Several outlets have reported that the Knicks are interested in acquiring point guard, Tony Parker from the San Antonio Spurs.

But would this be the right move for the Knicks?

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Parker averaged 16 points and 6 assists for the Spurs this season. However, Parker only started two of the Spurs ten playoff games. Coach Gregg Popovcih seemed to favor guard George Hill over Parker during the playoffs and this trend could continue into next season.

Parker is owed $13.5 million dollars next year before hitting free agency in 2011. The Knicks have only $20 million committed to their 2010 team and could take on Parker’s current contract and work out an extension. However, the Knicks do not have much value currently on their roster. They have dealt both their 2010 and 2011 first round draft picks. Forwards Danilo Galinari and Wilson Chandler are cheap, talented options, but would the Knicks be willing to part with either player?

Another alternative would be accepting Spurs forward, Richard Jefferson in the trade. Jefferson is owed $15 million dollars next season before hitting free agency. By taking on Jefferson’s expiring contract, the Knicks would ultimately surrender less talent.

As fans, we must wonder whether the Spurs are actually serious about trading Tony Parker. Even though he is still playing at a high level, Tim Duncan will be 34 years old heading into next season. The door is starting to close on their championship hopes. By trading Parker, the Spurs would slam the championship door on Tim Duncan’s face. Also, the fact that Manu Ginolbi signed a long-term deal through 2013 suggests that he felt confident in the team’s long-term success. So, doesn’t breaking up the Big 3 now seem a little silly?

If the Knicks and Spurs did complete this deal, the Knicks would punt their opportunity at this summer’s free agent class. The Knicks would have to set their sights on next summer’s ‘watered-down’ class which is headlined by Carmelo Anthony.

Even though the Knicks are desperate for point guard help, Tony Parker is not the answer. Current point guard Chris Duhon is serviceable. The Knicks need dominant players. The Knicks have been waiting for three seasons now for a shot at LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, etc. They need impact, now.

The Knicks are in desperate need to make a big impact, something that Tony Parker can’t provide New York.

Do you agree or disagree with this assessment?