The Knicks made a respectable call picking Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 in the NBA Draft — if they can be patient and develop him this is a reasonable gamble. But patience will be key as he is three years away from really contributing to the Knick at anywhere near the level they hope.
Patience is not exactly the strong suit of New Yorkers. So what are the Knicks going to do to get better short-term?
How about landing Greg Monroe and Arron Afflalo? The Knicks are the front-runners to get both, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports — but it’s not cheap.
For months, the Knicks and rival executives have believed that New York is the likely destination for Detroit free agent forward Greg Monroe, and now it appears that Afflalo is the most likely target to potentially join him with Carmelo Anthony in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
With Monroe expecting to command a maximum contract on the market, Afflalo could earn a deal in the neighborhood of three years, $36 million-$38 million, league sources said.
Afflalo started last season in Denver then was traded to Portland to back up Wesley Matthews, which was a fantastic plan to add depth to a dangerous team. Well, it was a fantastic plan until Matthews suffered an Achilles injury and was out for the season, forcing Afflalo to start. The Blazers were not the same after that
That price for Monroe is the going rate for a quality big man in the NBA, if the Knicks don’t offer it the Lakers and a host of other teams will.
But $12 million a year for Afflalo? The most he has ever made in a season is $7.75 million. Last season he averaged 13.3 points a game but his efficiency took a hit (his 53.3 true shooting percentage was right at the league average). He’s solid defensively, but not as good as his reputation. Bottom line is he is a solid pro, a quality rotation player and a guy worth having on your team, but $12 million per may be a little steep for the guy.
Still, the Knicks have money to burn and they do need to get a little better now. Monroe, Afflalo and a healthy for the season Carmelo Anthony might be able to make the playoffs in the East.