Among the growing list of problems for the New York Knicks is the need to trade expiring contracts. In particular, the contracts of Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire are sorely hurting the Knicks’ ability to improve the team. There’s an obvious need at point guard and almost all the bench players need to be replaced. But two enormous things holding New York back are the contracts of both Chandler and Stoudemire.
Chandler is owed $14.6 million next season, his last with New York. Chandler has expressed concerns about the team’s sense of pride and has grown tired of losing. Chandler is having his worst scoring season in four years with 9.1 PPG and he can be invisible at times as he was last game against the Phoenix Suns where he scored one point and recorded zero blocks. Chandler has been a good player over the last couple years for New York, but his contract is preventing them from improving other areas of the team. Chandler can still be a good player for the Knicks next season and that’s why it’s imperative that if they don’t trade him this offseason, they trade Stoudemire instead.
Stoudemire has one of the most disappointing contracts in recent NBA history. Next year, Amar’e is owed an astronomical $23.4 million. Even when Stoudemire was signed a few years back, I don’t think he could ever play up to that type of contract. Stoudemire can’t play every day with his bad back and bad knee or whatever hurts him that day. He’s half the player he used to be and though he’s playing well at times, he’s detrimental to the success of the Knicks. If the Knicks can find somewhere to trade Amar’e, they will definitely have to eat some of that contract money. Even on his best day he’s not worth half the money he will be paid next season.
It’s absolutely necessary that the Knicks find a way to trade either Chandler or Stoudemire. This New York Knicks team will not be successful next season if they go into the first game with both big men on the team. They take up way too much cap room and without that money to spend on other positions, the players around Chandler and Stoudemire won’t be very good. The hardest part will be finding a team willing to take one of these guys.