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Joe Johnson destined to be a Knick?

Mar 12, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

Johnson.jpgOutside of area newspaper columnists who dream of how much easier this would make their jobs, nobody thinks the New York Knicks are getting LeBron James this summer. Dwyane Wade is out, too.

So what is Plan B? Joe Johnson?

There is a growing sentiment among opposing team executives that at the very least the Knicks will sign Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, whose agent, Arn Tellem, orchestrated the Tracy McGrady trade to the Knicks and has been friends with Walsh for 20 years. It’s called a “wink-wink deal,” and even though it is against NBA rules, the practice does exist and is nearly impossible to police.

“I think that’s a done deal,” said one Eastern Conference GM.

If Walsh can’t land either James or Dwyane Wade but ends up with Johnson, another option is luring Toronto’s Chris Bosh in a sign-and-trade. Sources claim the Raptors would be open to such a deal if it included David Lee.

Joe Johnson is an All-Star player — and he is not the guy you rebuild around. A shooting guard at age 29 (next season) is usually just a year or two away from the down slope of their career. Bosh, on the other hand, is a legit big signing.

But how good would a Bosh/Johnson and “whatever is left on the Knicks roster after David Lee is gone” team going to be? Seven seed? Is that really rebuilding for the long haul? Walsh better hope the Yankees do something to dominate the back page of the Post this summer, because if it is Bosh and Johnson it could be a long hot one in New York.

  1. paul - Mar 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    How is a Johnson/Bosh combo on the Knicks only a 7 seed??? Thats a better combo than the Hawks have right now, yet the hawks are far better than a 7 seed type team in the east. You can’t honestly think that little of Wil Chandler and Gallinari–and you are completely discounting the possibility of other moves the Knicks might make to add to the roster, an the fact that they will have another big expiring contract in Eddy Curry, which could be huge trade bait this summer or into next season, or if not, will open up another huge chuck of change to go after FAs in 2011–which coincidentally includes hometown boy Carmelo Anthony. Any way you slice it, the Knicks are in a great position right now, yet everyone seems to want to shoot down what they are trying to do. Tell me, what was the other option?? Trying to win a championship while in salary cap hell, with Steph Marbury, Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford?? C’mon now. We’ve already seen how that worked for the Knicks

  2. paul - Mar 12, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    … also, who the hell cares if sports journalists and bloggers think Lebron won’t go to the Knicks. What matters is what Lebron thinks, and no one seems to know exactly what he is thinking. Therefore, it seems that all the speculation about him going or staying is just that–speculation. Either Lebron refused to sign an extension with CLeveland simply to keep management and ownership on their toes and keep them improving the team–OR–he truly wants to test the waters of free agency, which would mean the Knicks have to at least be in a a position to bring him in. Donnie Walsh has provided that. Now it’s just a matter of what Lebron wants to do and how Cleveland finishes the season. And please lets stop acting as if his application for a number change proves anything. He could simply be preparing for the POSSIBILITY that he comes back to Cleveland next season.

  3. jimmy hendrix - Mar 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    thats not a 7 seed u dumbass

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