The salary cap David Stern is projecting after Friday's Board of Governor's meeting is \$56.1 million. So let's just do basic math to determine what the Knicks will have to work with this summer.

Let's keep it simple and work off a bare bones payroll. This means all Bird Rights, including that of David Lee, are waived and Sergio Rodriguez isn't tendered his qualifying offer of \$2.8M. Let's also say the Knicks pass on picking up J.R. Giddens' team option of \$1.1M, which would also mean \$1.96M in 2011-12.

But we'll allow that the Knicks want to keep Bill Walker, so his \$854,389 team option is picked up.

That leaves five players under contract:

Eddy Curry - \$11,276,863

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Danilo Gallinari - \$3,304,560

Wilson Chandler - \$2,130,481

Toney Douglas - \$1,071,000

Bill Walker - \$854,389

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Total amount of contracts: \$18,637,293

* - Now, there are two second round picks, but unsigned second-round picks don't count toward your payroll. A first-round pick would, so if the Knicks do make a move to acquire a late first-round pick, that salary slot has to be included.

With five players, the Knicks will be charged seven cap holds at \$473,604 each to fill out the mandatory 12-man roster. That total is \$3,315,228.

That brings the Knicks payroll to \$21,952,521.

The Knicks also have two trade exceptions for a total of \$3.27 million. These count, so raise the number to \$25,222,521.

Now take that number and subtract it from the proposed cap number and we're talking about \$30.8 million in actual space.

If the Knicks move those exceptions, the actual number is \$34,147,479.

A max contract based on a \$56.1M cap would pay \$16,830,000 in the first year, so that means the Knicks would have just enough to make two max contract offers to free agents. In other words, the Knicks could slide \$33,660,000 across the table to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, or James and Amar'e Stoudemire, or James and Chris Bosh, or Joe Johnson and Stoudemire, or Johnson and Bosh . . .

But that would leave just \$487,479 left to fill five more roster spots. Sign the two second round picks and now you still have to find three more players. I'm no CBA wizard, but it would take some serious strategizing to do a double-max here and still fill out a decent roster. But you could also use Eddy Curry's expiring contract to acquire multiple players and fix this issue. You probably won't get much value back, but how much more talent do you really need if you are signing James and Wade?

I mean, Douglas, Wade, Gallinari, James and any center at the vets min should do just fine. Douglas, Johnson, Gallinari, Stoudemire/Bosh and a center at the vets min isn't awful, either, especially with Wilson Chandler and Bill Walker coming off the bench. Still need some guard depth, of course, but still...