In the ongoing revamping process that the New York Knicks are going through, President Phil Jackson faces a tough decision when it comes to allocating resources. There are a lot of roster improvements that need to be made, but only so much money to do so.
Considering the especially terrible performances the point guards put out this past season, the most realistic option for Jackson is to upgrade the position. For that, there are a few options on the market, but in the end, he is going to need to balance out his desire for someone that he has worked with in the past and the price tag on the guy. We’ve covered two possibilities that would definitely be considered upgrades for Raymond Felton, in Steve Blake and Shaun Livingston, but there is one player that fits the profile even better: Darren Collison.
The 26-year-old point guard did a great job backing up Chris Paul on the Los Angeles Clippers‘ playoff run this season, and he has shown that he is done being in the reserve list. After five years in the league, playing for four different teams, he is expected to opt out of his second year in Los Angeles and explore free agency. Deciding to be a free agent after only one season means he is confident enough in his game to pursue more money and more minutes on the court. Staying with the Clippers would mean playing the backup role next year, only making $1.9 million in the process.
So, if Jackson decides to invest the small amount of money he has available on Collison, he would acquire a potential centerpiece for the team not only for next season, but for the much expected 2015 free agent class going forward – and all that without crippling themselves financially. With Andrea Bagnani, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire’s contracts expiring, the Knicks are going to look for at least two highlight names, like the likes of Kevin Love and Lebron James – and in that picture, Collison would be a great fit. His three point shooting along with his speed, creativity and willingness to pass the ball would fit well in the triangle offense to be implemented by Jackson, and the Knicks could finally be a real contender for years to come.