Lawson isn't the same point guard who terrified teams with his speed and streaky shooting when he was with Denver. He shot 39.3 percent from the field goal last season and if that poor shooting continues, he may be out of the league soon. This is a contract year for Lawson so expect him to play that much harder.
This is a good signing by the Kings because Lawson is a veteran point guard that is still in his prime. He can turn it around and while he may start by playing the backup position, he can win the starting job if he plays better than expected. Lawson can be the difference in making the playoffs for the Kings but that's a big if because Lawson hasn't looked great the past few years. The Kings are taking a chance on Lawson and they have more to gain than they lose in this signing which is why this is one of the steals of free agency so far.
Mo Williams is thinking about calling it a career after winning a NBA championship this year with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played an important role of the bench with his scoring and helped the Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors after being down 3-1 in the series.
If Williams retires, the Cavaliers will get some help financially. He is owed $2.2 million by the Cavaliers and if he does retire, they can divide the money over the next three years and will lessen the luxury penalty tax that they owe. And it doesn't help that the Cavaliers have yet to re-sign J.R. Smith. He is asking north of $10 million and the Cavs are currently holding out.
Winning a championship is expensive but if Williams retires, things will have worked out well for the Cavs. They will once again have to build another great bench if they want to repeat as champions. With money being a problem, it may be harder the second time around.
With a solid starting five, many are predicting theNew York Knicks to have a great season. Their starting roster may be good enough to compete with the best teams in the NBA but what about their bench? Will the Knicks improve their bench or hope that their starting five and sixth man Brandon Jennings are enough to win next season?
The Knicks lack a solid bench and that might be their downfall. Having a great starting five is necessary if you want to win but a great bench keeps the lead the starters had and even increase it. Last year, the Golden State Warriors bench would increase their lead when the starters sat down and in the playoffs, they were the catalysts and got their team going. If the Knicks want to win a lot and make it far in the playoffs, they will need to create the success that the Warriors have created with their bench.
Another reason why a solid bench is necessary is because if a starting player gets injured, they will be replaced by a bench player and if the bench player isn't decent, that can create problems. The offense will struggle because teams will double team other players and ignore the weak link who has replaced the injured player. Also, when a player goes down, another player steps up and that requires coaches to go deeper into their bench and give other players minutes so no player plays too much and gets tired.
Those are the reasons why I believe the Knicks need a deep bench if they want to win now. Right now, their bench lacks experience and will have to learn on the fly. Getting another veteran bench player is necessary if the Knicks are serious about winning.
Right now, the Knicks seem idle and aren't making any moves but I would like to believe they are making inquiries about players available for trade. With little assets to trade, the Knicks can't improve much without giving up a big-time player and that isn't what they want to do at this point. But expect the knicks to make one more signing before the season begins because they know what they have now won't be enough to win it all.