Our roster is thin. Okay, we all knew that.
Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler can fill two of the starting spots.
But those two are better suited getting a solid 25-30 minutes off the bench than having to run them ragged. They are both young and cannot be expected to play 35-40 minutes a game for a full 82-game season.
Some Knicks fans/analysts suggest Toney Douglas could be our starting PG this upcoming season. We shouldn’t demand starter’s minutes out of this kid. I’d rather see Douglas get solid minutes off the bench than to wear him down.
Those are the players we have that are going to get significant minutes next year. We do have a couple of other guys that could be on the opening-day roster.
Eddy Curry has a player-option, but he is not going to opt-out. Curry will be on the roster, but it's hard to see him getting minutes in a Mike D’Antoni offense.
Management also has team options on Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens, both acquired in the Nate Robinson deal. Walker should get 10-15 minutes/game (or more if he steps-up) if the Knicks retain him. And it's hard to see the Knicks bringing back J.R. Giddens for the $1 million they would have to pay.
So the Knicks have to fill somewhere between two and five starting positions with roughly $35 million in cap space.
There is also a huge wild card not being discussed here: James Dolan.
If Dolan is willing to amass a Lakers, Celtics, or Mavericks-sized payroll then maybe the Knicks could sign all of the players that are about to be mentioned.
But the following is being taken in to consideration with the NBA salary cap, and assuming we don’t destroy it.