Knicks get older, more expensive

Meanwhile Hornets building talented core with trade for Anderson

Updated: July 10, 2012, 4:08 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | Basketball Prospectus
New York Knicks Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Knicks had better hope their trio of Anthony, Chandler and Stoudemire can lead them to a title.

While the world watches its collective Twitter stream for its constant flow of Dwight Howard rumors, there have been plenty of smaller deals agreed to in the past few days. These moves might not grab the headlines, but they do have an impact on the NBA landscape. Not as much as a Howard trade might, but in the NBA every move has meaning.

With that in mind, let's look at some more subtle shifts in the league from recent moves. The boroughs of New York may be buzzing about the possible arrival of Superman in Brooklyn, but Manhattan's NBA entrant has been plenty active in recent days, as well.

Knicks collect more names
The New York Knicks' mantra is to sign brand-name players whenever the opportunity arises, no matter what the price tag turns out to be. On-court fit? Meh. That's for the coach to figure out. It's James Dolan's job to provide unlimited funds and the general manager's job to spend those funds. Isiah Thomas may (or may not) be long gone, but his methods live on.

The Knicks are assembling an old, expensive team that looks good -- but not great -- on paper and that has nothing but downside in its future. Five years ago, the group that the Knicks have assembled would have been a contender. But players age, get injured and lose athleticism. It's a fact of life that New York never seems to learn.


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