There are currently impact players available, potentially available, or unhappy with their current situation.
Boozer, Miller and Odom appear to be available. Additionally, Chris Paul indicated that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets traded him (though I, and Chris Alvin0 would be).
Meanwhile, Brandon Roy has expressed dissatisfaction with the Blazers for not extending him a max contract extension this summer.
Finally, as we all know, David Lee wants a big bucks extension that the Knicks aren’t willing to provide.
For this exercise, lets just assume that the Knicks have the talent to land any of these players (other than Lee) in a trade, which is pretty questionable.
Out of all of these players, the ones that haveto interest Donnie Walsh the most for this coming season are Miller and Boozer. This isn’t because Miller and Boozer are the best players of the bunch, but because they are a excellent players with either an expiring contract (Boozer) or the apparent willingness to sign for one year (Miller).
The problem of taking on any of these other players is that without unloading Jeffries or Curry, the Knicks are damaging themselves for the Summer of 2010 (they already have to some extent, through the draft). Donnie has indicated strongly that he just won’t shell out significant money on a free agent in a deal that goes past this upcoming season. If the Knicks bring in any of these guys other than Miller for a year or Boozer, they have to clear out salary. This probably includes Lee, who is asking for about a $8-$10 million raise over his previous, cap-friendly salary.
The offseason has a ways to go, but I just don’t see a deal being made for Odom (as Isola suggested today) or anyone else, including Lee, if the deal goes beyond this year, unless Jeffries or Curry are part of it.