I like Toney Douglas. He’s tough. He plays hard. He can defend the perimeter. Off the bench he can give you some offensive punch (so long as you aren’t relying on him to be a play-maker). It really bothered me when he was getting booed at the Garden. It’s not his fault that he’s a square peg that they were trying to shoehorn into round hole. All of those things aside, 2 things are certain:
1. The Knicks don’t have a great need for him as Shumpert gives you similar things in a 6’5″ frame. With Shumpert, the corpse of Mike Bibby, Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields, Billy Walker and hopefully 80% of Baron Davis, the Knicks are fairly well covered in the guard department.
2. Toney’s confidence is so shot that the only way he can succeed again is to get out of New York.
The solution seems simple. Trade Toney Douglas.
The question is to who and for what…
Douglas is scheduled to make $2,067,880 next season. He’s cheap and he I still believe he can give someone quality minutes. What about his hometown Atlanta Hawks? Kirk Hinrich isn’t giving them much quality this season. Do they have anything the Knicks can use? Could we pry something like Vlad Radmanovic from them? As shown by Novak, a 3-point shooter can thrive in this offense. He might even be a slight improvement over Novak on defense…maybe. Shannon Brown isn’t getting any run in Phoenix these days. Can we get him? What about just a second round pick or 2? We’ve had some success with Fields and Harrelson there.
If there is something that the Knicks can do that can help the team by trading him, they really should consider it.