melo4three wrote:BKlutch wrote:I'm trying to understand what the logic was behind the FA signings this summer. I know, a lot of folks just think that Perry decided to use up all the cap space since almost everyone expires or has a team option next summer. But I don't think he just matched up dollars with slots. He may not have succeeded, but I'm sure there was a rationale behind the moves.
First, let's assume that all year, Perry was scouting all the players who would become FAs, and had a rough idea of what it would take to sign each one of them. Yes, there were some surprises - for example, Morris was unepectedly available on the chea. So Perry ha his FAs all ranked and knew that if the didn't get KD and KI, he would just use his "shopping" list to buy some FAs for this year.
Most of us were surpised by all the bigs. I don't believe this was unintentional.
Perry knows that most teams are really guard centered and depend a lot on wings. He also knows that we are developing some guards and may or may not have some good ones. Kyrie and Kemba were available, but he didn't want Kyrie unless it brought a healthy KD, and Kemba may not have been worth the $$ compared to letting our guys develop on a timetable. So why all the bigs?
I believe that Perry is planning to use his endless supply of bigs to overwhelm other front lines. Recognizing that we won't be able to compete in wings and back court this year, he is going for outplaying other teams by overwhelming them with bodies on the front lines. It doesn't mean he doesn't see the need for a good point guard and wings, just that he knows they will take time and his front court may make it hard for other teams to match up well over 48 minutes.
At least, it's no worse than starting Kanter as your center.
I disagree, I think with an reasonable and expected breakout from dsj the knicks could have one the best backcourts in the east.
We're all hoping DSJ will show a big leap forward in his offense, but he is only one year away from playing in relatively less shape and having a bad jumper. No matter how good he is this year, we would expect that if he improves this year, he'll be even better the next year. He's also going to have to learn to play with a ton of new teammates and (we hope) an actual offense instituted by Fiz. That all takes time.