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The Knicks Go Selling: Randolph Traded to Clippers, Crawford to Warriors

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When Donnie Walsh decides it’s time to starting trading, he isn’t playing around. Today the Knicks cleared a ton of salary cap by ditching the monster Zach Randolph contract via the Los Angeles Clippers, and well as the decently compensated Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors and rookie contract holder Mardy Collins (a throw-in for the Clippers) for Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley and once and future Knick, ‘Lil Timmy Thomas, who was in New York for the beginning of the Age of Isiah. All the contracts coming in end prior to the 2010-11 season (i.e. the LeBron Free Agency Hunt) and Randolph and Crawford leaving takes $27.3 million off the 2010-11 payroll for the Knicks. If they can get expiring contracts for Eddy Curry, too, they’ll be a ridiculous free agency player when the big prizes (LeBron, Bosh, Wade and so on) become available.

The Warriors and Clippers addressed some more pressing needs, particularly the Warriors, so let’s have a look at the resulting rosters and probable rotations.

For the Knicks, you get a lot of flexibility with which forward slot you plug Harrington into, David Lee looks to get a few more minutes as your starting center and Mobley should replace Crawford as more of a true point guard. Thomas will back up either forward, probably a bit more as a non-rebounding power forward. I was not a big fan of ‘Lil Timmy when he was in his first stint with the Knicks. He’s amazingly inconsistent, but D’Antoni had him for roughly a third of a season in Phoenix and got some production out him then, so we’ll see.

C: David Lee, Harrington, (?) Malik Rose (?) Curry (ha); Jerome James (double ha)
PF: Chandler/Harrington; Rose; Thomas
SF: Harrington/Quentin Richardson; Danilo Galinari (if he were ever healthy); Thomas
SG: Mobley; Nate Robinson; Anthony Roberson; Richardson
PG: Chris Duhon; Robinson; Starbury (triple ha)

As is not unusual for the Knicks of recent memory, there are a ton of options at power forward, quite a few options at small forward and not a whole lot of depth at center. Curry should be trade bait, but if he ever managed to get in shape and show some desire, he could run the floor. He did in Chicago. Still Curry, Starbury and James are likely to be sitting or gone, so expect a bit of fluidity at the forward positions until D’Antoni has a chance to integrate things.

Does this make the Knicks better? Depends how much of Randolph’s scoring Harrington picks up. They’re a weaker post team now (unless Curry returns to reality), but Lee should at least come close in matching rebounding, given more minutes. He’s not really a center though. Either D’Antoni will work more magic or Knick fans will have to suffer a bit longer, though this time with a clear path and plan presented to them.

The Warriors give up a disgruntled forward for a point guard. Crawford gets labeled a combo guard and I don’t think that’s fair. Crawford was a scoring point guard with size who ended up on a roster with no shooting guards and was asked to change positions. His pure point skills may have some rust on them, but I liked him better at that position. Besides, Don Nelson with a tall point guard who can score a little? This is a good thing. I like this trade. It does give you the mother of all logjams at the 2/3, though, and a question mark at the 4. Stephen Jackson could also be swapping around a ton of positions if everyone is healthy.

C: Andris Biedrins; Ronny Turiaf
PF: Brandan Wright; (?) Robert Kurtz (?) (?)Anthony Randolph(?) (?)JAX(?)
SF: Corey Maggette/JAX; Kelenna Azubuike; Marco Bellinelli
SG: JAX/Monta Ellis; Azubuike; Anthony Morrow; Bellinelli
PG: Crawford; Ellis; Morrow; CJ Watson

When Ellis gets back, Morrow is likely to get a raw deal. On the entertaining side, you might see a kamikaze running unit of

C: Biedrins
PF: JAX
SF: Maggette
SG: Ellis
PG: Crawford

Dirk Nowitzki threw up just by my typing that in. Something about a flashback. Will they win? Not at a .600 clip, but this could be a serious running team now that they’ve got a point guard. Nelly knows how to win without big men, after all.

The Clippers just opened up some minutes for Eric Gordon, but the idea of Zach Randolph and Baron Davis on the same team doesn’t scream “chemistry” to me. Get ready for a loaded (if not, perhaps, pass-happy) 4/5 rotation of Zandolph/Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby rotating.

C: Kamen/Camby/Paul Davis
PF: Randolph/Camby/Skinner
SF: Al Thornton; Ricky Davis; Steve Novak
SG: Eric Gordon/Davis; Mardy Collins
PG: Baron Davis; Jason Hart

Look for them to try and build Gordon into a starter ASAP. Does this improve the Clippers? Probably in raw talent, definitely in moving younger, but that chemistry issue looms big in my mind. On the other hand, they can’t play much worse than they have been lately, so any shake-up is a good thing.

No clear losers in this, though the Knicks are the ones putting a winning record at the most risk if you look at this on paper, but it isn’t like they weren’t exceed expectations as-is.

