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.
Well if true (there's a D'Antoni connection too), there's a bullet dodged*. Though I can't decide whether having one FA in the bag would help or hurt NY's chances of getting one of the big-3 to come play with him. I suppose Joe Johnson is more of a selling point than Wilson Chandler. Though so much for Joe not 'backtracking'.
The only concern here is that Reinsdorf reads this and is offended that someone else is considered Arn Tellem's best friend, and outbids for his client.
*I re-read that and it's not entirely correct. I'd prefer Joe Johnson, even in a cap-killing deal, over getting nobody. This team needs talent first, then worry about never winning a title because of the luxury tax later.