Chauncey Billups wants his $14 million and the chance to run the Knicks for a full season, probably in that order. Amar'e Stoudemire endorsed the return of both Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni, while Carmelo Anthony sounded like he won't lose sleep worrying about the head coach. Monday, the Knicks entered the offseason the same way they began the previous nine: with zero playoff wins and an abundance of questions. Few answers were provided Monday as the Knicks made only three players - Stoudemire, Anthony and Billups - available to the media. The person with all the answers, Garden chairman James Dolan, was nowhere to be found Monday but he holds the key to the future. "WWJDD" or What Will James Dolan Do has never been more apropos now that Dolan, starting with the Anthony trade negotiations, has taken a greater role in the day-to-day operations of the club. He must first decide if he wants to keep Walsh. Meanwhile, Walsh, upset with Dolan since last summer when Isiah Thomas was rehired despite his protests, must agree to want to work for/with Dolan. Their relationship is not exactly built on trust and it will be tested this week when the club makes a decision on Billups. The Knicks have until Friday to either pick up the $14.2 million option on the veteran point guard's contract or buy him out for $4 million. According to a team source, Walsh wants to keep Billups even at the inflated price for a player who will turn 35 in September. If Dolan, or whoever is advising Dolan (wink, wink) decides to go in a different direction, that could cause more friction between the Knicks' president and the team owner. In his exit interview, Billups used the opportunity to make a compelling case as to why he should return. He reminded everyone, D'Antoni included, that he's the perfect leader to handle two high-maintenance superstars.
Source: Donnie Walsh wants Chauncey Billups to remain with Knicks despite inflated price tag
New York Daily News | Apr 26