In a previous post, I talked about my feelings about a potential Zbo to Memphis trade.
I didn't believe the pieces were there. Now, i find that Milicic is not 100% having suffered an achilles injury earlier this year.
But after reading the pros and cons written by the old NYTimes group, I'm warming up to the idea despite the talent tradeoff (Zach being far more valuable to Memphis than Milicic to NY).
Here's the skinny. If NY just takes back Milicic, it solves the 2010 salary cap problem nicely. Memphis can afford to absorb Zach without handing back salary to the Knicks - a very good thing. The Knicks would no longer need to juggle roster just to save money going forward. And Memphis makes out like bandits talent-wise.
But let's assume NY has to take another body - probably an inexpensive PG - so what? NY cuts the worst PG on the roster (to eliminate clutter) or buyout JJames. None of Memphis's PGs have blossomed into anything special yet and Roberson and Mardy are on the bubble.
Better yet the Knicks should acquire a Memphis 2010 protected (1-3) #1 pick to make the deal a bit more even because I'm confident Zach will shine wherever he lands.
As for Milicic, once he's healthy - say Feb. the knicks can dump JJames without regret in trade or as a mercy buyout.And if Milicic simply blocks some shots and gets a few rebounds, I'm good with the deal.
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