The New York Knicks are a mediocre team fighting for one of the last playoff spots in an atrocious Eastern Conference. As the February 20 trade deadline approaches, they must decide if they believe they are contenders this season and what their plan is for the future.
If management concludes that this team is not capable of making a deep playoff run, they must begin to build toward the future. That may include dealing some of their best players for draft picks, young talent and salary cap space.
If James Dolan, Steve Mills and Mike Woodson think the Knicks can still turn this into a successful season, then they have to address the team's biggest weaknesses, most notably an unreliable bench, lack of depth down low and poor point guard play. They would be required to make difficult decisions regarding which of their few young assets and draft picks to include in trades.