coupled with a proper training camp and full season.
The organization has spent the last three years and literally hundreds of millions of dollars constructing today’s team.
Can they afford to trade? Why trade? Are we not yet afflicted with transaction fatigue?
Logically, it doesn’t make sense: any big trade would essentially be exchanging a talented, unproven squad for another. Why not just stick with the first talented, unproven squad and give it a rest?
I can think of two main reasons: patching a hole, or DEFCON 1.
Let’s look at some Knicks trade fixes, from a little bit of spackle to the nuclear.