Setting the Stage for the Knicks Offseason

May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Setting the Stage for the Knicks Offseason

" It's been almost a week since the Knicks' season came to an end in Miami, which means it is high time to stop licking wounds and start looking forward to next season.

With Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire in place, that means looking at who will be surrounding them as the Knicks once again try to slay the dragon that has kept them from winning a championship since 1973. As it always seems to be with the Knicks, the answer is complicated.

The easy thing to do would be to bring everyone back and hope that a training camp, with no Mike D'Antoni, makes the team a better version of the one that finished the year 18-6. The rules of the salary cap make that difficult if not impossible.

Problem number one is that the team does not have "Bird rights" to either Steve Novak or Jeremy Lin because they were claimed on waivers. If they had the rights, they could re-sign both players without worrying about fitting them under the cap "

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