Depends.. If the Heat 3peat Lebron isn't going anywhere.. If the Knicks can't atleast make the finals this season I think Melo is as good as ours. Best case scenario: the Nets, Pacers, or Bulls come out of the East.. The earlier NY & Mia get eliminated, the more I like our chances.
Every instinct I have tells me Melo will be a Laker next season. I think Melo + using the rest of our cap on the right players will have us back in the finals the first season.. If we get both Lebron & Melo, or even just Lebron + the right players with the rest of our cap, we'll win a chip next season.
Give me Melo (19M).. A good big - Larry Sanders, Cousins, AV, Monroe, Zbo.. I'd prefer Sanders because I think he works best with the other bigs I want & he won't get huge money because he can't score.. If we're lucky maybe 6M, the way these paycuts guys have been taking to be Lakers, who knows how cheap we'll get him.. I'm not that worried about spending on a PG, most of the guys worth spending on are restricted or have team options.. There are so many good PG's in the league & with Kobe & Melo, all you need is someone who plays defense & hits 3's. Someone like Bradley, Vasquez, Collison would be awesome but not our best use of the remaining cap.. Melo, Sanders, Kelly?, possibly 3M guaranteed to Nash if he's cut, nothing if he retires, 9.7 if we keep im & don't stretch him. Either way, we have a good chunk of change left, & I try to convince Kobe to go reach out to Pau & Dirk to split it with them.. PG/Kobe/Melo/Dirk/Sanders with Pau & hopefully Young, Johnson, Farmar on the bench atleast.. That team would be incredible. That's more what I hope happens in summer 2014, but it's not that big of a stretch either.