New York Knicks trade rumors reveal that an Amar'e Stoudemire trade to the Philadelphia 76ers was discussed. These Knicks trade rumors come from CBS, where it is revealed that team president Phil Jackson has been trying to shed more salary. According to the report from Tuesday (July 8), the 76ers have about $30 million in cap space for the 2014-15 NBA season and have made it known that they would absorb an expiring contract if the right piece came with it.
It looks like the 76ers would want either Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. as part of the deal, but apparently Jackson is balking at that scenario. This makes it unclear why the front office in Philadelphia would even want to conduct further discussions about taking on Stoudemire. Maybe the feeling in New York is that Stoudemire holds enough value on his own to not warrant further talent being given away. His $23.4 million salary for next season makes him a very expensive acquisition for any franchise though.
It was also reported recently on ESPN that the team is looking to deal Andrea Bargnani and the roughly $11.5 million that he is owed. He too is heading into the final year of his contract, but there don't appear to be many teams that want to bring on that salary. In these New York Knicks trade rumors, dealing Bargnani would also likely require that the franchise give up a young player or a future draft pick.
Giving up a talented young player or a pick might work against the long-term plans of the franchise, especially when they could have a lot of cap room available for the next NBA offseason. Fans of the team should at least be pleased that Phil Jackson is making real effort here to improve the roster. This might be a sign to Carmelo Anthony that it is worth sticking with the franchise in order to see what they could acquire in the next offseason.
The current roster looks good enough to make it to the 2015 NBA Playoffs and the acquisitions of point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert shouldn't be overlooked. If they could also convince free agent Pau Gasol to sign at a discount, the team might be pretty good with Anthony still on board. At the moment, though, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the franchise.