I have two throw up in the air reasons, but this makes sense. By picking Hill, and not resigning Lee. The Knicks will have a quality big man next year ( also Al HArrington and Darko) and a ton of young players with potenial.
But not resigning Lee saves them money. The Knicks will have plenty of money by 2010 for one or two superstars( actually the Darko trade gave them around sven or eight million more that they didn't have because Darko is a free agent 2010).
By not signing Lee, this allows the Knicks to save money and still have enough for one or two quality free agent signings this year.
2009 has a lot of big names, Ben Gordon, Hedo Turkgolu, Ron Artest, Andre Miller, Allen Iverson. Theres plenty of players. And with the money they get from Marburys contract,(21 million) and the money they could save if they don't resign Lee (more if the don't resign Nate Robinson) they could sign quality players.
In my opinion, if they can, they WILL need to sign at least one of these players. I suggest Ben Gordon as a definate need.
To go with Gordon perphaps pick Miller( if they don't resign Nate) or if they have the money Ron Artest. If Artest went to New York, his jersey will be the most sold Knick jersey.
But they need free agents now in order to show the superstars of 2010 that they will have help if they come.
2009 free agents will persuade 2010 free agents on deciding where they will go.