NBA Free Agency: Why the Knicks Failed to Court the King

July 13th, 2010 by Imtiaz Ferdous Leave a reply »
The plan was simple: Free up cap space for the greatest free agent class of all time and then sign Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and maybe even Chris Bosh. These acquisitions would be so good that the Knicks would be an instant contender. So what went wrong?

The first thing to note is that it's difficult to work out a sign and trade with three teams. Hard to do, but the Knicks had David Lee whose sign and trade could probably offset one of the three sign and trades. Also, when getting these three players the Knicks cannot care about future draft picks they give up in exchange.

New York provides the opportunity for a lot of appetizing endorsement deals for superstars like LeBron. Think of all the companies that would offer deals just because New York is such a large market and their brands would get so much exposure.

The problem with this theory is that LeBron gets all that exposure anyways so it wouldn't make a difference where he plays. Although it could help Chris Bosh, nobody would give him advertising contracts when they can have LeBron.

The next issue is depth on the bench. The players would only get together if they thought they ...

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