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David Lee and the summer of waiting

Apr 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

David Lee’s fifth season as a Knick — a franchise where he was far-and-away their best player this past campaign — comes to an end Wednesday. He will get a huge ovation from the Knicks faithful, who appreciate hustle and grit. And then…

The waiting is the hardest part. Tom Petty taught us that.

Lee is going to spend a lot of his summer waiting on the phone to ring. He will be joined by a lot of other free agents. A lot of teams will have interest in the unrestricted free agent, including the Knicks. But Lee is in the second tier of free agents, which means that until the LeBrons and Wades and Boshs of the world find a home, players like Lee will find some teams nibbling but nobody taking a bite. He knows that, he told the NY Times.

“I don’t know how the Knicks are going to do timetable-wise, or if LeBron is going to have a decision made by July 1 or Sept. 1,” Lee said. “I don’t know how it’s going to work. At this point, I’m just going to look at everything as it comes to me and let my agent do his job.”

The vibe may be LeBron staying in Cleveland, and Wade probably will not leave warm Miami for frigid Chicago, but they will drag out the decisions. There will be wooing, speculation, rumors, plenty of BS and more that will drag on into the summer. Guaranteed.

Meanwhile Lee — and a number of other quality free agents — will have to sit and wait. Teams who think they have a shot at landing an ace (or for the Knicks, a pair of aces) will not settle for “just” a face card.

Waiting is something Lee should have practice at — remember that last year he waited until September before he and the Knicks could agree on a one-year deal. These negotiations may not drag out that long, but Lee may not want to put off his vacation until they are done. If he wants to take one before training camp.

  1. Philip J. Fry - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    This off-season signing period is the first Knicks’ related thing I’ve been excited about since Charles Smith failed to realize that 6’10” power forwards are supposed to dunk the ball all those years ago. Still never going to be a fan of D’Antoni’s no defense style of play, but we’ll see what happens.

  2. lary - Apr 14, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    I havent thought of it that wy. starting with the isiah tlhomas affair the Knicks played more lijethe Knuckleheads and until today the experience has been dispicable. I feel sorry for the people who pay real money, even if it is corporate $$ for agony of viewing such a poor product. there will be much verbiage over the next months
    but I have big doubts about the coaching. a good coach produces a good product. i dont know about d’an. I havent seen it. so now for the master plan.
    the only up beat is , as you said it now for something different.
    yeah he should have dunked. he woudl have ggotte the call.

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