When Donnie Walsh decides it’s time to starting trading, he isn’t playing around. Today the Knicks cleared a ton of salary cap by ditching the monster Zach Randolph contract via the Los Angeles Clippers, and well as the decently compensated Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors and rookie contract holder Mardy Collins (a throw-in for the Clippers) for Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley and once and future Knick, ‘Lil Timmy Thomas, who was in New York for the beginning of the Age of Isiah. All the contracts coming in end prior to the 2010-11 season (i.e. the LeBron Free Agency Hunt) and Randolph and Crawford leaving takes $27.3 million off the 2010-11 payroll for the Knicks. If they can get expiring contracts for Eddy Curry, too, they’ll be a ridiculous free agency player when the big prizes (LeBron, Bosh, Wade and so on) become available.

The Warriors and Clippers addressed some more pressing needs, particularly the Warriors, so let’s have a look at the resulting rosters and probable rotations.

For the Knicks, you get a lot of flexibility with which forward slot you plug Harrington into, David Lee looks to get a few more minutes as your starting center and Mobley should replace Crawford as more of a true point guard. Thomas will back up either forward, probably a bit more as a non-rebounding power forward. I was not a big fan of ‘Lil Timmy when he was in his first stint with the Knicks. He’s amazingly inconsistent, but D’Antoni had him for roughly a third of a season in Phoenix and got some production out him then, so we’ll see.

C: David Lee, Harrington? Malik Rose? Curry (ha); Jerome James (double ha)
PF: Chandler/Harrington; Rose; Thomas
SF: Harrington/Quentin Richardson; Danilo Galinari (if he were ever healthy); Thomas
SG: Mobley; Nate Robinson; Anthony Roberson; Richardson
PG: Chris Duhon; Robinson; Starbury (triple ha)

As is not unusual for the Knicks of recent memory, there are a ton of options at power forward, quite a few options at small forward and not a whole lot of depth at center. Curry should be trade bait, but if he ever managed to get in shape and show some desire, he could run the floor. He did in Chicago. Still Curry, Starbury and James are likely to be sitting or gone, so expect a bit of fluidity at the forward positions until D’Antoni has a chance to integrate things.

Does this make the Knicks better? Depends how much of Randolph’s scoring Harrington picks up. They’re a weaker post team now (unless Curry returns to reality), but Lee should at least come close in matching rebounding, given more minutes. He’s not really a center though. Either D’Antoni will work more magic or Knick fans will have to suffer a bit longer, though this time with a clear path and plan presented to them.

The Warriors give up a disgruntled forward for a point guard. Crawford gets labeled a combo guard and I don’t think that’s fair. Crawford was a scoring point guard with size who ended up on a roster with no shooting guards and was asked to change positions. His pure point skills may have some rust on them, but I liked him better at that position. Besides, Don Nelson with a tall point guard who can score a little? This is a good thing. I like this trade. It does give you the mother of all logjams at the 2/3, though, and a question mark at the 4. Stephen Jackson could also be swapping around a ton of positions if everyone is healthy.

C: Andris Biedrins; Ronny Turiaf
PF: Brandan Wright; (?) Robert Kurtz (?) (?)Anthony Randolph(?) (?)JAX(?)
SF: Corey Maggette/JAX; Kelenna Azubuike; Marco Bellinelli
SG: JAX/Monta Ellis; Azubuike; Anthony Morrow; Bellinelli
PG: Crawford; Ellis; Morrow; CJ Watson

When Ellis gets back, Morrow is likely to get a raw deal. On the entertaining side, you might see a kamikaze running unit of

C: Biedrins
PF: JAX
SF: Maggette
SG: Ellis
PG: Crawford

Dirk Nowitzki threw up just by my typing that in. Something about a flashback. Will they win? Not at a .600 clip, but this could be a serious running team now that they’ve got a point guard. Nelly knows how to win without big men, after all.

The Clippers just opened up some minutes for Eric Gordon, but the idea of Zach Randolph and Baron Davis on the same team doesn’t scream “chemistry” to me. Get ready for a loaded (if not, perhaps, pass-happy) 4/5 rotation of Zandolph/Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby rotating.

C: Kamen/Camby/Paul Davis
PF: Randolph/Camby/Skinner
SF: Al Thornton; Ricky Davis; Steve Novak
SG: Eric Gordon/Davis; Mardy Collins
PG: Baron Davis; Jason Hart

Look for them to try and build Gordon into a starter ASAP. Does this improve the Clippers? Probably in raw talent, definitely in moving younger, but that chemistry issue looms big in my mind. On the other hand, they can’t play much worse than they have been lately, so any shake-up is a good thing.

No clear losers in this, though the Knicks are the ones putting a winning record at the most risk if you look at this on paper, but it isn’t like they weren’t exceed expectations as-is.

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