Lack of Patience Doomed Knicks Roster?
This is the quandary the Knicks created for themselves when they shipped four starters to Denver for (Carmelo) Anthony last February. That deal, pushed through by the owner, James L. Dolan — over the objections of the team president, Donnie Walsh — gutted the roster of its best young talent. Replenishing could take months or years.
It did not have to be this way.
Anthony could have waited for free agency to join the Knicks, sparing the roster. Dolan could have listened to Walsh, who was biding his time with more modest trade offers, knowing that Anthony wanted only the Knicks and that Denver had little leverage.
Had Anthony waited, he could have joined a lineup with the capable Raymond Felton at point guard and Danilo Gallinari as a versatile sixth man. The Knicks would have lost Wilson Chandler to free agency, but they could have kept Timofey Mozgov and their 2014 first-round pick. The roster would have been deeper, more balanced.
Or the Knicks might have parlayed those assets into Chris Paul, who badly wanted a trade to New York, if only the Knicks had the means to acquire him.