It's not exactly a secret that the New York Knicks are dumping salary in anticipation of making a big spalsh in the 2010 Free Agent market.
The two players that the Knicks would really like to get rid of are Eddie Curry and Jared Jeffries... Jared has a Player Option for the 2011 season for $6.8 Million that he will almost certainly envoke.
I think it's fair to assume that no one here would be in favor of obtaining Curry - an out of shape, underachiever.
The Wizards could do a straight up trade of Mike James ($6.5M expiring contract) for Jarred Jeffries ($6.4M in 2010, Player Option in 2011 for $6.8M) - - -
BUT - I propose adding Etan Thomas ($7.3 Million Expiring Contract) and doing a sign-and-trade for David Lee. Knicks can sign David Lee to a 5 year contract extension starting at $6.5 Million the first year. (New York also has a couple of trade exceptions to use if there's a disparity in the Salaries)...and then trade him to Washington for Thomas.
So - the Wizards get Jared Jeffries and David Lee -
New York gets $13.8 Million in Expiring Contracts
Advantage for the Wizards:
- David Lee is a very good rebounder. Pretty good defender. Excellent around the basket. A banger. A hustle guy.
- Jared Jeffries is a pretty good Defensive guy - especially off the bench. He can guard those big 2's and 3's that give the Wizards trouble.
Advantage for New York:
- It puts them that much closer to landing the big 3 (LeBron, DWade and Chris Bosh) in 2010.
This trade does not solve all of the Wizards problems - - I'd like to see them pick up a veteran 3-point specialist - - but it would definately improve them Defensively and on the Boards.