Knicks fans thought I was disloyal to Stoudemire. I argued that you can't be disloyal to someone after one year. Stoudemire took the best offer that came his way (an uninsured $100 million). If the Suns had made the same offer, he'd still be a Sun.
Now, we see that the Knicks offered Stoudemire to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, according to The New York Post. Is this still more disloyalty from the Garden management, or is this an honest look at the parts assembled?
I argue again that the New York Knicks are Carmelo Anthony's team. Anthony needs the ball a lot to be effective. Same with Amar'e Stoudemire. There are not enough balls to go around. That is just a fact.
The Knicks' management has come to that realization and has decided to focus on building the team around Carmelo Anthony and his unique set of skills. The Knicks need to add complementary players to make this work.
A smart first move was to bring in center Tyson Chandler.
Chandler is the type of defensive anchor that title teams always have. On offense, Chandler is capable but is at best a third or fourth option. As we saw last year, by having Tyson Chandler as your third- or fourth-best player, a team can do some damage in the playoffs.
Will Amare Stoudemire be a Knick next year?
To make room for Chandler, the Knicks had to use their amnesty exception on Chauncey Billups. Billups was not in the long-term plans for the team, and the Knicks made a mistake to exercise the club option this offseason.
No tears should be shed for Billups. He did not make an impact. The amnesty exception is the real loss here. The Knicks could have used it as part of a bigger trade to absorb some other team's albatross contract.
Amar'e Stoudemire is the best asset that the Knicks have to trade. While he was not enough to get Chris Paul (the league would veto a trade to a major market), the Knicks should reach out to the Houston Rockets and the LA Lakers to see what they can get in return.
If the trade is "accepted," the players exchanged may not want to head back to their "old" teams. Heck, Amar'e might not even want to play for the Knicks now that they have "betrayed" him with their New Orleans trade offer.
Could my Gasol/Stoudemire trade come to life? I think that the Knicks' management team should make every effort to see if it could. Given Gasol's last few months in purple and gold, I don't see how the Lakers can break camp with Gasol as the starting PF.
I expect that sometime over the next 12 months, the New York Knicks and Amar'e Stoudemire will part company. It is just a matter of time.