Knicks Rumors: Dolan Convinced Baron Davis to Take Less, Leaves Room for Posey

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2011

CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Baron Davis #85 of the Cleveland Cavaliers keeps the ball inbounds during the game against the Miami Heat on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks owner James Dolan has taken his share of criticism when it comes to the struggles of the franchise in recent years.

Much of that is well-deserved.

But Dolan may have done the Knicks a big favor over the weekend.

After the signing of point guard Baron Davis, it was believed that Davis signed for the Knicks' mini mid-level exemption of $2.5 million. But according to Howard Beck, Dolan convinced Davis to sign for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million, which gives the Knicks much more flexibility.

By doing so, it saves the $2.5 million exemption to chase another veteran, which is believed to be swing man James Posey.

While the Knicks did come to terms with veteran forward Steve Novak late last night, they didn't use their exemption on him either and Alan Hahn reports the Knicks are still in the running for Posey's services.

Novak will help fill the loss of the departed Shawne Williams, but adding another veteran would also be a big thing.

Of course, none of that would be possible had the Knicks given their exemption to Davis.

At the end of the day, the 2011-12 Knicks will be the most talented and deepest Knicks team we have seen in quite some time.

There are many contributors to how this team was formed, and even Dolan did his part in a positive way for a change to help the Knicks chase a championship.