Knicks owner Jim Dolan is sensitive to the public perception that Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri bamboozled New York in the Carmelo Anthony trade, and the chance of getting panned for giving up too much in a deal for Lowry has become a hurdle in these talks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Ujiri was the GM of the Denver Nuggets when he negotiated a deal that included Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Felton and Timofey Mozgov for a package that included Anthony, Chauncey Billups and a first-round draft pick.
This is an updated story from earlier today in which the Knicks are looking to acquire Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors. This would be a great addition for the Knicks, but is this trade likely?
I would not hesitate to include Felton in any deal, but why Metta (1.5 mill) and not Udrih? Knicks are thin upfront and would be deep in the backcourt if they acquire Kyle. So it makes sense for the Knicks to add Udih (1.2 mill) to this deal, especially because that both Metta and Udrih make almost the same money and would probably be waived as soon as they step foot into Canada.
The other part of this deal would be for the Knicks to yet again surrender another pick to the new Raptors GM (Masai Ujiri) who if you remember took a 1st round pick for Bargnani and was the mastermind behind the Carmelo Anthony deal that left the Knicks without the 2014 unprotected first round pick that could possibly land one of the big 5 players probably coming out this year in Parker, Exum, Smart, Randle, and Wiggins.
This pick could be a once in a generation pick and the Knicks will not be at the party. Instead Denver will be holding our pick and might be setting up their franchise for the next 4 to 5 years with our unprotected pick that was so foolishly given away. Not the fact that it was a first rounder but that fact that it was unprotected was an idiotic position for any GM to give up.
So, for NY to give up another pick to anther team again makes me wonder what the heck is going on at MSG. When will the Knicks stop putting band aids on their problems and fix this team for the better. Don’t get me wrong I definitely want Lowry but to mortgage their future AGAIN makes no sense to me, especially for a player that is in the final year of his contract (6.2 mill) and will test free agency at year’s end.
The Knicks need to think long and hard in what they do this year. When will the incompetency end?