In a homage to the seminal band The Clash, I present the beginning of the “Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?” series where we look at each of the Knicks’ 2009-2010 players and examine whether… well, whether they should stay or go. We’ll be discussing not simply if they were good for us or not, but also factoring in how much it would cost to retain them, how it would effect our salary cap space, and what role we would want from them. For instance, it’s a no-brainer we don’t want to pay Chris Duhon $6 million to be our starting point guard again. However, giving him the veterans’ minimum of like $1+ million to be the backup (or simply a bench/practice presence) becomes a far more interesting question.
First let’s start with who our definites are. Eddy Curry has an $11+ million player option that he’s gonna use unless his brain falls out of his ear. Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Toney Douglas are all still on their guaranteed rookie contracts and will return. That’s it. Those four. No point in debating whether we wanna keep ‘em ‘cuz we ain’t got no choice in the matter. Although except for Curry, they’re all on reasonable deals that we’d probably keep even if we had the option.
Next, there are the three players where the ball is completely in our court if we’re willing to use the team option or make a qualifying offer. For those who don’t know, a qualifying offer is what you make to a free agent in order to keep him restricted. With a restricted free agent the current team gets the right to match any offer that other teams give him, thus allowing that team to keep its own guys. Our one potential restricted free agent is Sergio Rodriguez, and we’d have to offer him a $2,805,888 qualifying offer. Meaning, if he doesn’t get any other offers, he’d at least get that much from us. If we put in the qualifying offer.
In addition we have team options for JR Giddens (at $1,100,640) and Bill Walker ($854,389). If we pick those up, then that’s their set salaries for next season. Versus with the qualifying offer, if Sergio’s offered say $3.5 mill from another team we would either match it (& end up paying more than that initial qualifying offer) or let him walk (allowing that qualifying offer to disappear). Although Spanish Chocolate seems unlikely to get more money. But we’ll get more into that when we discuss him in depth.
Lastly, there are the remaining players with whom we have no contract/obligation. But maybe they might wanna stay, and maybe we might wanna keep ‘em. But maybe not. That final group of seven is Tracy McGrady, Al Harrington, David Lee, Duhon, Eddie House, Jonathan Bender and Earl Barron.
So that makes ten players we’ll be going over. After all, we need to figure out what old pieces of furniture we’ll keep before we go on our big summer shopping spree and buy new things.
Topics: Al Harrington, Bill Walker, Chris Duhon, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Earl Barron, Eddie House, Eddy Curry, Jonathan Bender, JR Giddens, Sergio Rodriguez, The Clash, Toney Douglas, Tracy McGrady, Wilson Chandler